In Canada, this is Canada Day weekend, which means it is a long weekend. Yippee! I packed my bag, my laptop, (my cat) and off I am to spend a few days at the lake house! The lake, (the rain), the woods, this is awesome! Except I know I won’t have much Internet access. So, how exactly can I keep up with my tech summer?
A year and a half ago, I moved into a new place, and between visiting, moving, getting my new appliances delivered (twice, because it is apparently hard to match the colors of the washer and dryer) and having some renovations done (one outlet wasn’t connected to anything, which made it kind of useless!), I didn’t have much time to spend lose waiting for the cable guy to come (“sometime between 9am and 9pm”). I have data on my cell phone, I can stay later at the office if I want to work on personal projects, there are cafés with Wi-Fi everywhere, did I really need the Internet right away? So I waited for a week. Then another one. It had soon been a month. And I realized I didn’t really need it. That I could code without the Internet. I am still in a learning phase, I wouldn’t consider myself as an expert developer. And all of a sudden, I didn’t have much access to the World Wide Web. (There’s only so much you can do with 6gb a month on a 4-inch screen!) I then realized there were so many other resources than the Internet!
Build your own server
There’s this thing called a book
Print it out!
Ok, not really print it. (A printer? Haven’t seen those since my uni years.) But many Chrome extensions allow you to print out (or export them to pdf!) pages. I really like Print Friendly & PDF, which I’ve been using for years. I like how I can remove publicity, comments section or anything else I do not want before exporting my fields to a PDF format. I then open them on my iPad using Notability (prices for this app have gone rocket high, but it’s really worth it. Either wait for the back to school sales or check out App Shopper to know about prices drops) and annotate them as I read.
Listen to podcasts!
Podcasts can be downloaded on your phone so you can listen to them later. They’re perfect for when you’re commuting 😊 I haven’t really listened to technical podcasts, but I love hearing about people’s experiences.
And when all else fails…