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There is a crowd of Spanish speaking men top dressing the lawn beside my patio this morning. Ottawa? March? No. For the last couple of weeks I’ve been in Mexico with my family for our annual vacation in the sun. Frankly, with all that has been happening at iotum, I was worried about taking time away. But you know, I’ve been enormously productive.
The sun rises at around 5:30 AM. My routine has been to get up, work for two or three hours while everyone else is asleep, and then rejoin the family for the day’s activities. It has worked out well for two reasons. The two hour time zone difference has made it easy to interact with my team in Ottawa, and technology has finally caught up with Cancun. There is reasonable WiFi throughout much of the resort, and connectivity – while slow – is constant.
The tools that I rely on?
My HP Mini 1000 netbook. It’s tiny, but with a built microphone, webcam, and enough processing power to substitute as a desktop in a pinch, the HP Mini is the perfect travel companion. Incidentally, the two most common PC’s I’ve seen among travellers here are netbook category devices, and the Macbook Air.
Calliflower, naturally. Early one morning I did a conference call with a Polish prospect wanting to take advantage of our new international conference call numbers in Warsaw and Wroclaw. It was a piece of cake. We won their business.
Skype. Both for IM and for calls with the team back at the office.
Skype’s awesome audio quality can’t be beat for voice on IM calls.
iPhone. Sitting by the pool, I can be connected via WiFi all day long. Click here to read more of how Alec combines a family vacation in Mexico with business by employing the best tools of the trade.

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