Offices are expensive, you have to have the building, power and water, the little fridge and deal with the inevitable arguments over people not cleaning the microwave. These are some of the expenses, and stresses of having an actual office, in the meatspace.
What would happen if you employed someone, gave them a computer and told them to stay out of the office? Well, I know, because this happened to me a few months ago.
One of the radio stations I work for, on a quite regular basis, decided that the newsroom was going, and we were all going to be “mobile journalists,” (I had hoped I would get a pair of Heelies. Alas, no) which basically meant we weren’t welcome in the office.
So we were all given a laptop, an audio recorder and a travelcard. When my first shift came round I didn’t really know what to do, so an hour before I started I was scanning the prospects (we subscribe to IRN from Sky, who tell you what stories are due to happen the next day), and I went along to one of those stories.
On the way back I found a car crash which had closed a major junction, which I was able to cover (or “journalise” as we call it in my house).
But, what did I do with my audio? Where did I edit it and email it off? The answer came in a surprising form; PUBS. They have seats, WiFi and plug sockets… I am told there is booze too, but I wouldn’t know anything about that.
I had some major problems with the equipment I was given, it was Windows 8 and it kept updating to 8.1, wiping ALL my work and then not actually booting. The audio recorder was fine, but I didn’t like the quality.
So, I went to a company called Morgan Computer and I bought a Dell D630 for £89.99, it is an old, rugged machine that has more connection ports than I know what to do with, but it works.
It came with Windows XP but I quickly installed Lubuntu on it, downloaded LibreOffice (an open source version of MS Office), and Audacity (open source audio editor) and I was good to go. My work phone is a Nokia Lumia 1320, and I never use it. But, the Recorder Pro+ app is brilliant, I get such good audio from it I won’t use anything else.
And that is it, I am like a journalist vagrant, I have nowhere to call my office, I roam from pub to cafe looking for somewhere to charge up my devices and I can use their WiFi. Has it been successful? It has for me, I get to roam London looking for stories, and I get to be flexible. I get to use whatever equipment I want. And, best of all? Nobody makes me clean the microwave...
It’s a common story - you access Facebook’s privacy settings and lock down your account, to prevent your data falling into the wrong hands. But how much of your activity, in spite of changing those settings, is still public? Well, a Belgian white hat hacker made the site ‘Stalkscan’ to find out.
Now that Snapchat Spectacles are available online, the sheen of vending machine-related exclusivity is now off. That makes this the perfect time to post a long term review of my own pair.
Global Gene Corp and GA4GH (Global Alliance for Genomics and Health) are delighted to announce the launch of ggINDIA, the first ever beacon for Indian genomics data. This Beacon joins those already on the Wellcome Genome Campus supplied by EMBL-EBI and the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute. I will get the obvious question out the way - what on Earth is genomics data? Let's find out...
Struggling to sleep? You’re not alone, as 22% of Britons feel the same way. Luckily, research has found a cure - spending time outdoors away from artificial light sources, such as your smartphone or laptop. Doing this can reset your biological clock and help you sleep longer.
With the tenth anniversary of iPhone being this year, many of us are expecting a big redesign with new features - that is exactly what the “best Apple analyst on the planet” has said. Finally, late to the party, wireless charging will be coming to Apple’s smartphone this year.
When photography was invented in the early 1800s, it wasn’t long before people realised that you could develop a 3D image if you overlaid the same image at a slightly different angle. This gave birth to Victorian Stereoscopes, which was the first step the human race took towards 3D pictures, movies and Virtual Reality.
Breakups are an inevitable part of life – one that we all hate. But it’s good news for social media marketers, as Facebook has some top tips for brands on promoting their products to newly single people.
Researchers at MIT have built a smartwatch app that can detect emotions presented through non-verbal communication, serving as a “social coach” for people with anxiety or Asperger’s.
Scientists at Harvard University have successfully turned hydrogen, the lightest of all elements, into metal - achieving a near-100-year-old dream and theoretically enabling a revolution in technological capability.
So the name of the eighth instalment in the Star Wars franchise has been revealed as The Last Jedi. Let's make some way-too-early story predictions...