It’s One of the Perks of the Job

by Joey deVilla on June 15, 2010

View from the bar at Cafe Novo, looking out onto the patio and High Park

The best antidote for a day full of meetings in boardrooms in a suburban office park is to finish it in different surroundings. So when my last meeting on Friday ended with a couple of hours of business day to spare, I made a beeline for one of my favourite “field offices” – Cafe Novo, located across the street from High Park, and a very short walk from home.

The photo above was the view from my “workstation” at 4 p.m. on Friday: the bar facing the roll-up front wall which in turn faces the park. Pictured are the tools of my trade – my trusty Dell Latitude XT2 tablet with the memory maxed out at 5 GB and the so-last-century mechanical hard drive replaced with a solid state one, my favourite portable mouse and an iced mocha.

Working in settings like this is one of the perks of the job.

This article also appears in Canadian Developer Connection.

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Nigel June 15, 2010 at 11:57 am

How’s the wifi? I could use another spot to work away from home or office.

Joey deVilla June 15, 2010 at 12:13 pm

Nigel: Cafe Novo’s wireless is open, strong, reliable and easy to find (the SSID is the very obvious “Cafe Novo”). They’re also quite work-friendly — just “pay the rent”, which is easy because their drinks and pastries are delicious.

Nigel June 15, 2010 at 12:16 pm

Awesome. Baked goods, caffeine & wifi sound perfect.

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