Top Three Ways To Perfect An Eco-Friendly Digital Nomad Lifestyle

Helen Keller once said, “life is either a great adventure or  nothing.” The truth is that life, as fleeting as it may seem, can feel as though it lasts forever when doing something you love. Although it can often be difficult to grab onto the adventure in your own life at times, this desire to do more and be more will forever call to you—the only question is whether or not you will answer. For some, the idea of answering alone can be terrifying but, for others, it can be the best decision they ever make—and for these select few, the idea of a fully nomadic lifestyle calls them forward on journeys they will surely never forget.

However, a life of adventure is far from the only reason why these individuals choose lives on the road rather than stationary lives in the city. In fact, with a massive transition toward a greener tomorrow from our younger generations, it only makes sense that these nomads also choose this lifestyle as a way to reduce their carbon footprint one day at a time.

With this in mind, if green adventure is the kind of life you hope to one day lead, it is highly important that you consider what type of nomadism you hope to achieve, whether or not the RV lifestyle is right for you, and how you hope to create an eco-friendly nomadic alternative to everyday stationary life in order to not only begin this new chapter of your life but ensure that you journey is headed in the right direction, from the first day to the last.

RV, Travel Trailer, or Van: Choose Your Form of Nomadism

The first step to any eco-friendly adventure is to choose your new home. There are many nomadic options out there but one of the most common and enticing comes in the form of the traditional Class A, B, or C motorhomes. However, there are many other things to consider besides the actual home itself, especially if a greener alternative is your goal. For instance, some RVs have solar power, which can be far more cost effective and green than generator-reliant counterparts.

Furthermore, many RVs are complete and total gas guzzlers meaning that your fuel economy will be far less efficient and each day you will be producing copious amounts of carbon emissions. In fact, the average Class C RV emits thousands of pounds of carbon each and every year. On top of all of this, RVs are also known for succumbing to some of the most common transmission problems you should never ignore, such as leaking fluids and slipping gears, which could very quickly turn your fun adventure into a nightmare for both your bank account as well as your health (carbon monoxide poisoning and dangerous leaking fluids are also quite common).

With these cons in mind, you may want to turn toward a van, as it is certainly smaller and more efficient overall. However, this gives you far less space and also means that if you break down, you more than likely will not have a backup mode of transportation on board. Furthermore, most vans do not provide green energy alternatives and still require a large amount of gas.

Therefore, for many fully nomadic individuals, neither of these options are ideal, leaving the travel trailer and truck combo far ahead of the other two regarding both fuel economy and environmental friendliness. The main reason for this is due to the fact that there are many eco-friendly truck brands out there which, when combined with a solar-powered travel trailer, provide the user with fuel economy, and extra space, and green energy alternatives and a setup that allows you to hook up to RV spots and still be able to visit the nearby cities and places using the unattached truck as a mode of transportation. However, once you choose which option is right for you, the next step is to actually create your “green machine” and make it feel like less of a trailer and more of home in the process.

Transform Your New Home Into a “Green Machine”

There are many easy tips to make a stationary home more sustainable out there, but mobile homes are all too often lost in the mix due to the misconception that you cannot create a sustainable home that travels. However, although gardens and compost bins may be impossible in the long run, there are plenty of other ways to make your travel trailer or recreational vehicle less of a mode of transportation and more of a comfortable home that focuses heavily on green alternatives.

For instance, even if your trailer or RV does not have solar power when purchased, it is not all that difficult to install solar panels after the fact. This can not only reduce the amount of hookups needed on the road, which will inevitably save you money, but also reduce the carbon emissions your vehicle produces as well. Furthermore, by reducing the amount of frozen items you have on board, you can also reduce your refrigerant usage likewise. In 2008, every household in America released over 1,500 pounds of carbon dioxide from their refrigerators and freezers alone, making the reduction of these emissions highly important for our environment as a whole.

Furthermore, although you might not be able to have an entire garden, you can still grow herbs and bulbs which will make your life far simpler, help ensure the air in your new home is naturally filtered, and also lower the cost of weekly groceries as well. However, although all of these green alternatives are useful, there is still one that could quite literally reduce your carbon emissions by hundreds of pounds each and every year on the road which is surprisingly simple to achieve.

Choose Your Eco-Friendly Secondary Mode of Transportation

The most crucial way to reduce your carbon emissions is by reducing the amount of travel you do outside of getting from point A to point B. For instance, by choosing secondary modes of transportation, such as electric mountain bikes or scooters, you can significantly reduce your carbon emissions when traveling to nearby cities fro myour hookup locations as you can leave behind your gas-powered vehicle and also get in some outdoor exercise in the process.

However, a lot of young individuals think that there are no cheap and quality electric mountain bike alternatives, but this is far from the truth. In fact, there are many cheap electric bike brands, including a few that are even located online such as the E-Zip 2008 Trailz bike and the Mongoose 26” Electric bike.

