For a techie/software craftsman/geek type, I sure like getting off the grid every once and a while. My brother in law has a cabin in central Idaho that has no electricity, no phone, no Internet. I love it! Those quiet, reflective days are just what I need to recharge the creative juices. I have given some thought to getting a solar array and spending a week or two up there, writing code at my leisure and enjoying the great outdoors. The biggest issue is that I DO have a very small install base of customers using my ASAAP product so two weeks off the grid might be too much. I could get a satellite phone as well and I know a few residents up there that have satellite Internet but then, with all that, how would I get any R&R.
So back on the grid and back into Java and an interesting project involving electronic time cards. Prepping for a week of technology at my Alaska customers site. I need to prepare well in advance because it takes 3 days to receive anything “overnight”. So getting the gear together and ordered ahead of time is the challenge.