So what’s going on when we connect to Wifi at the local cafe? We take out our notebook and connect to the Wifi, and then when we try and access a URL, we get an intermediate page instead. The page is maybe asking for a password, or for us to put in our email, and acts as a gatekeeper to the online world. Note that not all places do that – this post is about those that to intermediate access.
One of the things I like most about the Hi-Tech Nomad lifestyle, is the challenge of being maximally productive with the smallest and lightest technology. I think that the Hi-Tech Nomad has to be constantly saying “can I automate this task”. “Can I do this task in the Cloud?”.
Just as a Galactic Hitchhiker generally has a towel with them, a Hi-Tech Nomad always has various forms of technology – phones and notebooks. Not only that, but usually there is the whole back-end cloud server environment upon which maintains our online presence. Computer security is thus a big issue for the digital nomad.
I was reading another digital nomad’s blog post on gear this morning, and was amazed at the amount of gear she was recommending carrying around. I suspect that it was because she had Amazon affiliate links to the various things and wanted to get more sales. Most of the stuff she recommended was totally unnecessary in my opinion.