Things started off casually in that I did not have to get up before 05:00 to get to work. Instead I had a nice lie in bed till at least 08:30. Positive luxury.
Most of the morning was spent starting out on the enormous backlog of months of starred RSS articles stored in Google reader. Of the 500 plus technology articles I read a day at least 30 of them might require some practical investigation. For example, Oracle NLS, or DB2 Database verification. It was time to crank up various virtual machines and give it a try, and then when all was understood, store the results in my DokuWiki.
In the afternoon I thought I'd do some Swiss Tax planning. You may not know but Switzerland taxes your assets like bank savings, the value of your car(s) etc.. Example: You deposit 10K francs into an account and dont touch it for 5 years. Yes, for those 5 years you'll pay tax on that 10K asset. So if you have any bills to pay or loans to repay, process these before year end to reduce your "asset" tax bill. We had to pay well over 1000 CHF last year. It was not fun.
At regular intervals throughout the day the constant snow was being battled by a small army of snow clearing machines. I can see them on the street outside my study window. They were just about keeping things even. But by the evening the snow was starting to win.
So it was time to go out running in the snow. With the Salomon Speedcross 2 shoes firmly attached I had a lot of fun. I ran the few Km downhill to our local Swimming Pool.
After a long swim I popped in to look at a sick computer for a friend and then it was another really fun run back uphill to home.
The snow had settled on the roads and I passed an anxious BMW M3 driver. He had the sort of "At least I'm not driving a Mercedes" look about him, but he was certainly not happy.
I came back and did some surfing and joined the Fon network. I'll blog it when it arrives, but essentially a N series wireless router that also creates a public Wi-Fi network. Anybody else with a laptop or phone and a FON software client installed who is within the vicinity of my wifi can use it, and in return I can use any other FON user's wifi. Wonderful!
Meanwhile I also noticed that Dell have announced their Vostro V130 notebook. This might be a good (economical) replacement for Agata's 4 year old HP laptop.
As darkness fell it was time to go out to pickup Agata apres work, running of course! So close to midnight I put back on more running gear and ran to meet her at the tube station. It is so great running in the Snow. I think all runners (equipped with suitable shoes and thermals) should give it a go right away.
The Princess is rescued
Time for bed!