Paul Graham nuggets

I was killing some time at work today… ironic when you read this

Here are some really great quotes. I decided to pull a few quotes out in case you don’t want to read the whole article. Paul really does have some incredible insights into how developers think. He calls us hackers, which doea sometimes fit. Not often enough for me.

“The atmosphere of the average workplace is to productivity what flames painted on the side of a car are to speed.”


How true is this? I come in every morning to a literal maze of cube walls. Sometimes when there’s a loud noise lots of heads pop up. I’ve had the opportunity to work remotely before and can definitely atest to the truth that I was much more productive, and actually worked more hours when working from home.


“The basic idea behind office hours is that if you can’t make people work, you can at least prevent them from having fun.”

My current employer is all about this, despite what the marketing department thinks. There’s no fun there. Lots of cheifs, very few indians. the top down approach is in full effect.

“The third big lesson we can learn from open source and blogging is that ideas can bubble up from the bottom, instead of flowing down from the top. Open source and blogging both work bottom-up: people make what they want, and the best stuff prevails.

The number of really, truly cool and useful ideas that have been offered up to the ivory tower is truly amazing. The answer is always the same. Well sometimes they actually give and answer, mostly the cogs are ignored.

“So these, I think, are the three big lessons open source and blogging have to teach business: (1) that people work harder on stuff they like, (2) that the standard office environment is very unproductive, and (3) that bottom-up often works better than top-down.”

I wish my current employer would realize these very obvious facts. I doubt they ever will, but for the short time that I will be there I’ll keep trying… Some one has to be the trouble maker. That’s TO and I for sure.