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Chances are good that if you happen to work in technology or you're a consultant, that you may be working remotely or from a home-based office at some time soon - or perhaps you already do. If so, ...

Chances are good that if you happen to work in technology or you're a consultant, that you may be working remotely or from a home-based office at some time soon - or perhaps you already do. If so, there's loads of cool technology around these days that will make your life much simpler and make you more productive. The following are 10 gadgets and pieces of technology that I suggest for any remote worker.

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  • 1. 10 Must Have Gadgets andTechnology for the RemoteOffice Technology for the Home-based Worker @gletham
  • 2. 10 Must Have Gadgets for the Remote Office Chances are good that if you happen to work in technology or youre a consultant, that you may be working remotely or from a home-basedoffice at some time soon - or perhaps you already do. If so, theres loads of cool technology around these days that will make your life much simplerand make you more productive. The following are 10 gadgets and pieces of technology that I suggest for any remote worker. @gletham
  • 3. 1. Large Display / MonitorHaving a large Video display is crucial, and luckily, nice and cheap thesedays. Get yourself a 27" monitor or perhaps an iMac with a killer 27"display. Youll appreciate the screen real estate when multi-tasking orstreaming a webinar or other online event and most important, your eyeswill appreciate it. About the only time when large screens arent desirablein my mind is for your laptop. You may crave a big display when on theroad, however, if you plan on toting a laptop around with you for severaldays youll really appreciate the 11" netbook over the 17" Samsung brick! @gletham
  • 4. 2. TabletYou may think that an iPad is a luxury and just a "toy", however, as amobile worker I have no doubt that youll quickly fall in love with yourlaptop and pretty soon will never be caught dead without it. My iPad2 hasreplaced my netbook almost entirely, the battery always seems to havesome juice. An iPad coupled with a dropbox account, some headphones,and a coffee is all you need to be productive any time and any place. Bonus,the iPad is an amazing tool to give someone a quick demo or show off avideo too @gletham
  • 5. 3. SmartphoneThe other device Id be absolutely lost without is my smartphone as is thecase with most people reading this Im sure! I wont pitch brands here aswe all have our own preference. I use an Android, touch smartphone(Galaxy S II) which has served me well for 2 years now. I have anadditional 16 GB memory card inside (always try to max out your memoryif possible) and can be reached any time, any place. I also have anotherspare, unlocked smartphone for International travel.. this is priceless!Having an unlocked device means you can drop in a SIM card when youtravel.. so imagine going to Europe and you simply buy a 30 day card, voila,you are now online. For you Canadians who go to the US for business, youcan pick up a SIM card at T-Mobile for relatively cheap and have dataaccess immediately without getting killed on roaming fees. @gletham
  • 6. 4. VideoVideo is all the rage, Im sure you are well aware of this. Most home-basedworkers will at some time be asked to take part in a video conference, awebinar, Google+ hangout or other live or recorded web event. Dont becaught off guard by being invited to hangout with someone online andhaving to explain that you dont have a video camera! Most modern laptopsand notebooks come equipped with a video camera for video conferencingor Skype etc... Depending on what you want to accomplish you may have aneed for a higher quality video camera that will provide you with the abilityto easily create a video demo, live stream or video webcast. Tools likeSkype, Facetime, Google+, YouTube hangouts, uStream and other videoservices will definitely be your friend when working remotely. Consideralso a decent portable video camera... @gletham
  • 7. 5. MicrophoneMany computers or devices will come with an internal microphone forrecording. However, for a Google hangout, or for creating a recordedpresentation youll likely want a decent quality microphone. You havemany choices available and you also may with to purchase a headset /microphone combination. Dont be stuck without the ability to recordaudio... for huge cost savings I also suggest using Google calling or asimilar VOIP calling service for all your calls - youll need a microphone forthis. @gletham
  • 8. 6. Speakers / HeadphoneHeadphones are no brainer for the at home worker. There will be timeswhen you need to listen to a call, a video, a webinar or ?? and there may besome annoying background noise like family members or maybe aconstruction worker outside your door... a headset will save you! If youplan on doing professional quality audio/video recordings or maybe youjust love music, consider a high-end set of headphones as a treat - perhapssome Dr. Dre beats or a pair of Bose headphones. if anything, youllappreciate them the next time you have a layover in an airport or a cryinginfant sitting near you on a plane! @gletham
  • 9. 7. Wireless PeripheralsThink wireless when purchasing gadgets... you cant go wrong! GetBluetooth or WiFi wireless enabled gadgets and technology wheneverpossible... you never know what kind of configuration you may wind upmashing up. I have a BlueTooth Speaker, WiFi tablet, smartphones,headphones and more... @gletham
  • 10. 8. Audio Cable (3.5 mm)I need sound.. I typically need some noise or music streaming in thebackground but I also have a need to listen in on webcasts, Googlehangouts, and other live events... I also use Google calling for most of myphone calling. Having the ability to stream all of my audio through a high-end speaker is awesome and very simple to do. Chances are good thatalmost all of the latest Audio devices will support a 3.5 mm audio jack sohaving a cable around to connect will be a life saver. I use my cable toconnect the iPad to my stereo and wireless speaker, I can also reconnectmy computer and run the sound through my stereo system - very handy!Note, I also have a variety of USB male/female configuration cables thathave all been handy at some time @gletham
  • 11. 9. MemoryAt some time you will need to share a file, documents, images or ?? and acloud service like Google docs (Drive), dropbox or other may not be useful.I always have USB flash drives in my backpack and perhaps the most usefulform of external memory is an SD card with a MicroSD adapter. Thememory will be supported by almost any device and will prove very handyto you... be sure to get at least an 8 GB card or splurge for a 16GB. One ofthe handiest gadgets I have is a cool USB/MicroSD adapter... imagineplugging your MicroSD from your smartphone into any USB drive - handy! @gletham
  • 12. 10. PowerWhen you work from a home-based office chances are pretty good thatyoull be traveling for your work. You may not be flying around the World(although that would be cool), however, you will be making client visits,working from other locales like airports, the library, coffee shops, co-working establishments and others. Youll need power so dont forget aboutthis! Keep batteries charged up in your devices, keep some AA and AAAbatteries on hand for those portable gadgets, and invest in auto chargingcables for your smartphone and tablet. I also have a couple of portableinternational chargers for travel (dont be forced into buying one at theairport one day) as well as extra cables for my smartphone (if you haveUSB supported devices this is best as they can all share the same cablehopefully). Finally, buy yourself a small power bar or other extension cordto share with others when you happen to be stuck at a busy spot with nooutlets... youll make friends fast! Note, Apple also has a cool, World traveladapter @gletham
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  • 14. Image credit OpenClipArt● LCD Monitor● Tablet● Smartphone● Video● Microphone● Headphones● WiFi● Cassette● Flash Drive● Plug @gletham
  • 15. EMAIL MEGo ahead and blast me an email if you like gletham@gmail.com @gletham
  • 16. Glenn Letham @glethamabout.me/gletham @gletham