June 21, 2005
Dear CNET members,
While I don't have a home business (yet), I'm fortunate enough to have a home office where I do all my digital chores, such as work remotely, surf the Web, pay my bills, and so forth. My office consists of two computers hardwired to a network and two laptops on Wi-Fi. What I find essential to my network of home computers is my print server--oh, how I once dreaded using any computer that required the network's main PC to be on just so that I could print something. Now with the print server, I can simply print from any computer, any time, independently. I know, I know, this little tech gadget isn't glamorous like many others, but it's made my home office a bit more efficient, and it works for me! So what tech gadget in your home office makes all the difference in your world? Is it the networked-attached storage hard drive (NAS), or is it that fancy 23-inch flat-panel monitor? Whatever it may be, simple or extravagant, share with us the technology, products, and practices that YOU use in your own home office. But before you do that, check out some of the tips and tricks offered by your fellow members in our Building the Ultimate Office: Home Office area. And if you have a cool home-office setup, snap some pictures of it, and send them to us. Maybe you'll be featured next in our Show Us Yours: Home Office spotlight. Looking forward to your participation!
This week's hot topic:
Home office tech
What gadgets and technology do you use to make your home office run like a big business? That's the question we posed in our Building the Ultimate Office: Home Office area, and several of you chimed in with helpful tips and tricks.
Put away the paper
When you're running a home-based business, nearly everything is tax deductible as long as you have the receipts to back it up. CNET member hamachiman suggests scanning all your receipts. Not only are they easier to organize, they make a great backup.
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Faxes from anywhere
CNET member 1940 suggests getting a smart phone such as his Sony Ericsson P800. In addition to syncing with Outlook syncing and accessing the Web, he can receive any fax sent to him as an e-mail.
Read 1940's full post
An Apple a day...
In his post, CNET member mccaffsj offers several valuable tips for keeping your small network safe, including adding a low-end Macintosh for all your Internet-related activities.
Read mccaffsj's full post
What technology is most essential to your home office? Check out "Building the Ultimate Office: Home Office", then speak up in the TalkBack section.
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Data destruction--it's harder than you think
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My dream car stereo
CNET editor at large Brian Cooley comes up with a car entertainment and communications system that would sync up with all kinds of portable gadgets. It can be done, but will carmakers attempt it? What would your dream car stereo consist of?
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