These are interesting times to be a travel blogger and a frequent floater (I cruise – a lot) who does not fly and visit lounges or stay in hotels or get on cruise ships. I have to admit I am getting more than a little bit stir crazy but understand staying home is the wisest choice for my family.
The one mega upside of being stuck at home is time to do an endless list of projects that I have had on my “to do list” as well as a number of things my wife has wanted help with. I blogged a few weeks back about my mega computer upgrade that was FAAAARRRRR overdue. Having used it for a while now I have to tell you I am simply thrilled. But it was missing a few things.
Enter some of my old technology! 🙂
I friend of mine, when I was lamenting of only have one monitor (an HP Pavilion 27″), asked me if I had some old tablets laying around.
I said, “sure – who doesn’t nowadays“.
He said, have you heard about “Spacedesk“?
Oh my – hello sweetness!
The result, as a blogger, is I can have the blog up and running for posting, Flipboard up and running for constant news and travel updates, the BoardingArea home page up as well as Twitter for updates.
It also affords me a bunch of other perks when not in “blogger land” if you will. I host a bunch of ZOOM meetings and this setup allows me to host ZOOM on one monitor (and my USB HD Webcam sits nicely on top of my 27″ monitor and slides side to side) and use another tablet logged into the ZOOM meeting as a vanity monitor to see what I am really broadcasting. The other two I can use to have info I am using during the presentation as well as the last one for media shares.
Again – Perfect!
Lastly, when I am neither blogging or ZOOMing I have a sweet setup for my financial life. I can have my financial software and trading platform up, stock quote streaming on another, CNBC on another screen, and a browser on the 4th screen.
All of this I have been able to create using a bunch of older tablets that were sitting on a shelf collecting dust. Yes, I did have to get a few things like:
But these were minor costs to be able to create such a user friendly and efficient multi-screen experience for all aspects of my current stuck at home life.
What do you think? Have you been updating your home tech during the COVID mess? Are you as ready as me to get back to travel once it is safe to do so? – René
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