Here’s to the list things you are doing instead of research. I wasted some time by organizing the categories into logical clusters of endless misery. I wasted some more time finding people who agree with my complains.

  • Back up.
  • Hard drive space is not enough.
  • Free space in local or personal network is not enough.
  • University sponsored sync program does not sync.
  • New computer, sync between your own files.
  • Re-install life, yes you are going to use custom preferences.

  • Deciding whether OS A or OS B is better.

  • Deciding you should use a double boot.
  • Being delusional and wishing to have just one copy per file between multiple OS.
  • Compatibility between different OS running on different people’s devices.
  • Compatibility between people.

  • Proprietary software.
  • Excel.
  • Track changes didn’t work.
  • Likely that co-worker didn’t track changes.
  • Filenames are not useful.
  • n copies of the same file. Everywhere.
  • MYfile_Version_3.044_final_seriously_I_promise_OKFINE.something

  • Reference managers
  • WYSIWYG vs LATEX
  • LATEX fonts and templates.
  • Special characters (as in anything outside the English Language).
  • PDF does not compile for X reason.

  • University mail is not compatible with gmail.

  • R working directory.

  • MATLAB PATH.

  • Working directories, paths and beyond.

  • Packages, libraries, modules, snippets of codes that updated and are thus incompatible.

  • Making meaningless lists like this one.
  • Making meaningful lists of things you will never do.

  • People writing dates in notoriously diverging formats.