Technology virtual work

My Picks for the Global Mobile Worker Project

March 20, 2014

Well I have survived the first and most dramatic leg of my global mobile journey.  I can count it as a success.  I was able to stay connected despite Windows 8, the vagaries of hostel WiFi and the challenges of a backpacker lifestyle that has you on ten hour bus rides and requires you to travel tech lite.  And in the middle of my trip one of my partners resigned and I had to take over planning a major event – remotely. Even though I had to walk a dirt road in the dark to the internet café in town while in El Ramate, Guatemala I made the weekly planning call.  The event was a triumph, and I have photos to prove it.

BAC GA event

Gender Partnership Summit: The Economic Imperative for the 21st Century

There were definitely some tools that made the journey possible.

Asus TaichiMy ASUS Taichi was light, portable and a fast charger.  The battery life was not what was advertised but was a manageable 3 hours.  The dual screens was not really relevant on my travels but will be great when making presentations to clients in Europe.

TMobile GlobalTMobile Gobal was a champ.  It always gave me a feeling of security when I crossed a border, and we crossed 19 in four months, and I got the TMobile message – Welcome to …..

Only Hondorus, Belize and, of course Cuba, did not join in the party.  It was with a profound sense of how the world has changed that I received my Welcome to Moscow message at the Moscow airport while we waited for our connecting flight to Vienna for the beginning of my European adventure.  TMobile is changing the world of global mobile calling.

TMobile Global Simple Choice

This little adapter was the best travel accessory ever.  I never would have known about it if Amazon hadn’t sent me a dud computer requiring me to race to Computer Central in San Francisco where the salesman pointed me to the Universal Travel Adapter and Surge Protector

Travel Universal Adaptor Surge Protector

Take a good look at the photo because there are plenty of wantabees on the market and this little beauty doesn’t seem to come from a specific company, but I found it on Ebay and Alibaba.

Scott Travel Vest

Talk about technology.  This travel vest is a design marvel.  I carried everything that was important to us on my body regardless of distance or temperature and it was all good.  The vest makes it look like, well, you are just wearing a vest, not ten pounds of cash, passports and technology.  It even had a handy key ring in the outside pocket so I didn’t lose your hostal keys.

I can’t forget my Dropbox – the glue that held our virtual team together.  I could access files on my phone – and did when we forgot to bring our passports to the bus station for tickets from Boliva to Peru I showed her the PDF from Dropbox.  I could work on documents even when I didn’t have internet access and my team would see the results of my brilliance as soon as I connected.  Love you Dropbox.  dropbox

I also have to give a shout out to my three-year old REI rolling backpack.  I don’t think they even sell it anymore but it held everything I needed, survived being tossed in buses and rolled down country roads.  A real road warrior.

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  • Anonymous March 21, 2014 at 12:41 am

    I love this post!!! Congrats on making it through that journey

  • August 16, 2015 at 8:01 am

    One of the comments above mentions 3 year postdoc positions. In my field these are a thing of the past. Increasingly because of the emergence of large collaborative projects, contract lengths have significantly decreased. I did get funding through NERC on a project where my position was funded for the first year of a 3 year project and then the last year, for which I did count myself lucky! I think short term-ism now is enshrined within the research funding structure. Because of the way the system works, not only does the research need to be carried out within a 6 – 12 month period, but it needs to be written up, and published in that timescale as well. Its absolutely ludicrous.
    Longchamp Prune

  • August 27, 2015 at 4:43 am

    The above calculations, of course, assume someone *knows* your method of picking passwords – which is the appropriate assumption.
    Longchamp Le Pliage Jacquard