- Open up a text document in a simple editor. Over the years I found that writing first drafts in fancy office programs to make things worse as I spend hours trying to figure out which font to use, how large to make the margins, etc. etc. would derail the paper. For a simple editor I use Emacs .. well its not simple or small but it is a good OS while I look for a simple editor :).
- Get all the distractions of the day out of the way. That means read through my Facebook queue to find out if I have cat pictures to like, friends political posts to ignore, and family birthdays to say "Happy .." to. Go through the large Fedora email queue and find out which emails I need to answer and what tickets needs to get done.
- Stare at the empty editor page for an hour. Try various first sentences and delete them. Realize you don't know where you will be meeting people tomorrow.
- Figure out where I need to go tomorrow in Raleigh. Red Hat moved offices during the summer and I need to get to the new ones in downtown. Go look at various maps to figure the best way to get to the offices.
- Look intently at the empty page... put a bunch of ideas down for what should be noted in the paper and what should not. Go research some papers by Alec Muffet (the writer of Crack and other tools).
- Get some tea.
- Take the ideas from the page and put them in a different file. See an empty page and type lalalalala for a while.
- Run out of the house yelling "You will never take me alive!!!!" For extra points remember half-way that clothes would be a good idea.
- Go back and start typing in the page. Get about 4 paragraphs done.
- Get a page about systems and go do steps 1-9 again.
- Remember that you needed to post a before the FAD post and go do that.
- Go back to typing because you have nothing left to distract yourself for a good 10 minutes.
Fedora Infrastructure Security FAD: Day -1
Today was mainly spent writing a paper... well attempting to write a paper on Password Security in Fedora. The process of writing seems to be the following: