Tasmanian IT – “Take 5”

Tasmanian IT Blog   •   March 22, 2019

Each week, we post a “Take 5” article to our website with tips, tricks, thoughts and actions we’ve come across during the week that we feel you may benefit from too.

It’s designed to be short and sharp that you can read when you need to “Take 5”.

Grab a drink, give yourself a (productive) break and check out our latest 5 below.

1. Feed the brain – SheHero Rocket Scientist

“It’s not rocket science you know” Oh wait it is! Take a listen to an interview with amazing “SheHero” Rocket Scientist and Explorer: Natalie Panek. Extraordinary experiences have shaped her dreams of becoming an astronaut from learning to fly to driving a solar-powered car across North America. She is one of Forbes 30-under-30!

Link: http://www.sheheroes.org/2015/09/sheheroes-chatcast-natalie-panek/

2. Give your documents a competitive edge

Writing solid white papers is an incredibly important skill – however sometimes there is a need to step these up to really get the message across or build interest in what you’re trying to convey.  Be it a Business Proposal or and Annual Report, the ability to make your document stand out can make or break the delivery.

A great resource we like to utilise is the Envato Market, which caters for everything from WordPress themes to, you guessed it, document design templates.

Want to get your document to the top of the pile – think about checking out the following link.

Link: https://graphicriver.net/print-templates/brochures#content

3. US Government Facial Recognition Plans

Anyone who has seen the TV show “Las Vegas” has seen facial recognition software in action. In any given episode, the security department at the fictional Montecito Hotel and Casino uses its video surveillance system to pull an image of a card counter, thief or blacklisted individual.
It then runs that image through the database to find a match and identify the person. By the end of the hour, all bad guys are escorted from the casino or thrown in jail. But what looks so easy on TV doesn’t always translate as well in the real world.

Facial recognition is something that has been in the news quite a bit lately and it has been announced that there are plans to bring this technology to major U.S. airports by 2021.
Interesting article from Tech News by Jack M. Germain

Link: https://www.technewsworld.com/story/US-Government-Forging-Ahead-With-Airport-Facial-Recognition-Plans-85893.html

4. Take your networking skills to the next level

On a personal level have you ever had one of the times when you recognise the face but cannot place the name? It’s there, just on the tip of your tongue and you should remember because well, you see this person all the time.

Remembering names is important on so many levels. You may notice that influential leaders take care to use people’s names, and even mention personal aspects that they share in common. This isn’t by accident — they know it matters and use it. We feel better when people remember us (and worse when they don’t). Here is a short article by Kristi Hedges published in Forbes magazine with 5 practical tips on remembering names. You may even have been on the receiving end of some of these.

Link: https://www.forbes.com/sites/work-in-progress/2013/08/21/the-best-five-tricks-to-remember-names/#1261ec87501f

5. Quote of the week

“… a person is more interested in his or her own name than in all the other names on earth put together. Remember that name and call it easily, and you have paid a subtle and very effective compliment. But forget it or misspell it – and you have placed yourself at a sharp disadvantage.”

— Dale Carnegie (How to win friends and influence people)

Have a great week from the Tasmanian IT Team