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It's not Capitalism that's the problem
Whenever you watch a news report, you see that the world has many severe problems that cause people to needlessly suffer. Very often, free market, which is commonly referred to as Capitalism, is what is blamed for creating those problems. After all, this is the dominant economic system in the world.
The irony is that, whenever people say that Capitalism is bad, they often do so by posting it on Facebook from their iPhone while having a coffee at Starbucks, none of which would have existed without free market. So, essentially, critics forget about the fact that the economic system that they love to hate is the same system that brought them all their daily comforts and enabled their lifestyle.
Although it is true that a lot human suffering happens under the Capitalist system, it doesn't necessarily mean that it is the Capitalist system that directly causes all of this suffering. Saying that it does is pretty much the same as saying that water is lethal due to the fact that everyone who has ever died used to regularly drink water.
In fact, "water is lethal" statement provides a good example of how manipulative political ideas are pushed. The proponents of a particular idea would first tell you some solid facts that nobody can argue against and then would try to use these facts to express a pseudo-logical conclusion to support their view. As you will see, framing free market as the sole cause of some of the world's problems is one of such pseudo-logical conclusions. In many of such cases, Capitalism per se is not to blame.
The most important skill for 21st century
We are living in the information age. Many traditional industries and jobs associated with them are on the way out. Internet and smart technologies have radically changed how we live and work.
Although technology has improved our lives overall, it also made certain things much more challenging. One of the biggest of these issues is the fact that our attention span has been substantially reduced.
Therefore, if you want to be successful in the 21st century, the most important skill is probably not what you think it is. It is not the knowledge of programming languages. Neither it is the knowledge of online marketing or SEO. Without a doubt, those skills are in demand and are great to have. But they will mean nothing unless you have mastered one particular meta-skill:
The ability to focus for prolonged periods of time
How to think like a hacker
Contrary to the popular belief, hackers are not always the people who breach website security and steal personal data. The word also refers to the software developers who build revolutionary software by putting together some components in such a way that nobody thought of before. This is why when you hear somebody referring to Mark Zuckerberg as a hacker, this doesn't necessarily mean that he is out there to steal your data, as many assume. What it means in the context is that he has built the most successful social media network in the world from his university dorms.
What is more interesting, however, is that the hackers think in a particular way and this way of thinking is not only applicable to technology. It can be applied anywhere. Regardless of who you are and what you do, if you learn to think like a hacker, the quality of your life will improve significantly.
This mode of thinking is not exclusively present in those who are traditionally referred to as hackers. Some of the best scientists, artists and other creative individuals have it too. And, at its base, it is quite simple. It is all about thinking out of the box and not accepting the status quo. This is the core skill that needs to be developed before anything else if one aspires to become a hacker or learn to think like one. This way of thinking is what allows the hackers to use various things for something other than their intended purpose. The rest of the equation, the specialist skills, are much easier to learn.
One human trait that slows down humanity's progress
There is one thing in the IT industry that happens often, yet makes no sense. When a given project is not progressing at the pace it was planned to, quite often this has nothing to do with how efficient the participants of the project are. More often than not, this is due to underestimation of the effort required at the beginning of the project. In such case, unless there are clear indicators that there are other factors affecting the speed of the delivery, there is little that can be done to improve it.
Unfortunately, this is not how some project managers think. In some teams, when certain deadlines aren't met, the measures that are introduced from the above are increase in length and frequency of meetings and the requirement on each team member to write all of their tasks into a weekly, or sometimes even daily, time report. Of course, as stretched as the team members already are, they can now spend even less time doing the actual project work. So do the managers themselves. After all, they are the ones who have to read all of those time reports. After these measures are implemented, the progress usually slows down even further.
The practice is obviously irrational, so why is it so widespread? The answer to this is simple. These seemingly irrational actions are driven by a deeply ingrained human trait:
The irresistible urge to take action when things aren't fully satisfactory, regardless of whether any action is appropriate in a given situation or not
Proven way to make programming fun
Software development can be a very interesting and financially rewarding career. With abundance of free online tutorials, learning how to program today is easier than ever. However, there is one major hurdle that everyone who has ever tried coding is familiar with: the process of writing software can, sometimes, be tedious and boring.
This is especially true for online tutorials. Getting to know a new programming language can be tremendously useful for one's career. However, most of the tutorials available online are extremely dry. Nothing saps motivation for learning new technology as much as seeing the code for yet another "Hello world!" app.
However, the good news is that learning how to code doesn't have to be boring. Perhaps, for learning the very basics of a given language, going through some of the boring tutorial steps is unavoidable. However, once you know the basics, there is a great and exciting way of practicing your programming skills. This is how you can do it.
Why you should care about functional programming
While releasing version 15.7 update to Visual Studio IDE, Microsoft has announced that its main functional language, F#, has been given a whole new set of cutting edge features and tooling, far better than anything available in any other of its popular languages. This has got the software development community excited and the official Visual Studio Magazine article where the announcement was made soon became one of the most visited pages on the magazine's website. This is yet another proof that there is an interest in functional programming.
However, there are some very good and pragmatic reasons why functional languages are worth learning. Let's dive into them.
What the heck is WebAssembly
Desktop apps are not dead. Here is why
Many people entering a software development career are often told to focus on web applications over desktop ones. Apparently, many believe that desktop apps are a dying technology. While it is true that certain business functionality that was, in the past, performed by desktop apps is now commonly performed by hosted browser-based web apps, there are still many use cases for desktop apps and none of them are going away any time soon.
It is extremely difficult to imagine your life without desktop apps. Anything that is actually installed on a full-sized computer is one of them. Yes, web apps can do many things, but the browser that is needed to access them is, itself, a desktop app. Any integrated development environment (IDE) that programmers use to build software is a desktop app, even when it's only ever used to write code for the web. There are countless of other examples that you can find if you'll think about it.
Of course, web apps do have distinct advantages over desktop apps in some areas. However, it is the other way round in some other areas. So, if you are undecided which way to take your programming career, let's have a look at the pros and cons of both technologies.
Pocket Spy Sound Recorder
Did you ever have to deal with a toxic boss or harassment at work? Are you tired of dealing with corrupt government officials? Do you need to collect evidence of a crime? Are you an investigative journalist? Do you simply want to be able to record sound at a high professional quality? If you have answered yes to any of these questions, then this app is for you.
Pocket Spy Sound Recorder is a hidden sound recording app that allows you to turn your mobile phone or tablet into a powerful listening device, unnoticeable to the people in your surrounding. It is a perfect tool for collecting evidence or investigative journalism. The whole purpose of the app is to secretly record the sound while keeping your device fully usable in the process. The app does not show any annoying adverts and all features of the app are available instantly without any in-app purchases.
Mail My Pics
MailMyPics app can capture several pictures in a batch and send them to a specified email address, transfer them to cloud or share them on social media instantly. This app makes it convenient to share your photos straight after taking them.
Although there are many uses for this app, an important one is the ability to covertly collect evidence if you become a witness of crime or some other wrongdoing. The camera is silent, so you should not worry about being heard taking pictures if you are in a volatile situation. Likewise, the photos can instantly be sent to the specified email address (e.g. police or your close ones), so there is no way for anyone to destroy the evidence, even if they take possession of your device.
Pocket Interest Rate
Do you want a powerful tool to help you make important financial decisions quickly and save you valuable time? Do you get confused by financial jargon related to loans and savings? If the answer to either of these questions is yes, then this app is for you!
This inexpensive app is a collection of 6 powerful tools which calculate everything involving interest rates, ranging from time it would take to fully repay a credit card debt to an amount accumulated in a savings account over time.
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