Slides and information from my XDS 2014 presentations!

Hi everybody! I just finished giving my presentations at the External Development Summit 2014 in Vancouver. Here are the slides for the first:

Tech and Tools of the Globetrotting Freelancer
Have you ever considered striking out on your own and living an exciting life as a freelancer, being your own boss without being geographically tethered? Perhaps you already freelance but want to learn how to hone your craft and reach the next level. In this talk you’ll learn how the clever application of technology can untether you from your location and get you connected and mobile from anywhere in the world, fully ready to rock for your clients. I present analysis of the best cloud-based and local email storage, file transfer and collaboration tools. I’ll teach you how to balance security with convenience and how to build a go-bag full of every gadget and peripheral needed to keep you connected and powered up anywhere in the world on a bootstrapper’s budget. This talk applies to freelancers, contract producers, art production managers, or anyone that collaborates with remote teams. Technology will set you free!

I’ll update this a bit later with links to all of the tools and tech. I just wanted to get this online ASAP!

I’m speaking at XDS 2014 next week — twice!

Hi all! Next week (September 9 – 12) I’ll be at the External Development Summit 2014 in Vancouver, an outsourcing-focused conference that I enjoyed tremendously last year. I’m presenting not one but two different talks! The first:

The Tech Nomad: Tools of the Globetrotting Freelancer

Have you ever considered striking out on your own and living an exciting life as a freelancer, being your own boss without being geographically tethered? Perhaps you already freelance but want to learn how to hone your craft and reach the next level. In this talk you’ll learn how the clever application of technology can untether you from your location and get you connected and mobile from anywhere in the world, fully ready to rock for your clients. I present analysis of the best cloud-based and local email storage, file transfer and collaboration tools. I’ll teach you how to balance security with convenience and how to build a go-bag full of every gadget and peripheral needed to keep you connected and powered up anywhere in the world on a bootstrapper’s budget. This talk applies to freelancers, contract producers, art production managers, or anyone that collaborates with remote teams. Technology will set you free!

And the second, I’ll be presenting with my friends at Shotgun alongside Louai Abu-Osba, the Technical Art Director at High 5 Games! Here’s a blog post about it.

I’m very excited. If you’re going to be at the conference, hit me up!

Major Dropbox price cut in face of competition. 1TB for $9.99/mo!

Not bad! 1TB for $9.99/mo, which is 10x more storage for the same price. Now it’s the same price as Google Drive, which is still a far better choice for cloud storage than Dropbox. I prefer its features, its excellent integration with Google’s office suite, and Google’s trustworthiness relative to Dropbox and its poor hiring choices.

Source: Dropbox slashes pricing and boosts storage as competition intensifies

What will you do if your phone gets stolen?

If you don’t know the answer to that question, I strongly suggest spending five minutes on a one-time-setup to secure your Android or iOS device. It’s super easy, really fast, and it’ll protect you in case anything happens in the future. Here’s how.

For Android:

1) Enable Android Device Manager for remote tracking\disabling.
2) Set up a passcode.
3) Enable two-factor authentication for everything you have.
4) Encrypt your phone.
5) Add owner info to your lockscreen.

Source: The Essential Android Security Features You Should Enable Right Now

For iPhone:

1) Enable “Find My iPhone.”
2) Set up a passcode.
3) Enable iCloud backup.

Source: This Is How You Should Secure Your iPhone

Enjoy!

Job hunters! Auto-gather LinkedIn’s job suggestions for you to a spreadsheet!

Hi everybody! I made a little IFTTT recipe to automatically add all of LinkedIn’s job suggestions to a Google Drive spreadsheet for you. If you’re on the job hunt, this is a handy way to bring the leads straight to you.

Click here to set it up. All you have to do is connect your IFTTT account to Google Drive and to LinkedIn, and you’re done! One minute and you’re ready to roll.

For those that don’t know, IFTTT is a wonderfully useful task automation tool that’s compatible with Gmail, Google Drive, Dropbox, Evernote, LinkedIn, and over 100 other services to automate all manner of tasks in an incredibly simple way.

Hope you enjoy! I may post these more often as I create them. Task automation is of great interest to me these days.