I seem to be spending a fair bit of my time on the train at the moment (and trying to resist the temptation to splash out on first class tickets).
It's great if I can spend that time working. But mobile broadband doesn't always work on the train, so it needs to be something that I can do offline.
As a qualified chartered accountant, particularly because I'm now looking after clients of my own, I have to make sure I'm up to speed with any changes in accounts and tax legislation. I can glean a certain amount from the online and offline media, but structured, targeted courses, written by professionals, are the best way to pick up on those changes.
But taking a day, or even half a day, out of my schedule isn't always practical, especially as there aren't that many courses taking place here in rural Cumbria, so it'd mean a long journey to Newcastle at best.
OK, how about finding courses I could work through on the train? That means online courses are a no-no. Courses on a CD-ROM? My netbook doesn't have a CD-ROM drive.
No problem, said a helpful gentleman called Matthew Page at training provider CCH today.
Before you travel, put the CD-ROM into your desktop. Put an empty memory stick into your desktop. Drag the files from the CD-ROM on to the memory stick.
When you're on the train, put the memory stick into your netbook.
Hey presto, training material that I can work through on the train even if my mobile broadband won't connect and even though my netbook doesn't have a CD-ROM drive.
And, even though they don't say so on their website, CCH take payment by monthly direct debit so I can spread the cost over 12 months.