Onboard Technology

The Mrs. and I are freelance website designers. That means two things:
  1. We design and create the Internet.
  2. The Internet is anywhere, so we can work from anywhere the Internet is.
Fifteen, maybe even ten years ago, we wouldn't have been able to do this, and so after thanking the Queen and country, I'd like to thank the Internet for making life so damned wonderful.

What We Don't Use

Before I jump into the technology that we do use, I'd like to clarify the two pieces of technology which we've forbidden on our journey: the television and GPS navigation. TV is a time waster, all too often sucking you into other people's lives when you should be living your own. As far as GPS, if I wanted to know where I was all of the time, I wouldn't have left Pittsburgh. Now that we've gotten that out of the way, onto it. Here is a list of the technology that gets us through the long days and lonesome nights.
  • iPhones. We're each armed with an iPhone. They let us keep in touch with friends and clients all around the world, make tools like Twitter and Facebook easy to access, and the Internet connection via AT&T is 1 of 2 possible ways we connect to the Internet. Though our connections to the Web via iPhone isn't enough to allow us to do our heavier coding, email, ftp and making simple coding changes are all available options.
  • Sprint Sierra Wireless Aircards. These babies are great - anywhere we can get a Sprint signal, we can get online. Sprint doesn't have the greatest coverage all across the US, but it's widespread enough that we can usually get some type of connection. Another nice thing about these aircards is that they'll work even while in travel, so Olivia can work or look up a good sushi place in the next city while I'm bringing us down the road.
  • Internet Sharing via Mac OS X Leopard. Laptops are laptops, and everyone has their opinion about which OS they prefer and how shiny their keys should be. One really nice feature about Mac's Leopard OS, however, is my ability to share my Internet connection - I can basically turn my computer into a wireless router and WiFi hotspot. That way, if the AT&T connection is going particularly slow, I can tap into my Sprint connection via WiFi on my phone. You know, for whatever reason I might need to do that.
  • Time Capsule. Apple's wireless router, external hard drive and automatic backup drive allows us to set up a local network (even though the Time Capsule itself doesn't provide a connection to the Web, as our Aircards can't plug into it - that would have been ideal) so that we can share files across computers, access files we store on the device itself, and stream music to our speakers.
  • Airport Express with Airtunes. As mentioned above, we can stream music from our computers to our speakers in the lounge using iTunes (WAMP can be modified to work with them as well) and the Time Capsule's local network. Now, you may be thinking, "do they really need to stream music when there entire house is only 20 feet long?" The answer is a definite and resounding yes. Once you get used to the full portability of a laptop, you don't want to be bogged down by any wires holding you in place at all.
I plan to add more detail and depth into this tech in the coming months, but for now that tells you enough about what we're using to hopefully make it painfully obvious that we love the Internet. The unfortunate truth is that it's more necessity than love, but don't tell the Web, she'd be crushed.