Here's a roundup of this month's best tech content to help you stay productive and get tech fit during the coronavirus.
The times they are a-changing. All kinds of companies are working from home now, which includes the ability for people to talk to their doctors online. Don't go it alone; read up on what other companies are up to.
"Threats like the coronavirus will create disruption. But you can use strategies to respond effectively and continue to deliver against your business goals. Disruption also creates opportunity. Use this time to explore new ways of working and revisit old assumptions that will likely benefit you in the long run."
Spell Out Goals and Roles
· Clarify and re-clarify goals and roles
· Map skills and capacity
· Emphasize Personal Interactions
· Keep everyone in mind
· Schedule regular meetings
· Create the virtual water cooler
· Humanize communication
Normalize New Work Environments
· Take a virtual tour
· Acknowledge non-traditional workspaces
Keep your assumptions or stereotypes in check." Heidi K. Gardner and Ivan Matviak
At the very least, you should always keep your computer up to date with antivirus and fairly recent Windows updates, back it up and avoid data loss. If you really want to fine-tune Windows, check this out:
"After Microsoft gave all customers control over when they upgrade Windows 10, the majority of users decided they didn't need a twice-annual refresh, data shows." Gregg Keizer
Do you have lots of little scraps of paper with passwords on them? Okay, don't answer that. Go out and get a tool like LastPass or 1Password before you end up with a password pandemic.
"Strings of characters extended to infinity and an unending fear of how to protect them feels like a world of madness as it is. Password managers are a life raft. An imperfect life raft, but they're all I've got."
They're great. Until you lose your password manager password." Scott Stein
Not all technology is computer-related and a cool low-tech thing you can do to keep yourself safe during the coronavirus is to make your own hand sanitizer.
"As you're no doubt aware, bottles of hand sanitizer (Purell, Wet Ones, and the like) sell out quickly during public health crises. But don't worry—making your own hand sanitizer is remarkably easy. You just have to be careful you don't mess it up. Make sure that the tools you use for mixing are properly sanitized; otherwise, you could contaminate the whole thing." Boone Ashworth
Optimizing your website's SEO to cater for different languages and countries is an easy way to increase your online visibility without having to massively increase the amount of content you create.
Ideally you can have native speakers and or people versed in the local vernacular translate your content for you. Then you can use language tags to tell Google it's the same content on the rest of your site translated but for this target audience.
Here is a code sample of one such tag:
link rel="alternate" href="http://example.com" hreflang="en-us"
"Website-content localization involves presenting your content — including text, images, multimedia, dynamic PDFs, etc. — in the native language of a visitor or potential customer. The big idea is to ensure that a visitor from the U.S. and another from France see the same content but in different languages." Ejiofor Francis
Now that many of us are working from home, we have plenty of time to dig into technical things that might open new doors for the future.
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