DaedTech Digest: How I Work on the Road
I skipped last week’s Digest Friday, so my apologies for that. Let’s get back on track.
I’m continuing with the theme of using the Friday digests to talk a little about remote/location-independent life. I know a lot of you in my feeds and social media seem interested in this kind of thing, and some of you ask me questions about it. So, a couple of hundred words and a photo per week seems like a good way to address that.
Last time I talked about where we stay and how. Today I’ll briefly cover the idea of work. People often ask me how that goes as we wander around.
Well, for domestic travel, we generally load up what we need into our Jeep (including our pets) and drive. This gives me enough space to bring my desktop tower setup and 3 monitors, to which I am admittedly addicted. I also haul around a folding table and chair just in case our lodging lacks adequate desk space. As a result, I can set up shop anywhere.
From there, it’s just a matter of filtering the AirBNB/VRBO rentals to make sure they have a good internet connection. I also message the landlords ahead of time to stress that lack of reliable connection is a deal breaker. Between these two precautions, we’ve always had good luck.
So that’s really it. I haul my setup around with me and work from “home” the way anyone would work from home. But my home at the moment features extremely nice views, like this one:
- If you ever want quick hitting, easy explanations of digital marketing and SEO concepts, give Moz’s whiteboard Friday a look.
- I’m going to give a shout out to Alexa for a couple of reasons. First of all, you can now apparently dial any phone number you want with her. And secondly, I’ve been enjoying easy integration over bluetooth with my phone for playing audio.
- Here’s something we get a good bit of lately: low calorie (and high protein) ice cream called Halo Top. You won’t confuse it with the hard pack stuff at Coldstone Creamery or whatever, but it’s pretty tasty and for a fraction of the calories.
- Here’s one for the ASPE blog where I wrote about how leadership can break down organizational silos.
- I wrote a post for NDepend about how to win arguments about code that you have with team members.
- For the Typemock blog, I mused about whether or not it’s worth paying for a mocking framework.
- For all of you tech bloggers out there, here’s one from the Hit Subscribe blog about some of my go-to WordPress plugins.