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All Talent Development Centre posts for Canadian IT Contractors relating to tips.

Hidden Mac Features for macOS Experts


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Macs provide an incredible experience that can be substantially different than a PC. Professionals around the world use them for various reasons and many consumers also prefer the Mac for personal use. Regardless of the exact use, one thing is for sure – Mac Users love their computer!

If you have a Mac, you already know many of the features that differentiate macOS from your Windows environment, but do you know all of the tricks and customization options? Before you answer, check out this video from Snazzy Labs with hidden Mac tricks that they claim even longtime power users of OS X don’t know.

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!

Cool Tips & Tricks for Browsing the Internet


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Do you know how to navigate around the internet? Obviously you do. But do you know all of the tricks for doing so efficiently? There are probably millions of little things that can make your life easier and there’s no way we can list them all here (mostly because we don’t know them all). What we can do is share this video from TechGumbo.

The video is packed with 10 cool tricks for browsing the Internet and you’re guaranteed to learn something. From tabbed browsing functions to YouTube tips to keyboard shortcuts. If you already know all of these, then we challenge you to share one more item with us in the comments below.

5 Ways Independent Contractors Can Keep on Top of Expenses


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Staying organized isn’t everybody’s forte. While some contractors will naturally go through life, somehow managing to keep everything perfectly arranged, others are more laid back and let some little items slide. Either is fine, depending on the situation, but when it comes to accounting, those extremely organized (sometimes annoying) people are going to have less stress.

There are different elements to accounting and all require some planning and processes. Expenses, for example, specifically need regular attention in order to ensure you’re keeping within your budget, but also to ease your life when it comes to closing your books and doing your taxes. Here are 5 tips that independent contractors, in technology or any other discipline, can use when managing their freelance business:

  1. Have a routine. Set a date to catch-up on all of your expenses and make sure you’re on track each week. This will stop you from falling behind.
  2. Know your predictable expenses. Understand what regularly happens and what you want to save. This will help with budgeting.
  3. Keep a separate bank account and/or credit card to easily separate personal and business expenses.
  4. Find a way to track expenses that works for you. Try any of these:
    • The old shoebox trick: Throw all of your receipts into it and you deal with them weekly or monthly
    • A spiral notebook: One step above the shoebox, here you tape the receipt to a page and add notes about what it was
    • Your cell phone: The more high tech version of the shoebox or notebook is to take a picture of every receipt, immediately after receiving it. There are apps you can download that will help you organize all of them too.
    • MS Excel: If you’re a spreadsheet geek, record everything in Excel. You can really get crazy staying organized and categorizing items with this.
    • Accounting software: This requires an investment, but the right accounting software makes a huge difference in staying organized.
  1. Get help. Specifically from an accountant, but also chat with other contractors in your field for ideas on how they’re organizing themselves.

Can you add any tips, based on your experience, that keep you organized in your technology consulting business? Please share them in the comments below!

8 Things You Are Doing Wrong on Your Android Smartphone


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You must be thinking, “What could you possibly do wrong on an Android smartphone?” – Android has been around for quite some time now, but did you know that there still might be some things you are doing wrong with your Android Smartphone? Beebom shows us 8 things that we might be doing wrong with our Androids including killing our apps manually, installing our apps from unknown sources, and not shutting down our devices.

If you are an Android type of person, this is a definite must watch. By following these simple tips, you can improve the overall speed and performance of your Android device. Never make a mistake using Android again!

Top 5 Cool Free Software You Need (Video)


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The Internet is filled with hidden features. Just spend a few minutes searching out Google’s Easter Eggs and you will fill your day doing absolutely useless things, like turning the screen around with barrel rolls or searching for Chuck Norris and the meaning of life.
There are also practical items to find on the Internet, like free software that will raise your productivity and secure your computer when downloading. In this video from ThioJoe, you can learn about 5 different programs (plus one bonus) that just may change how you work today. Have a look. If you have any other favourites not included in the video but you’d like to share with our readers, please feel free to include them in the comments below.

Save Time with These Keyboard Shortcuts (Infographic)


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Everybody likes saving time, even if it’s just a few seconds. After all, seconds add up to minutes, and minutes add up to hours. The keyboards shortcuts in this infographic from CareerBliss may not save you hours of time (unless it’s over the course of many years) but they are convenient.  Is there anything in here that you could start using more in your daily worklife?

Save Time with These Keyboard Shortcuts (Infographic)

34 Crucial Tips for Your Next Job Interview (Infographic)


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Sure, every client and recruiter is different, and they’ll all have unique interviews, but there are some constants that you can expect in nearly all interviews. For those, we recommend this infographic from CollegeAtlas.org. It will help you prepare, understand the most common mistakes, and give you some helpful tips so you can rock your next one.

34 Crucial Tips for Your Next Job Interview

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4 Tape Measure Tricks (Video)


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IT professionals are known for setting up shortcuts to make life easier, often using some advanced technology. Just take a look at this Business Insider article about a programmer who automated repetitive aspects of his work life — including making a coffee.

Before you over-complicate everything, remember that there are simple technologies that already have some cool hacks built into them. Check out this video from seejanedrill providing four tape measure tricks that you probably didn’t know existed. It just might make your next home renovation a little easier (and you won’t need to program anything).