Furthermore, Walmart also has many electric bike conversion kits, which can transform any mountain bike into an electric marvel, in little to no time at all. The best part about them, however, is that the average mileage of these electric bikes is anywhere between 20 to 60 miles, which means that even some of the farthest locations from a hookup site can easily be reached without wasting any gas or money in the process. Furthermore, with the incorporation of eco-friendly gear such as the Tree Hugger gear supply, you can also explore campgrounds and nature trails without being forced to return to your RV every few hours likewise.

In the end, there are countless ways to grab life by the horns and hold on, but travel is one of the few that actually pays off in full over time. Furthermore, choosing to lead a greener life can also lead to a happier you and a better future for the next generation as well. With this said, it’s no surprise why hundreds of young individuals are choosing a nomadic life over the traditional lifestyles their parents led before them. After all, life is short — so why not live it while you can?

Netflix ‘Add To DVD Queue’ Feature Removed

Popular DVD rental and movie streaming service Netflix today announced that they were removing the ability to let users add movies to DVD queue from their streaming devices. In a blog post on the company website, Jamie Odell, director of Product Management at Netflix wrote,

“We’re removing the “Add to DVD Queue” option from streaming devices. We’re doing this so we can concentrate on offering you the titles that are available to watch instantly. Further, providing the option to add a DVD to your Queue from a streaming device complicates the instant watching experience and ties up resources that are better used to improve the overall streaming functionality.”

The move marks another significant step for Netflix to transform into a purely movie streaming service. However, the removal of this feature has got a number of users unhappy who point out that it will be making it difficult for users to add movies – those that are not available for instant viewing – to their queue.

In any case, it doesn’t look like Netflix will be reverting the change anytime soon. If you were a fan of that feature, it looks like you must learn to live without it.

Is iPhone Jailbreak Legal? Apple Doesn’t Think So

Technically, it is not illegal to jailbreak the software of any device that you “own“. The Digital Copyright Millennium Act had stated last year that jailbreaking an iPhone or any other device for that matter was not illegal. Apple had stated back then that though the process itself might be legal, the company would still stick to its policy of voiding the warranty of devices that indulge in jailbreaking since such hacks were the primary cause of iOS crashes and malfunction.

Now, with the cat and mouse game between Apple and jailbreakers still on, it looks like Apple may be seeking legal counsel on this subject one more time. The company is learned to have to have approached the Copyrights Office of the Federal Government seeking a “crack down” on hackers who offer jailbreak software. In their proposal, Apple has said,

“Current jailbreak technologies now in widespread use utilize unauthorized modifications to the copyrighted bootloader and operating system, resulting in the infringement of the copyrights in those programs”

Specifically, Apple has pointed out that such jailbroken devices are a way for users to pirate copyrighted software and hence the company wants a ban on such processes. The response from the Copyrights office is not known yet.

What is your stand on this issue? Acquires Webmaster Talk Forums, one of the biggest online platforms that lets developers connect with companies to build web based projects has announced that they are acquiring Webmaster Talk, a popular discussion board for webmasters.

In an email sent to Webmaster Talk members, Matt Barie, the founder and CEO of Freelancer has said,

“It’s never been an easier time to start a business. We want this to be the
go-to site for people looking to build successful things on the Internet, with
an active community of experts and seasoned entrepreneurs.

To reflect this, we are renaming Webmaster-talk to Tycoon Talk.

Above all, this is your community and we’re honored to be a part of it.
Most, if not all, of the existing forums will continue, albeit with some
rearrangement. We will also be extending the focus with some new
cutting-edge boards.”

The past year and a half has been pretty eventful year for as the company rebranded itself from GetAFreelancer to Freelancer. The company recently announced the acquisition of LimeExchange that saw its overall membership grow to 2 million users.

It will be interesting to see how this new acquisition shapes the freelancer community that Matt Barie has built with his website.

Can Amazon Bestsellers List Be Gamed? New Kindle Book Tells How

Amazon’s proprietary algorithm that ranks and offers recommendation to book readers has always been a matter of debate. While there has been several accusations in the past about the company turning a blind eye to authors gaming the system to reach the bestsellers’ list, nothing much has come out of it until now. However, a recent book – ironically available for purchase on Amazon Kindle – tells us the exact methodology that one needs to pursue to ensure that their books top the bestsellers chart on Amazon.

In the book, author Thomas Hertog claims to have successfully got his previous book – “Wealth Hazards” – to reach the #1 on the bestsellers’ list in the personal finance category although he barely sold 32 copies in 45 days of launch. Hertog points out that his gaming technique helped him overtake genuine bestselling authors like Robert Kiyosaki, Andrew Tobias and Dave Ramsey who have sold more than 50 million books. How did he do it? Hertog explains,

“I discovered how Amazon ranks book sales, customer reviews, comments on reviews, books that other buyers bought, and creates Amazon recommendations. Then I bought and downloaded to my Kindle one hundred and seventy-three times my own book Wealth Hazards, wrote numerous five-star customer reviews, and voted on how helpful or unhelpful reviews were in making a purchasing decision. I did this everyday on Amazon for nearly five months.”

