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5 Things Nigerian Bloggers Should Stop Doing

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Blogging is basically meant to be a platform that lets people express themselves and write posts in a style that it unique to them. It provides a platform to let more people know what you think about a particular topic or an event. I’ve compared a lot of foreign blogs to the ones we have here in Nigeria and I must say that 80% of Nigerian blogs shouldn’t be existing at all. Anyone who just has a domain and access to a computer or smartphone now have the effrontery to address themselves as bloggers. Here are some things that I think every Nigerian blogger should stop doing : –
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1. Posting False News Reports

The entertainment bloggers are always guilty of this. How will a farmer take his chickens to market in a bus and we end up seeing stories like – Passengers turn to fowl at Ketu Market. It’s appalling. I’m a blogger and I understand that blogging is very competitive, especially when you’re on the entertainment niche but if you must post news that you are not sure about make sure you let your readers know that the news story is unverified yet and tell them to check back later to see if you have verified the news. This leaves a mark of credibility on your blog. Bloggers should learn to differentiate themselves from journalists. Your blog is your Circus, your posts are your clowns, you decide what happens there. If you decide to loose readers because of false news stories, the ball is in your court. Bloggers that want to build a brand never compromise on the value of the content they let people read on their blog.
It’s unfortunate that the bloggers in question allow money cloud their judgment and they’re focused on only their Google AdSense earnings.

2. Getting Involved In Unnecessary Controversies :

Controversies are essential in blogging but it has a certain limit. Let’s take my blog for example, if you go through my blog you’ll see some controversial topics like MMM being a scam, Android being better than iOS and more recently, Social Media Ruining the future. Now, these are topics that stir up conversations and a little controversy. I got bashed by a few people for each the 3 topics. The MMM post had over 100 comments and almost 80% were insults, but the fun part of it is that I still got away with my head on my shoulders. The essence of the example I just gave here is this – When you want to write a controversial topic or article, make sure it will not end up ruining the lives of others. If you decide to write a post that’ll get you into trouble because you didn’t have enough facts to backup your claims, it’s your ball game. Get ready to enjoy the ride. I know many people who look up to Linda Ikeji. Yeah, I know she’s got involved in a couple of controversies but most of them could have been well avoided. Be controversial but don’t go off limits.

3. Making Posts That Are Not Readable

I believe that before anyone decides to start blogging, the person must have adequate knowledge of English language before writing a post. Quite a number of Nigerian blogs proudly show off tons of unreadable content to a ghost audience. I’m pretty sure nobody wastes his time to go through their blogs. Their blogs are an embarrassment to blogging. They can’t even write one sentence without causing catastrophic reactions in the mind of anyone who tries to scan through their content. If I had my way, I’d request that the Queen of England ban them from typing a single word in English.

4. Posting Unnecessary Topics / Articles

There’s a limit to the kind of posts readers should be seeing on blogs depending on the niche. The most abused verb that Nigerian entertainment bloggers use in their headlines these days is “spotted”. Let’s take a look at MediaTakeOut and TMZ, these are two American Entertainment Blogs, there’s a huge difference when you see “spotted” there and when you see it on a typical Nigerian Entertainment Blog. Pictures of most American celebrities are usually taken in secret by paparazzi and they end up becoming headlines, even the celeb in question will be shocked to see the picture online. In Nigeria, someone will post a picture on Instagram and bloggers will automatically start spotting. Unless there’s something awkward you found in the picture, don’t use the verb “spot”. If the picture was taken without their notice then you can say you spotted the celeb with someone or doing something. Also some posts are not even worthy to be used as headlines.

5. Copying People’s Content Without Linking back.

I know a couple of blogs that have been copying my posts but at least try to give me credit for this one. Mbok, Abeg, Biko.. I’ll beg you in any language including Chinese.
Its quite unfortunate that a lot of Nigerian Bloggers just keep copying and pasting content from other people’s blogs without even giving a simple link back to the original post. If CTRL+C never existed, many Nigerian bloggers will not exist. I think the plagiarism of other people’s content is because there’s no central body that charge of the affairs of blogging and online publishing in Nigeria. When you copy a post just try to give the original author credit for the past.

