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Life Hacks: Tech Secrets of Overprolific Alpha Geeks
Danny O'Brien, Need To Know

Track: Social Software
Date: Wednesday, February 11
Time: 11:00am - 11:45am
Location: California Ballroom B

Technologists consume Big-Gulp-loads of information, and write, code, and edit reams of output. Author Charlie Stross notes that he reads and digests more in his morning bookmarks than most literate 18th-century readers would process in a year. Linus Torvalds and other open source leaders hold down day jobs, and still have time to create wonders in their spare time. Everyone at ETech juggles amounts of email that would stun an ox.

But so busy are we ploughing through our days that we rarely tell others how we manage. Information technology promises to make us all more productive. From outside appearances, alpha geeks reap the benefits more than anyone else. But how do they do it? How do you do it?

O'Brien will talk to the most prolific technologists about the secrets of their desktops, their inboxes, and their schedules. The little scripts they run, the habits they've adopted, the hacks they perform to get them through their day. Using the array of social software in use at ETech, he'll collect together the best advice of the all of the attendees.

There will be take-home material here: downloadables and tips. But there will also be a wider discussion; is there anything we can apply from the way leading technologists bend hardware and software to cope with their needs? Are there any patterns from which mass-market manufacturers can learn? We cope pretty well with information overload. Can we help others do so, too?

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