We can all get better at managing time in one way or another. The more efficient we are, the more we’re able to get done, including projects for clients, job searching, invoicing and, or course spending personal time with friends and family.
As an IT professional, you’re well aware of the efficiencies of computers and likely already have some knowledge in how they’re programmed to behave so efficiently. Have you ever taken a step back to see if you can apply a machine’s prioritization and time management strategies to your own personal life? That’s exactly what this video from TED-Ed covers and the concepts that result are very interesting.
Every industry has them — new products that were expected to be the “next big thing” but turned into an epic fail. Sometimes it’s a company trying to diversify their current product (New Coke), other times it’s a company trying to get into an industry where they don’t belong (Did you know Bic tried to make underwear, Harley Davidson tried making perfume and Cheetos took a shot at the lip balm market?), and other times, it’s just another failure of an innovative company who tries everything (Google Glass, Google Plus, etc.).
Among the many product flops of all time, the computer market has not been immune. For proof, just have a look at this video from Top Media. It goes through, what they believe, are the top 10 worst computers ever. You’ll be shocked at the types of technology some companies tried to sell.
This video from TED-Ed is a fantastic resource for any IT pro that’s having trouble explaining to non-technical people how computer memory works. Even if you already think you know how it works, have a watch — maybe you’ll learn something!
By Frances McCart,
Vice-President, Business Development at Eagle
I have been working in the technology industry for over 2 decades and have had the pleasure of working for companies who regularly refresh the technology they use internally. For people who are surrounded by technology, you tend to take for granted the access you have to technology, both at work and in your home life. One also makes the assumption that living in Canada, everyone has access to some sort of computer at school, at home or at work. This assumption was quashed recently for me.
Eagle recently went through a technology refresh and we had a number of gently used computers and peripherals up for grabs. We asked around our office if anyone was interested, and some were taken but a number were left unclaimed. The computers were earmarked for the “technology dump/reseller” market when I made a last ditch effort to find homes for them. I called around to a number of schools in Toronto to see if any of them could use extra computers. Much to my surprise, I had immediate takers for the 4 computers we had. I spoke with a very excited school Principal who said she had a great home for the computers: 2 for her school library and 2 for families who did not have access to a computer at home.
I had the great pleasure of dropping off the computers at the school and was greeted by some of the future users. They were all excited to see they would have 2 more computers in their library and that 2 of their friends would now have computers at home.
Several organizations have computer refresh programs and many corporations do not donate their used computers, but send them off to companies who strip them down. By simply formatting the hard drive, you can ensure safety of your data and these computers can be donated to organizations or schools in need.
I’m pleased that we were able to find such a good home for these computers, and encourage others to explore these options before having their computers end up in a landfill.
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