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Tag Archives: staying in touch

In Case of Emergency: Use Your Library Card

My local library sent out a newsletter stating the following: Making a personal emergency plan and kit does not need to be all consuming. Take it in manageable bits—add to it each month until you have all of the components assembled. There are many easy items to add from the outset to pack in your […]

Are You Still Paying for International Phone Calls?

According to a recent Harris Interactive/Rebtel Research Study, smart phone and web users are idiots and spending money they don’t have to call internationally. Despite the number of free web services available to make international calls, US smartphone owners are shelling out close to $37.8 billion a year to keep in touch with foreign contacts. […]

Buying WIFI: The Greed of Expensive Hotels

I’ve been planning to write a scathing article about the high price of WIFI Internet connections at hotels, motels, and the like for a while, but I can’t compete with the brilliance of Respectful Insolence’s article, Good WIFI, Bad WIFI: Most of the hotels that I end up staying at for these meetings are pretty […]

The End of an Era: The Telegram

It seems that with little fanfare and fuss, telegrams from Western Union are now a thing of the past. “Effective January 27, 2006, Western Union will discontinue all Telegram and Commercial Messaging services. We regret any inconvenience this may cause you, and we thank you for your loyal patronage. If you have any questions or […]

Track Your Packages Online from One Site

Because we travel so much, when we order something online there is a paranoia that the package won’t arrive before we make the next trip. Package Mapper is a new service which combines the database information for tracking shipping from UPS, FedX, and other delivery services, with Google Maps. Enter your shipping number and the […]

New NPR Station Maps Help Travelers

I depend upon NPR – National Public Radio for news and information while I travel. I get national news, international news, and local news, helping me understand what is going on around the world as well as in the community I’m visiting. NPR now has a new feature to help find stations near you. The […]

Live World Day and Night Map

While it isn’t much help to the average traveler, it still is fasincating to check out the way the sun moves across the planet and see who is in the darkness of night and the bright light of day. The Opentopia – World Sunlight Map provides a live view of the sun passing over the […]

Microsoft Free Program – Virtual WIFI

I’ve started researching more information for you on wireless or WIFI networks to help you stay in touch on the road, and I ran across a very interesting free software program from Microsoft that expands your WIFI coverage, Virtual WIFI – Connecting to multiple IEEE 802.11 networks with one WiFi card. VirtualWiFi is a virtualization […]

World’s Largest WIFI Hotspot is in Rural Oregon

Biggest Wi-Fi Cloud Is in Rural Oregon from Yahoo News reports that: Morrow County, which borders Hermiston and spans 2,000 square miles, still doesn’t have a single traffic light. It only has 11,000 people, a number that does not justify a large telecom player making a big investment, said Casey Beard, the director of emergency […]

Know Before You Go: WIFI in Flight Under Attack by FBI

One of the hottest tickets in the travel business is the new WIFI service onboard international airlines that is growing so fast, the airlines can’t get the technology onboard fast enough to keep up with their own interest and enthusiasm. How do I know? My husband, Brent, works as a DER and structural engineer for […]

UK Wireless Service May Undercut Major Cell Companies with New Service

An article on Engadget, U.K. spectrum auction to enable low-cost fixed wireless services, might be great for travelers passing through England. It seems that next year, some small “fixed-wireless service providers” may pose a threat to major cell companies by offering low price calls in what are being called “coffee zones”. The new services will […]

Wireless Internet – Wired US Cities

The dream of living and taking your camera on the road is exciting. We’ve been doing it for ten years now, and we had to admit, it can be very exciting. It can also be boring, but the biggest challenge for living on the road is staying in touch. When we began, cell phones were […]

Paper Trails and Indian Love Calls

In the movies, it seems that all you have to do to find your true love is yodel across the valley. In today’s world, you have to have a mailbox. Yodels just don’t get you very far anymore. When taking your life on the road, you have to create "paper trails" for people to track […]

Home on the Range

Expectations We used to think figuring out the right exposure for a photograph was the most complicated part of photography. Now, we know differently. Staying in touch while taking your camera on the road full time can be extremely challenging and exceptionally frustrating. It’s costly, and often complex. It’s not just a matter of finding […]

The Reality of the Internet on the Road

The reality of the Internet on the road is that by the time I post this article on my web page, the technology will have changed. That’s reality one. Reality two is that there is still, after all the changes and advancements, little or no easy Internet access on the road. Now that you’ve heard […]