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A miscellany is defined as a "collection of various pieces of writing by different authors", but it has come to mean something "Of items gathered or considered together of various types or from different sources" or "a collection or group composed of members or elements of different kinds". The word "miscellaneous" comes from the Latin word "miscere", meaning "to mix." You might have heard the expression "a mixed bag," which applies when you don't quite know what you're going to get. More commonly, a miscellaneous group is made up of an odd group of things that don't fit anywhere else.

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This article is written by John Gates, CISSP. Gates, the SNUG President-Elect, currently holds the position of Manager of Information Systems at Lake Park High School in Roselle, Illinois.
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Did you know SD-WANs can improve network connectivity? Check out this webinar to learn how an SD-WAN simplified, one-click tool can help you migrate and manage data in the cloud.

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As computers become more powerful, jobs will be replaced with artificial intelligence, leaving no place in the future for humans in the workforce. In the oncoming technological revolution, the staggering change to human mind labor will prove the skills of a programmer to be vital.
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An introduction to the wonderful sport of Scam Baiting. Learn how to help fight scammers by beating them at their own game. This great pass time helps the world, while providing an endless source of entertainment. Enjoy!
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Thanks Andrew. Enjoy doing this with electricity retailers already. should expand my horizons!
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Thank you Andrew, hope to put  to good use and enjoyment.
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Originally published Entrepreneur.com

Booming numbers of freelancing professionals are changing the face of work. In the United States alone last year, the number of workers freelancing grew from 700,000 to 54 million, according to a Freelancers’ Union study. Each is enjoying greater freedom, flexibility and control, thanks to marketplace sites like Upwork, PeoplePerHour and Experts Exchange.

Of course, it is not just workers who are benefiting from sites powering the “gig economy.” Companies are also reaping the rewards by hiring amazing contractors who are transforming their businesses.

At ours, we have fished in freelance marketplaces a number of times for developers, copywriters and website builders. When you are facing a time crunch, hiring for a one-off project is a great way to run a self-contained job and quickly get the result out into the world.

While I have seen countless successful projects completed by professionals hired online, sometimes the relationship sours, breaks down and ends in disappointment. So, what are the typical pitfalls, and how can you avoid them?


1. Start small


You may have grand visions for a game-changing site, service or app. But don’t throw it all on to an untested freelancer’s desk at the same time. If you write a $50,000 job spec for a new app to …
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I'd like to chime in. First of all here is the 2016 survey. Secondly I find it hard to believe that according to the article "35% of the total U.S. workforce" are freelancers, so I guess someone should look into the survey's definition of a "freelancer", since it can't possibly be true that 35% of the population are technical freelancers.
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Gift cards are not a new concept - it's been around for a very long time.  Undoubtedly, over the past you have received such a card or purchased one for a friend or relative.  Are you aware that you've been feeding the machine?  If not, read on :)
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Digital marketing agencies have encountered both the opportunities and difficulties that emerge from working with a wide-ranging organizations.
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If you get continual lockouts after changing your Active Directory password, there are several possible reasons.  Two of the most common are using other devices to access your email and stored passwords in the credential manager of windows.
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With the shift in today’s hiring climate, many companies are choosing to hire freelancers to get projects completed efficiently and inexpensively. In order to get the maximum financial benefit from outsourcing, it’s essential that your project descriptions are crafted to attract qualified freelancers and promote effective communication.

Taking the time to organize your project description, requirements, an accurate budget, and realistic deadline will help freelancers discern whether or not they are a good fit for the project, thereby narrowing your pool of candidates and saving you time and money.
 

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Follow these simple steps to create a winning project description, be a great client, and connect with thousands of qualified technology professionals available for freelance work to get your projects completed now.


Craft an Eye Catching Title


Your project title is the first thing that a freelancer sees. Be mindful that your project will be one of many on a list, and will often be viewed at a glance by someone looking for freelance work. Make sure your title stands out in the crowd. Many sites have a character limit for titles, so make it simple, catchy, and informative. If you’re stumped, try writing the project description first and coming back to the title afterward.


Carefully Consider Budget

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Finding a job can be stressful - searches, resume tweaks, and networking events can be super boring. Luckily we're here to help you land your dream job!
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Phishing is at the top of most security top 10 efforts you should be pursuing in 2016 and beyond. If you don't have phishing incorporated into your Security Awareness Program yet, now is the time. Phishers, and the scams they use, are only going to get better.
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This story has been written with permission from the scammed victim, a valued client of mine – identity protected by request.
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Whether you believe the “gig economy,” as it has been dubbed, is the next big economic paradigm shift or an overstated trend, the fact is that the workforce at large is evolving significantly. New social collaboration tools, the continuing demand for job flexibility and general economic fluctuation, among other factors, have lead to more and more off-site and freelance work—especially in the realm of technology¹.

Gig work can mean more control over your career trajectory and more freedom in defining the boundaries of your professional and personal lives, but the figure-it-out-as-you-go approach can easily lead to floundering and frustration for those who dive into this brave new world unprepared. With studies suggesting that the on-demand workforce will double in size by 2020, it’s becoming increasingly important that we understand and adapt to this metamorphosis. We’ve provided five tips to assist those who are considering a transition into the bustling world of freelance work.


1. Be Flexible


One of the great perks of freelance work is the ability to work on your own terms.  While this freedom is a great perk of the lifestyle, establishing too …
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Stuck in voice control mode on your Amazon Firestick?  Here is how to turn it off!!!
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Sean do you still have the menu and back buttons on your remote?  Try holding them down together for at least ten seconds and see if that works
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I only have tre app, not a physical remote, how can I turn it off?!
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EE introduced a new rating method known as Level, which displays in your avatar as LVL. The new Level is a numeric ranking that is based on your Points. This article discusses the rationale behind the new method and provides the mathematical formula showing the relationship between Level and Points.
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by:Ingeborg Hawighorst (Microsoft MVP / EE MVE)
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Good job. Thanks for writing this all up.
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And thanks to you, Ingeborg — I appreciate hearing that.
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If you want to move up through the ranks in your technology career, talent and hard work are the bare necessities. But they aren’t enough to make you stand out.

