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How to Convince Your Boss to Let You Work Remotely

Here’s the problem: You’re in the majority. You’re part of the global population who have a regular 9-to-5 job that’s paying the bills. You’re not necessarily living the dream, but things could definitely be worse. One thought’s been on your mind though — it would be great to have more flexibility. Being locked in an office all day kind of sucks. “I can do my job from…

My brain is reaching to find some connection between the content of this article and its headline…

My brain is reaching to find some connection between the content of this article and its headline, other than an attempt to force a rather condescending lesson on people who clicked on it. I want to give you the benefit of the doubt, but it doesn’t seem very ethical. Either way, I clicked out of curiosity because I’ve already been working from my laptop for…

Connecting to a Jupyter Notebook on a remote Linux machine

Connecting to a Jupyter Notebook on a remote Linux machine My desktop at work is a powerful machine I use for exploratory data analysis and other machine learning work-flows. In this post I will go over how I connect to my work machine and run Jupyter Notebook work loads when I am working remotely. SSH into remote machine Step 1 is to ssh into your remote machine…

Productivity Trackers I use (as a developer working remote )

Productivity Trackers I use (as a developer working remote ) I have been working remotely full time the last 2 years, since I join Tenfold (https://www.tenfold.com/), almost at the same time I was starting to work toward a master’s degree in Computer Since(You can see some info about my research here). Those are two demanding activities I have to deal with on a daily bases. To…

Retro-fitting remote working

Retro-fitting remote working I wrote my last post about remote working on my way to Gran Canara almost 4 years ago. It was the first time I had attempted to work remotely from the team based in London, and the reality was — remote working was really hard! We aren’t a “remote-first” company, and I knew working with the team when they weren’t used to having to deal…

I bought Splatoon and it ruined my life

I bought Splatoon and it ruined my life Photo by Corey Motta on Unsplash Every worker needs some break after a long period of extensive work. Taking more breaks not only has been proved to increase the productivity but also is a healthy way to motivate workers. Startups have got it for a while. And I also believe that startups invested in this strategy due to the…

Working remotely in a remote first company

Working remotely in a remote first company My remote working experience As I sit here on the outer edge of Glacier National Park in Montana, fresh off of one of the most amazing hikes and drives I’ve ever been on, I can’t help but feel grateful for the time we live in, and for being a part of Very, a company that embraces and encourages employees…

The secret to connecting designers and developers

Most tech professionals use some form of design system, whether that be a sketch library, design tokens, or style guide. When optimized, design systems have incredible potential. However, designers and developers often think about them differently. And when your team doesn’t see eye-to-eye, it can lead to less-than-optimized processes and outcomes for everyone. Related: 6 tasty ways for designers and developers to collaborate better To…

The Real Cost of Burnout – And How to Avoid It

[unable to retrieve full-text content] How do we know when we’re suffering from the burnout? What measures can we take to recharge and avoid it before it’s too late, or deal with the consequences once we’re caught in the middle? The post The Real Cost of Burnout – And How to Avoid It appeared first on Upwork Blog. Source: Upwork’s Blog The Real Cost of…

How to build a thriving culture with a remote team.

How to build a thriving culture with a remote team. When employees work remotely, it can be hard for them to experience the culture, feel connected to one another and be engaged. Creating a thriving work culture for your remote team is actually not that difficult, but it does require establishing a clear vision, strong online communication, hiring people with the right mindset, giving them the…

Beach Reads Recommended by Auziros

Someone’s always suggesting that you read something at Auth0. Since this year’s company offsite took Auth0 to the Pacific Beach in Panama, I thought I’d pull together a list of book recommendations to fill your summer with thought and intrigue. “Reading’s a big part of @auth0 culture. Here’s our list of exciting (and relaxing) reads for your beach pleasure.” TWEET THIS Biography Business Fiction Darktown…

How to Get the Most out of Your Day While Working Remotely

How to Get the Most out of Your Day While Working Remotely It doesn’t usually involve sitting on the couch. Don’t get me wrong. I still do it sometimes. I lay on the couch with my head and feet propped up, lean my laptop against my knees, and work. Sometimes I even use the couch cushion as a mousepad. Eventually, though — and unsurprisingly — my neck, back, shoulders, and…

