The World Is My Office

One of the best features of running a content based site is you can run it from anywhere in the world. I am not bounded to any one location when it comes to running my sites (and this blog). As long as I have internet access, I can make money when I’m away from home. Even if I don’t have internet access, the sites still makes money because they’re content based. I wrote a post on the advantages of content sites over eCommerce sites here.

While being able to run a content site from anywhere in the world has great appeal, you still need the proper equipment in order to do it. With that in mind, I present to you my 2007 mobile office. This is what I currently use to keep tabs on the empire when I’m away from home.

The Mobile Office

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Everything I need to run TTZ Media from anywhere in the world is inside the above CES roller bag. Normally, I upgrade the bag every year because CES makes a new one available with each new Consumer Electronics Show. However, CES went cheap this year and gave the press a laptop backpack.

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Inside the Laptop roller bag are three small cases (well, two small cases and one small bag), my MSI S271 TurionR 64×2 Notebook and a Ratpadz mouse pad. I like to keep my laptop bag neat and tidy with no tangling wires or power cord – that’s what the three small cases are for.

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The Logitech branded case holds the power supply/cord for the MSI laptop and an Asus WL-530g Pocket Wireless Router. The WL-530g is the world’s smallest wireless router. I use it to turn the hotel room into a wireless hotspot so my editors and I can all share an internet connection.

Just because the router is small does not mean it lacks for feature or power. The Asus WL-530g offers all the performance, network security and ease of use that anyone should need in a wireless router. The difference is this is a router you can take anywhere. I recommend it to any mobile traveler.

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The AMD branded case holds an AMD headset, a self-retracting NIC cable, a 4 GB Verbatim USB 2.0 flash drive and extra SD memory cards. I use the headset to make Skype calls back home, or just to talk to another Skype user. The 4GB flash drive comes in handy when we’re transferring lots of files from one laptop to another. I normally have a few other flash drives in my pocket as well, and I always end up getting a bunch of extra flash drives from companies because that is what they put their press releases on.

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The unbranded bag holds my business cards, the battery charger for my Canon SD300 digital camera, an Energizer battery charger to charge the AA batteries in my Canon S3 digital camera, a Logitech Bluetooth mouse, a Logitech notebook mouse, S3 card reader, charger for my Moto cell phone and self retracting headphones.

I like it to use a normal sized mouse whenever possible. The notebook mouse comes in handy when working on an airplane tray table. I hope that when Logitech sends me their new VX Revolution, I’ll be able to carry just one mouse.

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Here is how everything looks when packed into the roller bag. I still have lots of room left for cloths and stuff. On a short trip, I can pack everything I need into the roller bag and save time by avoiding the baggage lineup because I just have a carry on.

Time is money after all.


35 thoughts on “The World Is My Office”

  1. Ryan says:

    What about your liquid items? Have room for those little plastic baggies? 😉

  2. John Chow says:

    That’s what those side pockets on the roller bag are for. 🙂

  3. soj says:

    now it all comes down to this, how many of those items did you actually pay for 😛

  4. HMTKSteve says:

    Good Stuff.

    I just keep my laptop with me and often use local libraries that offer free Wi-Fi connections.

    One thing I have been doing more of lately is carrying a camera with me at all times. A few weeks ago I missed on a great opportunity… While waiting in line at a mall restaurant we walked over to a section of kiddie rides. One had a video screen and on it… The windows blue screen of death!

    If I had my camera with me I would have borrowed a 4 yr old and taken a picture as if he had been riding the ride only to have it crash! I never knew these things ran Windows.

  5. Andy says:

    I just take a LapTop and a Camera – thats it

  6. Very nice and tidy. I’m bad when I travel as I just toss my old laptop into a backpack with the mouse and battery stuffed in one of the pockets.

    It looks like you are a very organized traveler.

  7. Besides JohnChow.com and TTZ Media, what other sites do you run?

    FT

  8. Icon says:

    That is a cool setup. Do you carry a cellphone with you or you leave it home and get caught up on missed calls when you get back?

  9. John Chow says:

    soj – I paid for the business cards

    MillionDollarJourney.com – There are no other sites. Well, there are but they’re really small or just domain names.

    Icon – I had two cell phones on me in Vegas – one US one and one Canadian one. It was pretty funny really. I should do a post about it.

  10. Ed Lau says:

    Oh man, try carrying a DSLR everywhere…it gets pretty brutal if you have to lug a laptop too.

  11. David Mackey says:

    Nice and neat. I like it. Maybe someday I’ll get to go to CES. I’d love to see all the new technologies first-hand.

  12. Alex Becker says:

    looks good. I just carry my macbook and power supply. But then again I don’t have editors that follow me around.

