Imagine if people could afford to live where they want to, get their kids the best education possible, and spend the time they wanted to with family and friends.
Some of us have already done this on our own.
Now that I don't live in London I've taken a hit on my salary and the types of work I can do. However, moving to the countryside has allowed me to spend that time with my kids instead. Today we went for a walk in the forest for a few hours and it was wonderful. We've been really lucky, we mandated a broadband connection as part of the move and the world has moved to make this a lifeline for banking, auctions, work, groceries,
I believe people have been doing this for centuries.
At the end of the day I feel fortunate that we can finance living in the country on a programmer's salary. Just like with having kids, I'd say my basic advice is to lower your expectations of what you'll have in life and you'll be fine.
I love that the remote turns on the PS3. Mine is two rooms away with a long HDMI cable - the kids can turn on the PS3 through the walls.
Seeing as we have a toddler, the PS3 is safely ensconced in the 19" rack and little grubby fingers and cheese sandwiches can't get to it.
If I have not seen so far it is because I stood in giant's footsteps.