Saturday, November 8, 2008
As I write this, I'm sitting in an airport in Seoul. I am connected through the wireless internet in the business lounge, directly to the servers in the Houston headquarters of my company. I can access any file I need, communicate instantly with my staff, Approve my client's ship design drawings electronically and work on my blog all at the same time.
My BlackBerry works anywhere in the world. I can (unfortunately) be reached by phone and email 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
I just watched Barak Obama's acceptance speech and a documentary short about The Bahamas on YouTube.
My extended family is spread all over the world, from Texas to Singapore to Illinois to Long Island to Virginia to The Bahamas. We talk just as much now as we did when we all lived nearby.
It seems that this "internet" thing is catching on.
I just figured out that I can get Skype to automatically forward calls to my mobile phone if I'm not online. If you don't have Skype yet, give it a try. I resisted for years until my parents said they would be using it after they moved. It's free and easy to use. Just download the software from www.skype.com and install it on your computer. You can now very easily talk through your computer to anyone else who has Skype for free. You can also use it to make calls to regular phones anywhere in the world. Most calls will run about 2.4 cents/minute. Just make a $10 deposit with a credit card.
I know there's other software out there that does this and it's really nothing new, but it's working well for my family and friends, so I thought I'd share the wealth.
If you want to look me up on Skype, search my email: firstname.lastname@example.org