Work From Home

by Rebecca Melville ·Posted 11/04/2022
Configuring a desk area with limited space can be a daunting task. Whether you are alternating between in-office and at-home work, downsizing, or going away to school, having a functional desk setup is essential to productivity. Fear not, dear reader, a small desk doesn't need to be a problem—with some intention and a bit of finessing, you can cultivate a sleek, functional, and beautiful setup without compromising on quality.  Do Away with Your Monitor Base  If you find yourself constantly shifting your monitor around to make room on your desk
by M. Brett Smith ·Posted 08/30/2021
With many businesses shifting to remote work and collaboration, webcams have become some of the most vital pieces of technology you can have in your home or office. Among webcam manufacturers, arguably none is more celebrated than Logitech, which offers a webcam solution for just about every office and application. Here are some of its top offerings, all of which we fully recommend. Logitech C920s If you work in an office, chances are you’ve seen or interacted with the
by Bjorn Petersen ·Posted 05/21/2021
Despite everything functioning in a digital world, there’s still something to be said for having hard, printed copies of important documents. Especially in the workplace, sometimes a printed form, document, photograph, letter, invoice, and so on is just what you need. And, with the workplace now shifting to home for many of us, having a printer at home is one of those necessities for making your at-home work space that much more of an efficient and productive place for real work.
by Jason T ·Posted 08/25/2021
If you’ve never tried noise-canceling headphones before, you may be wondering how they differ from regular headphones, and with school back in session, now is the perfect time to learn how they can help you work or study. While they do bear some similarities to conventional headphones in the way that they combat background noise, they also have some key differences. Conventional headphones rely
by Jason T ·Posted 07/06/2020
COVID-19 has made work from home and school from home the norm in many places across the country. Some love it, and some hate it, but I think everyone can agree on one thing—trying to do your work with the kids home is sort of like trying to work in the middle of a dangerous construction site in which you are also required to serve beverages and other refreshments to a horde of very demanding, supposedly starving, jarringly loud construction workers on a tri-hourly basis. This kind of cacophonous nightmare can do a lot more damage than simply
by Steven Wong ·Posted 07/01/2020
As my fellow parents may attest, working from home means much more than doing my day job and participating in a few Zoom meetings. Throughout the day, my home becomes an office, a school, an indoor playground, and a dine-in movie theater in which we happen to live. This means that being tethered to one spot with my mid-tower desktop computer isn’t as practical as it once was. Although my desktop computer has become a kind of centerpiece for work and entertainment, I need the flexibility of a laptop system to switch quickly between doing my job
by Shawn C. Steiner ·Posted 06/24/2020
Working from home can be a great experience, as long as your office space is set up exactly as you want it. I know I need to have everything in just the right place to get into some serious work. If you are anything like me, you want to make sure that you have some new tech around that simply makes life better. There is always some new and current tech you can get to upgrade your home office. The Center of any Home Office is the Computer At the center of every desk is a computer—or at least the space for one. This can be a super-tough decision
by Allan Weitz ·Posted 06/22/2020
SAFETY. It's a whole new world out there and, if you are reading this, chances are you've been working from home, or as it's come to be known—WFH. There are definitely pluses and minuses of WFH, but something many of us have had to grapple with is keeping our gear—and equally important, our data—safe in an environment that was most likely never intended to be a full or even part-time work center. And then there's the kids and pets factor. According to Murphy's Law, anything that can go wrong, will go wrong, and most likely at the worse time.
by Cris Silvestri and William Min ·Posted 06/18/2020
During this hectic and very scary time, many of us have found ourselves suddenly working from home. And many of us are finding that working from home is a lot harder than it sounds. On paper, you might think all you need is a good computer, a reliable printer, and Internet service. Those of us already in the home-office trenches know that—although these are good places to start—there are literally hundreds of things with which you need to keep up in a demanding at-home career. More importantly, the home office that works for the freelance
by Bjorn Petersen ·Posted 06/16/2020
With more people working from home for the foreseeable future, it might be time to make some improvements to your work-from-home (WFH) setup to maximize efficiency in whatever form your new domestic office has taken. One of the easiest but most transformative changes you can make to your workspace is the addition of a second monitor or, in some cases, an upgrade to a single
by Jill Waterman ·Posted 06/12/2020
A strange new acronym is suddenly everywhere: WFH, otherwise known as Work from Home. Not to be confused with WTF, Work from Home is a concept that seemed so very distant to most people saddled with the daily commute to an office job until so very recently. The sudden pressure to migrate to a 100% remote work culture while facing our current global pandemic has most of us scrambling to adapt just about everything—our homes and work spaces, our communication systems and
by M. Brett Smith ·Posted 03/25/2021
Although studies show that remote work is beneficial to employees and employers, there are definitely some challenges involved. How do I set up my virtual office? What are some best practices for maintaining productivity? What kind of computer equipment do I need? To answer that last one, we’ve put together a list of our favorite work-from-anywhere laptops. These computers will help you get the most out of working remotely, no matter what you’re working on or where you’re
by Jill Waterman ·Posted 11/25/2021
Teaching and learning on the fly took on a whole new meaning since spring 2020, when educators and students alike had to quickly shift focus and reconfigure their workstations and computer setups. If there is one thing to be learned from all the Zoom conferences and Microsoft Teams meetings held since then, it’s this: Most people do not have an adequate laptop, notebook, or monitor support system in place—and it shows in the video footage. In addition to the bad aesthetics, inferior positioning of one’s monitor, notebook, laptop, or tablet
by Bjorn Petersen ·Posted 06/04/2020
For most photographers, the home studio is the studio. Many of us don’t have our own separate studio or frequent access or the need to work at a professional commercial studio. And regardless if it’s time, accessibility, availability, resources, or even by choice, the truth is that it’s often a lot easier and more convenient to do our “studio photography” at home. Convenience and preference aside, one of the key differentiators of a commercial studio is its purpose-built design, and its array of available tools. Cameras, lights, stands, maybe
by Mary Latvis ·Posted 06/02/2020
Looking to display an impressive background while streaming from home with Skype, Zoom, or similar interfaces? Whether you want to use a simulated starship deck, a tropical beachscape, or simply a photo of your true work office, read on to see how a basic green screen can up your streaming game (not that your home office/corner of the sofa is at all cluttered or less than picturesque, of course). Green screen use is also known as “chroma-keying,” a technique where two layers of video are composited or “keyed” together so that your chosen