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If Programming was an Anime (a bit of humour for your day)

This is some niche humour but if you’re into programming and anime, this video should give you a bit of a chuckle. Joma Tech — a YouTuber who talks about life in Silicon Valley, big tech companies, data science and software engineering — created this popular video of a junior engineer trying to solve a coding problem. The twist: it follows the format and contains the typical elements of an anime show.

Fair warning, we promise no intellectual revelation from this video, just a smile for some and pure confusion for others. Enjoy!

The Rise and Fall of Sega

If you were any bit of a gamer in the late 80s/early 90s, then you know the impact Sega had on the gaming industry. From bloody Mortal Combat games to the introduction of Sonic the Hedgehog, the console seemed to have it all.

But what happened to Sega? How did it go from a sensation that dominated much of the gaming world to a nobody when the Dreamcast completely flopped? This video from Business Insider brings us the Sega story in 7 minutes. Prepare yourself for a bit of nostalgia, as well as some great business lessons to remind us all what happens when we focus our development in the wrong areas.

Happy New Year – A Look Back to 20 Years Ago

Happy New Year and welcome to 2020!

Do you remember where you were 20 years ago today, as we entered the new millennium and the world was coming down from the Y2K scare? Looking back, it can be fun to joke about, but for many, it was a terrifying ordeal. For a flashback, a reminder of what exactly Y2K was, and how serious the world took it, have a look at some of these videos:

A few years ago, National Geographic put together a 2-minute video summarizing the crisis:

Where as the New York Times had a bit of a longer, but still digestible, documentary:

Fortunately, with all that scariness, this Y2K Survival Kit was available for only $50!

And for those who needed more information to prepare, Leonard Nimoy starred in this hour-long Y2K Family Survival Guide:

The Most Popular Posts of 2019

As the year comes to a close, we reflect back on what went well and share what we learned. Once again this year, we reviewed the numbers on all of our posts from 2019 and below are the most popular ones. If you missed any of these, have a read and see what made them so well-liked. (If you missed them all, we invite you to subscribe using the form on the left-hand side of the page).

  1. How to Take the Perfect LinkedIn Photo by Yourself, Without Paying a Penny
  2. First-Hand Advice for New Immigrants to Find an IT Job in Canada
  3. Make Your Resume Pass a Recruiter’s 5-Second Scan
  4. Discussing Your Rate with Colleagues is Rarely Ever a Good Idea
  5. 5 Pieces of Old Job Search Advice That No Longer Apply
  6. 15 Shortcuts that Will Change the Way You Work
  7. What to Do When Your Contract is Suddenly Terminated
  8. Landing Your First Job in the Tech Sector in Canada
  9. The Secrets to Building a Successful IT Contracting Business
  10. The Age of Working Remotely: Tried and True Advice for Working from Home

Google Summarized 2019’s Greatest Heroes in this 2-Minute Video

As we gear up for 2020 and reflect back on to all of the positive memories from 2019, Google is also looking back at the incredible things that happened this year. Their 2019 Year in Search looked at the hottest trends but focused on an inspirational topic — heroes, and not the kind from the big screen.

As the YouTube descriptions says “Throughout history, when times are challenging, the world goes looking for heroes. And this year, searches for heroes — both superheroes and everyday heroes — soared around the world.”

Is There a Hidden Spy App on Your Cell Phone?

The world can be a scary place with bumps and bangs around every corner. However, we often look past the silent threats which can sometimes be the most dangerous. With phones getting increasingly more complex and “smarter” with every release, hackers have become harder to catch, let alone notice.

Do you want to make sure your phone is safe? The first step is to detect a problem as quickly as possible. Check out this infographic from FamilyOrbit for more information and forward it to your friends and family who have cell phones and protect them from the unseen dangers that could be just a double tap away.

How to Detect Hidden Spy App on Android or iOS – Infographic - An Infographic from Family Orbit Blog
Embedded from Family Orbit Blog

How to Clean Your Dirty Headphones

Are you travelling this weekend? Will you be listening to music or watching videos to kill some time during the commute? You should probably check your headphones before taking off. Over time, grime and earwax can get stuck in your headphones, causing muffled sound and damaging your device that might have cost you a lot of money

Before you take your headphones into the bath or scrub them under the garden hose, we recommend watching this quick video from CTV News. It explains the proper way to clean your headphones so that they stay in good condition and ultimately last longer.

The Stories Behind Trillion Dollar Valuations

In the last year, three technology giants became the first companies to hit the $1 trillion-dollar valuation mark on Wall Street, with Microsoft being the most recent and Alphabet predicted to be the next. It’s an incredible feat, especially considering how each has their own story of highs and lows before their stock suddenly exploded.

This video from the Wall Street Journal explores each company’s accomplishment, where they came from, and what innovations helped drive them over the top. Where do you think these companies will go next? Will they keep growing, plateau or collapse? Who will be the next to hit this milestone? Share your predictions in the comments below.