Working remotely is becoming a necessity for the modern American workforce. Sickness, business trips, and travel conditions all put a strain on work time and morale, but they do not necessarily have to stop you from working. The internet and mobile apps have changed remote working from fiction into reality. Read below to see five of the best apps that let you work from anywhere.
Skype is an old mainstay of remote communication. While people are most familiar with Skype’s one-on-one video chat capability, Skype also allows for larger group video conferences. Consequently, Skype is as useful for doing business as it is for keeping in touch with friends and family. Skype also has a built-in instant messenger that allows you to communicate without having to speak or use video. Skype was originally produced by an independent group but was recently purchased by Microsoft. It is free to use for communicating from one computer to another, even for group chats. However, there is a fee to use Skype for computer-to-phone calls.
Lots of old instant messenger accounts from services like AOL Instant Messenger, MSN Messenger, Yahoo Messenger, and others still exist and still have users. However, relying on the native instant messenger platforms forces their users to open several applications at once. To remedy this, several different multi-platform instant messaging clients have been made. Pidgin is one of the best-developed and most popular. It bundles almost all of the commonly used instant messaging clients into one package, saving time and making it easier to communicate with colleagues across different platforms. Pidgin is an open-source project and thus free to use.
Tripit helps business travelers keep their trips in order. It is full of functions that help travelers stay on time and informed. It has tools for checking the weather, local maps, and managing your calendar through outside apps like Google Calendar or iCal. It even allows you to check in for your flight and book tables at local restaurants. Tripit also allows groups of travelers to coordinate their schedules and keep track of one another. Tripit is a free download either through their website or the App Store.
4: Dragon Dictation
Dragon Dictation is a speech-to-text iPad and iPhone app geared towards the efficient production of written documents like emails. Speaking is much faster than typing as a means of communication, so Dragon Dictation aims to leverage that by accurately converting dictated words into text. This functionality is especially useful for iPads and iPhones because they lack an attached keyboard and many people find the onscreen keyboards inaccurate and difficult to use. Programmers have also made it so Dragon Dictation can link up to your texting app, allowing you to dictate texts. Messages can also be corrected via spoken commands. Dragon Dictation is free to download and use through the App Store.
Numbers is an iPad and iPhone app designed for the creation and manipulation of spreadsheets through a tool like the iPad. It supports all of the most common spreadsheet formats including Excel files, text files as CSVs, and PDFs. Numbers has all of the basic functions you would hope for in a spreadsheet app including mathematical functions, charts, graphs, and linked spreadsheets. Numbers uses the iCloud so documents can be easily shared and accessed remotely. However, like other Apple-based spreadsheet programs, Numbers does not include macros. Numbers costs $9.99 at the App Store.
These five apps allow you to now work successfully from your couch, that coffee shop down the road or even an island paradise halfway across the world. Because of today’s technology innovators, we are able to work from anywhere, making it possible to run busy households and perform the multitudes of daily tasks we maybe couldn’t find the time to do before.
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When it comes to sharing personal things on social media, there are many things that shouldn’t be posted to attract negative attention. However, there are also things that shouldn’t be shared for legitimate safety concerns. How can a status update on Facebook put anyone’s safety in jeopardy? Whenever “checking in” somewhere or counting down to a vacation, people that you don’t know are made aware of your whereabouts and if your home is unsupervised. This not only puts you, but your entire family and home in trouble.
Here are 10 things you shouldn’t share on your social page to stay safe.
1. Location- Geo tagging is what lets the statuses you post be marked with what city you’re nearest to. This will alert an intruder if you’re away from home and how far away you are.
2. Vacation Details- Wait until the trip is complete and pictures are uploaded before sharing vacation details. Make your break from social media quiet to avoid the chance that someone is waiting for you to go out of town.
3. Job Location and Details- It’s best not to include your employment location. If it’s a long distance from home, intruders can learn your schedule, and time or arrival and departure based off how much you share.
4. Photos of Electronics- Did you get a new iPad for your birthday? Don’t share this. When you post pictures of expensive items it allows potential intruders to know what to look for and make a quick exit.
5. Home Renovation Projects- Use caution when sharing information about projects going on at your home. Whether it’s already built or under construction, the team working might not notice someone different walking through the debris.
6. Address of Home- Be careful when taking photos outside. Make sure address numbers and mailbox numbers are blurred out of any pictures that you post.
7. Checking In- Avoid “checking in” when out and about. This lets others know where you are, what you’re doing, if you’re alone, and that your home is possibly unsupervised.
8. Details of Home Security- It’s safe to assume that most home are equipped with home security system. If you’re between home monitoring services, or are experiencing issues with one that leaves your home vulnerable, don’t talk about it until the issue is resolved and your home is secure.
9. Jewelry- Announce the engagement or anniversary without the new sparkly ring attached. This will not only show others that expensive jewels reside in your home, but also that you wear valuable pieces.
