After grabbing a pizzolo from Mosi across the street, I came over onto the 2nd floor balcony of Market Square to work.
This bench is under overhead cover, so provides cover from the rain, and some glare. It is still pretty bright in this location, but at full-screen brightness I’m working in a focused fashion. At the cost of some battery though.
There is #TELUS wifi in this location, and I’ve got at least 2 bars. An OOKLA speedtest shows me 9.26 Mbps Down, and only 2.84 Mbps Up, so likely a little choked for Zoom, but this afternoon I have no meetings!
Plenty of coffee and snack solutions are nearby, but what about bathroom access? Hmmm, not yet sure if the business owners in the Square allow customer-access to the loo, but I am packing my building pass, so can easily hop up Pandora Street if needed.
Among my favourite patio spaces in the downtown core, at 1021 Fort Street.
Great eats and coffee beverages, plus much more if you check out the menu! A very creative gang is at work in the kitchen. Have you tried the charcuterie boxes? I digress….!
This space has WIFI from the Picnic coffee shop, #TELUS wifi, and various other networks seem to be around here. If you’re a Shaw customer, then I gather you would have plenty of WIFI access all over the downtown core, so keep that in mind.
The bathroom is available to customers only.
Note the portable umbrella I’ve got popped up, that cuts down glare on the screen. The umbrella is in my portable kit, for situations just like this.
The location in the patio is basically right on Fort Street, so there is quite a bit of traffic noise. If you’re having a busy day of Zoom meetings, you might want to pick a quieter spot, depending on the quality of your mobile audio headphones / microphone / noise-cancellation setup.
All the convenience of home, in this location on the back patio!
This is a fair-weather location only, as there is no overhead canopy to keep the rain off. I use the portable umbrella on the table to keep the glare off the screen.
I’ve got a WIFI network in the back half of the property, that works really well back here. I also have a power-outlet just next to the sliding door, so no worries about packing battery banks to this location.
The café is located at the corner of Blanshard and Johnson in downtown Victoria. I came over for a late lunch, and grabbed a seat out on the Johnson Street side of the patio. The WIFI network called “Mac Guest” is available out on the patio.
Working outside is often a challenge due to the glare on the laptop screen. This seat was next to a planter that has a ledge that cast a shadow at the time I day I was there (between 2:30 and 3 PM Pacific).
The coffee, sandwiches, salads, and snacks are all good – and competitively priced. The washroom is available to use for customers. I don’t believe there is a power outlet on this patio, so keep that in mind.
I came downtown on a rainy afternoon to grab a coffee at MOSI on Lower Johnson, then park somewhere out of doors and undercover to avoid the raindrops.
This bench is down on the courtyard level of Market Square. I grabbed WiFI from #TELUS, although there are many WIFI networks down here that you (or your laptop) may already know.
Many coffee options are nearby, including Hey Happy, and Shanzee’s Biscuit Cafe (serving Drumroaster Coffee at time of writing).
Yah, ergonomics of sitting on a bench for a while aren’t the best, but I like to do a change of scenery to re-charge the brain-waves, and to support my own notion of flow. I eventually finished the coffee, and got chilly on this rainy afternoon, so headed away after a couple of hours of work.
Working from home over long periods of time isn’t really my jam. As a subscriber to agile methodologies, I figured I would embark on an experiment to see if I could find ways to work out of doors in these challenging times!
Working away from home does have its challenges, so here are some notes I took along the way. Getting through the day may have these considerations:
Have a face-mask (or 2) for those times you may be unable to keep your physical distance from others
Hand sanitizer – stick a small, highly-portable bottle in your kitbag, for easy access!
Find a well-ventilated work-space
outdoors is ideal
if indoors, then make sure a door is open to the facility (or 2 doors like at some local cafés I have noted elsewhere)
What about electrical power?
Leave home with a full charge in your laptop
If possible you may be able to find a plug on a wall somewhere, but this is a challenge!
I attended WordCamp 2013 (Victoria, BC) this past weekend, my first time at the event. As a WordPress enthusiast, I was looking forward to meeting some like-minded folks, to network, and learn some techie stuff about WordPress.
I really enjoyed the Experts Panel which was a solid un-moderated hour of Q & A. I have an interest in how to build out WordPress network sites that can handle a lot of concurrent read and write traffic. There is a lot of information online about clustering WP, setting up caching servers, database performance tuning, webserver tuning, etc. At the panel I learned that:
high-volume sites are often hosted using nginx, instead of Apache (does that turn LAMP into LNMP?)
I also enjoyed a session by John Overall on 10+1 essential plugins for WordPress. That is where I learned about the LoginRadius plugin for social identity integration – a neat Canadian SaaS startup! John posted the slide show on the Meetup site I think….
Ben put up a blog post with his notes from the session here.
Might as well throw a few more keywords onto the pile for completing a few more searches. Had to re-install the VPN client today on the Linux box, and it almost works first time. There is quite a good tip here on setting up the CA certs in the right place. That did the trick, so I thought I would pass that on.