Re: Extropians Ltd.

Chris Thompson (
Mon, 2 Jun 1997 07:29:22 -0700 (PDT)

---Felix Ungman <> wrote:
> Michael Lorrey:
> >The problem is getting work. How many jobs are there that you can do
> >from a laptop anywhere?
> It's not a technological problem. You can get >200 MHz laptops with
> enough memory to do almost anything you would with a desktop
> computer. Internet is usually not a problem, 56K modem or perhaps
> ISDN will get you far enough. As a mobile knowledge worker, you
> don't need any reference books, most of the information is on the
> Internet or on CD-roms.
> Mobile working is also getting less and less a social problem, as
> communication is getting better and better. Teamwork will always
> require a fair amount of communication between the players, but
> physical distance is no longer an obstable for that. You still have
> to meet people face to face, but being mobile will be an advantage,
> not a disadvantage.
> I can't think of any jobs that I would like to do that I couldn't do
> anywhere. (I admit working on the factory floor for some big
> software company is not on my list.) To me, the only difference
> and the only reason to go mobile is to become truly Transnational
> and Transcultural.
> Felix Ungman

There are many many things at which you could do as a nomad. Freelance
writing, programming, system administration, web authoring. You could
set up a web page which generates revenue, either from Advertisments
or merchandise sales. And if you set yourself up with the right
structure, you could live on considerably less than you think.

I am Internet Administrator for a major US VAR. My only need for
actually being here at my desk is twofold. A) On rare occasions I need
physical access to our machines to reboot them. This is being migrated
to our 24 hour operations staff. B) To make my boss feel like he's in
control. The main barrier to working from home is political.

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