Pick the mammalian winter prognosticator of your choice and we are either headed for 6 more weeks of winter or we have 6 weeks until spring. In some parts of Canada, Groundhog Day brought enough snow to shutdown schools, roads, and businesses this year and winter is not nearly over. I warmly recall the days of listening to the radio early in the morning on a school day anxiously awaiting the words “All schools are closed.” SNOW DAY!
The snow days of yesterday are certainly not the snow days of today. Today when I have a snow day it means firing up the VPN and working from the study instead of the office. But thanks to high speed Internet, I can connect to the office and work as if I were sitting in my chair. With email, instant messaging and complete access to all of my digital resources, it’s possible to not skip a beat because of winter’s bane outside.
Snow days can also bring an opportunity for the rest of the house to catch up on that season of Friends or It’s Always Sunny that they haven’t been able to fit into their schedule. This is where I have to add a note of caution. Don’t let yourself get stuck between one of your housemates that wants to binge watch and your boss who needs a report by 5: 00pm. Make sure your home internet connection can support not only VPN networking and streaming at the same time, but also that your data usage package will cover the guilty pleasure of streaming an entire season of your favourite show.
Snow Days no longer mean being cut off from the world and civilization at large. Thanks to the Internet of things, I have the flexibility to work from the comfort and safety of home were can I reminisce about my days of snow suits and toboggans.
Marvin Handsor, Executive Publisher, TekSavvy Insider