Thanks to #uksnow I’ve spent the last couple of days largely indoors.
Yesterday morning, I was due to preside at the 08:00 Eucharist at All Saints’, St Andrews. I got a phone call around 06:50 from Fr Jonathan while I was out clearing the snow off the car… using a mop. Needs must. He told me not to come in to St Andrews, as the roads were too dangerous.
A JCB did a circuit of our street yesterday lunchtime. For about an hour afterwards you could see that the road wasn’t white.
Then a car crashed into our neighbour’s parked car.
Then we built a snowman in the back garden.
This morning the roads weren’t any better. In fact, if anything they were worse. While I was fairly confident that I could probably make it safely to St Andrews I really didn’t want to add one more car to what were obviously dangerous roads.
In this kind of weather the less traffic there is on the roads the better. It reduces the chances of accidents, doesn’t block the roads for vehicles that really do need to get through, and doesn’t potentially endanger the lives of others who might otherwise need to come out to rescue you if you do get involved in an accident.
No thanks! I’ll stay and work from home.
Besides, thanks to the wonders of a Virtual Private Network (VPN) connection and a job that requires me to be connected to the World Wide Web, I can do pretty much anything that I needed to from the comfort of my own PC at home.
Before I got stuck into work though I installed Input Director on my laptop and PC. Input Director enables me to control both computers using only my PC’s keyboard and mouse. It also shares the clipboard, so I can copy something on my laptop, for example, and paste it into a document on my PC. Fabulous!
What a productivity boost that was, I effectively had 3 monitors.
Of course, as soon as I connect to the VPN… I lose connection because I’ve switched to a different network. Something to remember next time.
I wonder if I’ll get into work tomorrow…