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betajet
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Re: Did I really write this?
betajet   7/15/2014 8:50:46 PM
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David wrote about Bob Pease's filing method...

In Man on the Flying Trapeze (1935), W.C. Fields has a similar filing method.  When asked to find a document, he opens a huge roll-top desk filled with a chaos of papers, peeks into the middle of a couple of piles, and produces the required document.  He describes his profession as "memory expert".

I think the key to making this method work is to have a personal relationship with each document: it's not just a piece of paper, it's an old friend.

 

David Ashton
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Re: Did I really write this?
David Ashton   7/15/2014 7:40:33 PM
@Betajet...have you read any of the stories about Bob Pease's office at National Semi?   I couldn't find exactly the story I was after, but got this over on EDN:

"Another time, I was having a discussion with Bob and we went back to his office as he had a document or article to show me. He looked at the wall of paper, started riffling through maybe 1" of the stack about 3' up from the wall, pulled out one sheet and continued the conversation. I never bothered him about his filing method."

The one I was looking for went further.  He proceeded as above to find an artile to show someone, then put it back on a DIFFERENT pile.   A week later the guy went back and asked for the same article.  Bob instantly retrieved it from the new pile.

(PS that story is over at TI - Here)

EDN stuff on Bob Pease here and here - the links at the bottom of the second one will keep you busy for hours :-)

betajet
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Re: Did I really write this?
betajet   7/15/2014 7:14:23 PM
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I like this picture of Al Gore's office from Time Magazine.  It "speaks to my condition".

David Ashton
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Re: Did I really write this?
David Ashton   7/15/2014 6:27:13 PM
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@MB....Nice.  my home office looks like your "before" photo, but 10 times worse.  Fortunately I don't (can't??)  do much work there... :-)

David Ashton
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Wearing shorts to work
David Ashton   7/15/2014 6:25:15 PM
Martin...your title brought to mind a funny story from many years ago.   When I ran my own company in Zimbabwe, I wore shorts in the summer (well it is hot!).  My business was terminal systems in Travel Agents.   We used PTT leased lines and modems, and when they went wrong I assisted the network provider (SITA - the airlines network) to test the lines.  This consisted of putting a short circuit on each pair in turn and measuring them at the other end.  I had just finished this, and said to the guy at the other end  "OK, I'll take my shorts off now"  just as the Manageress walked in.  She looked horrified.  "Whatever are you doing??" she asked.  It took some explaining ....  :-)

Measurement.Blues
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Re: Did I really write this?
Measurement.Blues   7/15/2014 6:11:30 PM
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@David,

See the words "working at home" in the first line. They now link to a EDN blog about the transformation of my home office two years ago.

Measurement.Blues
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Re: Every day is "Shorts" day
Measurement.Blues   7/15/2014 6:10:57 PM
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Wus! What do you know from winter, living so close to the Equator?

Nobody goes outside in the winter around here.

See the words "working at home" in the first line. They now link to a EDN blog about the transformation of my home office two years ago.

Measurement.Blues
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Re: Did I really write this?
Measurement.Blues   7/15/2014 5:28:41 PM
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@David,

No way, I have my standards. It's bagels for me.

you'll be extolling the virtues of bacon next

Max The Magnificent
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Re: Did I really write this?
Max The Magnificent   7/15/2014 5:21:13 PM
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@David: @MB you'll be extolling the virtues of bacon next :-)

How did that old American cowboy song go? Something like:

   {Deep voice} Bacon, bacon, bacon,

   {Higher voice} Bacon, bacon, bacon,

   {Higher again} Bacon, bacon, bacon... Raw-Hide!

I forget the rest...

 

David Ashton
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Re: Did I really write this?
David Ashton   7/15/2014 4:53:30 PM
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@MB you'll be extolling the virtues of bacon next :-)

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