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Five things to do before leaving for vacation

#1 User is offline   Macworld 

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Posted 24 June 2010 - 05:01 AM

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Posted 24 June 2010 - 05:48 AM

I would also add, that if you are leaving your notebook at home, be sure to do a proper shutdown and do not leave it sleeping or it can do odd things with the power manager if it runs out of battery while in sleep for that long.
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#3 User is offline   nathanator11 

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Posted 24 June 2010 - 05:50 AM

This is only vaguely related, but I got a little power inverter so that I can use the car's cigarette lighter plugs to charge my gadgets. This one works for up to 80 watts continuous use, but there are more powerful ones. This has an AC port and a USB port. I use it with a tiny little surge protector just in case. $27.50, Amazon.com.
Eliminates a fair amount of anxiety over charging things.

Duracell Pocket Power Inverter 100
http://bit.ly/bWmicM
http://amzn.to/cyjVxU
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#4 User is offline   AlexandreKapellos 

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Posted 24 June 2010 - 05:57 AM

it's a "holiday" so… turn everything off, shut down remote access, leave those usb flash drives at home and go on a… holiday. forget about these things/objets/gadgets/tools that populate our every day lives 11 months a year.

…and what's this: "be sure to leave it turned on when you leave"? you must be joking!

…or we have a different definition of "vacation"…

;-)
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#5 User is offline   danmusician 

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Posted 24 June 2010 - 06:09 AM

View PostAlexandreKapellos, on 24 June 2010 - 05:57 AM, said:

it's a "holiday" so… turn everything off, shut down remote access, leave those usb flash drives at home and go on a… holiday. forget about these things/objets/gadgets/tools that populate our every day lives 11 months a year.

…and what's this: "be sure to leave it turned on when you leave"? you must be joking!

…or we have a different definition of "vacation"…

;-)



My thoughts exactly. What's the point of getting away from it all if you take it all with you?
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Posted 24 June 2010 - 06:17 AM

I wouldn't change my home voice mail to say I'm away. That just advertises that my house is empty and available for robbing.
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Posted 24 June 2010 - 06:53 AM

You forgot "encrypt all your pr0n." Say your plane crashes on a mysterious island in the Pacific. It would be awkward if someone discovered your stash...
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Posted 24 June 2010 - 07:23 AM

I have not dared set an out of office message since a few years back when I logged into my email at an internet cafe on the beach and found 48,000 bounced emails from a no reply address which had sent me an email and then got into a loop with me.

Clearing that lot out took the edge of things!
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Posted 24 June 2010 - 07:58 AM

View PostAlexandreKapellos, on 24 June 2010 - 05:57 AM, said:

it's a "holiday" so… turn everything off, shut down remote access, leave those usb flash drives at home and go on a… holiday. forget about these things/objets/gadgets/tools that populate our every day lives 11 months a year.

…and what's this: "be sure to leave it turned on when you leave"? you must be joking!

…or we have a different definition of "vacation"…


I'm sure there are some jobs in which one can leave for days or weeks without even checking in once, and it's never a problem. But for most of us these days, as much as we might wish for such a situation, it just isn't so. Things can and do go wrong at work while you're away, and I find that it's better to be able to solve a problem during my vacation than to return to work and discover that it's turned into a severe crisis.

Joe
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Posted 24 June 2010 - 08:00 AM

View Posthayesk, on 24 June 2010 - 06:17 AM, said:

I wouldn't change my home voice mail to say I'm away. That just advertises that my house is empty and available for robbing.


In this article, I'm referring to tasks relating to your job, not your personal life!

Joe
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Posted 24 June 2010 - 09:36 AM

View PostJoeKissell, on 24 June 2010 - 08:00 AM, said:

View Posthayesk, on 24 June 2010 - 06:17 AM, said:

I wouldn't change my home voice mail to say I'm away. That just advertises that my house is empty and available for robbing.


In this article, I'm referring to tasks relating to your job, not your personal life!

Joe

Then it is saying, "Hi... I'm away but here's someone else you may not know about that you can start to gather intelligence on and consider doing bad things to." Get enough of these and you can map the company looking for the easier mark!
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Posted 24 June 2010 - 09:39 AM

The advice about writing down your passwords is really unsafe. Writing down passwords is the single biggest security issue, bar none. Use one of the password manager tools or simply put them into an encrypted file. Or just don't bother and leave home without all the tech stuff, as others have suggested. Contrary to what Joe states right above, life at work can and will go on without you.
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Posted 27 June 2010 - 04:25 PM

I had a good chuckle when I read, "Please direct any urgent inquiries to Maya Sistant." Joe, that's gold. ;)
—Sharpy
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Posted 29 June 2010 - 08:15 AM

The one thing I was hoping to find in this article was if there is anything you can do to insure that your computer at home doesn't get it's internet connection dropped. It doesn't do any good to have MobilMe if your home computer is dropped by your ISP.
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