I'll start commuting one hour by train each way this week.
What do you do during your commute by public transport to keep yourself busy or the commute pleasant ?
Do you use any specific mobile phone apps ? Preparing reading material for later reading ?
On Caltrain, I tether my wi-fi. If you're on the fastest bullet, don't bother trying to get internet, it doesn't work. Otherwise, the moderately fast bullet or the regular trains will give you reasonable internet to answer email.
Oh, I also use VLC with a tv show or movie and watch at 1.25-2X speed so that I can watch a whole thing in a fairly short span of time. You'll realize it works pretty well.
Additionally, I swear by Pocket (which also reads articles to you), Voice Dream (which integrates with a bunch of other things and can read to you as well at a fairly fast clip). If I'm reading, I'll also use the Kindle app or potentially have my Kindle with me.
If I'm reading an online article, I've been trying to train myself with Spreed so that I'm reading faster.
I've seen others just play games on their mobile devices or use dating apps - both of which seem to magically make the commute disappear.
Is your bike route quiet enough that you feel safe listening & biking?
Other than that, I like to watch 20-25min TV Shows ( Older ones like Futurama, or Rick and Morty ) if I don't want to read.
Think about what you want to accomplish with all that time and then build from there- do you want to use the hour in the morning to get a leg up on your workday? Do you want to use the hour in the evening to relax from work fully so you can jump into chores/hobbies when you get home?
Here's a recent one, involving a quick six mile mountain bike loop in the hills, with a pause in the middle to fit in a 36 problem bouldering circuit:
As nice as it is to have that extra couple hours of free time each day to spend with the family, it's still a good plan to fill it up with some time for yourself every once in a while.
Cat & Cloud - It's a podcast about the specialty coffee world & community
I Brew My Own Coffee - A podcast about coffee brewing, tasting, and lifestyle.
Lore - A Podcast that explores the facts behind scary stories, myths, and stuff.
Radiolab - An awesome podcast that is super cool and rad.
This Developer's Life - Like This American Life but for developers. Stories from around the development community on different topics.
I used to have long commutes when I lived in California and when I travelled by train or in a van provided by my company I considered the travel time to be work time, bringing whatever materials I needed with me. Listening to music or fun reading seemed like a waste of time. When driving to work I would organize my work day, as much as possible.
When I have to make my connecting train, I just close the laptop and can quickly open it back up when I get to my next seat.
On days where I do not want to program, I use the amazon kindle app with the whisper sync so I can listen to audio books. If I just want to listen to music, I use the free version of Spotify on my phone.
If I'm not travelling with my laptop then I will typically read a book or magazine.
You might also find noise cancelling earphones and a supply of music useful if you have noisy fellow commuters, but it's not strictly necessary.
The other commute is a 1.5 - 2 hour trek each way broken into legs. I use my laptop on the safe leg unless crowding prevents it. On the unsafe legs, I read a magazine or book. I was reading the latest issue of 2600 today and will do so for the next commute or two. I listen to music the whole way.
Other apps I use: Pocket Casts, Safari To Go, Feedly, Play Newsstand (subscription to New Yorker), Boston Globe (subscription), Amazon Kindle.
One thing to know is that your local library has free ebooks and audiobooks for download.
I specifically take the slightly-slower bus rather than the slightly-faster train so I can reliably get a seat even at busy times.
The Internet has been fast enough to make remote work feasible for at least ten years.
Commuting is a horrendous waste of resources.