It’s Friday, so why not take a break and solve this Seven Planet Riddle from Ted-Ed. Getting the answer doesn’t have to be just about getting the answer, solving riddles is a fun way to keep your brain sharp.
Riddles also let you improve upon your problem solving skills. The key to solving a problem is simplifying the issue to better understand it and using deductive reasoning, no different than when IT contractors find solutions for clients. So take a stab at the riddle and see what you come up with!
Two factor authentication is an extra security measure a lot of people have begun to use to further protect their accounts and personal information from being hacked. This authentication method sends a text to your phone with a code that must be inputted within a minute to log in.
Technology is always changing with new advancements becoming more and more frequent. Sometimes it can be hard to keep up. This can especially be the case when working in a technology career. As an independent contractor searching for IT jobs, it’s important to keep yourself up to date on the new skills, such as new programming languages, needed for these positions.
Practical Psychology has published a video that suggests using the Feynman technique to help you learn faster, which is ideal when you think about all the new technology that is being created. Take a look at the technique’s four step process to make you a quick learner.
Stop using Google Calendar just to keep track of appointments or meetings and take advantage of some great features that can make your life easier and more productive.
Sharing or publishing a calendar can make planning a meeting around another team member’s schedule easier or simply lets your client’s employees know what you’ll be completing for the day. As an independent contractor searching for IT jobs, you can keep track of what staffing agencies you’re in contact with and for what position by scheduling reminders with the email included in the description.
Steve Dotto further explains the five “hidden gems” of Google Calendar in this video from Dottotech.
Whether you’re a PC or Mac person, nobody can dispute that Microsoft is a leader in creating both software and hardware. It’s a fascinating organization, well-known for dominating the operating system market with Windows and word processing with the entire Office suite. With so much success in software, why do they bother creating hardware? When they are, what processes do they go through and how do they ensure they’re always pushing the envelop in innovation?
This video from The Verge goes inside Microsoft’s hardware lab to answer those questions and learn more about how it developed the Surface Book. Stick to the end, and get a sneak peak into some of their upcoming technologies that might change the world.
Android users take note: there are dangerous apps that might be on your phone and you need to delete them. Google Play is great because it allows mobile app developers to easily distribute their latest innovations, but it also allows some sketchy, unethical developers to put their software onto your phone. The results lead to slow performance, drained battery life, viruses and even identity theft.
Brightside decided to look into this a bit deeper. They created this in-depth video with 12 dangerous apps that they recommend you delete immediately. As a technology professional, you may already be aware and diligent when downloading apps. Or if you’re an iPhone user you’re less concerned (although these tips could be relevant to you as well). Either way, we strongly recommend watching this video, or at least sharing it with an Android user who’s less careful when downloading apps.
What’s your definition of professional success? Is it having a high income? Working with the best clients? Or working enough so you can enjoy all other aspects of life? We’re not going to debate that in this post (because it’s Friday and nobody wants to have that discussion) but we do want to help you achieve your goal with the help of this video from Proactive Thinker.
The video reveals four habits that they say every successful person shares, and they can all be applied specifically to independent IT contractors. The video is just under 5 minutes and provides more details, but here’s a quick summary:
Learn to Say No: You can’t work on every project and you can’t do other team members’ work while still expecting to serve your clients to the best of your ability.
Accept the Reality: Things go wrong in IT projects and in your job search. Accept what you can control and work with it.
Manage Your Energy: The healthier you are and better you eat, the more productive you’ll be.
Take Ownership of Your Environment: You can’t control the people a client hires, but you can control your friends. Do everything you can to surround yourself with others who support your goals.
A lot of people use sticky notes to cover their webcams, but is this really necessary? A video by The Verge explores how there are in fact occasions where hackers can gain access to your webcam and even your microphone. And it’s not just your laptops anymore, mobile phones and devices like smart home speakers can be hacked too. So while it’s unlikely we will go and cover all our devices, maybe starting with your webcam is a good thing.
Watch the video and find out more about what Tod Beardsley, the research director of Rapid Seven, a cybersecurity and penetration testing company had to say about your cyber safety.
You probably recall previous TDC posts with comedy sketch videos titled “The Expert” from Lauris Beinerts. One was about being a subject matter expert and the other about working with clients. Now there is another take on office life in the form of progress meetings. It’s yet another look at how navigating through tech projects as an IT expert and working with your clients isn’t always the easiest thing.
Watch the video for a good laugh to end off your week!
Tens of thousands of students are graduating from post-secondary education programs this month. Even though they focused on an area of study for the past few years, the age old question “What am I going to do with my life” still lingers on. Usually we won’t really know the answer, have multiple answers or we just don’t want to dwell on it anymore so we ignore it. But this question can make a real impact on our lives.
This Proactive Thinker video explores why we shouldn’t just do something we’re passionate about, but also something we care about. The goal is to overcome obstacles and work to continuously improve.
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