Hertog has summarized his experiences on his book, “The Day the Kindle Died“, that can be purchased on Amazon by clicking here. It is a real eye-opener to the way Amazon ranks books besides letting us rethink the way Amazon could be violating the users’ privacy to mine valuable data using simple bookmarking tools like WhisperSync.

Did you read the book? Tell us your views on this debate in the comments below.

iPod Nano Jailbreak Imminent With New Hack

Those of you wanting to put your iPod nano to better use can get hopeful. Developer James Whelton has revealed that he has taken the first step towards enabling a possible jailbreak of the sixth generation iPod nano. In all fairness, Whelton’s hack at present is pretty simplistic and all that it does is to remove one of the default apps from the iPod nano. But Whelton has said that hackers can now build upon this to develop a more sophisticated jailbreaking solution for iPod nano in the future. He says,

“The hack and things I’ve been playing around with and have done use the already available ‘disk use’ of the device. The hack is simple, like Forrest Gump simple, the importance is that it got the Nano hack got attention and thankfully attracted some kickass hackers and developers who wish to work on it with me, I’m gonna be doing all I can to facilitate this. iPod Nano hacking is nothing new (”

Meanwhile, if you own a iPod nano 6th gen device, you can check out the tutorial for the current hack by clicking here.

iPhone Is Most Popular Product On eBay 2010

eBay, the world’s largest online auction website, has published its annual list of the most popular items on their online stores for the year nearly gone by. Like many of the previous years, electronic gadgets continue to be one of the most popularly selling items. According to the latest listing, iPhone related items and accessories were the most searched for and purchased item on eBay in 2010. The etailer has revealed that close to 1,634,674 iPhone 4 related items were sold this year.

Apple also scores on another front – the iPad. The eBay study has shown that over 621,399 iPad related products were sold during this period. It is interesting to note that the iPad was launched only in April while iPhone 4 was launched in June of this year – which means these products did not sell all through the year and still managed the top slots. iPad, for the record, was eBay’s fifth most popular item.

Here are the top ten item categories that found popularity on eBay this year

1. iPhone
2. Barbie
3. Military jackets
4. Hot Wheels
5. iPad
6. World cup
7. The Beatles
8. Silly Bandz
9. Alice in Wonderland
10. New Orleans Saints

Wikileaks.Org Down – How To Access WikiLeaks Website & Documents?

A day after Amazon shut down its servers to – the non-profit whistleblower website, the website’s DNS management provider has announced that they are terminating their service as well. While Amazon cited breach of terms for terminating their contract, EveryDNS has stated that other partner websites are facing increasing risks due to the heavy number of DDoS attacks on Wikileaks that has prompted the company’s decision.

While the website itself is down, the group’s Dutch mirror site, appears to be active at the moment. Other websites hosted in .fi, and .se domains do not seem to be resolving at the moment. Folks at SkepticGeek note that too is functional but I am not able to open the site from where I am.

So if you are looking for a way to reach out to the Wikileaks documents, you may visit this alternate website.

Preventing US Government Website Seizures With New BitTorrent-Based DNS System

The US Government has been cracking down on a number of websites that it claims contain “misbehaving” content including offering ways to access pirated content. This has been primarily done with the help of ICANN – the organization that is responsible for handling domain names. Thanks to the control that ICANN holds over individual domain names, the US government is noted to be easily able to shut off websites that it deems are unlawful.

Now, a number of internet enthusiasts – including the founders of the popular pro-piracy website, PirateBay are mulling over alternatives that will help website owners host such content deemed unlawful without having to worry about being hassled by government agencies. The group has proposed a new BitTorrent-like DNS system that will decentralize the DNS system over multiple computers that install an application and thereby make it impossible for ICANN to block content. The new system could run on a .p2p domain suffix instead of conventional TLDs like .com or .net.

The proposal is still in the development stages and it will be interesting to see how this moves forward.

Want To Make A Movie? Amazon Enters Movie Production Business

Amazon is looking to venture into movie production. The company is now calling upon aspiring movie writers to submit their scripts on a new website called Amazon Studios. The most promising work stands a chance to be made into a movie that will be made by Amazon in partnership with Warner Bros. Participants with better resources could even submit a “test movie” that shall have good acting and screening for the selection process.

The possible rewards to the winner are huge. Filmmakers stand to earn $200,000 if their story gets made into a movie and an additional $400,000 if the movie grosses over $60 million at the box office.

This is an interesting use of the crowdsourcing model and  will help Amazon, who have until now been a leader in the movie streaming and DVD sale business take a new direction. What do you think of this exciting venture?