Many web workers are nomadic with their work. I certainly am, and I try to constantly collect tools for making this working lifestyle a little easier. In this post, I’ll round up five good ways to go about this.
Online Storage. I continue to be surprised by how few web workers I know make use of ADrive. Unlike the many providers of free online storage that give you one to five gigabytes of capacity, ADrive offers 50, which is nothing to sneeze at. If you store key files online, you get the peace of mind that goes with being able to access them from anywhere.
Public Wi-Fi Security Tools. All you need are a few simple tools, such as a free VPN software application and a firewall to keep your public hotspot sessions secure. Here’s an inventory of the easy tools that can keep you safe.
Hassle-Removing Sites. A few online sites do a fantastic job of making life easier for the traveling web worker. Check out some good ones here.
Consider a Super Lightweight Subnotebook. Even though I’m happy with the Lenovo ThinkPad x40 computer that I use a lot of the time while on the go, I’ve become a fan of the Asus Eee PCs. I have a small, Linux-based Eee PC that is under two pounds, and I often prefer it for, say, writing on the go. These can be had for under $400–worth considering as a second portable computer.
USB Thumb Drive. I’ve written before about useful applications to keep on a USB thumb drive. I have one in my pocket at all times, and you can get 32GB of capacity for very little money. If you investigate this idea, check out PortableApps. It lets you get scads of good open source software titles on your USB key in one download.
Do you have any good tips for mobile web workers?