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Email Etiquette for Job Seekers

This Post was written by Bridge Technical Talent
Date posted: August 13, 2018

 

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Emails are one of the most common types of communication in many workplaces, beginning with the job search. However, many people may not know exactly how they can portray themselves professionally through an email. Emails are often the first point of communication during a job search, so it is important that they are written thoughtfully and purposefully. To make the right first impression when sending an email, it is important that you keep these tips in mind.  Continue reading

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Summer Tech Conferences to Attend

This Post was written by Bridge Technical Talent
Date posted: June 13, 2018

Ahh, the sweet smell of summer is in the air. As the weather feels warmer and the days get longer, we’re ready to sit back and relax. But wait, not so fast. While the summer months are indeed ideal for catching up on some R&R, don’t forget to keep your skills sharp. Attending spring and summer tech conferences is a great way to break up the monotony of the office and stay current on industry trends.

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Here’s what tech conferences we’re looking out for in the coming months:

May

DevOpsCon

When: May 28-31

Where: Berlin, Germany

Follow: @devops_con

Agile processes, microservices, continuous delivery, container and cloud technologies are essential to the current high performance IT transformation. The DevOps Conference offers you a glimpse at popular topics such as innovative infrastructure and modern lean business culture through hands-on workshops, sessions and keynotes. Join us as we enable shorter delivery cycles, faster changes of functionality and a higher software quality.

June

Apple WWDC

When: June 4-8

Where: San Jose, CA

Follow: #WWDC18

When technology connects with creativity, incredible ideas come to life. This summer, we invite thousands of talented minds from around the world to join us and turn their ideas into reality.

Fluent

When: Training June 11-12; Tutorials + Conference June 12-14

Where: San Jose, CA

Follow: @FluentConf #FluentConf

The O’Reilly Fluent Conference was first launched in 2012 as a new event for developers working with JavaScript, HTML5, and other web technologies. Since its initial launch, Fluent has expanded to include all areas of the web, from frontend technologies/frameworks and backend systems to web design, web performance, security, and more.

DockerCon

When: June 11-12

Where: San Francisco, CA

Follow: @DockerCon #DockerCon

DockerCon passes include access to 3 Keynotes, over 120 Sessions, Ecosystem Expo Hall, After Party, Breakfast and Lunch meals, all interactive attendee experiences including Hands-on Labs and Hallway Track.

QCon New York

When: Conference June 27-29; Workshops June 25-26

Where: New York

Follow: @qconnewyork #QConNYC

QCon New York is a conference for senior software engineers and architects on the patterns, practices, and use cases leveraged by the world’s most innovative software shops.  

July

OSCON (Open Source Convention)

When: July 18-19

Where: Portland, OR

Follow: @oscon #OSCON

At OSCON, you’ll find everything open source: languages, communities, best practices, products and services. Rather than focus on a single language or aspect, such as cloud computing, OSCON allows you to learn about and practice the entire range of open source technologies.

August

GopherCon

When: August 27-30

Where: Denver, CO

Follow: @Bizzabo ‏#gophercon

GopherCon, by Gopher Academy, debuted in 2014 and was an instant success! It drew a sellout crowd of 700 attendees and has more than doubled in size since then. With exceptional pre-conference workshops taught by a few of the smartest people we know, some of the very best programming driven by our conference attendees’ feedback, and hours and hours of networking, we can’t think of a single reason to miss celebrating GopherCon’s five-year anniversary with us! So don’t wait until the last minute to buy your tickets; we’d hate for you to be sad.

Open Source Summit

When: August 29-31

Where: Vancouver, Canada

Follow: @linuxfoundation  #ossummit

Open Source Summit North America is the leading conference for developers, architects and other technologists – as well as open source community and industry leaders – to collaborate, share information, learn about the the latest technologies and gain a competitive advantage by using innovative open solutions. Over 2,000 will gather for OSSNA in 2018.

September

Microsoft Ignite
When: September 24-28

Where: Orlando, FL

Follow: @MS_Ignite #MSIgnite

Get the latest insights and skills from technology leaders and practitioners shaping the future of cloud, data, business intelligence, teamwork and productivity. Immerse yourself with the latest tools, tech, and experiences that matter, and hear the latest updates and ideas directly from the experts. You’ll leave more equipped than ever to make an impact.

Strange Loop

When: September 26-28

Where: St. Louis, MO

Follow: @strangeloop_stl #strangeloop

Strange Loop is a multi-disciplinary conference that brings together the developers and thinkers building tomorrow’s technology in fields such as emerging languages, alternative databases, concurrency, distributed systems, security, and the web.

