SOMETIMES YOU NEED to take total responsibility for your work practises. That pre-eminent concept can conflict with employer guidelines because when working, you may need to subordinate your personal preferences to what is best for the group. I face that dilemma right now because when I leave work, my electronic workspace is neutered. Everything on my desktop stays in an inaccessible virtual space. All my personally acquired and registered software fails to work. I cannot right-click and save when browsing the web. I cannot save from any program that writes to a local drive. For network admins who read these words, please take on board this absolute fact: some of your clients do not fit inside easily administered plain vanilla profiles. I am one of those people and under the current circumstances, I am effectively chained to my workstation inside my main business premises. The only mobile work I can do is with online office suites. There's a lesson in that and an unexpected experience I am enjoying. The bottom line may be that I finish January 2007 trusting the cloud more than I trust my workplace network services.