Web Developer Interview | Tania Asimionesei

Web Developer Interview | Tania Asimionesei Tania is currently working remotely as a front-end web developer and traveling the world! She was kind enough to interview with me between her travels. Continue reading below for great advice related to working remotely, traveling, and good life tips. I’m sure a lot of web developers either have or have had the dream of working remotely and traveling…

Bringing GraphQL to Octokit.NET

If you’ve built apps that connect with GitHub, you are no doubt familiar with Octokit. GitHub offers three official flavors of the easy-to-use Octokit library—one for Ruby, .NET, and Node.js—that work with the GitHub REST API v3. Back in September of 2016, we announced that we would move to GraphQL, the query language developed by Facebook, in part due to the ability to fetch all…

The Truth About Digital Nomads

The Truth About Digital Nomads Even the meerkats could not believe it. You know how Australia has kangaroos and kiwi birds as part of its exotic local fauna? Well, the Earth has now a new exotic species: the digital nomads. But wtf is a digital nomad, you might ask? Yes, that’s exactly what I wanted to understand as well. So I conducted some research on the…

Work From Home Wellness: Here’s How to Achieve It

Work From Home Wellness: Here’s How to Achieve It Working from home isn’t easy. While our office dwelling counterpoints believe our day consists of morning grocery runs and perpetual bedhead, we know better. And though we don’t want to get all ‘woe is me’ about the WFH life, we know we miss out on a lot of interpersonal perks; coworker relationships, the thrill of face-to-face collaboration…

Como posso me comunicar melhor por texto?

Como posso me comunicar melhor por texto e manter uma boa relação com o time distribuído? A importância de uma boa comunicação talvez seja um dos princípios mais comuns quando ouvimos falar de trabalho remoto. Essa é uma premissa básica e com convicção é possível afirmar: a comunicação escrita vai ocupar boa parte do seu dia de trabalho. Nós, no Startaê, por exemplo, valorizamos a…

Team Management and Cooperation

Team Management and Cooperation Today’s project management tools provide you with a lot of means of interaction within a team. And there’re many situations when such tools are preferable to traditional ways of communication. Nevertheless, they are not a complete substitute for email and messengers, that are widely used by development teams. Both emails and instant messaging serve the common purpose, although in different ways….

A quick guide to choosing a color palette

Our job as designers is to take a product or project and make it user-friendly while remaining true to business goals. This is no small task. We’re responsible for everything from wireframes and user flows to typography and color selection. It doesn’t have to be overwhelming. With a few well-placed tips and hints, you can take most of the work out of picking fonts and…

Why two-pizza collaboration doesn’t work for design

Product design is a team effort. There’s no way around it. From researchers to developers to, well, designers, creating a digital product for the masses involves a number of opinions from a variety of sources. Everyone involved plays an important role and has valuable input that factors into the design process. That being said, how large does your project team need to be? Jeff Bezos,…

Convert your photos into pixel-art

Pixel art is the bomb, but it’s painstakingly difficult to make yourself. PixaTool is here to instantly convert your pictures into pixel art. Perfect for A E S T H E T I C S on Instagram, designing custom artwork for your apartment, or even building retro video games. If you want to get a real-time preview of your pixel-art photography, this Pixel Art Camera…

Staying motivated while working remote

Staying motivated while working remote So I’ve been working remotely full-time for around six years now. Sometimes it’s the best thing ever. I mean, most people who imagine working from home as this perfect situation where you never have to deal with the pains of commuting, office drama, or distractions ever again. Pants optional. Sometimes, however, working from home can become something akin to solitary confinement….

The open-plan office is a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad idea

Not because there aren’t people who actually enjoy working in an open office, there are. Quite a few, actually. But they’re in the distinct minority. The vast majority of people either dislike the open office or downright hate it. So how is that going to work, exactly? By force, of course! Open offices are more appealing to people in management because they needn’t protect their…

Thinking About Remote Work? Here are 8 Ways to Overcome Communication and Environment Issues

Photo by rawpixel on Unsplash Thinking About Remote Work? Here are 8 Ways to Overcome Communication and Environment Issues Remote Work Is Possible When You Deal With These Issues If you have tried it before, you know there are many obstacles to making remote work “feasible”: timezone differences, communication issues, spotty wifi, lack of proper schedule, environment distractions and more. I have been running Power Level Studios…

What is Flextime?

