Prioritization

An interesting post at Google Blogoscoped about the Push vs Pull gradient. How do we prioritise tasks? Nobody will tend to interrupt a face to face conversation to read the next chapter of The God Delusion, but almost all of us would interrupt an e-mail we were writing to answer a call.

Here’s 10 activities – reorganize these in priority order; then feel free to post your thoughts on the comments.

Book
Doorbell
Email
Face to Face Conversation
Instant Messenger
Phone Call
Radio
RSS Feeds
Television
Text Message

My Priorities 

  1. Doorbell
  2. Phone Call
  3. Face to Face Conversation
  4. Text Message
  5. Instant Messenger
  6. Television
  7. Radio
  8. Email
  9. Book
  10. RSS Feeds

I’m ashamed to say that I’d probably interrupt a face to face conversation to answer the phone; yep. It’s probably worth asking yourself where you’d put things such as dinner, work deadlines and sleep. 

University Admissions Website

University admissions in the UK are handled by the University and College Admissions Service (UCAS). I’ve recently had the displeasure of the opportunity of using their website. First of all, the first screen presents you with 10 million different titles:

Titles

Titles include HRH (Her Royal Highness), Lady, Lord, Duke, Rear Admiral, Father, Colonel, Prof (would you really be applying to a university undergrad course?).

Security Questions

You’re asked to provide a secret questions. Now I never saw the point of secret questions: “What is your favourite food?” is one of those questions which good acquaintances should know the answer to. My password is fairly secure and I’m not going to forget it, so secret questions simply increase the attack surface of my account.

UCAS doesn’t ask for just one secret question, but four. Out of the provided questions, there were probably one or two questions which nobody else would have known the answer to. Four of them? No way. The worse thing is, a random secret question comes up when you try to recover a password. So all four secret questions need to be secure. That’s not gonna happen.

UCAS Card

The UCAS website allows you to import your registration details from your UCAS card. This is kinda like a student card which offers you discounts in shops and things (in exchange for loads of junk mail). During the registration process, you can enter any UCAS card number and it’ll fill in the address of the owner of that card.

The thing is, your UCAS card number is displayed on your card. So anyone can type in your UCAS card number on the registration form and find out your address. That’s a security issue.

I don’t normally rant about these kind of things but seeing as everybody who is applying to university in the UK needs to use this website, things should really be changed.

Martha Jones Axed from Doctor Who?

According to The Sun, Freema Agyeman (Martha Jones) has been axed from Doctor Who for weak performances in later episodes.

DOCTOR Who actress Freema Agyeman has been axed from the next series, The Sun can reveal.

And they are planning a storyline where the Doctor, played by David Tennant, will lose her and travel through the universe searching for her.

The decision to dump Freema comes as a bolt from the blue after her performance for the first couple of episodes was praised.

Make of this what you will; remembering The Sun was also the source of the rumour that David Tennant was leaving Doctor Who.

Now, there have already been some hints Martha isn’t a proper assistant… you’ve seen how they’ve mentioned shes just tagging along for the ride, and in todays episode he asked some other woman to join him. But anyway, it’s all speculation.

Good news though: Captain Jack is back in the 11th episode!