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  1. rwdrwdrwd

    VPNs and BBC iPlayer

    Fo iPlayer (and other online video providers) I signed up for a lifetime deal with getflix (a SmartDNS provider) over a year ago now, has been flawless. It's available for $35 here (referral link, earns you $10 and me $10) https://stacksocial.com/sales/getflix-lifetime-subscription?rid=535115 For other needs I also have a VPN - again got a lifetime deal over a year ago https://stacksocial.com/sales/vpn-unlimited-lifetime-subscription and it's been perfect. SmartDNS is best for TV imo, it only intercepts TV related traffic so doesn't impact the speed of any other websites. I have it set up on my router, so any device connected to my router can access iPlayer.
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    Pursuing the Digital Nomad Lifestyle

    You might get "lucky", but they don't tend to be looking for junior developers (at least not non Thai ones). If you do find a role, the pay tends to max out at around 25% of western rates for the equivalent role and level. One other issue is that you miss out on the networking side in terms of making contacts in the west that are willing to pay western rates. That all said, if you're determined to get here asap and *can* find a role, it could work out, and the experience wouldn't be wasted should you find you do need to put some time in on-site in the US.
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    Pursuing the Digital Nomad Lifestyle

    All I can say is I've never, not once, applied for any certification in a product.. I actually disagree with the product > language approach, I think the former come and go more frequently and they are not immune to (cheap) outsourcing either. I'm sure there are some products that lead to a pay bump and have regular demand, but I haven't found not specialising in one a hindrance, personally. I have had pay bumps from specialising in a language "framework", but that's slightly different I think. Checking out live listings for remote roles on weworkremotely.com and remoteok.io is a good way to see a what is currently in demand.
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    Pursuing the Digital Nomad Lifestyle

    @wolf81 is a very sensible individual on the right track, especially with the Seychelles / IGLU approach - you don't mention what you're doing with the portion that does not go to IGLU, but sending it as dividends to a personal bank account in Singapore is a great option in my experience (since they do not tax non residents on non SG derived income). Once you hit a new tax year you are free to remit the prior year's income to Thailand tax free. On the corporate side I went with a Hong Kong business setup and whilst it was free of any corp tax since no clients were in HK, I regretted it due to the (relatively) onerous yearly audited accounts. Were I to do it again, Seychelles or BVI would be my choice - historically the downside of those jurisdictions has been a lack of access to decent banking services - and especially an inability to use Stripe or PayPal, but this new service https://business.neat.hk/ looks very interesting, since you could have an entity registered anywhere and have HK banking with Stripe and PayPal (easily).
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    Pursuing the Digital Nomad Lifestyle

    Sounds good, but SFO and Seattle definitely the golden tickets - Austin however is growing fast in this regard - I know a number of people who have moved there from SFO.
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    Pursuing the Digital Nomad Lifestyle

    10 years on-site in total, but times have changed now and it's easier to get into - when I first decided to work remotely (2004) it was very uncommon. Key to it for me was going back home and putting in a few years as a consultant, two of which were for a very well known US tech co in London - from there I pretty much walked every interview I had (remote or not) If you really don't want to put the time in on-site, it's doable but lots harder.. finding a company that is fully distributed might be the best move, but they will still want to see a good portfolio (could be personal stuff) and you'll start on less money. Personally I think putting in the time on-site to gain contracts and get familiar with modern dev workflows in the context of a real development team is invaluable.
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    Pursuing the Digital Nomad Lifestyle

    Yes, I've worked remotely as a software engineer in the past, for around 9 years from a few continents.
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    Pursuing the Digital Nomad Lifestyle

    Get 5 years solid experience on site in an in demand programming language (JavaScript, Go, Python), and do well at it, and you should be able to land a full time remote gig (structured as a long term contract) around 80 - 120k USD relatively easily. weworkremotely.com, remoteok and stackoverflow are good sources. To get US pay you'll probably have to have US work hour crossover though (4 hours usually enough, but most the work is in PST so that would be 11pm - 3am to catch their morning, or 3am - 7am to catch their afternoon). Slightly less pay (around 60 - 100k USD) can be obtained via UK, EU and AUS/NZ clients. Once you've put a few years in remotely, and proven that you're adept at it, you can negotiate higher rates. I know *highly* experienced (20 years) programmers on 240k US remote. You need to get to upper mid-level / early senior at least though, and have experience with working with other developers and stakeholders and modern development process (continuous integration, source control, test driven development and the agile process) before you attempt to get into remote work - at least at anything like decent pay. Being remote makes things harder so you need to have solid experience of what would normally occur when co-located so that you can actively ensure you're putting in extra effort to make sure you're being visible and covering all the bases you would be when there in person. There are remote "devops" roles out there, basically managing architecture across cloud providers, making developers lives easier, and monitoring system performance across all services so the end user has a good experience, but these require a very broad range of refined skills (including everything you mentioned) and are less frequently available than pure programming roles - they pay about the same too. There are a few "100%" distributed teams, that are a good entry since *everybody* is remote, some examples include Automattic, Zapier and Buffer. These may employ slightly less experienced programmers so they are worth researching - they won't hire you out of college though, and they don't tend to pay as much - still good money though. Don't go the odesk route, it pays peanuts. Organisations like toptal pay more, but less than going direct to clients. If you enjoy programming, and are adept at it, you're doing better than 95% of the people that try to do it, so keep going.
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    Old thai guy not happy with me and my dog

    I once had a run in with an alcoholic foreigner on Samui getting annoyed with me walking the dog (and picking up the poo) on wasteland opposite "his" (rented) house. Very passive aggressive I could hear him shouting about me to his wife so I went up and asked him what his problem was :D Turns out it wasn't "his land" so basically told him to bugger off and get a life, or buy the land if he wanted exclusive access to it. apparently I have an attitude problem.. soon afterwards I found out he'd once been round a neighbours in the middle of the night with a machete to solve some minor dispute. Luckily my dog was big. Anyway, yes pick up the poo - that's a no brainer. But if it's not his land it's not his business whether you walk there or not.
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    Your chance to address royal couple personally

    Update on the days events - Imagine my surprise when I inspected the porcelain throne and "Mr Hanky" looked identical to renowned posh militarian toff and House of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha hanger on James Hewitt!! On closer inspection though, the hair was definitely "strawberry blonde" so definitely no relation, phew!
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    Your chance to address royal couple personally

    I'm very much looking forward to this afternoon, have got some magazines in and am planning a twenty minute dump.
  12. It doesn't cost $27 a month, that's how much he earns in total per month from his six subscribers :D He has gained 1 subscriber since I looked earlier in the week, when this story first broke on Facebook - he's now on the heady sum of $32 a month from 7 subscribers.
  13. Hahaha the envy is palpable. I'm surprised you haven't exploded from the pent up anger over them over the last 5 years or so :D literally every topic relating to "digital nomads" you're sticking your oar in repeating the same tired opinion that *you* don't think they operate legally. And yeaaaaah, none of them have two cents to rub together. They are all *so* poor. Whatever helps you deal with it fella, whatever helps.
  14. Yeah, cos there's no worse problems to solve than a few people doing pills in a club as happens everywhere around the world, or clubs being open after 1am. Perhaps they should start with the big problems, like the high school age kids stabbing each other with swords on a daily basis. Big Joke is quite an apt moniker.
  15. Hang on - we're not under the impression that ecstasy makes people's urine purple are we? :D It's the reagent that they use to test reacting with it that turns it purple.