Drama on Rails
Posted: Thu, 9 February 2006 | permalink | No comments
In another form of "It Never Rains But It Pours", today's ride to work has seen:
- My first ever "Is that Linux?" question from a fellow passenger. Turns out he's interested but has never tried it, so another copy of Ubuntu was distributed to the wider populace. Let this be a lesson, kids: always be prepared for advocacy. <grin> I'm a little surprised that it took six months of All Train Laptop, All The Time, but I suppose most people don't look at other people's laptop screens (and when they do, they either don't realise what it is, or are too timid to comment).
- Getting stuck on my Central-to-Hornsby train at Epping due to a breakdown further up the line. Things that make this OK include the good air-conditioning on these Intercity services (in a non-air-conditioned train, I'd be ready to walk to Hornsby by now), the fact that I have a second battery for the laptop (remember kids: keep that spare battery charged, and use suspend-to-disk when switching -- Matthew Garrett, I didn't buy you enough beer at LCA), and my recently-aquired (by work, thank $DEITY) Vodafone 3G wireless "broadband" card. I could live without it, but being able to wire-up makes these extended stops far more bearable -- I'm effectively starting my work day at the regular time, it's just that at the moment I have air conditioning. <grin>
Most days commuting are straight-forward, no-nonsense, uninteresting days. But when the Universe decides to put on a show, it makes sure it's worth watching.
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