5 Essential Tech Tools for Virtual Teams


There are a lot of benefits to virtual teams—you’re not constrained by geography and staff members have a lot more flexibility. To some degree, technology can compensate for the shortcomings of a virtual environment. We have used Google Docs for brainstorming—the way you might use a flip chart or whiteboard in person—and the experience has been interesting. Virtual Phone System. I use my laptop with a headset, Chris uses his cell phone, and Dan uses a landline.

How to Buy a Small Nonprofit IT System

Confessions of a Non-Profit Executive Director

I think many nonprofits can get away with a kind of virtual IT system where the files reside primarily on Amazon’s S3 and any more specific applications can be set up remotely (maybe even on Amazon EC2 which now supports Windows servers ). Unfortunately, Google Docs are just not ready for primetime. When you buy your laptops and desktops, say no to the optional antivirus software.

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Why Google Might Be the Answer to Your Problems

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Google gives you virtually unlimited storage, easy sharing and compatibility with tons of apps and websites all for FREE. That means you can access any of your files anywhere, whether you’re on your work computer, phone, laptop or tablet—as long as you have your login info and an internet connection, you’re set. Pretty much every Google Drive platform (Docs, Sheets, Slides, Calendar) allows you to work on documents simultaneously with your coworkers.

Happy Earth Day! 7 Ways to Green Your Technology


This fantastic doc from MIT will walk you through your office to help you pinpoint places where you can do more to help Mother Earth. We just finished spring cleaning the NTEN offices and took a laptop, four boxes of toner, some thumb drives, a broken keyboard, and some old power supplies to Free Geek last night. With web-based software, web conferencing, laptops, and smart phones, it's easier than ever to skip the office entirely.

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4 Ways Nonprofits Can Benefit from the Cloud

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Most of the processing power needed to run cloud-based applications is online rather than on an individual computer or on-site server; therefore, your data can be viewed as quickly on a hundred-dollar desktop as on a high-end laptop. What can cloud computing do for nonprofits?

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Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

DaveTV has a campaign to support the One Laptop Per Child effort. In response to the Facebook flip, Doc Searles, in this post and a follow-up argues that we should "stop petitioning Facebook and Google to solve our problems for us." Zonbu has announced a laptop version.

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It has replaced the myriad of papers — displacing them from the briefcase — that the laptop never did. If you need ubiquitous connectivity, get a MiFi (Verizon or Virgin Atlantic) or Connectify (share your laptop’s connection) and set all your devices free from multiple monthly fees.

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111 Low-Cost or Free OnlineTools for Nonprofits

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A Facebook app that creatively displays you and your Facebook friends in a virtual museum. Additionally, the app serves as hub to all other Google Apps, such as Gmail, Calendar, Docs, Reader, Voice, Maps, etc.

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Confessions of a Non-Profit Executive Director

If you aren’t funding rich, use free AV tools such as Avira or ClamAV, and keep them updated DAILY Web mail is your friend – for many reasons: spam filtering, virus checking, document previewing, login securing, and you also never know when your laptop might be confiscated or stolen As you can see, these are fairly simple rules that you can carry out on your own as an administrator. doc 2008_beijing_olympic_games__b_.doc