Now, about a week after returning from my honeymoon, I had to leave again, to my regret. It was for work. The arrangement by which I'd work remotely, and come in for a couple days one or maybe two times a month, needed to be put into practice. The working-remotely part was getting started all right, I'd say, primarily using the magic of logmein to turn on my computer back in my office and work through there.
This is not a bad system for making little tweaks in code, which happily a lot of the things they'd e-mailed me to do needed just little tweaks. But it is sluggish. It's the limits of the Internet, I suppose, although I'm not sure how to work my way around it. The networking at work is mildly weird in that home-grown ancient system way, and I have to do Asp.Net C# programming for which ... maybe it's theoretically possible to write that all on a Mac, as I have, and compile and upload it remotely, but I'm not optimistic about that.
However, I have managed to do some major bits of bug-fixing remotely, even if there is this nagging pause between thinking of a thing and having it act. There might even be some mild benefit to it, as it's encouraging me to think ahead more about how to organize the code I want to modify so it's done with the least bit of lag. It's also, unfortunately, encouraging me to call up 1964 and tell them how having to wait like two minutes before finishing a code revision and having it compiled, built, and published to where it's actually in place and running feels like forever, which is why I'm getting so many nasty messages now written in EBCDIC.
Trivia: Soldiers of all the European Great Powers served under a single commander for, probably, the first time in history, in suppressing the Boxer Rebellion. Source: The Struggle For Mastery In Europe, 1848 - 1918, A J P Taylor.
Currently Reading: The Best Science Fiction of The Year #6, Editor Terry Carr.