Sick of being stuck at a desk
Now that sprint is here in the northern hemesphere the view out the window is getting more and more appealing.
I haven't been outside for 3 days....technically its prolly possible for me to leave my desk but Im no longer feeling brave enough to make the attempt.....
....thats just true enough to scare me....
Well, I'm in Israel and it got very hot and disgusting (which is basically all of summer for me) over the past few days -- so I prefer to be inside.
just got an assignment for testing wireless devices wo hoo
I have had the most unpleasant experience of working a sunday yesterday. A sunday with really incredible weather. Which in Galway/Ireland is a rare event, by some karmic law, Galway makes up for all the rain that doesn't fall in all the deserts in the world...
Well this morning I have to have the blind pulled right down because of the strength of the morning sunshine. If I raise it then I can see across to the Heath, or in the distance the Malverns.
laptop + 802.11b is the answer my friend...go get it..
Well, I've got a view of the gasworks and the goods railway into leeds. If I had a wireless card I could sit on the pavement and have bus fumes spray into my face. apart from that, it's a beautiful day!
>Anybody got any tips about getting
Go outside? I'd settle for being able to see outside. I have to walk twenty yards to get to a place where I can even see a window, though somebody else's office.
Until I hung out a shingle, all my work was done in 'the dungeon'. A 'condition of employment' when I was looking into going freelance was a laptop with wireless card. I'm still chained to my desk, but sometimes my desk is in front of the stereo (or fireplace) in my living room, sometimes on the balcony of my apartment, and if feel I can live without Internet for a few hours I'll set up in the park by the river (10 minute walk). I don't know if there is any effect on productivity (+/-), but I sure feel a whole lot better about life than I did when I was in 'the dungeon'. And to top it all off, when I'm called in for on-site service, it almost feels like a treat!
About 10 years ago my employer had a bit of a downturn. We moved to an old one story building where the floor kind of sagged and most offices didn't have windows. We called it "the cave". I was glad to get out of there.
Wireless is Great. Wireless Power would be the Greatest.
Wireless power, broadcast power Nikola Tesla, isn't wireless in the accepted sense Hertz waves propogated but signals propogated through the earth.
I remember there was something in development a few years ago where electrical power could be converted to microwaves and aimed at satellites. The satellites would bounce the power back to earth, to be used by power-hungry laptops like your own (and also by mid-ocean oil-drilling rigs and cabins in the Alps and stuff like that).
Makes me want to look into wiring up my bicycle to use as a generator for recharging the laptop battery. Work outside for a couple hours, then ride around to provide some juice... and it would be a sure way to get exercise too!
Maybe you need/want a fuel cell for your laptop: http://www.theregister.co.uk/content/54/29590.html. Five hours operation and when it runs out you just refill it from a bottle of methanol. Others (http://www.technologyreview.com/articles/rnb_040303.asp) are making cells that can run off ethanol, so you fill up your fuel cell and yourself from the same bottle.
Tesla couldn't make it work despite building a power plant and large tower. Essentially its an inverse square issue (as always).
Now I can see these luck developers sat in the park with their wireless laptops.
I can't work outside. Too much distraction, my mind just keeps wandering and my body just wants to bask in the light.
Just me (Sir to you)
Apparently the original CLIPPER compiler was developed on the beach by Richard? McConnell during the late 80's, so this issue has been around for almost 20 years and they managed to solve it way back then.
People that want to sit in the sun with their laptop and work are usually people that have never done it before. It sucks! Even in the shade, there's a glare that drowns out the pixels on any laptop monitor I've come across (Sony, Toshiba, and Dell). The hugest myth is the guy sitting on the chaise lounge on the beach. Yeah RIGHT! It's like trying to read 12 pt font on the moon during a solar eclipse. And sand in your laptop really improves performance.
There are times when I think I might like an outdoors type job. But software development does not seem like the sort of thing I would want to do outside, although an occasional excursion out of the office might be nice.
bah, all this outside talk is nonsense. My boss told me that there is no "outside" and I believe him.
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