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Blogging about personal technology?

Thursday, September 6th, 2007

Blogging on your business blog about your personal technology? Perfectly legitimate. People who care about your company will be fascinated to hear how its leaders use technology in their personal lives. Here’s a bit about the portable office…

Have you ever considered the possibilities of being able to operate your email, your documents and your computer from wherever you are, at any time of day or night, without being at your desk, or even at a public computer? This has been a goal of mine–mostly an elusive dream, though–for three years now.

  • Imagine being on a bus or in your car on a trip without having to lug your laptop.
  • Imagine being able to type memos (instead of scratching them on bits of paper) and email them to yourself (or at least have them already typed when you get back to your office).
  • Imagine not having to poke with your fingernails at some tiny keys to input your email messages, your ideas, or your meeting agendas or notes.
  • Imagine being able to get your social networking done wherever and whenever.

Happily, the dream may be getting closer to reality for me since I recently traded in my old 650 for the Treo 700p (with the Palm operating system). I am now renewing my efforts to use the Palm Universal Wireless Keyboard with my smart cell phone.

Taking a functioning portable keyboard with you can transform your work life. I tried for over 2 years to get the earlier version to function reliably and encountered continuing episodes of frustration as the keyboard would work for a while and then unaccountably stop. In addition, the companion program on the cell phone, Documents to Go, was completely unreliable. It, too, would work for a while and then just begin crashing the entire phone whenever I opened a document. After a lot of frustration and wasted time, I finally gave up.

The trend in business today–for both corporate executives and small business owners–is toward ever-more-portable workspaces. I’m banking that this new phone-and-keyboard combination will begin shining a light brightly–and most importantly, consistently–on my ability to work in any environment. Time will tell.

Are you a leader? A trend setter?

Friday, March 23rd, 2007

Oddly enough, the U.S. government seems to be slightly ahead of the private sector in setting people up to work from home. A recent study says that 44% of federal employees who responded to a survey have the option to telecommute. While those numbers could be skewed because if you don’t have the option, maybe the survey doesn’t look very interesting to you, that same situation probably holds true for government and private employees surveyed. 

That seems surprising…that the government is ahead of the capitalist system on any single item.  But when you consider the benefits of telecommuting to the organization, it’s maybe not so surprising.  They include: 1) significantly decrease traffic and pollution in congested cities, 2) improving employee recruitment and retention by enabling a better work-life balance, and 3) help ensure continuity of government operations during snowstorms and other minor events as well as after catastrophes. (Hmmm. The Homeland Security people may be having a hand in this.)

At any rate, if your company is enlightened–in any way–or is a leader at doing something new and better, whether for employees or customers or vendors, you get big-time brag rights on your business blog. Take ‘em.