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10 Ways to Stay Safe on Free WiFi


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“Free WiFi” can be one of the best signs you see all day, especially if your cell phone data is limited. Sometimes it saves your bacon if you urgently need to download a large report or send large files to client. Other times free WiFi means you can carelessly surf for hours while you’re stuck at an airport or killing time in coffee shop. But should it really be “careless”?

Most IT professionals already know that “Free WiFi” is rarely free and can require you handing over personal information. Even worse, it can be a security nightmare and cause serious harm to your personal identity. Before you sound the alarm and never trust free WiFi again, review this video from Bright Side, which provides 10 simple ways to stay safe in these situations.

Every Tech Commercial Ever.


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The technology industry is filled with diversity and innovation. There is no limit to the types of products companies create or the features they have. With so much creativity and a desire to stand out, why is their advertising so consistently similar and lame? At least that’s what CollegeHumor believes.

This video is designed to be funny and obviously over-exaggerates the clichés found in technology commercials, but it also picks up on subtle similarities that can’t be unseen and presents them in a way guaranteed to make you smile. If you’re up for a chuckle, check this out. We’re sorry in advance if it ruins the upcoming iPhone X commercials for you.

Career Advancement as a Contractor — Is it Possible?


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Frances McCart By Frances McCart,
Vice-President, Business Development at Eagle

Career Advancement as a Contractor -- Is it Possible?Contractors often ask me how they can “move up” or pick up new skills while being on contract.  Independent contractors do not always have the same opportunities as an employee for career progression or new skills training while on the job. They are most often hired for their current skill set and subject matter expertise so getting new skills on a contract is often limited.

This article from FastCompany lists ways a permanent employee can get new opportunities for career progression and new skill development without changing “titles” or jobs.  Here are some of the tips that are also applicable to contractors.

#1 – Always be on the lookout for opportunities to widen your skill level on your current contract.  If an opportunity to help out in another area arises and there is no current talent to take on the role, ask for the role.  Clients often will give current project team members an opportunity for a new role over bringing in new talent (if the position does not require deep expertise in a technology area).  Be your own advocate!

#2 – If you would like to pick up new skills or move into a new role but don’t know what this entails, talk to people who are currently doing what you aspire to do.  Be curious!  People love to speak about what they currently do.  These resources are an excellent source of what it takes to get into a role or pick up new technologies and how to do it.  Network, network, network!  I have seen many times that simply showing an interest in a new area leads to being chosen for new roles… even for contractors.  Attitude is key!!  As the article states, don’t underestimate the power of “Lets get a coffee.

#3 – Take an inventory of your current skills profile and compare those skills to what your ideal role needs.  Where there are gaps, ask for the opportunity to shadow someone on parts of their job.  When an opportunity arises, volunteer to help out.  As noted in the article, it’s helpful to start taking on some aspects of a role before doing the whole role.  This is an easy way to try out a new job function and build your skill set before taking on a new role without any insight.

#4 – Develop a vision of what you want to do and share it with others.  This includes current team members as well as colleagues and mentors from past projects.

#5- Pay it forward.  If you are on a project and see an opportunity to help out fellow team members by transferring skills… do it!  Leadership by example is a key for team members to pick up new skills, whether they are hard or soft skills.  By giving someone else the opportunity to grow, others will see this and in turn invest in your growth.

The key messages from the article is to be the master of your own identity and career path.  Don’t be shy to ask to learn and take every opportunity to put yourself in front of learning moments.

10 Logic Riddles to Get You Through Thanksgiving


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Canadians love Thanksgiving weekend! A long weekend, fall weather, delicious food… and awkward silences at family gatherings. If you need to start a conversation while sitting in a quiet living room staring at cousins you barely know or you need to quickly change the subject after your uncle makes an offensive comment, then this video from Bright Side is here to help!

Challenge yourself and then your family with some of these logic riddles that they claim will increase your IQ. You may choose to run through all of them this weekend but keep in mind, more family gatherings and awkward silences are just around the corner in December.

Have a safe and happy Thanksgiving weekend!

The Real Reason Your Internet Connection Randomly Stops Working


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Does your Wi-Fi occasionally cut out at random moments? Have you ever wondered why it cuts out with no warning? This video from Techquickie has the answers for you, and it’s not your internet service provider.

Before jumping on the phone to yell at a customer service rep, watch this video and learn all there is to know about your router. The video explains the device’s many challenges of managing data traffic and WiFi-signals. You can also get some helpful tips to assist you in getting connected faster should your Wi-Fi ever cut out. Stop the delay, and stay connected today!

Here’s How to Speed Up Windows 10


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Is your Windows 10 operating system running slow? Are you wanting to fix this issue without having to spend money on expensive software and hardware? Put your mind at ease because you do not need to download any software or purchase any new hardware, you can improve your slow system for free.

TechGumbo wants to help your computer get back up to speed with these 12 quick ways to easily speed up your Windows 10 operating system. Some of these tips may be really beneficial to you if you are running a lower-end to mid-range system and increase boot time and performance. Learn how to scan your system, how to get rid of programs you no longer need, adjust your special effects, and much more. Help your Windows 10 desktop or laptop PC catch up today!

Phone Etiquette Tips from Around the World


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If you are a professional who organizes international meetings and events it is almost guaranteed that you will have phone conversations with your planning partners overseas. Many opportunities can arise from these meetings and events; however, there can also be many challenges.

This infographic from Toll Free Forwarding highlights all of the different kinds of etiquettes found in various overseas locations. Did you know that it is impolite to say ‘no’ in India, or that it shows enthusiasm when occasionally interrupting a conversation in France? With this infographic, you can learn how to prevent communication mishaps while dealing with business across borders be it over the phone or face-to-face.

Infographic: International Phone Etiquette

How to Drink Coffee Correctly, According to Science


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With a great amount of us working long hours, drinking coffee is definitely something the average office worker looks forward to every morning. Coffee is a major benefit to many due to its primary active ingredient, caffeine. Countless offices rely on caffeine to fuel their day but did you know that there is a wrong and right way to consume caffeine?

This video from Med School Insiders shows us the various ways in which caffeine impacts our bodies, and what you can do to successfully lower your caffeine intake if your daily “Cup O’ Joe” has turned into a few cups too many. Learn how to prevent abuse, and properly use caffeine!

Misused Technology Terms Explained


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With a growing list of technology terms to remember, it can be difficult to use them all correctly. We have all misused one or two tech terms throughout our careers, but which terms are popularly misused today? This (rather geeky) video from Techquickie shows us some of the most commonly misused tech terms.

Learn when to use a variation of tech terms properly such as: disc and disk, or GPU and graphics card. Understanding these terms might just help you win your next internet argument. Make sure that you never misuse another one of these tech terms again!

Can You Solve the Virus Riddle?


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As another long weekend approaches, it’s once again time for you to save humanity by solving a Ted-Ed riddle. This time, an earthquake has created a risk of a deadly virus escaping a lab and destroying the world. Naturally, it’s up to you to stop the virus from getting out, but securing the lab requires you to solve a complex riddle.

Hint: You may need to refresh (start?) your knowledge on Hamiltonian Paths. Good luck!