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March 18, 2008

Work from Home

Filed under: social — Tags: , — Hailin @ 8:34 pm

I bumped into my second brother, Dr. Xiaoliu, on Gtalk the other day. He asked me “are you still working from home?”  I knew what he meant.  It is hard for a doctor to imagine that one can actually “work” and “stay at home”.

I enjoyed working from home over the past five months or so.
The biggest benefit is being able to live in any place I likes. Then there is no more daily commute chore, which used to take at least one hour each day.  That was 220 hours per year, and equivalent of over a month of working days!  Furthermore, I’ve always disliked the cubicle office life, where there is little privacy.  Equipped with 10Mbps fiber optics connection, I am able to do online collaborations very quickly.  Questions are often discussed and resolved in minutes.

I’d be lying if I say there is no downsides to telecommuting.
Face-to-face meetings have very important values that are hard to duplicate using other medium.  When I left my expertise area and jumped into the Web 2.0 world, I truly realized that the ability to learn is the most important ability of  all. In this Internet age, information is everywhere, but a good portion of knowledge is still contained in books.  The following books helped me a lot over the past few months:

  • PHPEclipse guide
  • Scalable Internet Architecture
  • Designing with Web standards
  • PHP definitive guide
  • HTTP, XHTML guide
  • Ajax and PHP
  • Flash CS3 Professional Video

So back to my brother’s question. “Yes, I still work from home, and I’ve enjoyed it”.  It’s good to work with a super smart team and from home!


  1. hello hailin
    can you please give the download links of the books you followed if they are not copyrighted. In case they are copyrighted please give the other datails of the book like the author and the isbn number

    Thank you

    Comment by huntme — April 4, 2008 @ 8:07 am

  2. Hi,
    A few details are:
    PHPEclipse: A User Guide. By SHu-Wai Chow
    Programming PHP, by Rasmus Lerdorf, et al.
    Scalable Internet Architectures, by Theo Schlossnagle
    Flash CS3 Professional Video, by Robert Reinhardt

    They are all hard copy books.

    Comment by Hailin — April 4, 2008 @ 11:26 am

  3. Somehow i missed the point. Probably lost in translation 🙂 Anyway … nice blog to visit.

    cheers, Circusy.

    Comment by Circusy — June 18, 2008 @ 10:27 pm

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