Freelancers operate in a rapidly changing technological environment. I don’t use the same computer software and hardware that I used eight years ago, and neither should you.
Freelancers who don’t keep up with the changing technologies may soon find themselves out of business. While you don’t necessarily have to be on the cutting edge of new developments, neither should you lag too far behind.
In this post, I’ll identify several areas of your business that you should monitor regularly to make sure that your technologies are current. I’ll also list some resources to help you keep up.
If you’re serious about giving your distributed team the best possible tools for maximum productivity, tablet computing devices should be at the top of your equipment list. The time will come when operating without a slate in a remote working situation will be a major disadvantage that few companies will not have rectified, so it makes sense to anticipate the curve and start deploying them well in advance. Why? Because in the same way that they’ve changed consumer approaches to everyday computing tasks, so too can they change the nature and composition of a remote worker’s average daily productivity picture.
Google announced that it is rolling out Cloud Print support for mobile document and mobile Gmail users. Announced in April 2010, Cloud Print lets you print from any device, OS or browser without having to install custom software or proprietary drivers. The idea is simple. You open a Google document on your iOS device, select print, and the document is sent to your printer over the internet. The feature is compatible with devices running iOS 3.0 or higher.
How to Create a Portable Hackintosh on a USB Thumb Drive
There are tons of awesome live, bootable Linux systems, but what if you need to run OS X? Reader Will shows us how to put a portable version of OS X on a thumb drive and boot it on (most) Intel computers.