Remote Work Technology And Techniques 2017-01-07T21:55:40+00:00

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Noise-Canceling vs. Noise Isolation: What’s the Difference? Why Is It Important to Remote Work?

One of the biggest advantages of remote work is being able to work from anywhere. This may include some of your favorite restaurants, cafes, or bookstores. Unfortunately, a lot of people congregate in these areas, and that means lots of noise and easy distraction for the average remote worker. It also makes making calls or recording on location podcast shows very difficult. What tools make this easier? Headsets, earbuds, and microphones definitely help, but they are all not designed the same. A key feature of these tools are noise canceling and noise isolation, but what is the difference between those two terms? They can sound synonymous, but they actually indicate different features, and are utilized in different ways. It doesn't help that some marketing [...]

5 Computer Maintenance Tasks To Perform While Watching TV

One way to maximize TV watching time is to perform computer maintenance that's all too easy to put off, if not forget entirely, until a crisis occurs. Here's five things you can do to help your home computer running optimally while you watch the game or a movie: Perform hard drive backups Run Antivirus Check for system and applications updates and install them Empty your browser cache (and don't forget to empty the recycle bin/trash) Sync your tablet and phone with your computer (if you have this functionality) Image Credit: Pixabay

200W Step Down Voltage Converter, Allows North Americans To Use Their Electronics Abroad

200W Step Down Voltage Converter – One of the advantages of remote work is the ability to travel. What many digital nomads learn is that there are lots of different power outlets and voltage standards around the world. This converter will allow you to plug in your 120V electronics in a 240V outlet, which are common outside of North America. Don’t expect to be able to run a hair dryer off this converter, but at 200 watts you should be able to run most of your work-related electronics just fine. When paired with an outlet converter, North Americans should be able to get the power they need when traveling to other countries and continents (but check the web to find out just to be certain). Many devices will support 240V [...]

WhatsApp, An Encrypted Messaging App That Values Message Security

WhatsApp – In 2009, two former Yahoo employees sought to create an messaging service that was affordable, ad-free, and didn't need to collect much in the way of names and personal demographics (gender, age, address, etc.) to get an account. Using these three unique strategies in the social media market paid off. Five years in, WhatsApp was bought by Facebook for $19 million dollars. At the time of that offer, it had 450 million active users. By February 2016, that number had reached 1 billion. WhatsApp plans to stay independent and autonomous, sticking to its founding principles, for the foreseeable future. (As of Thursday, August 25th, WhatsApp will be sharing data with Facebook and other Facebook owned companies according to this blog post. To opt out of some [...]

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Hey, everyone! We just thought we'd let you know that we also post all our remote work articles on Pinterest too. In addition, we also share other content we find interesting. You can find us at https://www.pinterest.com/wifiworkerbees/, or just by searching for Wifi Worker Bees on the Pinterest site. We'd love to connect with you there too. © The Pinterest badge is a trademark of Pinterest Inc. All rights reserved.

Private Internet Access, A VPN Service Provider To Help Keep You Safe When Using Public Wi-Fi

Private Internet Access – Being a remote worker, you can work from anywhere that there is Wi-Fi. Using a VPN, though, will help keep you more secure when using public Wi-Fi or other networks. We have a home router capable of being our VPN provider, but we also have Private Internet Access as a backup solution when we travel. After some recent articles on the insecurity of public Wi-Fi networks, using a VPN just makes sense to help keep our data safe. Private Internet Access is one of many companies providing VPN services. We like Private Internet Access because it is incredibly affordable, works on just about any operating system and mobile device. After reading many reviews on VPN providers, we found that Private Internet Access was often [...]

LapDome, Improve Screen Visibility in the Great Outdoors (But With Some Shortcomings)

Lapdome – I like to work outside when I can, even though I have a home office. Once you have the ability to work outside, exotic work locales become a real possibility. I consider the ability to work outside another perk of remote work. As anyone who has tried to do work outdoors knows, glare is your enemy. The best equipment I had found to counter the glare was the Moshi anti-glare screen protector, which admittedly does a very good job. But it's not perfect, as I often end up moving around a bit to find the best spot to sit with the least amount of glare. During July's Amazon Prime Day, one of the items on special was the Lapdome. It looked like the perfect solution to the problem of [...]

LICEcap, A Small And Free Screen Capture Application

Sometimes it's just easier to show, rather than tell, someone how to perform a task on a computer. For remote teams, tools like LICEcap can be a lifesaver. LICEcap is a program that helps users create animated screen captures. It was created by Cockos Incorporated. The application enables users to select a section of the screen, record action performed in that section of screen, and save that recording as an animated GIF (Graphical Interchange Format). Because nearly all systems can view GIFs, it is an ideal format for sharing. LICEcap can be used for recording many different tasks, including recording demos, submitting software bug reports, and creating instructional videos. LICEcap seems best suited to making brief recordings. Because it doesn't have audio capabilities with this application, the creator would need to provide [...]

HTTPS Everywhere, The Web Browser Extension That Helps Keep Your Web Browsing Secure

One of the major advantages of remote work is that you can essentially work from anywhere that there is Wi-Fi or some other form of public access available; however, this leads to some security issues. For example, others may be able to view the work you are doing online because of the open and available nature of the network. One way to improve your security is to use secure websites. HTTPS Everywhere is a Chrome, Firefox, and Opera extension that helps provide a safer web experience. HTTPS stands for "Hypertext Transfer Protocol Secure," meaning sites are encrypted. HTTP, without the S, indicates that the information exchanged between the site and your web browser is not encrypted. Information that is not encrypted is more likely to be seen by [...]

Work From Home? Consider These Pointers For A Home Office Setup

If you're planning to work from home, you want to make sure you have the following set up: A computer with a good battery life, a desk, a comfortable chair with back support, and the right mental attitude. We'll cover all four in this post. Your core workstation may be a laptop. Laptops are great for mobility, however, they really weren't designed for a person to use for hours or days of work at a time. Your body wasn't designed to be hunched over a small screen or a small keyboard all day long. For better ergonomics in your home office, you need an easy to read screen that's eye level when you are seated sitting upright; your keyboard is at hand level when seated. A convenient rhyme [...]

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