Kevin Standlee (kevin_standlee) wrote,
Kevin Standlee

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Technology Saving My Life

Well, I can't prove it, but the fact that I can work from home almost as easily as from the office may have saved my life this morning. Thanks to things like DSL, VPN, and Remote Desktop Connection that lets me run my logistics optimization models on the office machine without having to pump vast amounts of data back and forth between there and my laptop, I am much more likely to bail out of the commute and work from home when things look bad. This reduces the chance that I will get nailed in a traffic accident by one of those people who forgets how to drive in the rain, of which there were many this morning.

This morning, traffic was backed up from the Dumbarton Bridge toll plaza back to I-880; there was a slowdown from Dumbarton mid-span to University Avenue; US-101 northbound was slow (0-15 mph) from Marsh Road to SFO; there was an accident on westbound CA-92 at Alameda de las Pulgas, with traffic slow from De Anza Blvd back into Foster City. That means that just about every bit of my morning drive except the initial couple of miles on surface streets to reach CA-84 would have been at a crawl.

Hearing about all this mess on the radio on by calling 511 (automated traffic information; also available on, I stayed home and sent e-mail to my office saying, "I'm working from home; if you need my physical presence, e-mail or call me and I'll slog my way to San Mateo." The person managing the two projects on which I'm working (who is back east anyway) called and said she's trying to set up a conference call with one of the clients, and will let me know if we have a meeting, but that can and will be done by phone anyway.

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