Big Back-Up Goes Ultra Portable

News & Reviews, Technology
October 31st, 2009 No Comments »

It seems the more digital detritus we amass in the home office or telework / road warrior workplace, the more of it we expect to wedge into a smaller and smaller space. That’s where the?Sandisk UltraBackup USB Flash Drive comes in.

This flash drive — or “thumb drive” as some people call it, referring to its digit-like size — is small on size but huge on capacity. Measuring from 8 gigabytes to 32 gigs, this traditional flash drive offers one-touch back-up. It’s ideal for traditional back-up, or just stashing stuff to take on the road.

Good thing, since most?IT pros joke about there being two types of computer users in the world: Those who have lost data, and those who will.

Manufacturers include Seagate, Western Digital and Toshiba, among others. The Seagate FreeAgent Go portable storage device ($159) uses a hard drive docking station. The SanDisk Ultra Backup USB flash drive comes in eight gigabytes to 64 gigabytes. Both back up selected files with push of a back-up button. Prices range from $49.99 to $277.99.

Beware the promise of portability, for it has ?its shortcomings. Should a portable drive fall into the wrong hands, data can be compromised. When buying a drive, look for those with built-in encryption to keep intruders out.?Smaller devices ferried about also are susceptible to damage if dropped.

To read a full review, check out?TechwareLabs’ latest look at the Sandisk UltraBackup USB Flash Drive. “We all have at least one type of portable memory storage unit laying around the house filled with music, work, pictures, videos or what have you. But now those guys from Sandisk have created the first flash drive with a “Backup” button. With no wires and no fuss, see if they made a breakthrough in storing important electronic data safely and with ease.”?Read the whole review here.

Verizon Droid vs. iPhone: A Battle of Similarities – and Differences

News & Reviews, Technology
October 29th, 2009 No Comments »

A funny thing happened while I was reviewing the new Verizon Droid smart phone for Home Office Highway and Chief Home Officer.

I never made a call.

With 10,000 available apps, Verizon’s 3G network, and Google’s Android 2.0 operating system, there’s a lot to do with a phone without ever making a call. In fact, that’s why I may never buy one.

Listen as I review the Droid with Jim Blasingame. Read on below the widget to hear why I’m a tried-and-true BlackBerry person – at least for the moment…

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Marriott’s Residence Inn Taps Home Office Expert for Ad Campaign

News & Reviews
October 26th, 2009 No Comments »

marriott-bookmark-jpgHome office, telework and road warrior technology tips from leading home-business and work-at-home expert Jeff Zbar will be featured in more than two million copies of TIME, Fortune and Money magazines and Time Inc. websites beginning this week.

In a unique promotional campaign for Marriott International Inc.’s Residence Inn brand, Zbar provides two dozen tips on remote work strategies, “cloud” computing and online security. The tips are presented on “bookmarks” bound into the magazines and linked to from the websites. View the bookmark here.

“Road warriors, digital nomads and others who work from the road don’t want to struggle or just get by. They want to thrive – no matter where work and life take them,” said Zbar, creator of Chief Home Officer and Home Office Highway, a site focused on extended, working vacations. “Residence Inn’s campaign reveals in simple detail how easy it can be to achieve location independence and to connect and compute from a workspace other than the home or corporate office.” Read More »

Simple Video Cameras Capture Home Office in HD Clarity

Marketing & Publicity, News & Reviews, Technology
September 24th, 2009 No Comments »

They say video is the Next Frontier for small business marketing. Are you recording?

Videos will be searched, categorized, crawled, archived, accessed and — eventually will replace the typed blog or other commentary for people more interested in having content as eye-and-ear candy than as an exercise in reading.

For that reason, I have a Pure Digital Flip Video HD. It takes sharp, snappy images in crisp HD clarity. I also have a library of home office videos (showcased at the top of this website). Each was taken with a Flip Video.

flip-videoSmall. Simple. Sharp. Easy to share. These attributes describe the evolution of today’s video camera — and what consumers are demanding in them.

These aren’t just for marketing. Contractors can shoot images from job sites. Teleworkers can video their home offices — as proof for their employers that they have a bona fide workspace. Of course, kids can use them for projects and parents can goof off with them (not while working, of course…) Read More »

‘I Had a Meeting in the Bath’ & Other Realities of Home Officing: Financial Times

News & Reviews
August 5th, 2009 2 Comments »

By Pauline Harris and Simon Kuper

The Financial Times

Published: July 28 2009

Jeff Zbar Home OfficeJeff Zbar has been working from home for 20 years but he recalls a sticky moment back in 1992.

