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How to utilize transport time

Ashik Uzzaman
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Dear Pals,
How do you spend your transport time? In my previous company's PSP (Personal Software Process) sheet, we had a column for recording time spent in mobilization. My entries say that I have spent half-an-hour daily within office time and one-and-half hour daily to come to office and go back to home, on an average. However, in my new company I don't have to go to my clients (all overseas clients) and so spend two and half hours daily on an average to come to office and go back to home on an average (still higher ). To utilize this time, I read Java books in the Bus or Taxi. At least one of my friends, Wahid Sadik Paul used to do the same. And I guess many people think and plan during transport - not a bad idea at all.
I was expressing to one of my colleagues that James Davidson of Sun Microsystems created Ant in a flight back to USA from a conference in Europe. He generally codes better in return flight from Europe and quoted -

Evidently I do my best coding while flying over the ocean. I wonder if there's something about the increased radiation at high altitude that helps. Or may be trips to Europe bring out something creative in me. Only more experiementation will tell.

In reply, my colleague told me that Like James, you'll tell one day that I have read my best books in the way to office.
But suddenly a doctor caught me a few days ago seating in the seat beside in a premium bus, who convinced me the fact that during transport we should not read for a long time as our eye-balls continously try to adjust its focus on the letters of the book during the jarkings of the road! And he told that its quite harmful for our eyes. And even if I read, I should not read more than 3 minutes continously!
Compare this with the fact that what does James Gosling, the creator of Java, do during mobilization? And when James Duncan Davidson told his coworker and first user of ant Jason Hunter (he is better known as the Guru of Servlets) that he crated Ant during his mobilization time, how did he react? Wait a minute, does all the great Java developers' name start with 'J'? I better ask it to Jignesh Malavia or Jim Yingst here. Anyway, I don't have any 'J' in my name?
So now I find my time being almost wasted during mobilization - after all we have a very short life to live! Any good idea from you? My ex-boss Asif Bhai told me that he generally writes during mobilization, but I can't write without looking to the paper.
What do you do during your transport?


Ashik Uzzaman
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Dear Fahim,
Thanks for the nice writing! I am really influenced by ur article. Thanks for sending this to me.
Lincoln
D Kumar
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I used to travel by bus when I was studying my bachelors degree. I used to read magazines and listen to music. I loved the second one.
I used to carry my walkman which I still do have with me.
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Originally posted by Ashik uzzaman:
Compare this with the fact that what does James Gosling, the creator of Java, do during mobilization? And when James Duncan Davidson told his coworker and first user of ant Jason Hunter (he is better known as the Guru of Servlets) that he crated Ant during his mobilization time, how did he react? Wait a minute, does all the great Java developers' name start with 'J'? I better ask it to Jignesh Malavia or Jim Yingst here. Anyway, I don't have any 'J' in my name?
You left out Joshua Bloch.
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Anonymous
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Ashik
Living in Bangladesh makes your eyesballs to jerk more as the roads are not smooth. We have to compromise many things in life only for the fact that we live in an underdeveloped country. The quality of code you produce would have given you more benefit if you were in USA.
I utilize my transport time to think about the unresolved problems that i gather during the past few days. It gives me two benefit.
1. I look for a solution
2. I dont have to think about my eyes.
Faisal Ahmed
R K Singh
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There are lot of things can be done when one is in the public transport.
  • Watch birds.
  • Watch birds outside the bus/train.
  • read newspaper for 3 min and again watch birds.
  • read newspaper for 3 min and again watch birds outside the bus/train.
  • Sleep
  • Keep an eye on your co-passenger and note all his activities and make note which you liked and which you dis not like. [Like putting finger inside nose.]
  • Listen music/news
  • Talk to your co-passenger, if he wants you to talk back.
  • Talk to your co-passenger even she does not want to talk to you.
  • if you have laptop and money to connect through mobile, then think of some nonsense subject like history of celtic religion and its branches and do googling till you know all about it. Dont forget to watch birds.
  • Login to JR, specially MD, try to give answer to all posts, even if you cant.
  • If you have mobile, call to your wife/girl friend and say that you are missing her.[dont repeat this too often else they will think that something is wrong with you.]

  • Watch bird.
  • If you have money, call to wrong number and tell them that as you are on move and cant read for more than 3 min, you are talking to him.
  • Call to wrong number till you hear the voice you like.
  • Call someone and try to sell your old car at astronomical price.
  • Watch birds outside the train/bus.
  • Sing a song, loud enough to get money from your co-passenger for not singing.
  • Act like you are the busiest person on earth, for this you can use mobile, laptop and wrist watch and say 1000 times f**k.
  • watch birds.[not outside the bus/train]
  • sleep
  • read your newspaper for 3 min.


  • If I have forgotten anything or you have anything better than these then please do tell.
    Pradeep bhatt
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    I like your first point very much.


    Groovy
    Jim Yingst
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    I think J is just extremely common as the first letter in a name, in the US at least. In any event event, I usually prefer to spend the time reading (fiction or technical) and listening to music.


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    D Kumar
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    I like this one
    In the beginning, there was nothing. Then God said, 'Let there be light,' and there was still nothing, but you could see it.
    Ashik Uzzaman
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    Ravish, you are simply a genious!
    D Kumar
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    Ashik
    you are very helpful person. I salute you.
    Shabbir Rahman
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    nice post ashik. i also try to utilize mobilization time same way as you do.


