Whew, this blogger interface isn't up to snuff in Mozilla.

Anyhow, wanted to save this quote from Joel on Software, though I had to go to Google to get the archive when I went searching for it recently. Looks like Joel's down for the time being.

The points ole Joel makes in this article really are key -- distractions like Blogger can slow down programming (although I was in the flow when I thought about getting this quote blogged. :^D).

The other trouble is that it's so easy to get knocked out of the zone. Noise, phone calls, going out for lunch, having to drive 5 minutes to Starbucks for coffee, and interruptions by coworkers -- ESPECIALLY interruptions by coworkers -- all knock you out of the zone. If you take a 1 minute interruption by a coworker asking you a question, and this knocks out your concentration enough that it takes you half an hour to get productive again, your overall productivity is in serious trouble. If you're in a noisy bullpen environment like the type that caffinated dotcoms love to create, with marketing guys screaming on the phone next to programmers, your productivity will plunge as knowledge workers get interrupted time after time and never get into the zone.