What is Flextime? Photo by Roman Bozhko on Unsplash Flextime is a flexible work hours policy where employees are allowed to choose when their workday starts and ends, as long as they achieve the daily, weekly or monthly hours set by the employer. There are several variations, but the core principle is the same — to provide employees with more freedom and flexibility in making their own work…

Scientists In The Freelance World: Alternatives For STEM Professionals

[unable to retrieve full-text content] With the exception of occasional jobs in statistical analysis, most freelance jobs are generally thought to fit within the world of the humanities. But for many with high-level STEM education, freelancing can be a perfect fit. In this guest post, Anna Johansson explains four reasons for scientists to consider it. The post Scientists In The Freelance World: Alternatives For STEM…

Building An Audio Player App with Ionic, Angular, RxJS, and NgRx

TL;DR: In this article, you will learn how to develop a mobile audio player app using Ionic framework and Angular. You will handle audio operations using RxJS and Observables, and you will also explore how you can manage application’s state with NgRx. To secure your application, you will use Auth0. If needed, you can find the final code on this GitHub repository. Introduction Creating an…

How to Discover Irresistible Content Ideas Using Reddit

We’ve all been there. Staring at that dreaded blinking line on a blank page. Every marketer knows the pain of struggling to come up with a topic for their next article, email or social media post. And while there are lots of ways to come up with great content ideas, I’d like to show you one that doesn’t get talked about much. It’s a simple…

Security vulnerability alerts for Python

Last year, we released security alerts that track security vulnerabilities in Ruby and JavaScript packages. Since then, we have identified millions of vulnerabilities and have prompted many patches. We’re pleased to announce that we’ve shipped Python support. As of this week, Python users can now access the dependency graph and receive security alerts whenever their repositories depend on packages with known security vulnerabilities. We’ve chosen…

Introducing GitHub Enterprise 2.14

[embedded content] For the first time, your team can connect to the power of the open source community—and find lots of ways to get more work done—with our latest Enterprise release. Ready to start using these new tools? Upgrade your instance: Download Enterprise 2.14 Unified search Now, if you have GitHub Business Cloud in addition to your Enterprise instance, you can tap into everything you…

11 Genius Productivity Hacks You Need to Know

[unable to retrieve full-text content] Most of the time, being more productive means striking a better work-life balance and learning to mitigate the little stressors that eat away at efficiency and the psyche. These hacks will help you maximize your time and happiness. The post 11 Genius Productivity Hacks You Need to Know appeared first on Upwork Blog. Source: Upwork’s Blog 11 Genius Productivity Hacks You Need to Know

7 Security Tips for Your Mobile Office

[unable to retrieve full-text content] For all of the good things that the Internet, cloud, and connected devices bring to the business world, they also introduce freelancers to new risks and threats. Staying safe while connected is an issue no matter how or where you work. In this guest post, Larry Alton shares what he does to help keep his mobile office secure. The post…

Using Machine to Machine (M2M) Authorization

Many times, a secure, authorized communication channel between different parts of an autonomous system is required. Think of two backend services from different companies communicating through the internet. For these cases, OAuth 2.0 provides the client credentials grant flow. In this post, we will take a look at how the client credentials grant from OAuth 2.0 can be used with Auth0 for machine to machine…

When to schedule meetings, take breaks, and quit your job

You know that sluggish feeling you get right after lunch? When all you want to do is take a nap? Turns out, that’s just your natural rhythm. Our energy goes through a natural cadence throughout the day. There are some hours when you feel invincible, and others when you can barely motivate yourself to respond to an email. Understanding these highs and lows allow you…

6 important lessons for user testing copy and language

Not all types of user testing are created equal. Certainly, no research is easy. But it’s often less difficult to get immediate feedback on the way a web page or product looks or feels. Less quick is soliciting feedback on copy—and finding out what works or what doesn’t. Traditionally, most design teams would approve copy like this: an editor will make sure it follows the…

AI, Curiosity, and the Future of Human Customer Service

You know those toy block sets, where you have to push a bunch of brightly colored shapes through matching slots? Red star block goes into red star slot, green triangle block goes into green triangle slot. A lot of our work in customer service is essentially the same thing. A password request comes in, we identify it, match it to the password request solution, and…

Learning from EFF’s report on censorship and online platforms

The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) publishes an annual “Who Has Your Back Report” to evaluate which companies defend their users when the government comes knocking. Since 2011, the report has focused on government requests for user information. This year, the report takes on a different topic: government requests to take down information—in other words, censorship on online platforms. As background, EFF explains how the prevalence…

