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:
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).
- How to Take the Perfect LinkedIn Photo by Yourself, Without Paying a Penny
- First-Hand Advice for New Immigrants to Find an IT Job in Canada
- Make Your Resume Pass a Recruiter’s 5-Second Scan
- Discussing Your Rate with Colleagues is Rarely Ever a Good Idea
- 5 Pieces of Old Job Search Advice That No Longer Apply
- 15 Shortcuts that Will Change the Way You Work
- What to Do When Your Contract is Suddenly Terminated
- Landing Your First Job in the Tech Sector in Canada
- The Secrets to Building a Successful IT Contracting Business
- The Age of Working Remotely: Tried and True Advice for Working from Home
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.”
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.
Embedded from Family Orbit Blog
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.
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.
Apple is one of the world’s most valuable companies, and rightfully so. Their reputation for leading the way through innovation, top-notch service and quality products has earned them a spot as a premium technology supplier. Furthermore, it’s gained the company a loyal following of users who love Apple so much, they’re willing to pay what some refer to as the “Apple Tax”.
As much as we can’t argue Apple’s success, we also can’t ignore the fact their products are priced significantly higher than many of their competitors in the industry. Why is this the case? Is it simple marketing taking advantage of people’s desire to be cool or are there more justified reasons? Is the current strategy sustainable? For those answers and more, check out this video from CNBC International that explores Apple’s history, its products and its pricing strategy.
Operating systems regularly blow our minds with their bugs and inefficiencies. Windows and yes, OS X too, have subtle annoyances built into them that make advanced users shake their head. Wouldn’t it be nice if for once you could have your mind-blown in a good way? This Brightside video is sure to do just that.
All operating systems have hotkeys and shortcuts built into them and we rarely use them all to their fullest potential. This video shows us examples of how you can be more efficient while working on either your PC or your Mac. Check it out. You will learn something.