Articles By James A. Martin

Clever tweets help Naked Pizza do booming business

Can you tell which of the following tweets is from a small but rapidly growing company? "One more glass of wine and I will b buying pop tarts from that damn vending machine

Published on: November 30th, 2009 James A. Martin

The mobile worker’s ultimate travel toolkit

"Travail" and "travel." Have you ever noticed how those two words sound similar? It's no coincidence--they come from the same Middle English root meaning to torment, labour, strive, or journey. And sure enough,

Published on: September 28th, 2009 James A. Martin

Five rules of the road for mobile workers

Seven years ago, this blog you're reading now was an online column offering advice on such things as traveling with a PDA in lieu of a laptop.On that particular topic, I wrote that

Published on: September 24th, 2009 James A. Martin

Top tech and go-gear for the mobile worker

For Star Trek fans, space is the final frontier. For travelers, it's a never-ending challenge. What do you decide to pack in your oh-so-limited carry-on and checked baggage space? It's a vexing question,

Published on: September 11th, 2009 James A. Martin

Essential Gear for the Business Traveller

As I mentioned previously, I recently tried limiting myself to just one carry-on bag when flying. I couldn't do it--and frankly, I don't recommend the practice. However, the exercise prompted me to re-evaluate

Published on: September 1st, 2009 James A. Martin

Three Ways to Reduce Your Communications Costs

  I've got three strategies for keeping phone costs as low as possible when you're away, while still making it easy for others to reach you. 1. Don't Call, Skype Skype should be

Published on: August 18th, 2009 James A. Martin

How to keep your laptop juiced up while on the road

In some respects, life as a laptop-carrying frequent flyer has gotten a little easier. Exhibit A: Though far from commonplace, it's not freakishly bizarre anymore to find a power port at your airplane

Published on: March 26th, 2009 James A. Martin

How to buy a great Webcam for business and personal use

When you're on the road, camping out in a bland hotel room, there's something truly comforting about seeing your spouse, kids, or other loved ones in a live video chat. You can make

Published on: December 11th, 2008 James A. Martin

How to know when it’s time to repair or replace your laptop

Remember the opening scene of Night of the Living Dead? A young woman and her brother are visiting their grandfather's plot in a graveyard. A creepy pale-faced dude approaches them, and the screaming

Published on: October 16th, 2008 James A. Martin

Breeze through airport security with the right laptop bag

Some words seem destined to go together, like "Marco" and "Polo," "Uma" and "Oprah," "rock" and "lobster." Until recently, however, I would never have thought to conjoin the words "checkpoint" and "friendly." But

Published on: August 21st, 2008 James A. Martin

Three really smart tricks you can do with your iPhone

I'm now the owner of an Apple iPhone 3G, after waiting out the first-generation model. Overall, I'm thrilled with the smart phone. (My first week with the iPhone 3G wasn't trouble free, however).

Published on: August 19th, 2008 James A. Martin

Free or cheap fabulous stuff you can do with your smart phone

Find Your Way You can get directions and traffic on your GPS phone. More and more wireless handsets come with Global Positioning System (GPS) receivers and mapping software built in. You can use

Published on: August 18th, 2008 James A. Martin

Two ‘must-have’ gadgets for the business traveler

I recently tried limiting myself to just one carry-on bag when flying. I couldn't do it--and frankly, I don't recommend the practice. However, the exercise prompted me to re-evaluate all the gear and

Published on: August 12th, 2008 James A. Martin

Essential laptop gear for efficiency, comfort and peace of mind

If you've configured a laptop online, you've faced dozens of buying decisions. Which operating system? How much memory? What size hard drive, and at what rotational speed? What kind of video card and

Published on: July 31st, 2008 James A. Martin

Apple, Lenovo top laptop makers

Even in this distressing economy, we need to upgrade outdated equipment or replace a laptop that has become irredeemable. Deciding that you need a new laptop is just the first step. The next

Published on: July 29th, 2008 James A. Martin