Saturday, January 15th, 2005

Delicious Monster and their virtual office


I got my dad a copy of Delicious Library for Christmas. It’s a real cool program that lets you catalog your books, films, and whatever else by scanning its barcode. It goes out and gets all the data it needs from Amazon and elsewhere. Apparently the next version will be able to share libraries between friends, so my dad and I can browse each other’s libraries whenever we want.

Anyway, turns out the guys who built the program use a coffee shop in Seattle as an office. They pipe into the wireless Internet connection, suck down caffeine, and network with each other using Rendezvous.

I can see this becoming more and more prevalent as time goes on; if you’re some start-up of smart cats with laptops, why spend the money on rent when you don’t have to? Of course, it all depends on what your business is selling; ephemeral computer data tends to lend itself to a virtual office more than, say, selling shoes.

Warren Frey is a journalist, freelance writer, podcaster, video producer, and all-around media consultant currently based in Vancouver, Canada. His written work has appeared in such publications as Metro Vancouver, the Westender, Mac | Life and the Japan Times.

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