Wednesday, April 05, 2006

Nomadic Computer Behaviour

Since I have no personal computer nor a laptop, I "sleep" around with different computers around the city. Having been very experienced in the science of "dating" different computers, I have learned a few tips and techniques that help makes life easier in each move.

Nomad: n.
  1. A member of a group of people who have no fixed home and move according to the seasons from place to place in search of food, water, and grazing land.
  2. A person with no fixed residence who roams about; a wanderer.
Internet
For me, basically any computer (PC or Mac) on any platform (Win XP, ME, 2000, 98 or Mac OS) would do fine as long as they have Internet and an Internet browser. Keep in mind that a very fast connection is still very essential no matter where we are.

USB Pen Drive
No need for USB pen drive, these days with so many available free online storage and hosting, you can just store everything on the Internet. It's statistically safer than storing them in your own computer or USB pen drive because online services are generally better and it wouldn't crash as often as your own computer, and not as easy to misplace as your tiny USB pen drive.

Music
Being nomadic doesn't mean you can't enjoy your favourite tunes while working. You can always store your music in your USB pen drive and if you (like me) dislike the idea of a USB pen drive, you can always go to online radio stations. My personal favourite is Classic FM but only in mid peak hours. Always bring a pair of earphone with you everywhere you go (invest in a good one if you have to, I have a Sony) It's common courtesy to keep the level of noise down when you are in the library or where other people are trying to concentrate.

Security
On one hand, you don't have to worry about your hardware becomes corrupted since you are on a public computer. On the other hand, the public computer might have poor firewall or security that may have spy wares such as key logging software. Yes, moving around increases your chances of your password being hijacked. Always check the task manager to see any abnormal behaviour. And always log out of the computer before you leave. Deleting cookies and cache is recommendable.

Cleanliness
Hygiene is one of the things that neither mouse nor keyboard have, whether personal or public. I'm sure that the keyboard you are using now is more dirty than the one you used in the computer room. Always clean up before you start using the computer, especially the mouse. Clean up too if you must after you are done. Common courtesy.

Online Services
Use web-based email clients, web-based news agregator, web-based storage interface, web-based photo gallery, web-based instant messaging services, web-based word processing, web-based powerpoint presentations, web-based music/radio services.

Do you have any more to suggest? It appears recently that Google is attempting to create an online workstation for it's users. If it ever come out now, I would be one of the first to sign up for it. I'm all for it.

Tags: Computer, Nomad, Online, Services, AJAX, Flash, Radio blog, USB Drive,

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