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    Wahid Sadik
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    Ravish... i agree with Ashik... u r simply genius..
    r u that much innovative in developing as well?


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    Anonymous
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    Sleeping is better for ur travelling time .You can decrease your sleeping time then .
    --- Sumon ----
    Timothy Chen Allen
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    Fahim,
    That is one of the best written posts I've read here.
    I study for the SCJP on the metro. My left arm is now bigger than the right one (from holding up the K&B study guide-- not what you were thinking!)
    I can't imagine that reading on a train could possibly be worse for your eyes than looking at a computer screen eight hours a day.


    Timothy Chen Allen
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    Ashik Uzzaman
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    Deat Tim,
    Thank you very much for the appreciation!
    After trying to watch birds inside and outside my transport and failing to find out its usefullness even close to reading java books, I am thinking of what seems apparently the second choice - music. Let me try this one (I hope I don't and thus miss my station)!

    I can't imagine that reading on a train could possibly be worse for your eyes than looking at a computer screen eight hours a day.

    Good point. I am going to change my spectacles soon and would like to consult to my eye-doctor on this issue as well. However, the current one I use, is demanded by my salesman, that this glass protects rays from computer screen . Sounds sort of marketing strategy and money pipeline issue.
    R K Singh
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    Originally posted by Ashik uzzaman:
    what seems apparently the second choice - music.

    If you are intrested in litrature/novels then you can find audia cassettes of famous novels...
    No .. I have never tried to 'listen' novels .. but in your case.. it fits perfect when you dont want to use sight but sound only.
    Ashik Uzzaman
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    If you are intrested in litrature/novels then you can find audia cassettes of famous novels...

    Yes, Ravish. That's what I was planning - some famous poems, songs and literature. I am planning to buy a walkman for this purpose.
    sunitha reghu
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    Originally posted by Wahid Sadik:
    Ravish... i agree with Ashik... u r simply genius..
    r u that much innovative in developing as well?

    Cut and Paste...
    Ashik Uzzaman
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    I bought an MP3Player+Pen Drive recently that is making my mobilization time more useful than the last few weeks when I left reading books in the transport. Its at least better than sleeping in the car.
    R K Singh
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    What is Pen drive ??
    basha khan
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    use travelling time to live ashik,
    dont work on that time too.do nothing.look around with 360deg head and hidden eyes.
    basha
    Ashok Mash
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    I drive to work, about 6.5 minutes - 3 miles. How ever, if I had to travel to work by public transport, for a considerable amount of time everyday, I would probably use that time to read local publications, or to listen to local radio - which would actually arm you up for those all importan important 'kitchen area minutes' or 'lunch hour(s)'.
    And about that Doctors opinion on not reading for more than 3 minutes -- thats cool, I hardly read longer than three minutes contineous even when I was preparing for my University final year "6 main-papers in 6 days showdown" -exams.
    Yeah, "**bird** watching" is a cool thing to do - get a nice pair of shades though - Police, DNKY, Gucci, or anything half-decent will do.


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    Richard Hawkes
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    I just cut holes in my pockets and stare at the ladies. Mum's always saying to go out and meet people.
    sunitha reghu
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    Originally posted by Richard Hawkes:
    I just cut holes in my pockets and stare at the ladies. Mum's always saying to go out and meet people.


    Why holes in pockets to stare ladies???
    just curious
    R K Singh
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    Originally posted by sunitha raghu:
    Why holes in pockets to stare ladies???

    its better not to tell ..
    sunitha reghu
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    What i do is
    1. I have to be in office by 7.30 am , in order to make that i have to drive at 45 in 30 speed limit.So i always look in the mirror to see any cop behind me....But when I am coming back frm office i listen music and drive very slowly
    2. When im travelling in a flight( last time near to a 3 old kid who spilled the coke in to my dress ) i spent time eating the junk food and looking fellow travellers and how many times each one going to rest room...
    3. when i am waiting at airport to receive someone i watch people, the thing i really like emotions of ppls, when they see their beloved ones
    4. when i am travelling in any other public transportation i watch people
    [ August 09, 2003: Message edited by: sunitha raghu ]
    sunitha reghu
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    Originally posted by Ravish Kumar:
    What is Pen drive ??

    instead of storing all ur girl friends details in ur hard drive u can store in pen {including ur ex}

    Mark Fletcher
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    When Im on long journeys say transatlantic or a domestic flight lasting greater than two hours, I'll take my Gameboy Advance and a book and use the two to occupy my time. I dont have a laptop, but if I did, I might play games on it, but I doubt Id do any work (unless its on a company trip). ;D
    If its a car journey or bus journey, I'll listen to the radio. If Im outside the company and Im not on a company trip, that time is *my* time.
    Aside: Recently when travelling back from Seattle, I was fascinated by a Marketing type sitting a couple of rows in front of me, this guy spent the whole four hours tweaking a powerpoint presentation on marketing to the hispanic market. Four hours! I never knew some people could have so much fun with Powerpoint. What was even more fascinating was that while the presentation was more of less complete (the guy was tweaking fade-ins and such), the guy started expanding his presentation by copy-n-pasting graphs and charts from other presentations and then fudging them to make out they fitted Hispanic demographics... which goes to show that theres some truth in the saying "80% of statistics are made up".


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