** This thread discusses the article: Do You Stay Connected During Your Vacations? **
If I would not see the author's name that it is indeed my old friend Hans starting his career in non-tech writing, I would think it was Joel writing. By the way I can see Joel online as I write this post and think he would reply almost immediately. You remind me of the movie "Terminator" where the lady asks Reese (it has been over 20 years so I dont remember the name exactly), as to how he overcomes the pain. His reply was that he just "disconnects" it! When I start a project, I fail to disconnect with it even when it goes live, is in production support, and is none of my business anymore. So I would always carry my blackberry on vacations. While I check my normal email at the end of the day, I have a secret email known only to the machine and my boss. That one beeps. This gives me peace of mind that nothing is going wrong while I am away on vacation. It is just a mental state which you may call "Failure to Disconnect".