May 17, 2017 17:24
Published: June 16, 2016 17:43
No preamble, just on to more of the goodies! Some more things to get your telecommuters ahead of the game...
Now, don’t get us wrong, we love hanging out in coffee shops writing these snappy little blog posts just as much as the next guy. We’re on a first-name-basis with a disturbing number of baristas.
However, working out in public (rather than an air-conditioned, cubicle-filled office) has its disadvantages.
For starters, there’s not always air-conditioning. If you’re out on the patio at your favorite coffee place in the 90-degree weather trying to work on your next PowerPoint file, your day just got a little crappy.
But, at least for us, the biggest problem to contend with is the noise. Or at least, it used to be.
See, we discovered that a good pair of noise-cancelling headphones is a tool that, while not often thought of as a productivity booster in the office setting, is worth its weight in gold out here. Whether we’re over in the corner jamming to our favorite beats or just enjoying the blissful lack of child tantrums and heated political debates, these are a must for the toolkit. At a couple hundred bucks for a good pair, they’re pretty accessible, and worth every dime.
Okay, yes.... The days of clandestine corporate espionage are pretty much a thing of the past.
But, no matter whether someone is trying to snipe your idea for a startup or not, it’s never a bad idea to make sure that all those people that you’re in olfactory proximity to can’t exactly just look over your shoulder and read your work.
If you’re in a role that handles any sort of sensitive or financial data, then one of these bad boys is right for you. Slap one on your laptop screen, and anyone viewing it from the sides can only see a dark screen.
Sort of like that old big-screen your dad had in the basement that you had to be planted directly in front of to watch. Someone would almost literally have to be resting their head on your shoulder to be looking at what you’re looking at. And for that, we recommend a police whistle. Unofficially.
This one’s been around for a while, and should be a no brainer. Obviously you’ll have all the storage on that laptop, but what if you’re a designer, or photographer, or the guy making your ultra-cool post-apocalyptic videos that are used to sell your 14-day doomsday prepper course?
Chances are, you’re gonna burn through that hard drive space faster than David Copperfield in a flash-paper plant.
So the inevitable answer is a portable hard drive. They’re discreet, they can store (as of this writing) up to 1 TB of space (that’s terabytes, kids. That’s 1000 Gigabytes!) And most good ones can be found in the $100 to $200 range.
Also, it gives you the option of having necessary files in more than one place while travelling. In the event that damage to your laptop occurs in transit, you still have that information backed up on your portable drive.
Stay tuned, guys! One more to go!