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When did you last pull an all nighter?

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    Maddus Mattus

    Oh, I forgot to mention, at 12AM a security guard came and asked us what we were doing and where our form for permission of overtime was.

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    cheong

    , Ian2 wrote

    OK, maybe that wasn't such a good idea. Got a lot done but not feeling the most inspired by the experience just now.

    Starbucks?

    (Actually went to bed around 6am in the end so strictly speaking not quite an all nighter)

    It depends on what you plan to do next. If you know you'll do something that'll need your body strength, coffee is not good as it'll weaken your body.

    Eat more vegetables and avoid meats in the breakfast. Drink plain water and not other beverages. You should be able to maintain your consciousness up to noon.

    And if there's less that 3 hour left for sleep, don't sleep at all. In that way you'll get extra 3-4 hours of clear mind to do whatever is left.

    If there's something important to be done in the afternoon, half day leave is recommanded.

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    JohnAskew

    , Dr Herbie wrote

    @Maddus Mattus: We have learned to all keep small torches in the office so that when we have one of our (not infrequent enough) power cuts, we can still use the toilet which has no windows; does make it more of an adventure, though.

    Herbie

    Aren't you in Britan? Power cuts? e-gads!

     

    I pull all nighters much more often than anyone else I know, but it is never for work. More Prince Harry-ish, j/k, (he's my new hero fwiw). My all nighters tend to energize me as much as tax me. 

    Wink

    I control my work hours. There are few occasions where over 8-10 hours of work is even productive, as Herbie and Bas pointed out. I successfully avoid programmer burn-out (when you sit in your chair and stare at the screen and cannot put a single thought in your head). I burned out enough in earlier years to learn to avoid it.

     

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    JohnAskew

    , cheong wrote

    *snip*

    It depends on what you plan to do next. If you know you'll do something that'll need your body strength, coffee is not good as it'll weaken your body.

    Eat more vegetables and avoid meats in the breakfast. Drink plain water and not other beverages. You should be able to maintain your consciousness up to noon.

    And if there's less that 3 hour left for sleep, don't sleep at all. In that way you'll get extra 3-4 hours of clear mind to do whatever is left.

    If there's something important to be done in the afternoon, half day leave is recommanded.

    If you take my coffee away from me, I will not be held responsible for what happens next!  Tongue Out

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    davewill

    The year was 1990 if memory serves me correctly.  The start of work that day was like any other; however, the boss was in an unusually odd mood.  Such a mood that it trickled down to our department boss.  We worked for 3 days straight with only lunches and breaks.

    At this early age, it was good to learn first hand the extremes of the law of diminshing returns.  It makes stopping so much easier now. Smiley

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    Maddus Mattus

    @Dr Herbie: What's up with the power outages?

    You live in a relatively developed country? Wink

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    Dr Herbie

    @JohnAskew: Yes we're in the UK and this is the worst place I've know for power cuts; we're in a rural area with several farms and one huge aircraft factory.  Most of the outages are 'pre-planned' but we still get the occasional surprise (such as turning up to work two weeks ago to a dark, quiet office).

    My boss owns two surprisingly small generators which we can use to power most of the office (servers and all) so when we get pre-warning we can still keep working.

    Herbie

     

    EDIT: when I say 'frequent', I really mean 'two or three a year', just so you don't think it's constant -- just often enough that it's no longer such a surprise.

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    evildictait​or

    @Dr Herbie:

    In defence of the UK - I've not experienced a power cut in over a decade in the UK, but I tend to live in more urban areas. The last time I visted NY there was a big power cut though.

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    Ian2

    @Dr Herbie:We are as bad here - in the sticks (Gloucestershire) as well.

    Bought some of these the other day as fed up with losing equipment due to flaky power

    (link is interesting - shows M&S using the Metro UI)

     

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    Dr Herbie

    @Ian2: We all have UPSs under our desks -- gets noisy when they all start beeping together!

    Herbie

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    Maddus Mattus

    That's what you get for relying on windmills and solar cells for power.

    I think you are just experiencing the first symptoms and soon we will too.

    Sorry to break it to you, I know this will cause another riot, but that is how the cookie crumbles.

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    Dr Herbie

    @Maddus Mattus: No, it's the link from source to customer that's at fault, not the source of the supply. The last outage was caused by a duck landing in the local sub-station; nothing to do with supply sources.

    Herbie

     

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    Ian2

    , Dr Herbie wrote

    @Maddus Mattus: No, it's the link from source to customer that's at fault, not the source of the supply. The last outage was caused by a duck landing in the local sub-station; nothing to do with supply sources.

    Herbie

     

    When I asked the engineer what the problem was the last time he said it was (with a straight face)

     

    'Probably just the wind in the willows'.

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    Blue Ink

    , Dr Herbie wrote

    @Maddus Mattus: No, it's the link from source to customer that's at fault, not the source of the supply. The last outage was caused by a duck landing in the local sub-station; nothing to do with supply sources.

    Herbie

    Always count on a Gosling to delay your work. Tongue Out

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    Maddus Mattus

    @Dr Herbie: And the time before that? Another duck?

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    Dr Herbie

    @Maddus Mattus: The time before that was a 'planned outage' while the dug up some cables, as was the time before that too (I suspect the aircraft factory requirements for more power may have had something to do with that), the time before that it was a blown-down telegraph pole.  Beyond that I can't remember, but all issues were localised and were fixed within four hours.

    UK daytime electricity production is currently Nuclear, Coal and renewables and is very reliable -- you're fishing for a problem to support your argument where a problem doesn't exist; try looking at the facts first and then forming an opinion, not the other way around.

    Herbie

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    Sven Groot

    At my work we have torches, helmets, and various other safety equipment. You get one guess why that's normal in Japan. Wink

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    Maddus Mattus

    @Dr Herbie: I've been keeping up on my facts Wink

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