 

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Bridge Brief: The Latest Tech News

This Post was written by Bridge Technical Talent
Date posted: May 1, 2018

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Here at Bridge we like staying up-to-date on the latest tech news. Seriously, it seems that every day there’s another article about a startup or device looking to change our lives. So, from full-body VR suits to smartwatches that project data, here are some of our favorite articles from the past few weeks.

Walmart filed a number of patents seeking to change the way we shop. One of which introduces a “smart” shopping cart that can communicate with your mobile device. Another involves the use of drones to assist customers shopping in-store. Still others suggest the use of sensors to assist with inventory. Could this shift toward smart technology be their way of competing with Amazon?

In this new age of environmentally-friendly vehicles, it’s no surprise that car brands are finding ways to produce more of them. For example, Ford and Indian automaker Mahindra Group have joined forces to develop a new electric vehicle. As a matter of fact, this alliance helps both companies; Ford gets a helping hand with penetrating China’s market and Mahindra stretches its wings into the electric vehicle space.

The craze over smartwatches is calming, but one company wants to re-excite the masses. At the Mobile World Congress 2018, Haier unveiled its Asu Smartwatch. The standout feature? A tiny projector on its side which displays onto your skin. It can show a number you’re typing, how many steps you’ve taken, the time, and even a stopwatch. However, the biggest criticism questions its practicality. What are your thoughts?

SanDisk’s newest microSD card boasts speeds 50% faster than previous ones. In fact, the 400GB microSD card reaches read speeds up to 160MB/s and write speeds up to 90MB/s. Thanks to Mashable, here’s an idea of just how much this tiny card can store:

About…

  • 400,000 e-books (at an average size of 1MB per e-book)
  • 200,000 photos (12-megapixel iPhone 7 photos at an average size of 2MB)
  • 100,000 iTunes songs (at an average size of 4MB for an average 4-minute tune)
  • 88 Full HD movies from iTunes (at an average of 4.5GB per movie)
  • 16 Blu-Rays (at an average size of 25GB)

One company is taking virtual reality gaming to the next level. The Teslasuit aims to add a sense of touch to gaming. How? The suit uses an electro-tactile haptic feedback system to stimulate your nerves. Meaning, you’ll be able to sense in-game objects, such as walls, and feel the weight of items. Even more impressive, the Teslasuit is helping treat patients with long-term disabilities. Turns out, there’s more to virtual reality than just gaming.

Feeling fancy? Takieso Graft Design, a design studio in New York City, brings finesse to your desk with this wool mousepad. Better yet, the sleek leather at the top doubles as a wireless charger for your smartphone. It plugs directly into a laptop or desktop computer, and if you’re on the move, simply roll it up and you’re ready to go.

What tech news has you excited? Let us know on LinkedIn or Twitter!

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Get Involved: Bridge’s E-Waste Drive

This Post was written by Bridge Technical Talent
Date posted: April 6, 2018

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Electronic waste, often referred to as e-waste, is nearly 100% recyclable. Data shows in 2014, about 41.8 million tons of e-waste was generated worldwide. Unfortunately, only about 16% was recycled. Additionally, it is estimated that this year we will generate 49.8 million tons of e-waste. Here at Bridge, we want to help make a difference for the environment. That’s why we’re working with Rhode Island Goodwill to run one of our annual e-waste drives.

From Sunday April 15th through Monday April 30th, stop by our Rhode Island office (650 Ten Rod Road, North Kingstown) to drop off any electronic items you would like recycled. Simply drop it in the blue bin in front of our building. If you’re not able to come to us, let us know and we’ll arrange a pick up.

E-waste includes items like televisions, cell phones, computer monitors, speakers, file cabinets, and toner/printer cartridges. Some of the items we accept include:

  • Computers
  • Laptops
  • CRT monitors
  • Flat screen monitors
  • Peripherals (keyboards, mice, etc.)
  • Cassette and tape recorders
  • Audio amplifiers and receivers
  • VCRs
  • CD and DVD players
  • Camcorders
  • Televisions

The EPA reported that recycling one million cell phones would help us recover over 200,000 lbs of copper, 20 lbs of palladium, 550 lbs of silver, and 50 lbs of gold. Each year, the United States throws away about $60 million worth of gold and silver.

The United Nations estimates that global e-waste has increased 33% in the last four years. Improper disposal of e-waste allows hazardous materials to pollute our environment. For example, when electronic items sit in landfills, the lead seeps into our soil and groundwater.

This Earth Day, we ask that you help make a difference by taking the time to properly dispose of your electronics. Help us go green!

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