Friday, September 17, 2010

How much gear at home should you have for your jobsearch? What about air travel with two laptops?

Does it help to have a fax machine and a laser printer (instead of inkjet) at home, even if you don’t use them a lot? (They can come together in one unit.) Judging from a recent experience with a government employer, probably so. People still use fax a lot for signature documents and affidavits (although you can subscribe to a service like jfax and get your faxes as email attachments).

It seems as though I wind up printing a lot more than I had expected.

Another thing that may be helpful is Mozilla’s recent offering of automatic encryption (https everywhere). Employers seem to like this for transmitting application documents, and Mozilla may be the easiest browser to use in jobsearch work.

I’m also told that people who travel for work often do carry two laptops on planes – one for work and one for personal. That always sounded like too much of a hassle, but “they” tell me that this is OK with the TSA. Any experience with this?

Here's another issue:  Cable companies have been making home customers switch to wireless routers to hook up multiple PC's at home.  But some workplace computers don't have wireless cards because of sercurity (wardriving) concerns. 

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