  13. soj says:

    well John it seems the more money you make, the less you have to spend, it is true, its not what you know but who you know

  14. Nomar says:

    that looks great !! I also want to make my earnings from the internet only, I have 2,5 years left to make it, than my study ends

  15. Jeff says:

    I know its beside the point but the link you have put for the Logitech MX Revolution mouse got me drooling. That is an amazing mouse. I want one too!!!

  16. Jane says:

    John,

    I have to ask, have you ever taken the Myers Briggs Inventory Test (MBTI)? If you have, I can almost garrantee you were a “J”. J’s for Judging. Characteristics are…

    “Plan many of the details in advance before moving into action.

    Focus on task-related action; complete meaningful segments before moving on.

    Work best and avoid stress when keep ahead of deadlines.

    Naturally use targets, dates and standard routines to manage life.”

    Anyhow, great bag…very organized. I’m assuming that bag is something you take as a carry-on. I can’t imagine letting the airlines handle it at Baggage Check.

    –Jane

  17. Gdog says:

    Nice organization…my Scottevest comes in handy whenever I am traveling to carry all my gadgets. I have yet to put my 700m in the back part of the jacket though.

  18. Leftblank says:

    Pretty nice set, I’m surprised you carry a mousepad as well as two mice with you, but you’re right, if you’ve got the space nothing works as comfortable as a regular one. Lovely gadgets.

  19. Now thats a sweet setup. You’re one organized guy John. Can I ask how much traveling you do? I’m guessing quite a lot, what with several trade shows, business meetings, tech factory tours, and corporate stop overs.

    Matt

  20. bryanglanz says:

    This is awesome that you have a little mobile set-up. I think that it is a great investment for bloggers. I was curious though when it comes to Coding of TheTechZone. What do you use and what do you recommend for someone starting a new review based website? How many different affiliates are you currently working with on your Flagship site?

  21. Ashrufzz says:

    How heavy is the bag with all the equipments in it (in kilogram if I may ask)?

  22. Tyler says:

    That is really organized!

    The pocket wireless router is a great idea. I would definately do something like that if I travelled abroad with other people who needed internet access.

    Though alot more hotels are offering wireless feeds.

    Though I assume they need to go through some sort of proxy/gateway/hotspot controller so each person would have to pay, whereas the pocket wireless router would allow free access via one account.

  23. Coolio ! Are you gonna give away this one too? 😉

  24. John Chow says:

    Dailydose of Internet – Maybe not for a year.

    Tyler – Yes, hotel charge for WiFi on a per laptop basis. The mini router allows me to get around that. In addition, the router has four 10/100 NIC ports so we can travels files between laptops very quickly.

    Ashrufzz – 14.4 lbs or 6.53 KG

    bryanglanz – The TechZone runs a custom CMS. We just use the browser to update it. Much the like the way I update this blog. If you’re starting a new review site, I would recommend the Joomla CMS. TTZ Media has over two dozen affiliates.

    StrangeProgress – I don’t travel as much as I use to. This year I plan to do only six trips.

    Jane – My 4 personality type letters are: E, N, T, P. No J. Yes, the bag is a carry on item.

    Jeff – I should be getting my VX Revolution, plus a bunch of other toys, from Logitech this month. 🙂

  25. Michael Kwan says:

    I have the same Energizer battery charger (and the same S3 for that matter). 🙂 Good stuff. I have a reasonably mobile office too.

  26. Tyler says:

    Hey was that the Logitech mouse they had at CES? A buddy of mine was telling me about it and that it could scroll 64,000 lines in excel with like little effort.

    Though who here uses 64,000 lines of excel anyway? Though I don’t know about the 2007 version of Excel but 2003 had a limit of 64,*** lines did it not?

    Nice looking mouse though.

  27. Thats really nice. My office consists of my dell inspiron 6000, charger, logitech mouse, and some headphones, all placed into my kensington travel bag with the broken strap.

  28. derrich says:

    Thanks for sharing. Wondered what all was involved. I mean, I know what I’d bring, but my equipment would fit in one bag. Looks like I need to rethink this next time. I was keeping up with CES on Gizmodo.com and they were updating that site every 5 minutes it seemed. Alot of redundant posts, but still kept me coming back prety frequently. Smart, IMHO.

  29. Michael Kwan says:

    One thing that you are missing from your mobile office, however, is a DS Lite. 🙂 But I guess you’ll get enough things to, ahem, “play with” when you go on that Girls Gone Wild bus trip.

  30. Raghu says:

    In fact when you were posting at CES you will not believe that I was wondering how well equipped you might be to simply keep posting where ever you are in the world. A few days later I see a posting on the same topic !

    Your ‘mobile office’ is pretty well organized John.

  31. Ryan says:

    How many people do you typically run off of your wireless router?

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