Effective Use of Commuting Time
One thing I hate about Jakarta is its traffic. Driving from home to the office, vice versa, usually take me about 1 hour or more depending on the traffic on average. For a while, I survived the trip by listening to radio stations, playing Pocket Sudoku or reading e-books on Windows Mobile device. But sometimes, the radio stations do not broadcast anything that is suitable to my taste. Reading or playing Sudoku / any game while driving is just too much of a distraction and really only doable while waiting in line on the traffic light stops, especially when you don't have a driver. Listening to CD quickly become a boring thing since you know you already heard the song for x amount of times before. So what am I to do? Isn't there a better way to commute that at least can be useful in the long run?
I knew for a long time I wanted to download podcasts relating to development / IT stuffs and listen to them while commuting. About two months ago I finally upgraded my faithful Nokia 6600 with a Sony Ericsson K800i equipped with 1 GB of memory and starting from that day forward, I got my wish. I downloaded a bunch of podcasts from DotNetRocks,HanselMinutes, etc. and they always accompany me wherever I travel now. I know, I know, I can do better w/ an iPod, but the cellphone works just fine for my need, beside I don't have to carry lots of gadgets.
How about you? What do you do while you are commuting to make it better?