Temperature Check

One of our colleagues on the Basecamp customer support team, Jayne Ogilvie, wanted to find out how other tech companies with remote staffs handle issues like communication, career development, and hiring. Jayne sent out a survey and got back a wealth of information and ideas about how other teams work together. In this episode of Rework, we hear more from two participating companies: Sarah Park…

You’re Never Too Young to Dream Big: Meet Brennan, an 18-year with $1M in Sales

[unable to retrieve full-text content] Think you aren’t old enough to bring your business idea to life? Brennan Agranoff was 13 when he founded his first company out of his parent’s garage, a custom athletic sock company called HoopSwagg that has more than $1 million in annual sales. He recently spoke with Upwork about his inspiration and the path that’s taken him to such early…

Upgrade Your AngularJS Authentication Service

TL;DR: In this article, we’re going to talk about two notoriously difficult subjects very near and dear to my heart: ngUpgrade and authentication. First, we’ll cover the foundations of upgrading a real application from AngularJS to Angular. Then, we’ll look at a practical example of upgrading AngularJS authentication strategies to Angular. We’ll look at a sample app that uses machine-to-machine authentication with Auth0. “Learn how…

Meet the new InVision mobile app

Today, we’re excited to introduce the latest update to our InVision mobile app for iOS and Android (beta). The new app adds features like Studio mirroring for mobile design reviews (starting with iOS), Freehand support that brings a collaborative canvas to tablets, and several performance upgrades on Android. Combined with existing mobile features, like viewing and commenting on prototypes and Boards, you can design better,…

It’s Time to Reconsider ‘Best Time to Post on Social Media’ Studies. Here’s What to Do Instead.

If you are a social media manager, you’ve likely looked at ‘best time to post on social media’ studies to come up with several posting times for your brand. I know I have. But now, I believe it’s time to reconsider these studies. In the last few years, more and more studies on the best times to post have been released. (At Buffer, we contributed to…

June Release Notes: Huzzah Stickers, Beacon News, and Support Driven Donuts

Release Notes is our monthly update that highlights recent product improvements we’ve made so you can easily stay up-to-date on what’s new. The season of Beacon is upon us. What’s Beacon, you ask? Maybe it would help to explain it in terms of bacon… If you’re eager to learn more about behind-the-scenes Beacon updates, read our latest Beacon blog post. What’s New 🚀 Huzzah sticker…

Optimizing your open source project with GitHub Apps

Managing open source communities can be time consuming for maintainers who want to support projects but lack the resources to do so. GitHub is ready to help automate away all of your problems with GitHub Apps. GitHub Apps allow developers to build custom workflows with GitHub’s REST and GraphQL APIs. There are also dozens of free, open source GitHub Apps available for public use. Here…

How to make the leap from UX designer to UX/UI designer

Updated 7/9/2018: We’ve updated this post to include more info on job posting trends. Enjoy! Today’s UX designers are facing an interesting problem. We’re finding that employers expect us to have not only UX expertise but also a solid understanding of UI design skills as well. It’s for this reason that InVision collaborated with us at CareerFoundry on a specialized UI for UX Designers course….

Designing to delight at scale

Delighting users is one of the main goals of design, but when a company experiences rapid growth, it can be really tough to hit that goal. Designing for scale is a challenge that hugely successful companies such as Airbnb and Slack have had to confront. InVision’s Eli Woolery recently sat down with Slack and Airbnb designers Diogenes Brito and Jason Culbertson for a fireside chat…

Upwork Huddles: Create a Powerful Network to Support Your Next Big Client Project

[unable to retrieve full-text content] Do you have a network of freelancers you can turn to if a project needs extra support? Here’s a look at how Julie Gates, a voice over artist from Raleigh, NC, built a powerful referral network by getting involved in her local freelance community. The post Upwork Huddles: Create a Powerful Network to Support Your Next Big Client Project appeared…

The Design Sprint 2.0: What is it and what does it look like?

Spoiler alert: It’s the Design Sprint with some pretty major developments that your clients/team will love. Since the Sprint book came out in 2016, we’ve run over 200 Design Sprints here at AJ&Smart. We learned a lot about what works and what could be done faster and better. On top of this, we’ve trained thousands of people with Jake Knapp—and through this we’ve found lots…