Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Wish You Worked Here ... and Not Here

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Wish You Worked Here ... and Not Here

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WHERE were you during the last Tube strike?

And where will you be for the next one? With commuter grief at record levels, it is hardly surprising that more and more people are choosing to work from home. More than 1.6 million people do so at least one day a week, according to the Office of National Statistics, and the number is rising by about 20 per cent a year.

According to a recent RAC survey, most drivers are resigned to working from home in the near future: 55 per cent think that by 2010, most people will sit at a computer at home rather than commute. Not that they want to: they believe charges for driving into cities will be prohibitive and public transport will still be awful. Technology is making it happen: thanks to the internet, you can now be almost as connected to office systems at home as in the office - though wrestling with the kit without technical support can be a turnoff. Nevertheless, if you want to create a home-office heaven, here are a few services that might help: Digital communication at 10 times the speed of a regular phone-modem is enjoyed by ADSL (asynchronous digital subscriber line) users. It is "always on", and you pay a flat fee of [pound]40 a month. Some experts fear the speed could drop once everyone is on the system, and the "always on" feature means you are always open to hackers, so a good firewall is essential.

* www.bt.com/openworld If you are on cable TV, chances are you could get high-speed data much cheaper than ADSL (at about [pound]20 a month plus [pound]150 installation). And it is potentially much faster - trials have begun in London of Ethernet over cable, at a sparkling 10 megabits a second (200 times faster than the fastest ordinary modem).

* www.ntl.com Mobile phones are getting similar data services to ADSL now - there is the "always on" option, and you pay for the amount of data received rather than the time you spend on line. …

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