The other nice thing about working at home is my short commute down one flight of stairs. I was reminded of that today as I headed to the Mathworks. I figured 20 minutes, allowed for 30, but it took 40. And, that was a reverse commute. The traffic heading into Boston was far worse.
@Betajet...have you read any of the stories about Bob Pease's office at National Semi? I couldn't find exactly the story I was after, but got this over on EDN:
"Another time, I was having a discussion with Bob and we went back to his office as he had a document or article to show me. He looked at the wall of paper, started riffling through maybe 1" of the stack about 3' up from the wall, pulled out one sheet and continued the conversation. I never bothered him about his filing method."
The one I was looking for went further. He proceeded as above to find an artile to show someone, then put it back on a DIFFERENT pile. A week later the guy went back and asked for the same article. Bob instantly retrieved it from the new pile.
In Man on the Flying Trapeze (1935), W.C. Fields has a similar filing method. When asked to find a document, he opens a huge roll-top desk filled with a chaos of papers, peeks into the middle of a couple of piles, and produces the required document. He describes his profession as "memory expert".
I think the key to making this method work is to have a personal relationship with each document: it's not just a piece of paper, it's an old friend.
@Max, clearly, you don't understand the significance of the photo? Did your countryman Eric Clapton wear shorts in his picture where he tried to emulate Robert Johnson? Did Johnson wear shorts in his famous picture?
The sad thing is that your profile picture shows you in a suit. Is it that you are ashamed of your knees?
Besides, I took the picture while a Reed employee. You know how those British companies can be.
When I first moved to the USA in 1990, as you say, every day was shirt and tie and real trousers -- except for casual Fridays when you could get by without a tie (I think the wearing of jeans came later -- certainly no shorts).
At that time --24 years ago now -- I don't think anyone wore shorts in England (excepting very young kids) -- maybe at the beach -- I don't recall. I know my friends were surprised the first time I went back wearing shorts.
Now, like you, I work in my own office (I don't work from home -- I have the Pleasure Dome) -- in the summer I wear shorts and Hawaiian shirts and sandles (I go barefoot in the Plaesure Dome) -- in the winter I wear jeans and Hawaiian shirts and sneakers.
I think wearing long pants in an office environment is a high risk venture, it results in worse coffee burns :-)
Anyhow I fixed that by getting a spiffy coffee machine that grinds the beans and froths the milk and keeps it at a lower temperture than instant made with hot water from a jug. Because of that I can wear jeans again :-)
I've got to say, I do prefer jeans I can regulate my temperature better and yes barefoot in summer.
Martin...your title brought to mind a funny story from many years ago. When I ran my own company in Zimbabwe, I wore shorts in the summer (well it is hot!). My business was terminal systems in Travel Agents. We used PTT leased lines and modems, and when they went wrong I assisted the network provider (SITA - the airlines network) to test the lines. This consisted of putting a short circuit on each pair in turn and measuring them at the other end. I had just finished this, and said to the guy at the other end "OK, I'll take my shorts off now" just as the Manageress walked in. She looked horrified. "Whatever are you doing??" she asked. It took some explaining .... :-)
Speaking of hot places, I work at an industrial communication systems startup (hardware + software) in our APAC office in Taipei, Taiwan. Its hot here during the summer: in low to mid 90s °F (mid 30s °C) daily for at least 3 months, or more, unless there is a typhoon of course. Wearing shorts is an absolute necessity for me and a few of my colleagues.
@William_Albano "I work at an industrial communication systems startup (hardware + software) in our APAC office in Taipei, Taiwan. Its hot here during the summer: in low to mid 90s °F (mid 30s °C) daily"
Oh my, thanks for the heads up! I am traveling to Taiwan later on this year. I don't do shorts, though. What do professional women (and depsite what Max Maxfield says that's what I am) wear to stay cool in that kind of oppressive heat?
My one trip to Taiwan was in December (late '80s) and the temperature was certainly not opressive. Long pants, long sleeves, light jackets were about right, even on the Tropic of Cancer. The line goes through the island.
The pollution is, I am sure, much better now in Taipei/Taiwan. I lived in Beijing in 1996/97, which was pretty bad. I lived in Los Angeles, well I was four or five at the time, during the mid-1970s; that was not a particularly good time for pollution there.
People welcomed the rain because it cleared out the pollution.
One of the things I remember most about Taiwan was that on the hills alongside the motorway there were these huge water channels made of concrete up and down the mountains. They were everywhere. When it rains in Taiwan it must really RAIN, or am I misinterpreting the structures.
Notes: I assume they are working women (not students or shop-a-holics) because they have badges. I also assume that the photographer selected them for their style, age etc, and they may not be typical. And I know what my wife would say: "I'm too old to dress like that (at least if you're around)"
Finally, since this is a serious research project, note that none of them appear to be wearing any wearable electronics such as Pebble smart watches....
I work for a company that designs, builds, and sells high-speed high-end data acquisition products. We are in a remote satellite office and customers never visit us so we dress casual; shorts, T-shirts, sandals in the summer. I'm an old old engineer, I cut my teeth in a white shirt and tie, and to tell the truth, I much prefer T-shirts and shorts.
Years ago, I kept a kilt in my desk at the office for warm early-spring days before the air conditioning was turned on for the season. When the office got hot, I'd change from pants to the kilt for the rest of the day.
I worked for a sole proprietorship where every dollar went into or out of the owner's pocket. In winter, the office was so cold that I kept a water bottle that I'd run through the microwave to warm my hands. That was in the days when we still wore ties to work and I kept my jacket on all day, not to be formal but to be less cold.
As David has mentioned, it could be hot in Southern Africa and wearing shorts was perfectly acceptable in many environments along with an open shirt neck (no tie). At one point in the 70s/80s there was an attempt to formalize the dress in what was called a "safari suit". The link doesn't really capture the african version I am talking about and I can't seem to find any other suitable pictures.
There was no belt (which the link sometimes hints to) and the shorts were about mid-thigh length. Also you wore long socks (to about 3/4 calf) and (often mocked by comedians) a comb tucked into the top of one of the socks.
Those aspiring to elegance (or trying to hide a trachiotomy) would wear a cravat.