This is what Swedish programmer Thomas Backlund posted to his new blog on March 21:

I’ve quit my job.

I’ve quit my apartment.

7:th of May I’m moving out into the Swedish forest to live and work from a tent.

I do not know for how long.

There I’m gonna code om my startup idea.

I have a laptop, battery pack, solar cells and mobile broadband.

Stay tuned..

Since that first post in March, Backlund has followed through with his plan and is happily ensconced in the woods of Sweden, pulling energy down from the sun with his solar panels to power his laptop and mobile broadband connection. When he's not swatting away mosquitos or cooking delicious food over his camp stove, he's spending his time writing code for, a platform that will allow programmers and website developers to easily create back-end services for Internet applications.

Here is the tent that he is working out of:

Thomas Backlund's tent

Backlund has two Brunton Solaris 62 panels, which can be easily rolled up for transportation.

Thomas Backlund's solar panels

Bacon, eggs, and a little java (both coffee and code) by the lake. Not a bad way to spend the summer.

Thomas Backlund cooking breakfast by the lake.

It will be interesting to see how this goes and to hear how forest-coding works out for Backlund. If he pulls this off, we could see a large exodus of coders moving to the woods next summer to work. If you're going to be hunched over a keyboard for 80 hours a week, why not do it next to a beautiful lake/meadow/bubbling brook?

Swing over to to follow along on his wilderness coding adventures.

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