10. Landmarks Near Home- If your home resides near a large landmark such as a high school stadium, water tower, or in a particular neighborhood, avoid mentioning them.
About the Author: Michelle is a blog writer for a Dallas based home security company. She loves writing about DIY projects, green living, and family safety.
- Dreams don’t have an expiration date.
They don’t? I say they definitely do get rotten, tho. If you don’t work towards your dream, it dies, and so does a little part of you!
- Good things come to those who wait.
Really? I don’t thinks so. No one ever had good things come to them by just sitting on their ass and waiting. If that were true, a bunch of lazy ass people would be experiencing good things right now.
- It’s better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all.
Is it? As if finding love again after you’ve lost it is an easy task. What’s so good about having found love, then losing it? I’ll wait. No, I won’t…losing love leaves a huge hole in your heart and you go on trying to fill that void, but never find anyone or anything to fill it. I’d rather never have been in love. You can’t miss what you’ve never had!
- You can’t have good without evil.
This one really pisses me off. I think we are more than capable of having most of our days filled with good without evil ever coming into the equation. What are we, stupid? Of course there can be good without evil. It’s silly ass sayings like this one that has most of us brainwashed that we have to accept the bad things in our life on a daily basis because one of these days good is gonna sneak in on us. How long have you been waiting?
- It’s always darkest before dawn.
Well…duh! Yes, I know this one really means that you have to go through hell to get to the good hings in life; much like the saying before this one, it’s also FOS (full of shit). It’s another saying that wants to make us feel comfy in our own personal hell and encourage us to come out of it. Whatever, spare me! Too bad there are no inspirational says about when dawn arrives.
Though I have just ripped these inspirational sayings apart, I do understand their purpose and in one way or another I have agreed with them at some point in my life to help me put a positive spin on negativity in my life. Can you think of any other inspirational sayings that are dead wrong?
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If you are feeling overwhelmed with your workload, the messy state of your apartment, your hectic social or family life, or perhaps your life could use some streamlining. Even the best organized among us can always benefit from a little clutter condensing exercise every once in a while.
Here are some easy ways to simplify your life.
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Men are becoming less conscious about carrying a bag and more and more of them are doing so.
Bags have long been considered an important accessory for women. However men’s bags have become extremely popular, so much so that the term “man bag” is somewhat old and outdated now. A man with a bag is simply a man with a bag. There are different things that we do on a daily basis and it is important the bag matches our needs. A perfect balance between functionality and look is what all men are looking for.
There are many necessities that a man needs to carry each day, be it car keys, work documents, or iPad. A great bag will look amazing while also keeping your belongings safe and secure.
Obviously there are bags such as briefcases; however we’re going to look at less formal bags which are more flexible and can be interchanged with many different get ups. Briefcases certainly look professional, but you wouldn’t take it on a romantic weekend with your girlfriend, would you?
A messenger bag is the most popular and has really helped make a man carrying a bag an acceptable thing in today’s society. In some respects these have even replaced briefcases as the executives’ bag of choice, as they’ve realized how they can be used in dual functions. Simple and spacious, a messenger bag can be slung casually over the shoulder and away you go.
A newsboy bag is a similar bag to a messenger however is more casual with a canvas exterior. These are a great look for the weekend, twinned with some loose knitwear, jeans and canvas plims you’ll be looking great.
The last bag really associated with men is the holdall, or flight bag. Really these are best for keeping for when you’re away for the weekend, or as a gym bag, unless you’re the sort of man who likes to carry half his wardrobe around with him!
Clearly you want a bag to look great and match your outfit, however also make sure it’s going to do what you need it to. A bag that looks amazing might not be too useful if you’ve then got to carry your laptop yourself! The best bags will be soft and durable, if you’re going to be carrying valuables and electrical belongings it’ll be worth checking it can keep the weather out too!
Choose the perfect bag today and create an impression. Remember the importance of accessories in every aspect of your fashion, and treat your bag selection as such.
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Gonna do things differently this week. I’m sick of trying to keep track of what I do daily that you may find interesting, so I’ll just use pictures to speak for my week. Enjoy!
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1/16/12 – Had an interview on the Flint Underground podcast, picked up the finished video promo for The Dangerous Lee Experiment, and received the logo for Danger Babies. Great day!
1/17/12 – Made lots of important phone calls and spoke with a few people I hadn’t spoken to in quite some time, including DJ Swift.
1/18/12 – I don’t recall that anything worth mentioning happened on this day. It was a laid back, chill day…for the most part.
1/19/12 – My daughter, Senia, had a recital at school where she sang and played a recorder. Footage is coming soon via her You Tube show, Simply Senia. I also had the displeasure of sitting next to someone that had the B.O. of someone who sleeps in garbage. Not hot!
1/20/12 – Saw the film Red Tails and spent some quality time with my mother and daughter.
1/21/12 – Got my taxes done and had dinner and good conversation with Jennie Moench and Nic Custer from Flint Underground, and hung out with more good friends at The Studio. Another great day!
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