location independent

  • 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?
  • 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.
  • 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.
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