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UPDATE, Feb. 6, 2016 – It’s starting to look like the reason Microsoft is so determined to move users to Windows 10 is that it is essentially spyware. One independent researcher installed it on a test PC with all telemetry and feedback turned off, and found that Windows 10 was still communicating with Microsoft almost constantly. Over 8 hours, the machine made nearly 4,000 connections with over 50 servers. Not only is the sheer volume mind-boggling, what on Earth are they monitoring? And why?
It is isn’t easy being a freelancer these days, not that it ever has. But working for oneself has now become a very common thing in our modern “sharing” economy. Not only does a freelancer need to have the drive and vision of an entrepreneur, the faith and ability to sell one’s skills and ideas like an advertising director, but it’s all too easy to find oneself stuck at home. She or he also need to find ways to meet people and keep ideas fresh and energetic. Above all, those working on their own need to stay inspired by avoiding isolation and getting stuck in a rut, which can all too easily happen when constantly surrounded by all the distractions that arise at home. That’s why places like our own Ideas & Coffee Coworking Space are gaining attention. A coworking space offers independent self-motivated people an office-like environment with all the amenities as well as a nice place to meet clients and colleagues – plus the chance to network with similar folks facing similar problems. They’re dedicated spaces far better than coffee-shops (and with safer Internet connections) for working. And they’re gaining in popularity as the economy evolves. PBS has recognized this with a report this last week on the PBS Newshour, “Selling office space and happy hour to a rising economy of freelancers“. It’s an interesting look at the coworking phenomenon, though it never mentions the term, and how … Continue reading