The Silicon Shed

I've been a bit quiet recently, my blog hasn't gotten much attention. But I have been getting up to speed with my new job and so I've been adjusting to my new routine.

Nowadays I work from home, which is nice because I don't have to commute. I am particularly enjoying that, because sitting in the car for hours a day always seemed like a waste of time. This also means that I don't need to wake up at 6am each day...

But to separate home life from work life I have made a separate office by converting my garage. So this means that I don't actually work in the house. I find that this really helps - I don't get distracted during working hours. It's worked out very well. Here's a picture of me sitting at my new desk:

My colleagues have named my new workspace the Silicon Shed and the name has really stuck. I have even tried to set things up so that a colleague can come over and join me for a bit of pair-programming. When I was reading the book "Hello, Startup" this sentence particularly made me smile:

"At this very moment, somewhere in the world, two programmers are sitting in a garage and creating our future, one line of code at a time."

These days I find myself mostly working with Azure WebJobs (which are awesome) and doing lots of C# async stuff. But when you work for a small company anything can happen, so that's a massive oversimplification really. Every day I'm learning something new, which is part of the fun.

Raspberry Pi at Work

For the past couple of weeks I've been bringing my Raspberry Pi to work with me each day in my bag. But my desktop PC only has one network socket which is already in use, so I've only been able to connect the Raspberry Pi to my laptop. To make things easier, I bought a USB Ethernet adaptor, so that I can use my Raspberry Pi in the office with ease, in fact I can use it on any PC with a free USB socket. Here it is in action:

That works OK, which is cool. You can see I'm still running the Pi from the battery - which is still on it's original charge. It's given me light use of the Raspberry Pi for over two weeks. But at some point a Raspberry Pi powered laptop will appear I expect...

For my part, I'd be happy if somebody made an integrated Raspberry Pi case-and-battery. Then you could just carry one box around and recharge it like a phone or a kindle. But there may not be a market for crazy people like me who carry their RasPi around with them.