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Keeping up with technology as a programmer
Keeping up with technology as a programmer

Technology is rapidly changing these days as the number of developers and companies increases at a surprising rate. It definitely makes sense from a progressive societal standpoint. The more people you have working on a particular field, the more likely it is to evolve and to change, for a few basic reasons. For one, more and more people are beginning to look forward towards the future of that product, which of course always causes the future to eventually get here. And once it does get here, we'll have something that didn't exist before mingling with a bunch of stuff that did exist previously. If you're someone who started their career before that initial alpha moment, then the change is much more noticeable.

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Nikola Tesla died penniless, and that's alright
Nikola Tesla died penniless, and that's alright

Nikola Tesla has been making the news rounds lately, probably due to his recent birthday. Happy late birthday Mr. Tesla. And after reading a few articles on his achievements, many of which are very well known to me as I am a huge admirer of his and have been for decades now, I noticed a recurring theme. Many articles focused on his money troubles, or supposed troubles, and his difficult times he faced in achieving his many goals. Many articles ended on a sad and somewhat morose tone. They paid extra attention on the last moments of Mr. Tesla's life. The last few years of an inventors elderly life, tired no doubt, but proud of every last creation.

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Programming In Cubicles Vs Open Floor Plans
Programming In Cubicles Vs Open Floor Plans

There are main 2 ways that you'll be working in an office environment if you're a programmer. And that's either in a cubicle, which we've seen plenty of in movies and such, and there is the open space plan, which many new companies are adopting. Many notable companies, like Google and Apple, are setting the bar high by removing boundaries and getting their employees to coexist together in large expanses of open space. And that's a pretty fantastic idea for the most part. At least in theory and in aesthetics. But it doesn't come without its shortcomings.

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The 5 Minute Rule To Get Things Done
The 5 Minute Rule To Get Things Done

Every individual has their own method of getting stuff done. Whether it's through some online to do list application or through their own handwritten set of notes scribbled on a yellow pad on their desk. Once we get used to our method, it sort of becomes our de facto standard for how we run our day. It may work, it may not work. We won't be able to tell easily. My normal routine consisted of opening notepad and jotting down a list of the first 10-20 things that came to mind to accomplish for the day. Does it work? To some extent. 40-50% of the items on that list get completed, in no particular order. But is there a better method?

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Should Coffee Shops Get Rid of WiFi
Should Coffee Shops Get Rid of WiFi

It's hard to picture a coffee shop these days that doesn't offer WiFi to its customers with the purchase of a drink. It's become common practice to have it, and many times if you don't, customers won't be breaking your doors down. And the more patrons you have, the better your WiFi and the more expensive your running costs can be. So some coffee shops have decided to do without it, and, it's actually not as bad as it sounds for a few reasons that we'll discuss today.

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Why To Do Lists Don't Work
Why To Do Lists Don't Work

To do lists are hard, as one can tell from the hundreds upon hundreds that exist out in the interwebs today. And for the most part, they all tend to do the same thing. And that is they keep a list of text items in a list-based format, and then allow you to set different statuses upon them, such as completed, important, and pending.

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Do No Easy Things
Do No Easy Things

Most humans have this built in tendency to focus on the easy things in life. There's a small dopamine reward given for each tiny win. So they continue to keep it up as long as they possibly can and for the most part it's enough to function and maintain a relatively normal societal lifestyle. A paycheck for example, will give you that "feel good" feeling momentarily, until you spend it all and crave that next one. Paychecks are pretty easy. You already have the job and all you have to do is show up and do the same thing you did the day before. Easy as in predictable, not as in simple. You might manage a team of 12 and work 18 hours per day. Not a simple job, but the work process is relati

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If You Don't Know How, Then Do It Quickly
If You Don't Know How, Then Do It Quickly

I have a stuffed doll that talks when you put pressure on his chest. He says a number of things in a sequential order. And as I cleaned up my work environment the other day, he went off and wisdom spewed from its tiny microprocessor sound chip mouth. And it got me thinking. It stated the following:

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How To Finish A Project
How To Finish A Project

One of the toughest things to battle once you reach a certain level of programming knowledge is the influx of ideas that will flow into you constantly, and unexpectedly. You'll be walking around carelessly one minute, just to be bombarded by possible app/website ideas the next. And they all sound amazing to you. And some of them very well could be, but you have about a dozen amazing ideas sitting on your desktop at home at this moment waiting to be completed.

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I Used A Standing Desk For 6 Months
I Used A Standing Desk For 6 Months

Like many office workers, I had a long history of being a paper weight for office chairs. And I've tried all the chairs in life, believe me. Regular office chairs, extra large "I feel like I'm 5 again" office chairs and the pricier chairs that are supposed to miraculously cure my back. And after 10 years, my back just got worse and worse, and my posture got more abstract and artistic, much like a 19th century art piece.

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creating your own it crowd
creating your own it crowd

“Have you tried turning it off and on again?” Thus goes the punchline of one of Britain’s most entertaining and often surreal sitcoms of the 21st century, The IT Crowd. But while the zany antics of Moss, Roy and Jen may belong squarely in the realm of fiction (and rarely have much, if anything at all to do with IT) they do capture what it’s like to work in IT support in broad terms every now and then. There’s a whole lot more to IT support than asking people if they’ve tried rebooting their thin client (although you will likely do it at least once). If you have entrepreneurial ambitions you may come straight out the gate wanting to start your own IT crowd, delivering bespoke IT and communications systems to small businesses and making the world a better place one query at a time.

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3 ways to start a freelance career with programming
3 ways to start a freelance career with programming
3 Ways To Start A Freelance Career With Programming

Want to make money with your programming skills but don’t want to work for someone else? There are many ways in which you can go freelance as a programmer and be your own boss. Here are just three options to consider.

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minigame: adding interactivity to a new website
minigame: adding interactivity to a new website
Minigame: Adding Interactivity To A New Website

Being able to keep your users hooked on your site for as long as possible is very important in modern business. The more they shop around your website, the more likely they will be to spend money, but achieve this goal can feel impossible. One of the best ways to do it is through interactivity. By providing a user with a game to play on your website, you will keep their attention for a long time. To help you out with this, this post will be exploring the process of building your own web-based game.

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tips on making your work set-up more ergonomic
tips on making your work set-up more ergonomic
Tips On Making Your Work Set-Up More Ergonomic

Unless you have been living under a rock for the past few years, you will have heard about the term ‘ergonomics’ in regards to our work and office set-ups. This is all about designing a workspace so that it suits you and the tasks you are carrying out, benefiting your health in the process. With that being said, read on to discover some useful tips on making your work set-up more ergonomic.

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the art of becoming a self-taught financial guru
the art of becoming a self-taught financial guru

If there is one thing that is worth understanding in more detail which is going to help you out in a big way in the future, it is finances. Unfortunately, many people simply don’t put in the required amount of effort to understand issues like investing, debt, savings etc.

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break a leg: how to get started in the healthcare sector
break a leg: how to get started in the healthcare sector
Break A Leg: How To Get Started In The Healthcare Sector

Year after year, thousands of students graduate medical school one goal: become a doctor. Grad school is one element of the role, and the rest is yet to come. Are you ready for blood, guts and tears? You better be or else your career is going to circle the drain quite quickly.

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Walter Guevara
Walter G.
Walter G. is a software engineer with over 10 years of professional experience. When he isn't blogging or being a CTO he enjoys coding randomly complex things that he hopes many people will get a chance to use one day.
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