It’s easy to think of your commute, no matter how long it is, as dead time. Maybe you listen to the radio, maybe you read the paper, but there’s not much room for flexibility.
Or maybe there is, especially for driver/walkers. Lifehacker’s post on Tools For Finding Stuff Nearby can come in handy if you’ve got any wiggle room in your trip from point A to point B.
Take your morning coffee and bagel, for instance. Does your current stop having WiFi so you can fire up the laptop?
If all you want is a connection, we've got you covered. Gina's definitive guide to finding free Wi-Firecommends such tools as WeFi and JiWire, along with other means of hopping on the net from almost anywhere. If you want somewhere you'll actually enjoy being with your laptop,LaptopFriendlyCafes.comcovers 104 spots in New York City (and a scant few shops elsewhere), or type "laptop" or "wi-fi" into local review aggregator Yelp and see what comes up.
Similar tools show you the good restaurants in your neighborhood, so why not bring home dinner for the family sometime?
And don’t forget GasBuddy so you know you’re getting the best deal before you fuel up!