Expanding your skills, actively promoting your accomplishments and using promotion strategies will help get you on the short list and into the “yes” pile.


1. Sharpen your skills


Get certified 
65% of employers take certifications into consideration when deciding between two equally qualified applicants. Commit to acquiring at least one new certificate every year if possible.

Know (and learn) what's hot
Forrester Research put end-to-end business technologies at the top of their list of emerging technology trends. Add the internet of things (IoT) and current solutions like the cloud, mobile, and data analytics and you should have enough long-term knowledge on your plate to last you the next few years.

Love what you do
You are going to spend 8-10 hours a day at your job, plus extra hours acquiring more knowledge. Make sure the direction you have chosen is one that fills you up at least as much as it drains you out.

Try new things
It’s important to know how to do one thing really well, but don’t stop there! Experiment with solutions outside your comfort zone until you develop enough general knowledge to be useful or provide cross-over support.

Follow the 80-20 rule
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One of the biggest challenges facing freelancers is balancing multiple projects and deadlines. Organizational skills and time management are key to keeping up with projects and staying on track. Luckily, we’ve curated seven tools to help you focus on the work at hand, boost your productivity, and build a thriving freelance business.


1. Avoid Scope Creep with BrainLeaf


Are you constantly worried about the dreaded scope creep? BrainLeaf is a handy online tool that allows you to scope your tech projects quickly and accurately. It also allows you to process billing  and share updates with clients, making it a versatile way to track the progress of your projects and not over commit your time. BrainLeaf beta is free, so act now to try it out!


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2. Create Next Generation To-do Lists with Wunderlist


There are plenty of ways to check things off of your to-do lists, but our personal favorite is Wunderlist. With reminders, notifications, and great organizational options, Wunderlist will quickly become your go-to planning program for personal and professional tasks, since it is compatible across all of your devices. The ability to use hashtags for tracking is one of our favorite features. The best part? It’s free!


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3. Track Your Time with Hours


When you’re working from home outside of regular office hours, keeping track of your hours can be a challenge. Hours
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CSS is a visual language used to classify objects and define rules about how they should be displayed. CSS skills aren’t restricted to developers anymore, there is a big benefit to having a basic understanding of the language, regardless of your occupation.

As with most new skills, figuring out where to start can be intimidating, but in CSS there are some easy rules to get started with. Below are some tips and tricks to help you get started with CSS and form good habits that can make your life easier in the long run.

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Good Habits to Form when Working with CSS


Learn the Layout Logic

CSS will lay things out in a sectioned grid organized from top-to-bottom, left-to-right. Certain style rules can break this grid. Picture the parts of a webpage as a grid and you can start to see how rules might be applied. You can use developer tools to see which rules target which objects.

Name Your Code as if it Were Human

Use multiple names (first name, middle name, last name).

A single word is often not descriptive enough. Be specific and combine multiple words. Some examples are user-name, user-avatar, or user-location. Using multiple words minimizes conflicts from accidentally sharing names (for example all three of those could be named just “user”, which would be bad).

Selectors should be a combination of ~ 3 classnames when not using an ID. For example .user-list .single-user .user-name or .user-list …
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Live takes Q&A to the next level, providing instant access to technology experts for those who need it. Follow these tips to make it easy for people to connect with you to receive help and to earn money online for helping others.
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Live is the evolution of Q&A. Get your technology problems solved instantly by connecting with technology experts instantly. Pair programming has never been easier.
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An intuitive utility to help find the CSS path to UI elements on a webpage. These paths are used frequently in a variety of front-end development and QA automation tasks.

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Follow these tips to boost your freelancing career. Soon enough you'll be enjoying the freedom of being your own boss and working from anywhere.
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A high-level exploration of how our ever-increasing access to information has changed the way we do our jobs.
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How can you create a game plan that lets you focus on special projects instead of running from cubicle to cubicle every day and feeling like you’ve accomplished nothing? Try these strategies for prioritizing your tasks, offloading what you can, and managing your time effectively.
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At its core, gaming is about competition, whether against yourself or other players. You’re trying to get a better score, level up, or have the most points for the round. Learn why 63% of American adults said that making everyday activities more like a game would make them more fun and rewarding.
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This is one of the most useful articles for me that I've ever seen here.

You succinctly put into words what I have been groping with for more than a decade.
I can use this in some of my projects.  I could have used this model well before the Internet!

Thanks

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In this guide, I outline 7 key steps to help technology professionals grow their careers. Whether you have been working in technology for 10 years or for 10 days, follow these steps to help you achieve your career goals and pursue your passions.
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As freelancing is becoming more and more common in the tech industry, certain obstacles are proving to be a challenge to those who are used to more traditional, structured employment. This article is meant to help identify such obstacles and offer advice on how to overcome them.
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Nice article Morgan :)
Voted as Good article :) Thumbs up.
Keep sharing your knowledge
Stay blessed :)
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Miscellaneous

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A miscellany is defined as a "collection of various pieces of writing by different authors", but it has come to mean something "Of items gathered or considered together of various types or from different sources" or "a collection or group composed of members or elements of different kinds". The word "miscellaneous" comes from the Latin word "miscere", meaning "to mix." You might have heard the expression "a mixed bag," which applies when you don't quite know what you're going to get. More commonly, a miscellaneous group is made up of an odd group of things that don't fit anywhere else.