aNewDomain.net – Tech folk the world over travel, easy as it is to email and Skype and hangout on Google+ these days. American tech workers easily end up in Amsterdam for the big mobile show there, as our Alan Wallace recently did. They show up at giant shows in locales like Barcelona. They travel to Taipei or Hong Kong and Malaysia, too. I know that because news media outlets, including this one, have sent me to all those places.
Giving America a bad name is all too easy. See below the bio for how not to be an ugly American geek. Avoid the stereotype of an ugly American by learning what local customs are. I love this infographic that shows how hand signs — like the peace sign, which I always flash — is basically the equivalent of a flip off in the UK. And there are lots of Brits around tech shows, so that’s a key one to know.
Gina Smith is the New York Times best-selling author of Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak’s memoir, ” iWOZ: How I Invented the Personal Computer and Had Fun Doing It”. (W.W. Norton, 2005/2007/2012). With John C. Dvorak and Jerry Pournelle, she is editorial director at aNewDomain.net. Email her at gina@aNewDomain.net, check out her Google + stream here or follow her @ginasmith888.