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The Friday Five: November 5, 2015

WINning with CTS, Heading to CTS-I
Hope Roth, AV Systems Programmer, computer science graduate and keynote speaker at the InfoComm 2015 Women of InfoComm Network (WIN) luncheon talks about what the CTS means to her. A champion of women in technology, Roth had previously been looking at specializing her CTS cerrtification by pursuing the CTS-D but landed on moving towards the CTS-I in part due to Chuck Espinoza (well known to many) declaring the CTS-I “badass.” This is a great article for those who want to see the value of the CTS, CTS-D or CTS-I and for women looking for a network to join.
Read More at InfoComm
How to Build a Content Marketing Editorial Calendar for Content Creation and Distribution
Looking to market your company as a leader in audiovisual technology? Looking to help companies find themselves in a scattered, digital world? A healthy editorial calendar, and subsequent editorial planning meetings, can go a long way. Creating quality content helps you become seen and, more importantly, helps your company be seen as-* a market leader in being able to provide solutions.
Read More at Percolate
Why More Tech Companies Are Rethinking Their Perks
I vaguely remember seeing “The Internship” with Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson. At the time I thought, “How cool is that?!-*Video games, slides, bikes, etc. That would make me so much happier at work.” Tech Startups, WebDev companies and other technology companies are starting to rethink “perks” from pool tables, to free beer and food to unlimited vacation. Sure, some of these perks attract talent- who wouldn’t want to work in an office with free beer or food. What these perks don’t do is keep anybody around. I had a friend at a webdev company that said having a pool table is super cool, but I’d rather work somewhere I could take time off and not have to work while on vacation (wouldn’t we all). Some top-tech firms are starting to see the benefit of that, canning unlimited vacation policies to forced or encouraged vacation policies where employees aren’t allowed to check email (sign me up for that).
Read More at FastCompany
Beware bad USB-C cables, Google engineer warns-while naming names
Don’t buy crappy cables. Let me repeat that; don’t buy crappy cables. The problem is you can’t always tell which cables are the crappy ones. Price? No, that doesn’t always help as incredibly expensive Monster cables can be just as low quality as perfectly cheap Monoprice cables. One Google engineer takes aim at bad cables, or cables that could cause damage to the new USB-C enabled Pixel C tablet from Google (similarly the newest MacBook, it only has a USB-C connection). Read why USB-C cables are so important and be ahead of the game before video manufacturers and audio DSP manufacturers have USB-C solutions in the market, because I’m sure they’re coming eventually
Read More at PCWorld
Microsoft to discontinue Windows 7 and 8.1 next November
Want to buy a computer with Windows 7 on it 12 months from now? Good luck, starting October 31, 2016 Microsoft will reach “end of sales for PCs with Windows preinstalled” for both Windows 7 Professional and Windows 8.1. Mercifully, support for Windows 7 will be available until January 14, 2020. Windows 7 has replaced Windows XP as a stable operating system from Microsoft, something Windows 8 or 8.1 has not-*done and something Windows 10 is hopeful to do (eventually replacing Windows 7 and 8/8.1). Windows 10 seems to be gaining popularity with a recent article stating that it has become the OS for over 25% of total Steam users.
Read more at CNET

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