Michael Ajah is a Computer Science Student of The University of Port Harcourt and a Chelsea Fan. He loves RnB and a little mix of Trap Music. An awesome tech reviewer and analyst. Email - [email protected]

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Windows 365 – A PC In The Cloud

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In a recent announcement, Windows unveiled the new cloud-based streaming concept,
which would allow users to stream a Windows desktop to any device from any location.
Windows 365 is described by Microsoft as “a new way to experience Windows 10 or
Windows 11”, and will permit users to stream applications and data to a range of devices,
including those running on Android, macOS, and Linux.
Microsoft went on to announce that users of Windows 365 would be able to operate cloud-
based PC’s running the new Windows 11 operating system.

 

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The move to cloud technology

With the progressive move to cloud computing technology and the attendant migration of an
increasing range of business applications to the cloud, it perhaps comes as no surprise that
a Windows operating system would move in a similar direction.
For the company IT specialist, the benefits of the decentralized Windows 365 system are
clear, in terms of simplified provisioning and the removal of hardware management issues.
The IT management sector is already well supported with specialist cloud training programs
such as Azure and google cloud certification.

The benefits of virtual machine software

From a business perspective, the prospect of a virtualized service permitting users to stream
a Windows desktop remotely opens up a range of potential commercial benefits in terms of
system administration, overall operating cost, and end-user flexibility and productivity.
There are also benefits to be found for personal users of this virtual service. At the heart of
this is how the cloud-based operating system will permit the end-user to run multiple
operating systems on one workstation.

Fundamentally, this can mean a Mac user can operate Windows on their PC and vice-versa.
This becomes advantageous when operating a range of exclusive apps which ordinarily
would not have been available on the user’s operating system. A vast range of sectors and
interest groups may find this highly desirable, including those involved in complex graphic
and software design, application development, and digital music recording and production, to
name just a few.

Windows 365 release specs

The formal unveiling of the system was made at Microsoft’s annual July conference,
although several leaks of information had occurred in the year prior to that formal
presentation, raising speculations about the nature of the system.

Based on the Azure Personal Desktop, Windows 365 was released on August 2nd 2021,
nominally as a virtualization service for Windows 10 and 11 operating systems. The running
cost is calculated monthly per user and is dependent upon system configuration.
The product is targeted at commercial users of all scales and complexities.

Summary

As a natural progression, the virtualized desktop concept is perhaps a logical step,
consistent with the move to cloud-based technology that the whole of society has shifted to.
The business implications are consistent with benefits already experienced with cloud
migration and include potential reductions in asset holding and related overheads, as well as
ease of IT management and greater flexibility and convenience for the end-user.

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Top 5 Remote Tech Jobs for Canadian Immigrants

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In accordance with the recent increase in the demand for tech experts, the work from home has become a norm mostly adopted by many employers crossing multiple corporations. What this means is that if your job requires and involves you sitting in front of a computer screen, it is most likely that that job can be done from the comfort of your home.

Canadian employers recognize the quality of skill they can attract by allowing their employees to work in an environment more comfortable and conducive to productivity than by forcing them through the lack of inspiration of the outmoded nine to five.

Most people working in Canada Tech and IT industry are immigrants from mostly Asia and Africa. Immigrating to Canada is a great deal for your Tech and IT career if you want to pursue your dreams in Canada.

The Tech and IT industry is the leading and most important field of remote work in Canada. Due to the nature of the job, it is of greater benefits to work from home for both the employer and the employee. 

The good thing now is that Canada is one of the front-runners in adopting this new employment pattern. For this purpose, we will take a look at the remote tech jobs available in Canada and the salary range for each of these jobs.

 

Tech Jobs Available in Canada for Remote Workers

1. Virtual Assistant

A virtual assistant is a professional and independent contractor who offers their clients administrative services upon an agreed price while working outside of the client’s office. Some of the administrative services you will perform as a virtual assistant may include:

  • Responding to emails and phone calls
  • Schedule meetings 
  • Booking travel and accommodations 
  • Managing contact list 
  • Making customer spreadsheets
  • Keeping online records 
  • Organizing managers’ calendars 
  • Performing market research 
  • Creating presentations, as assigned 
  • Addressing employees’ administrative queries 
  • Offering customer service as first point of contact

A broad knowledge of social media and other platforms like Excel and Word are required to be effective as a virtual assistant. The position is usually highly interactive, requiring interfacing with customers face to face and via social media. People with strong marketing backgrounds are often best suited for these positions. Starting salaries are typically between $1,000 and $1,500 a month, but as you gain more experience, you’ll begin to earn more.

