Category Archives: Tools and Information

How to Check Your Devices for Stalkerware | WIRED

WHETHER IT’S A prying boss or a paranoid partner, no one should snoop on your phone or laptop. But that’s exactly what can happen if stalkerware somehow gets installed on your devices. These software tools are designed to be hidden and difficult to detect, but you can find them if you know how.

There’s a wide range of scenarios here, from friends playing pranks to partners being abusive. If you’re in a relationship where you feel trapped and afraid, help is available from the National Domestic Violence Hotline, the Coalition Against Stalkerware, and many other places—please reach out.

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The 3 Meetings You Should Have for Remote Workers | Entrepreneur

Thanks to technology, many companies are still operating, and people are working from home. While remote work offers numerous benefits to both employees and companies, it also presents challenges to everyone, but specifically leaders.

If you’re not used to managing a team remotely, you may be tempted to micro-manage your team. You may want to check in more frequently, ask for status updates and hold regular meetings to foster a team environment.

The three meetings you should hold with remote workers:

All of this new administration and communication activities may interfere with employees’ productivity and lead to frustration all around. To make remote work more efficient and less aggravating, consider holding only three meetings:

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Socially Distanced Workplace | Getentrepreneurial.com

In 1931, in the midst of the polio epidemic, the Swiss architect Le Corbusier finished his famous Villa Savoye, on the outskirts of Paris. When you walk into the building, the first thing you see is a stand-alone ceramic sink. Todd Heiser has been thinking about that sink a lot lately.

“It encouraged people to have good hygiene,” he says. “Moving forward from this pandemic, I think we’re really going to see a refocus on zoning and what happens when we come into a space.”

Heiser is a co–managing director of the Chicago office of Gensler, a global architecture firm that has created a data-driven tool called ReRun to help businesses reimagine their offices to accommodate new social distancing guidelines based on their individual space, staff size, and advice from the CDC and the WHO.

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Torch Ring | CoolBusinessIdeas.com

While it’s a good idea to wear a headlamp when running at night, the things do have a way of bouncing up and down, and they only shine straight ahead. That’s why the Torch Ring was invented, as it’s worn on the hand – just like a championship ring.

The device was created by entrepreneur Kevin John Nadolny, who clearly has a thing for hand-worn gadgets. He previously brought us the Runbell, which is much like a bicycle bell, except it’s made to be worn on a runner’s fingers like a set of brass knuckles.

The Torch Ring consists of an oversized main ring, with an LED light on top and a cylindrical body underneath. As they run, the user holds the device by sticking their index finger through the ring and holding the body within their hand.

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The best way to remember proper mask hygiene? Treat it like your underwear. | Mashable

As the coronavirus pandemic continues to sweep the globe, many of us are getting used to wearing face masks to stop the virus’ spread. However, an Australian expert has warned simply wearing them isn’t enough. We should also think of our masks like underwear, and keep them, clean, personal, and on.

“Assume your mask is like underwear,” Bruce Thompson from Swinburne University of Technology in Melbourne told the AAP on Monday. “So don’t take it off in the middle of public. Don’t fiddle with it in the middle of public, don’t share them with somebody else.

“The concept of actually taking your underwear off in public and putting them on a kitchen bench is horrible — but that’s effectively what you are doing.”

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Backup Power Options for Small Businesses | business.com

It’s important to develop a disaster plan for your business that accounts for the scenario of a power failure.

  • Power failures pose a serious financial risk to small businesses, interrupting your operations and income if you don’t have a backup plan.
  • Onsite power backup options include uninterrupted power supplies and generators.
  • Price and capabilities determine the best generator for your business. Portable, stationary, propane and natural gas versions are all available for commercial use.

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How to Prevent Back Pain at the Office or WFH | The Startup Magazine

You may suddenly start having back pain from sitting at your desk for long periods of time. Whether you work at an office or from the comfort of your own home, back pain is a common work complaint among many individuals. Fortunately, there are some things that you can do to prevent back pain no matter where you are working.

Rest Your Feet On The Floor

If your feet are dangling over your chair, you may find yourself sitting on the edge of it. This can cause you to hunch forward. Because your spine will be in a curved position, it will put pressure on your lower back. This can cause a lot of back pain at the end of each day. If your feet don’t touch the floor when you are sitting all the way back in your chair, you need to get a different chair. Find one that’s adjustable and will go low enough to the ground so that your feet can rest comfortably on the floor when you are sitting back. If you don’t want to buy a new chair, find something to place under your feet like a stack of books or a box.

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How to Trick Your Brain to Remember Almost Anything | WIRED

MANY PEOPLE COMPLAIN about having a terrible memory. Shopping lists, friends’ birthdays, statistics for an exam—they just don’t seem to stick in the brain. But memory isn’t as set in stone as you might imagine. With the right technique, you may well be able to remember almost anything at all.

Nelson Dellis is a four-time USA Memory Champion and Grandmaster of Memory. Some of his feats of recollection include memorizing 10,000 digits of pi, the order of more than nine shuffled decks of cards, and lists of hundreds of names after only hearing them once.

But with a little dedication, Dellis says that anyone can improve their memory. Here are five steps to follow that will get your filling your head with information.

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The Entrepreneur’s Playbook Always Shifts | Entrepreneur

Jonathan Boos is the founder of Würkin Stiffs, which sells shirt collar stays with embedded magnets. Boos talks with #ThePlaybook host David Meltzer about developing his collar stays, growing his business, the lessons he learned from his experience on Shark Tank and how he’s helping his retail partners right now.

Boos talks about sibling rivalry with his twin brother, growing up in his family’s business and early work experiences in the auto industry. He speaks about the inspiration that led to his invention of the magnetic collar stay in 2005.

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Practicing Empathy As A Leader | Getentrepreneurial.com

Empathy As A Leader Posted by Min Tang in Communication Skills Empathy is the foundation for connecting with others, and connecting with others is an essential part of entrepreneurship. As John Lennon once said, “A dream you dream alone is only a dream. A dream you dream together is reality.”

Entrepreneurs know that reality better than anyone. So much of entrepreneurship depends on people: your team, your customers and audience, your competition. You can’t build the next Apple or Amazon without thousands of people — or even millions — helping along the way. If those people are only strangers to you, simply dollars and cents, you’ll likely never reach your goals or be as successful as you could be.

Empathy can help business leaders in all sorts of situations, whether they’re looking for the next big idea, struggling to find a target market or simply looking for more ways to grow.

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