“I was on the phone with the founder of a fast-food chain: an older, very established, ivory-towers kind of guy,” says the writer and copywriter based in Florida. “The mailman came, the mail slammed down, the dog started barking, which made the baby start screaming and the executive said to me: ‘What, you work from home?’ There was disdain in his voice. The relationship went sour after that.”

But that was then. Now homeworking is fast coming of age, thanks largely to economic collapse, global warming and overburdened modern parenting. Read More »

Hittin’ The Road, Jack? Home Office & Small Businesses Mixed

News & Reviews, SOHO Workstyles
May 27th, 2009 No Comments »

Hittin’ the road? Many home-based entrepreneurs and small business owners aren’t so sure.

Despite continued economic challenges, the percentage of small business owners planning a summer vacation of at least a week remains similar to last year (56% this year, vs. 59% in 2008), notes the American Express OPEN Small Business Monitor, a semi-annual survey of business owners.

Then again, some entrepreneurs are showing signs that they’ve had enough of the dour predictions and office: Fewer business owners are feeling guilty about taking time off compared to last year (22% vs. 28% in 2008).

What’s most striking about their vacation plans compared to last year is the fact that more business owners are opting to take a less expensive vacation in today’s uncertain economy (32% vs. 20% in 2008). Four of 10 business owners will not take a vacation at all because they can’t afford it.

(The American Express OPEN Small Business Monitor, released each spring and fall, is based on a nationally representative sample of 727 small business owners/managers of companies with fewer than 100 employees. The anonymous survey was conducted via telephone by Echo Research from February 24- March 9, 2009. The poll has a margin of error of +3.6%).

Today’s Forecast: Clouds & Netbooks in the Home Office

News & Reviews, SOHO Workstyles, Telework & Virtual Officing
March 31st, 2009 1 Comment »

Cloud computing & netbooks open the horizon to remote and telework.

Cloud computing & netbooks open the horizon to remote and telework.

You’re a business owner or teleworker who works from a home office.

You’re a road warrior who works from hotels, coffee shops, cafés and airport terminals.

Your life is managed by a BlackBerry in the palm of your hand, or a laptop tucked? in your carry-on or stationed as a permanent appendage in your? life.

Today, your life is shrinking. And your universe is expanding.

Enter Software as a Service (SaaS) and remote computing. Parallel to the growth of “cloud computing” or the concept of information and software being accessed or delivered through the Internet available anytime, anywhere from any device, is the prevalence of netbooks. These small-but-powerful devices deliver robust computing in? a small form factor.

Over the next few blogposts, we’ll look at the growing set of tools that make remote computing a reality for home officers, teleworkers, business owners – and even heads of households who rely on out-of-home access to keep their affairs in order. Read More »

Sunday Home Office Round-Up: Mashing Tools & Blogs

Create & Run Your Biz, Productivity & Efficiency
March 8th, 2009 3 Comments »

digital-inspiration-media-tree-labnol-dot-org-slash-websitesI give up.

As a home office worker, there are too many sites, sources, resources, services, bloggers, blogger tools, Websites, blogsites, social media, social media experts and the like to keep track of them all.

Everyone’s an expert – with a slightly different spin on the new media and alternative officing landscape. There’s so many experts, experts have experts — yet I can’t imagine any have proteges.

Even in home officing, there are a TON of voices out there.

How the hell do you organize all this? How do you stay above the fray and keep your head afloat amid the chaos?

How about a tree?

That’ll work. My pal Owen Frager turned me on to Digital Inspiration’s Best of the Web Recommended Reading tree.? Pretty damn cool. I’ve heard of many, use some, and will investigate others. (the image here is not hyperlinked, but the original at the link above is).

The Good Mr. Frager also turned me on to Mashable’s 85 Tools For freelancers. EIGHTY-FIVE of them. Freakin’ eh! Don’t these people know I have a business to run here?! Talking with a social media newbie last night, she was lamenting the time-sap that all this Facebook – Flickr – Twitter – MySpace – LinkedIn heroin-like sauce can be. But still, this was a good link.

Keen on home office stuff? Visit WHY Magazine online. The folks at Work Home You just put out their March edition — with a retrospective by JZ on 20 years in the home office…

I’m still? looking for more stuff – and more ways to manage the stuff I find. In the meantime, enjoy. Check back in three months when you’ve gone through all these…

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