8 Apps, Gadgets To Keep IT Pros Awake On The Job - InformationWeek

InformationWeek is part of the Informa Tech Division of Informa PLC

This site is operated by a business or businesses owned by Informa PLC and all copyright resides with them.Informa PLC's registered office is 5 Howick Place, London SW1P 1WG. Registered in England and Wales. Number 8860726.

IoT
IoT
Comments
8 Apps, Gadgets To Keep IT Pros Awake On The Job
Newest First  |  Oldest First  |  Threaded View
kstaron
50%
50%
kstaron,
User Rank: Ninja
12/21/2015 | 9:36:50 AM
Poor Management
I understand that sometimes you need to bite the bullet and work late or go in during odd hours, but if you need to invest in a gadget to keep you awake, the company needs to seriously reconsider whats going on. Pulling long hours doesn't make for good results. Do you really want to run code from someone that's been up for 25 hours and shaky from caffiene and only awake due to the alarms going off in his earpiece? Everybody knows that's unlikely to be a good piece of code. It might work, but it would be so much more effiecient and elegant if the programmer had time to sleep and go home to spend time with family. If having to do something like that has become the norm, it's bad management practices in hiring or scheduling.
BelBrown
50%
50%
BelBrown,
User Rank: Apprentice
12/10/2015 | 4:32:37 PM
ISS
I agree more naps would be great but often not realistic. I've just looked through their site and looks like these glasses have been used by NASA controllers working on the International Space Station. If it's good enough for them?!
jries921
50%
50%
jries921,
User Rank: Ninja
12/10/2015 | 1:02:42 PM
Perhaps...
...supervisors should insist that their people actually go home and go to bed; maybe even spend some time with their families.  Sleep deprived employees aren't doing anyone any favors; not even their employers.  Long nights are part of the culture for programmers and system administrators; they are even taken as signs of industry and commitment, but they can be and frequently are overdone; and the Law of Diminishing Returns works here just as well as it does everywhere else.
Michelle
50%
50%
Michelle,
User Rank: Ninja
12/9/2015 | 11:54:28 AM
A bug in the ear
I would take the ear bugs over other methods. I suspect you might get a jolt for looking down to read without thinking of the attachments on your ears.
mak63
50%
50%
mak63,
User Rank: Ninja
12/8/2015 | 10:21:08 PM
Re: How about take a short break?
You took the idea out off my keyboard. I believe no app or gadget beats a good 20 minutes micro-nap.
soozyg
50%
50%
soozyg,
User Rank: Ninja
12/7/2015 | 10:12:22 AM
toothpaste
I like the toothpaste idea. It's the only multi-tasking idea on the list--you get fresh breath and caffeine. Fresh breath is a nice benefit for someone who's been sleeping on the floor or a couch.
soozyg
50%
50%
soozyg,
User Rank: Ninja
12/7/2015 | 10:09:56 AM
Re: How about take a short break?
Li Tan,

That's a good idea, but how many companies have nap areas for IT? When Google started they had a nap room but it changed to an illicit actions room.
batye
50%
50%
batye,
User Rank: Ninja
12/6/2015 | 12:45:10 AM
Re: How about take a short break?
@Li Tan, good point as we do need to have a break from technology... during our free time :)
Li Tan
50%
50%
Li Tan,
User Rank: Ninja
12/4/2015 | 11:53:04 PM
How about take a short break?
These Apps are fancy but I would still avoid using them. If there is long work shift, I would prefer to have a rest from time to time and eat light snacks. The industry is fierece and we must take care of our own well-being.


State of the Cloud
State of the Cloud
Cloud has drastically changed how IT organizations consume and deploy services in the digital age. This research report will delve into public, private and hybrid cloud adoption trends, with a special focus on infrastructure as a service and its role in the enterprise. Find out the challenges organizations are experiencing, and the technologies and strategies they are using to manage and mitigate those challenges today.
Commentary
Augmented Analytics Drives Next Wave of AI, Machine Learning, BI
Jessica Davis, Senior Editor, Enterprise Apps,  3/19/2020
Slideshows
How Startup Innovation Can Help Enterprises Face COVID-19
Joao-Pierre S. Ruth, Senior Writer,  3/24/2020
Commentary
Enterprise Guide to Robotic Process Automation
Cathleen Gagne, Managing Editor, InformationWeek,  3/23/2020
Register for InformationWeek Newsletters
Video
Current Issue
IT Careers: Tech Drives Constant Change
Advances in information technology and management concepts mean that IT professionals must update their skill sets, even their career goals on an almost yearly basis. In this IT Trend Report, experts share advice on how IT pros can keep up with this every-changing job market. Read it today!
White Papers
Slideshows
Twitter Feed
Sponsored Live Streaming Video
Everything You've Been Told About Mobility Is Wrong
Attend this video symposium with Sean Wisdom, Global Director of Mobility Solutions, and learn about how you can harness powerful new products to mobilize your business potential.
Sponsored Video
Flash Poll