So what’s Tabs been up to while I’ve been gettin’ my conference on? He’s been holding down the fort back at MBB headquarters with the help of a temp (aka a petsitter).
He still insists on twice daily meetings, though, and thanks to technology, it’s totally possible.
We use Skype set up as a pet cam. I’ve talked about it a couple times before. It works like this: I have Skype installed and running on my computer at home using one account, and set it to automatically answer video calls that I make from a second account using a laptop. That’s it, and now that Skype has an iPhone app, we can even teleconference literally from the road (it works over Wi-Fi or 3G).
I was at the pool today when he called with an “emergency.” He needed to go to yoga, and the car service was running late. It fell to me to “make it work.”
But seriously, technology has revolutionized the assistant-cat relationship. Using a combination of Log Me In, Skype, iTunes, iPhones and computers, we’re able to continue working with each other remotely.
Cat/Blogger Road Warrior Tech Tools
Log Me In: It lets me access and control my computer at home. I use it to change channels in iTunes for Tabs because he can only listen to techno for so long (he also fancies country music).
Skype: I have it set to automatically answer video calls placed from a second account (because Tabs is a diva and won’t answer the calls himself). Now that there’s also an iPhone app that works over Wi-Fi or 3G, Tabs can reach me anywhere there’s a cell phone signal.
iTunes: Tabs listens to free iTunes radio stations pretty much all day long while I’m away, but I remote access the computer in the evenings to turn off the music while he sleeps.
iPhones: Our smartphone of choice. Tabs is a stickler for design and has insisted on Apple products ever since he gave up his Blackberry.
Computers: Skype, Log Me In and iTunes are all available for both Windows PCs and MACs. The mobile Skype and Log Me In apps are also available for Android phones (Log Me In Ignition and Skype for Android).
Other Apps: Tabs and I also use a few other iPhone apps for work. PS Express (a simplified version of Photoshop for adjusting lighting, contrast and applying a few basic filters to pics), the Cat-O-Matic (has a bunch of prerecorded cat meow sounds that drive cats crazy; FUN!), Camera Genius (an app for the iPhone’s built-in camera that lets you trigger the shutter by tapping anywhere on the screen), the official WordPress app for remote blogging, and another remote blogging app called BlogPress, which I use as a fallback when the WordPress app gets on my nerves.
What does Tabs really do while I’m away? Well, he stress eats, partakes of the catnip plants that are placed throughout the house, watches birds through the windows, plays with the petsitter, does some modeling, and also blogs (of course).
Some Recent Tabs Beauty Shots…
I’ll be home soon, tabby! Don’t forget to pick me up from the airport.
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,