Liz’s Tech Corner: Notes From the Road

It’s conference season and that means many of us who present frequently are on the road at some point in the next few months. For me, the season starts with a 9-day trip that begins at STC Spectrum and ends at STC Conduit.

That’s nine days on the road and away from home: Four conference days as a speaker and a sponsor. Two travel days. Three days working remote in a very transient and under-equipped “office.” And, as you know, I like my travel to be E-A-S-Y. Continue reading “Liz’s Tech Corner: Notes From the Road”

3 Things You Need In Your Family Travel Kit

Summary: I travel frequently for business and have perfected my pre-packed kits to make travel simple. Family travel is different. These items keep people happy, make travel easy, and, when packed into a single kit, you can just pick it up and zip out the door.

Last month my family and I went on two trips that resulted in us being gone 5 out of 7 days in 2 different places.  I travel fairly frequently for business, and have my travel routines down. I have a couple of pre-packed kits—one for toiletries, one for technology—that have everything I could possibly need for the presentations and workshops I give on the road.

Traveling with family is different. Everyone needs wifi access which, in some cases, can be $$ per day per device.  Everyone needs chargers for all their (inevitably) different devices. Someone will always leave that one connector they really, really need back at home. Even if you remember everything, carting around all that gear can really weigh you down.

When I got home from our last trip, I decided that I really needed a travel kit that was geared toward family travel, covered all the bases, worked for everyone, yet didn’t take up too much packing space or weigh down my carry-on.

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The Best USB Headsets for Audio and Web Conferencing

If you work remotely, chances are you spend a lot of time on the phone, on web conferences, and virtual meetings. For you to be productive, the other end of the call has to be able to hear you clearly. There can’t be much in the way of background noise. You’ve got to be able to hear them. And the headset can’t be uncomfortable or you’ll be distracted to the point of missing important conversation.

When it comes to headsets, I’ve got SPECIFIC requirements

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