Working in Tech

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Daily Tip: Book Downtime for Yourself

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You know everybody needs downtime in order to recharge. But there’s a significant gap between knowing you need downtime, and actually scheduling that downtime. Too many things seem to get in the way: meetings, appointments, business trips, errands, and all the other tasks that fill up a schedule. What’s the solution? Take back the schedule: book 15- to 30-minute increments of free time into your schedule, and don’t allow anyone or anything to take them away from you. Use that… continue…

Daily Tip: In a Crisis, Candor Is Key

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When Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo broke apart over the Mojave Desert last week, it represented a major crisis for Virgin Group chairman Richard Branson, who has spent years shepherding the project through development. If you follow Branson’s Twitter feed, you know he’s been candid and quick in his responses over the past few days. While it remains to be seen whether the SpaceShipTwo project will move past this disaster and begin ferrying passengers into orbit, Branson’s response illustrates some key points… continue…

SourceForge Q&A: Open-Source Media Player for Windows

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SourceForge’s November “Community Choice” Project of the Month is MPC-HC, an extremely lightweight, open source media player for Windows. SourceForge’s editors sat down with MPC-HC administrator, Underground78, and the MPC-HC team to discuss the project’s history, purpose, and direction. Click here to find developer jobs. Tell me about the MPC-HC (Media Player Classic Home Cinema) project, please. MPC-HC supports all common video and audio file formats available for playback. Based on the original Guliverkli project, MPC-HC contains a lot of additional features and bug… continue…

Daily Tip: Meg Whitman on a Successful Career

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Fortune recently compiled a list of job advice from some of the world’s top CEOs and business leaders, including Marc Andreessen and Warren Buffett, many of whom offer some pretty standard-issue counsel (“Follow your passion,” and so on). On that list, Hewlett-Packard CEO Meg Whitman stands out for offering some lengthy—and useful—advice for those just starting out their careers: “Tips for leading a happy and successful career: Be clear what matters most. And what matters most is your family. There… continue…

Daily Tip: Choosing a Software Platform

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A lot of apps promise to “disrupt” our lives in a positive way, and for every over-hyped piece of software that fails to gain any marketplace traction, there always seems to be one or two that might actually change how we communicate, schedule, and work. But how to determine which app might prove useful for your business, versus a piece of junk you’ll have to replace after a year because it fails to meet your needs? For software development jobs,… continue…

The Key to Retaining Your Best Employees

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Carly Guthrie, who used to run human resources at iconic New York City restaurant Per Se before jumping into the tech world, sat down recently with First Round to discuss what really drives employees to leave their companies, and how those companies can craft policies that retain people for the long term. Click here to find team lead positions. Guthrie thinks people leave companies for the following reasons: Lack of Respect for Peoples’ Time: This is a big one: people… continue…

Python 3 String-Processing Causing Problems?

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Widely known as a general-purpose programming language, Python is excellent at string handling—but a few things have changed between Python 2 and Python 3. This article is a reminder of what Python strings can (still) do for you, as well as a look at what you need to know about Python 3 strings. We discussed some of these Python 3 changes in a previous article. Python 3 relies on Unicode Characters, more specifically UTF-8 as the default source encoding. This… continue…

Daily Tip: Forget Life-Work Balance

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Workplace advisors have spent the past several years beating the proverbial drum about the need to achieve a good “work-life balance.” And on paper, such a thing certainly sounds like a solution for all the ills of modern life: Who wouldn’t want to split time equally between family and work obligations, with at least some time set aside every week for fun? The problem is that proper work-life balance isn’t really achievable for most people. “If you’re an executive, manager,… continue…

Lack of Mentorship Hobbles Women in Tech

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New research from nonprofit firm Catalyst suggests that women who earn their MBA are far less likely than men to use that degree within a “tech intensive” industry. According to the firm’s latest survey, any blame for a lack of women in tech-intensive industries shouldn’t rest with the education system, which is the frequent target of executives who complain about gender discrepancy in tech; instead, women decline to participate in those industries due to a lack of role models, concerns… continue…

Daily Tip: Negative Thinking Could Do You Good

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There’s a lot to be said for thinking positive. But what about thinking negative? According to Psychology Today, letting a little darkness into your thought process can do you some good in the long run. Psychology Today cites two new books (The Upside of Your Dark Side and Rethinking Positive Thinking) that suggest a little pessimism can serve as an excellent motivator for accomplishing tasks throughout the day, while a touch of anxiety can make people more detail-oriented. Other benefits… continue…