I’m currently in rural Norway. Rural in means two hours driving to the nearest major airport. The sun never quite sets, the scenery is idyllic and there’s a warm glow on the green hills and one of the world’s top Salmon rivers is chasing its way downstream to a fjord.

I’m tired, and haven’t slept since I left Seattle at midday on Sunday. But I’m working, to the extent that one can. I have a ton of preparation to do for a sales event in Brussels a week from now. And there’s the incessant stream of email to deal with. People are sending me 20MB files of ppt in preparation for next week, and here I sit with nothing more than an Edge connection.

It turns out that just when you think that a really dodgy latency and really dodgy bandwidth may be about to grab you by the ankles and assert the laws of physics, that desktop virtualization still makes sense. While logged on remotely to my hosted Win7 desktop, I simply take the 20MB Powerpoints and docs, and drop them into my dropbox folder on my hosted desktop. They instantly upload from the Citrix San Jose XenDesktop implementation to the cloud, and very nearly instantly (probably entirely because of dedup) they show up on my Mac. Neat. And very fast. So I can handle a day full of kids, and a night full of west coast work without any challenges.

Using Outlook to my Win7 XenDesktop over edge is really easy. Slight, but predictable latency – but no jitter. I’m managing to delete emails at the rate at which they arrive. Fleetingly, thoughts around the Shannon bandwidth cross my mind, and I
And then the ridiculous: A neighbor comes over to collect an iPad he asked me to bring to Norway. He’s ecstatic of course, and tells me about everything he’s going to do with it. Somewhat smugly I suggest that he run Windows 7 on it, and point him to my Mac, with my XenDesktop running. “Aha, Citrix!” he says. “Yes, I use that already for work. That’s why I wanted the iPad.” OK, then, let’s just get on with the day and see what else comes up.