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3dcompassAfter a month of blogging on montcalm.wordpress.com I’ve decided to do quite a serious redesigning of the whole site to make it more reader-friendly and make it more accurately fit – visually speaking – this idea of “mobile worker”. So this is today that 52nd & West goes live!

The content will remain the same – aka “a space on which I’m sharing my very own experience of telecommuting, the challenged I faced while setting it up and those technologies I daily use and which allow me to stay connected to the outer world” – but the visual part has been totally remastered and improved. I hope you’ll like it!

Just pay a tour to 52ndwest.com and stay tuned for more content on how to improve your experience of working from anywhere but from an office!

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This month, Wired has pictured what could look like our – take away? – office cubicle in the future

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Is it so hard to imagine that this tiny pebble-like device may be our tomorrow’s workstation ? We’ll probably have the technology by 2017 to develop this kind of gizmo, but to have it enforced – socially speaking – in every offices is another story…

 

For the past six years, Wired magazine’s Found page has presented some of the best guess at what our world will look like in 10, 20 or 100 years. This captivating monthly exercise in futurism organized by the editorial team and Wired’s readers has regularly brought outstanding results as Found has turned into one of the most plebiscited pages of the magazine. Check here for more!

A pillow shaped like a small, soft suitcase? I guess. But I’d much rather have a suitcase shaped like a large, soft pillow. That way, even during takeoff/landing, I wouldn’t be required to stow it away in the overhead compartment

“No, flight attendant, this is NOT luggage, this is a PILLOW.”

and I could just sleep on it undisturbed…

please, don't buy me...

I cost $40!!! damn...

If you’re like me and split most of your “online time” between your smartphone, your computer’s chat client and your Facebook/LinkedIn page, Nimbuzz may be for you. It’ll make all those communications smoother.

My Facebok friends sometimes leave me wall messages that I take forever to respondto when I’m running between Paris and Vienna. Now they can call me or chat with me directly via a widget embedded on my Facebook profile page. The Nimbuzz widget detects presence and shows if I’m online. If I’m offline, Nimbuzz also includes a “Buzz” feature to alert me that people are trying to reach me. Read More »

One of the big issues of a “mobile worker”  – and mostly in the case her or she is a freelancer, works for a young start-up or travel internationally  – is to be thrifty whenever the opportunity arises. Skype, the yet well famous VoIP software, was the first to broaden the horizons of mobile workers by giving them the possibility to work from abroad and save a significant amount of money on phone calls…

But Skype continues to innovate. After launching a month ago SkypeLite Beta, a version of its VoIP software which runs on Android Platform and more than 100 Java-Enabled Mobile Phones, Skype has announced today at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona that its VoIP software will be pre-loaded and integrated into Nokia devices, starting with the Nokia Nseries. Read More »

For those of you who have a twitter or facebook account, you should already be familiar with those “Mark hates Mondays” or “@ Kerolic: check this cool blog: http://www.52ndwest.com”. Else, you will maybe want to get a little bit more familiar with the concept of Social Media (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Social_media).

With the growing development of social media software applications it has turned into an absolute necessity for most of us to stay “visible” to others, should they be family, friends or business partners, regarding what we’re doing or where we are (speaking the language of social media, this translates into: “keep your status up to date”!). In other words: if you’re not visible, it means else that you don’t exist/your life is too boring/you don’t care, or that you’ve never heard of social media or don’t have a computer. Read More »

Well, according to the news it seems that we’re about to! PDM, an Australian Digital media company launched today the country’s first ever life-size ‘Holographic Virtual Assistant’ at Audi Centre Sydney, Rosebery which is designed “to facilitate enhanced communication and customer experience” as it is supposed to be smart enough to answer questions that customers may have. Let’s hope it won’t quickly turn into this :

For the record, Best Buy developed last year a similar concept and showcased it on some of its malls

Whatever happens, I can’t wait to see this technology made available to the consumer market so that I can have my own virtual me sitting at my desk when I’m telecommuting :)

One major concern before leaving on a business trip or for a “study” week-end, is to make sure that you took all you working material with you, which is not always a piece of cake. You might realize while reaching your final destination, that you actually forgot to upload to your laptop one of the kingpin document you needed to work out your presentation you’ll have to hand on Monday… and that’s too bad, because your office is closed and none too-bad4-bisof your workmate will pick-up their phone on the week-end , and that there’s absolutely no way for your wife/husband and kid at home to help you put a hand on this document; you visually know in which folder it is stored, but you really don’t know how to explain them how to get there…

if only you had LogMeIn and Dropbox installed on your home PC/Mac, this wouldn’t turn your trip or week-end into a nightmare! You could then unpack your laptop, connect to the Internet (by wifi or using your mobile phone equipped with JoikuSpot Lite) and go and get exactly what you’re looking for (while sipping your Latte). Read More »

I’m sitting here in the airport lobby, awaiting for my bi-monthly flight which will take me to Vienna, and I just realized that there is approximately one electric plug per sqm here! Crazy when you know that one has to struggle hours in Vienna’s Intl Airport to find just one. Life’s so unfair when you’re running out of battery.

But Vienna has at least free wifi (4 free wifi access vs none in Paris)…We have the plugs, you got the wifi :P

Posted by ShoZu

Who has never looked with envy at those people surfing the web on their laptop, from the gate of an airport or while travelling on board of a train?

Who has never been discouraged to purchase a 30mns Internet credit for €15 from the only local provider available at an airport lounge or at a hotel?

As for my part, I’ve experienced both situations during one of the 140 Paris-Vienna flights I took for the past two years (17,5 tonnes of CO2 … I know… I’m so ashamed). But I’ve never been so desperate to subscribe to an additional mobile contract for 12 or 24 month and get one of those “cool” broadband Internet access USB dongles you connect to your PC or Mac and which puts the world at your finger tips while on the move…

The main reason? Read More »