digital nomad

  • Digital nomad survival tips you can use anywhere

    Posted October 15, 2013 - 2:33 pm

    Mike Elgan traveled over three continents in the past 18 months and has these tips for staying connected, keeping powered up and protecting your valuable gadgets from theft.
  • New generation of rugged gadgets hits

    Posted November 17, 2009 - 9:03 pm

    When the going gets tough, the tough get rugged PCs, phones and other gadgets. Just a few years ago, there was hardly anything worth buying in this category. But now, there's a world of devices that can survive water, shock, dirt and extreme temperatures.
  • Car power inverter looks like a cup of coffee!

    Posted November 6, 2009 - 12:12 am

    I never understood why car makers don't build normal home electrical outlets into cars. Are they from another planet? Don't they know that every single driver is carrying at least one device that needs to be charged? Why do they force us to buy an inverter?
  • Wireless security camera for digital nomads hits

    Posted October 30, 2009 - 5:26 pm

    Homeowners protect their loved ones and property by installing surveillance cameras around the house to detect intruders. But what about those of us who travel constantly, or live in specific places only temporarily? We want security, too!
  • Simplify your life the Bruce Sterling way!

    Posted October 22, 2009 - 3:59 pm

    Science fiction genius Bruce Sterling gave a truly fascinating talk at the Reboot conference June 1 in Copenhagen. I would characterize it as the unveiling of a post-environmental, post-materialist view of the world. But embedded in the vision was shockingly practical advice for improving your life through simplification and optimization of your "stuff." His system is ideal for digital nomads.
  • How to fly anywhere cheap

    Posted October 20, 2009 - 6:34 pm

    To the casual observer, airline pricing is insane. On any given flight, each passenger has paid a different price than the others. Some have paid absurdly high prices, and others have paid prices so low it's almost free. You want to be the person with the cheap tickets, and I'm going to tell you how.
  • In search of the ultimate temporary office

    Posted October 19, 2009 - 3:43 pm

    I'm looking for the ultimate getaway office -- the one place in the world that's better than all others for getting your work done. What makes for a great temporary office? Let's hear your opinions, and see your submissions.
  • Will the 'Smart Netbook' become a trend?

    Posted October 15, 2009 - 5:16 pm

    Acer announced this week its Acer Aspire One AOD250, which dual-boots into either Windows or Android. Nice! But what is it?
  • The Internet. Who says you can't take it with you?

    Posted October 13, 2009 - 1:25 pm

    My first reaction to the new WikiReader device, which houses the entire Wikipedia on disk and enables you to browse it, was "huh?" My second reaction was "wow." Let's face it. If you travel, you'll find yourself with long stretches of un-connected time. If you had only one Internet resource available to you, the Wikipedia would probably be it.
  • What kind of digital nomad are you?

    Posted October 8, 2009 - 5:31 pm

    Location-independent digital nomads run the gamut from people who sneak off to Starbucks to get some focused work done to hard-core adventure travelers who sell their house, leave the country and travel the world for years. In between, there are all kinds of people and reasons to take advantage of the flexible-work opportunities that mobile devices, social networks and the Internet make possible. Here's my best attempt at the creation of a meaningful taxonomy of digital nomads.
  • You ready for a wristwatch cell phone yet?

    Posted October 5, 2009 - 3:09 pm

    San Diego-based Kempler & Strauss this morning rolled out an incredible $199 wristwatch cell phone called the W PhoneWatch. The gadget sports a calendar, address book, a calculator, stopwatch, a vibration mode for silent alarms, a no-stylus touch screen, microSD slot and the ability to both take and play pictures and videos. How cool is that?
  • Why Starbucks is a better office than your office

    Posted October 4, 2009 - 7:21 pm

    Every coffee shop, bookstore cafe and library has people who sit there for hours working on a laptop. Why don't they just work at home, or in an office somewhere?
  • Office in a bag: Basic 'musts' for the digital nomad

    Posted October 1, 2009 - 1:20 pm

    In the past few months, the dream of the digital nomad lifestyle has really taken flight. You know when major newspapers pick up on a trend, it's reaching the mainstream -- something that Computerworld's own Mike Elgan has been predicting for some time.
  • The Well Equipped Mobile Professional

    Posted September 28, 2009 - 1:35 am

    The more you leave the office and still work, the more you must plan ahead to make your work tools mobile. ComputerWorld's Office in a Bag lists many of the items some mobile professionals feel are musts for the modern digital nomad.
  • OK, maybe the 'Laptop Burka' isn't the answer to screen glare

    Posted September 23, 2009 - 10:06 am

    Digital nomads tend to find ourselves using laptops in places where there is too much light, and too many nosy people -- like at sidewalk cafes. In parks. In bed. Etc. One solution is a product called the "Laptop Burka." Wait, what?
  • Best idea ever: the three-day workweek!

    Posted September 16, 2009 - 7:20 pm

    The magazine NewScientist makes a compelling case for the four-day workweek. I have a better idea: How about a three-day workweek. Keep the office open three days a week, and have staff work from home (or wherever) two days per week. Everybody wins!
  • Is location independence 'unrealistic'?

    Posted September 13, 2009 - 3:48 pm

    I'm at my laptop today, working in the cafe part of Malaprop's Bookstore and Cafe in Asheville, North Carolina, reading an article about how doing what I'm doing might be unrealistic.
  • Upcoming service lets you travel without luggage

    Posted September 8, 2009 - 2:42 pm

    A startup called Zero Baggage plans to offer a range of services that will enable you to travel without having to check luggage. They'll do this by storing your clothing and other items in cities you travel to often, or letting you "rent" stuff from the company.
  • What lippies want

    Posted September 4, 2009 - 12:16 pm

    Don't look now, but the location-independent movement is growing. Technology gives us the power to work wherever we please, and travel while stilling making a living. More people are embracing the digital nomad, extreme telecommuter, location independent lifestyle every day. It's time that hardware, software and Internet companies notice this rising movement, and start offering products that take this lifestyle to the next level.
  • The 3 hardest things about location independence

    Posted September 1, 2009 - 7:21 pm

    True location independence sounds impossible to a lot of people. Surprisingly, however, the stuff most people think is hard can be easy, and the stuff people think will be easy is hard. The hardest things to come by are attention, electricity and understanding by others about what in the hell you're up to.
  • Cheap sleep, part II

    Posted August 27, 2009 - 9:01 am

    In my last post, I told you how to use new 2.0 resources to find a low-cost place to stay as an alternative to costly hotels. But cheap accommodation is only half the equation. The other half is to reduce or offset the monthly cost of your empty house. Here are three approaches that will save you big time.
  • How to sleep cheap

    Posted August 24, 2009 - 2:40 pm

    Technology can free us to travel and still make a living while we do it, but travel is expensive. Four awesome new Web 2.0 resources have emerged recently that help you find cheap shelter: Roomorama, iStopOver, Airbnb and Peer to Peer Travel Club.
  • Dispatch from Anywhere, USA

    Posted August 20, 2009 - 6:40 pm

    The Brains Without Borders blog is about the growing location independence movement, which is nothing more than the skillful use of technology to free yourself from having physical location dictate what you can and cannot do. A location independent professional is a digital nomad, but one who gets paid.

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