Sum­mer­time, and the liv­ing is easy – at least it is if you’re lucky enough to have a fast in­ter­net con­nec­tion that lets you work from home and avoid rush hour

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AT THE TIME of writ­ing this ar­ti­cle in late June, the UK had ac­tu­ally ex­pe­ri­enced some kind of sum­mer al­ready this year. OK, in typ­i­cally change­able Bri­tish weather fash­ion, in the space of a week we had some days that were so un­bear­ably hot the pave­ments lit­er­ally melted, fol­lowed by a sud­den cold spell with tor­ren­tial rain. But hey, at least there was some sun­shine, right?

Ex­cept rather than the hot, sunny days be­ing wel­comed by us Brits as a chance to get some vi­ta­min D, most of us strug­gled through the heat with lots of com­plain­ing about how it was too boil­ing to do any­thing use­ful, aside from moan to our friends and neigh­bours or take to so­cial net­works to share pithy in­sights about the whole sit­u­a­tion.

The worst-case sce­nario by far is those un­for­tu­nate peo­ple who have to travel in and out of cen­tral Lon­don on a 30-de­gree day us­ing the Cen­tral Line. I know this, as I did that com­mute for 17 years. For­tu­nately for me, I now work from home (or wher­ever I hap­pen to be), and so avoided the re­cent hellish ex­pe­ri­ence on the tube. But the re­cent heat­wave was one of the few times I ac­tu­ally took stock of what a fan­tas­tic, lifechang­ing thing this whole tech­nol­ogy lark is. Yes, I love it for en­abling more niche and in­dul­gent ex­pe­ri­ences, like be­ing able to watch the lat­est Spurs game on my iPad on the beach thanks to the de­lights of live stream­ing. But more than that, thanks to the evo­lu­tion of mo­bile de­vices into the smart­phones and lap­tops we pos­sess to­day, along with the rush to em­brace cloud ser­vices and the de­vel­op­ment of high-speed con­nec­tiv­ity across the UK – even reach­ing into the fur­thest-flung parts of Scot­land and Corn­wall – it’s no longer oblig­a­tory or of­ten worth­while trekking into an of­fice to get your work done. Thanks to the won­der of mod­ern tech­nol­ogy, dur­ing those swel­ter­ing sum­mer days I could choose be­tween work­ing from the gar­den or from the coolest room in the house, with no dif­fer­ence in in­ter­net con­nec­tion speed or re­li­a­bil­ity. And even bet­ter, no need for me to go any­where near the Cen­tral Line, some­thing for which I’m truly grate­ful.

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