HOME  |  NEWS  |  BLOGS  |  MESSAGES  |  FEATURES  |  VIDEOS  |  WEBINARS  |  INDUSTRIES  |  FOCUS ON FUNDAMENTALS
  |  REGISTER  |  LOGIN  |  HELP
Feature
Design Hardware & Software

Tools for the Remote Workplace

NO RATINGS
View Comments: Newest First|Oldest First|Threaded View
Cabe Atwell
User Rank
Blogger
Re: Drop Box
Cabe Atwell   5/5/2014 11:45:24 PM
NO RATINGS
Nancy,

I took a day to think over your comment.

Day jobs, I have come to realize, is not a place to hang out and be social. I have found at a lot of engineering jobs, people are not all that helpful. They are very covetous with tools and ideas. Plus, in a lot of cases you end up working on something on your own anyway. Like those group projects back in school... guess who did all the work? You did!

I believe in most cases, you can get the jobs done at home, by yourself. Talk to people when you are done, maybe.

And.. interrupting an engineer for any length is an automatic 45min delay before they are back on track.

C

Nancy Golden
User Rank
Platinum
Re: Drop Box
Nancy Golden   4/30/2014 12:05:16 AM
NO RATINGS
I have mixed emotions about all that stuff - I agree that would be very cool but I think we are losing something along the way...I would like the telepresence robot for the stuff I had to do but wasn't really interested in (like required administrative meetings) - but I would miss the human interaction of talking to everyone at trade shows and conferences - that is often a lot of fun and is a way to get a lot of new ideas.

Cabe Atwell
User Rank
Blogger
Re: Drop Box
Cabe Atwell   4/29/2014 11:30:12 PM
NO RATINGS
I personally would love to have a telepresence robot like the AnyBots QB or a holographic telepresence interface I could use to attend conferences and trade shows.

Nancy Golden
User Rank
Platinum
Re: Drop Box
Nancy Golden   4/27/2014 10:21:21 AM
NO RATINGS
Hmmm...I guess I appreciate drop box because it is free (at least the level I am using it) and it is extremely intuitive. I would rather have a basic program that works well without all of the bells and whistles, but then I am a casual user. My one attempt at using Google docs was an exercise in frustration but to be fair it was due to the person at the other end incorrectly setting his permissions.

NadineJ
User Rank
Platinum
Re: Drop Box
NadineJ   4/27/2014 10:00:25 AM
NO RATINGS
I currently work remotely with two clients.  One uses dropbox, the other uses a combination of Google docs and Google calendar.  Both seem clunky and outdated.

A tool that's secure, and more responsive (auto filing, deadline reminders, etc) would be fantastic.  Aesthetics always shift mid-decade.  It's time for some of the older tools to update.

Nancy Golden
User Rank
Platinum
Drop Box
Nancy Golden   4/16/2014 6:45:00 PM
NO RATINGS
Interesting article with some astute observations concerning the future - now you just have to get us old dogs to learn new tricks. I recently had a colleague suggest I utilize drop box for an upcoming project. I squeaked and suggested we use good ole email like we have always done. However, I decided to jump in and give it a try - and I'm glad I did. Using dropbox as a collaborative tool made our task much easier. Working remotely is becoming more and more prevalent and the wise engineer will utilize all of the technology that is available to do the job. And there is always the off button at 5:00pm...

RSimon62
User Rank
Iron
Other options - centralized computing
RSimon62   4/2/2014 10:41:13 AM
NO RATINGS
How about using remote connectivity tools which allow companies to centralize their compute infrastructure?  That way you can also better protect IP, have easier design managment, and give the designers the flexibility they need to work from anywhere. Performance used to be a problem with these tools, but no more -- with increased broadband speeds and faster GPU's in workstations, it's almost like being in the office.

Partner Zone
Latest Analysis
Get a load of these strange product designs. What's in the water these design engineers are drinking?
The Dutch are known for their love of bicycling, and they’ve also long been early adopters of green-energy and smart-city technologies. So it seems fitting that a town in which painter Vincent van Gogh once lived has given him a very Dutch-like tribute -- a bike path lit by a special smart paint in the style of the artist's “Starry Night” painting.
Cal Poly students use 3D printing to take flight -- and pass their class.
Celebrity engineer Grant Imahara will host a series of “webisodes” that will examine new technology and innovation from an engineer’s point of view.
The UX Italia video contest recognizes Italian machinery, technology, and other experience solutions that have contributed meaningful improvements to people’s lives and production processes. If you submit a three-minute video showcasing how the quality of Italian machinery's User eXperience is essential to your company's success, you just may win a trip to Italy.
More:Blogs|News
Design News Webinar Series
11/19/2014 11:00 a.m. California / 2:00 p.m. New York
11/6/2014 11:00 a.m. California / 2:00 p.m. New York
10/7/2014 8:00 a.m. California / 11:00 a.m. New York
12/11/2014 8:00 a.m. California / 11:00 a.m. New York
Quick Poll
The Continuing Education Center offers engineers an entirely new way to get the education they need to formulate next-generation solutions.
Dec 1 - 5, An Introduction to Embedded Software Architecture and Design
SEMESTERS: 1  |  2  |  3  |  4  |  5  |  6


Focus on Fundamentals consists of 45-minute on-line classes that cover a host of technologies. You learn without leaving the comfort of your desk. All classes are taught by subject-matter experts and all are archived. So if you can't attend live, attend at your convenience.
Last Archived Class
Sponsored by Littelfuse
Learn More   |   Login   |   Archived Classes
Twitter Feed
Design News Twitter Feed
Like Us on Facebook

Sponsored Content

Technology Marketplace

Copyright © 2014 UBM Canon, A UBM company, All rights reserved. Privacy Policy | Terms of Service