Top 10 digital nomad writers (including Yours Truly!)

The Free Pursuits blog named "10 Digital Nomads to Learn From" in a post today. I'm blogging about this not to brag about myself being on the list -- OK, not only to brag -- but also to introduce you to the other nine digital nomads...

05/11/09

University takes my advice, requires iPods

One year ago this week, I wrote a column arguing for the requirement of iPods and other gadgets in the nations schools ("Are iPod-banning schools cheating our kids?: Why iPods and other electronic gadgets should be required, not...

05/11/09

I'm becoming semi-nomadic

A year ago, I proposed to my wife that we sell everything we own and become full-time digital nomads. She wants to travel, but also wants a "nest" — a home base in the United States. Starting tomorrow, our compromise plan goes into...

04/30/09

Zoho bests Google in mobile app suite?

Google wants to own the future of mobile software, including office suite software, but Zoho launched a new capability to run its very solid, browser-based mobile apps on all major platforms, not just iPhone and Windows Mobile. The...

04/28/09

Earth Class Fail

One of the most useful services ever to be offered to freelancing digital nomads is the Earth Class Mail check-depositing service announced last July. Unfortunately, they offered the service, but do not actually provide it. At least,...

04/23/09

Digital nomads: Your camera has arrived at last!

I've got a common-sense list of 8 criteria for an acceptable digital nomad camera. Until this month, no camera met all requirements. But when the $400 Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS1 shipped this month, all criteria were suddenly met. I've...

04/22/09

The Twitter growth numbers tell us nothing

The March Twitter numbers are in: Traffic more than doubled. At least that's what's being reported. Unfortunately, the figure is almost meaningless. Let's be very clear on the facts. A company called comScore reported today that the...

04/16/09

Steve Jobs' new job: Digital Nomad In Chief

The Wall Street Journal today shed some light, and some informed rumor, on the new life of Steve Jobs, Apple's CEO now on medical leave. Jobs is reportedly working on "the development of future products," according to the paper,...

04/13/09

How Apple will kill satellite radio this summer

Satellite radio will die soon anyway, but Apple will accidentally perform a mercy killing of Sirius XM Radio this summer. That is, if the rumors are true (and they probably are). The first rumor is that Apple will ship in June or...

04/07/09

The 6 stages of Twitter media coverage hell

The Twitter microblogging service has received an absurd quantity of press in the mainstream media lately. Everybody has been talking about it, from CNN, which has built entire shows around it, to The View, where each host tries to...

03/31/09

How schools fail students on technology

The education crisis is bad and getting worse. The US spends more on education than any other nation, so the problem is not (as commonly portrayed) a funding crisis. The causes for this sorry state of affairs are many, but one major...

03/30/09

Microsoft is right. HP is wrong. Again!

Funny thing happened this week in the tech press. On Thursday, the Inquirer printed a story with the headline "Touch Screen Is the Future of Computing, Says Microsoft." The very next day, Vnunet.com published another story headlined...

03/28/09

Education reform: Let's start by burning all the textbooks

President Obama wants to simultaneously improve education while getting costs under control. School districts are so stressed financially that they're laying off teachers and ending valuable programs. Here's one modest proposal from...

03/26/09

Group announces 'Broadband Bill of Rights'

A group advocating broadband Internet access in rural areas of the US has announced a five-point "Broadband Bill of Rights" designed to guarantee Internet access far beyond the nation's cities and suburbs. The group also calls for...

03/25/09

New reQall offers location-based reminders

The best product I've ever used for reminders and personal productivity is a free service called reQall. Today, the company announced improvements to the free version, now called reQall Standard, plus an all-new Pro version that...

03/25/09

5 ways gadget blogs fail readers

Needless to say, I love gadget blogs. I read hundreds of them, and even write one or two. We gadget bloggers do a lot of things well, I think. For example, many are good at boiling down complex feature sets into concise, meaningful...

03/24/09

Recession woes? Why not become a digital nomad?

The economy is in the toilet. Foreclosures are skyrocketing. Unemployment is rising. 401ks have lost value. What should you do? Here's an idea: Why not travel the world? Wait, what? Our culture pounds into our heads that...

03/23/09

Does bad connectivity drive away customers?

A new survey says that a majority of respondents would avoid a hotel in the future if they had bad cell phone reception. And nearly half would make the same decision for office space, meeting facilities and even hospitals. Is bad...

03/21/09

Lenovo's Pocket Yoga netbook is concept only, not real product

A stunning new netbook-slash-tablet from China's PC giant, Lenovo, called the Pocket Yoga, has been lighting up Twitter and the blogs this morning. Unfortunately, the so-called product is nothing more than a two-year-old concept...

03/16/09

Your cell phone is dirtier than a toilet. Here's help!

Cell phones harbor thriving colonies of bacteria and viruses. Researchers say, for example, that cell phones are major carriers of superbugs in hospitals. Now, a new gadget helps you sterilize your phone!It's no wonder cell phones...

03/14/09

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