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The one and only trick that will get you any job!

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There isn’t.

Sorry if I disappointed you. There is no such thing.

I could link here hundreds if not thousands of such pieces – and I won’t – in short, whenever and where ever you find an article or a book titled like «The one secret that…whatever» that-sold-million-copies-but-it’s-a-secret, I can assure you, it’s pure junk.

When and if you are job hunting, there’s just one thing to be aware of:«there are no tricks», full-stop.

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What’s the matter with Microsoft?

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Determined to give Windows8 family a serious go about 18 months ago I sold on eBay my midrange Android smartphone – of which I was completely satisfied – to buy the first NOKIA with WindowsPhone8.

Shortly afterwards I set my iPad aside to switch over an ASUS T-100 Transformer Book powered by Windows8.

I have never returned to Android neither iOS so fascinated I am with the challenge that Microsoft had undertaken.

I soon realized that Windows8 was – and still is – by far the most innovative and in many ways truly new OS platform on the market. It was, and largely is, immune to all the monkeying that had characterized the growth of iOS and Android and beside a few hints gathered from the other OS it has its own “vision” and path. Plus MSFT has learned the lesson. A hard learned lesson, far too late – it took MSFT nearly seven years to do the homework – but the outcome is great. Therefore, for an absolute geek technologist like me, it is definitely an unmissable journey to see how MSFT gets out of the corner and I was anxiously waiting foran announcement like this:

We will streamline the next version of Windows from three operating systems into one single converged operating system for screens of all sizes

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Dark clouds on the cloud

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Foreword: the role and the limits of government scope and influence in surveillance and security is an extraordinarily complex and wide topic, I don’t have the goal to unfold all of its implications. What urges me is point out a few interconnected factors and unintended effects of the current immaturity of the legal framework ruling on data ownership and data collection.

Two things can’t be first

At minute 26 of this fascinating debate, moderator Thomas Friedman asks Satya Nadella what he thinks the US Govern should do to help the business of companies like Microsoft (HP and Intel). Nadella’s answer is “reform of the surveillance regime”. Or “scale down spying” as he stated elsewhere.

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Twelve years without TV – You are what You eat.

Things change

I had moved in my partially furnished new home less than a month before, and, on July the 2nd, the old TV set I found in it, ceased working.

At that time I didn’t have any money. Dried up by the expenses, decided to postone the purchase of e a new TV set.

In my to-do-list the entry “Buy a new TV” was classified:“NTM”, Not-This-Month.

Night 1

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Inspiring quotes by Jeff Bezoz

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Inspiring quotes by Jeff Bezoz:

“Your margin is my opportunity.”

“The balance of power is shifting toward consumers and away from companies… The right way to respond to this if you are a company is to put the vast majority of your energy, attention, and dollars into building a great product or service and put a smaller amount into shouting about it, marketing it.”

“If you double the number of experiments you do per year you’re going to double your inventiveness.”

“If you decide that you’re going to do only the things you know are going to work, you’re going to leave a lot of opportunity on the table.”

“You have to be willing to be misunderstood if you’re going to innovate.”

“Frugality drives innovation, just like other constraints do. One of the only ways to get out of a tight box is to invent your way out.”

“The great thing about fact-based decisions is that they overrule the hierarchy.”

Asus Transformer T100 – Unprofessional Review – Part 2

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The hardware

It’s plastic big time. But it’s rather a good one. It’s definitely well assembled, although I had a small misfortune with the volume buttons: they remained pressed down taking ownership of the UI and making the whole thing unusable. Well believe me or not, it “fixed itself on its own” while i was already on the phone with Amazon to have the item replaced:

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