2. e-Learning Designer

E-Learning Designers are tasked with the responsibility of creating virtual learning programs for students. E-learning designers are also required to decide the proper medium for specific information and deliver educational material properly. 

The job of an e-learning designer is a continuous one since they are required to find means through which they can use new technology to improve the learning experience of the students. 

E-learning designers carry out their operations from within the tech department of a school or academic institution. While skills like communication, listening, empathy, and problem solving are needed as an e-learning designer, they also have to collaborate with the instructors and subject matter experts on educational materials to be delivered

With the huge transition to online operation in nearly every sector, with no exception to the education sector, Schools across Canada are beginning to create increasingly numbers of online materials to make sure students receive the standard of education that they are paying for, and that schools across Canada remain competitive.

According to Glassdoor, the national average salary for an e-learning designer is $67,176 per year in Canada.

3. Angular Web Developer

Angular Web Developers are skilled JavaScript developers who have the knowledge of theoretic concepts of software engineering. Angular web developers are required to develop several different skills and utilize them at the right time and at the right place to develop and application. To succeed as an Angular web developer, here are essential skills you will need to possess knowledge of:

  • Node Package Manager (npm)
  • Angular CLI (Command Line Interface)
  • HTML and CSS
  • Angular
  • TypeScript
  • RxJS
  • Git
  • Empathy

Possession of Good English skills are also needed as you will need to explain technical solutions to non-developers. Entry level staff in Canada earn at around $7,080 per month, while experienced workers earn at least $12,000 on average per month.

4. Project Manager

Project managers are tasked with the responsibility of the planning, executing, monitoring, controlling and closing out any project. To own a career in Project management in Canada, individuals are required to possess the following:

  • A bachelor’s degree in management or business.
  • Certification in project management.
  • A master’s degree in project management or business management.
  • A certified associate qualification in project management.
  • Relevant work experience in the field for a significant period of time.

A lot of responsibility is associated with managing IT and tech projects remotely. In instances such as this, project managers prefer being in an office environment as they are able to communicate a lot easier with staff.  Nevertheless, as more skilled workers are employed, the skill to effectively manage projects online has become an in-demand one. The average salary earned by a project manager on a yearly basis in Canada is $81,652 and $41.87 on hourly basis. Entry level positions earn at least $62,490 yearly while top experienced project managers earn up to $122,400 yearly.

5. UI/UX Graphic Designer

UI/UX is the short form for User Interface/User Experience. UI/UX designers are tasked with the responsibility of developing products for the sole aim of user satisfaction. Their main objective is to looks for new ways to enhance the product experience by making the product faster, easier to use, or more user-friendly. 

UI and graphic design for web, mobile and marketing are in great demands in Canada with the most being concentrated in Toronto and Vancouver. UI/UX designers are able to secure positions is several industries like: entertainment, education, banking, fashion, eateries, etc.

Graphic designers are in limited availability and thus earn very good salaries. The average income per hour is around $40 and $6,500 per month.

Benefits of Remote Work

In all ramifications, working remotely allows for flexibility and independence for employees. Working from home has been of greater benefit to both the employer and the employee; the employee is able to enjoy the balanced work-life provided by working from home since it bridges the blurred lines between work and home life which is a downside to these technological advances. So, maintaining a healthy work-life is the priority of many employees. The ability to balance these two worlds has become significant to feeling happier for the employees.

While most employees are most productive under the absence of the close supervision of their employers, working from home and remotely grants them this freedom they so desire.

Working remotely also helps in saving time that would have been spent on long transportation to the place of work thereby relieving the employee of the stress of commute.

Employees are also able to save up the money that would have been used for transportation and other expenses at workplace.

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