I'm one of those who take mass transit to work. I start with a bus and then transfer to a train. In the morning on the bus I'll start by reading the Bible on my phone, then when I'm done with that I'll listen to a podcast. Once I get to the train I try to get a small table on the "quiet car". If I'm successful I'll pull out my laptop and watch a Pluralsight or Microsoft Virtual Academy (MVA) training video. Often however I'm too tired to concentrate, so I'll sleep. (Its a long train ride away.) I envy you Ben, having the luxury to leave at 6 AM. I'm long gone by then.
In the afternoon I'll again try to get a small table so I can watch those Pluralsight/MVA training videos. And this time I'm awake the whole time. Switching to the bus I'll engage in some small talk with other passengers.
I've said it before, I hate the commute. However, long before I took the job I knew it would be miserable and I keenly felt the loss of time, so I decided I needed to get some training in during the longest part which is my train ride. The train has Wi-Fi but its useless. I've thought about those Mi-Fi (is that what they're called?), but am not sure I could afford it. And what's worse is there are long stretches along the train route where there's no cell phone coverage at all, so why bother with cell phone Internet connection when it isn't available? For that reason I use both Microsoft Virtual Academy training videos (free and downloadable) and Pluralsight. I pay extra to Pluralsight to be able to download the training videos, but I consider it worth it. I watch them on my laptop. Between the two I've watched training on SSIS, improving SQL queries using CTE's, MVVM, MVC, C#, and various software designing patterns. If you're stuck in a long commute on a bus or train like I am, U highly recommend using both Microsoft Virtual Academy and Pluralsight subscription with downloadable capabilities. The Pluralsight subscription is pricy, but if you're like me and don't have reliable cell phone coverage, you take what you can get.
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