Elance-oDesk Rebrands As Upwork, Debuts Slack-Like Chat Platform

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Freelancers Only: UpWork Rebrands Elance-oDesk

Originally posted on TechCrunch:

A new chapter starts today for Elance-oDesk, a platform where 4 million businesses connect with 10 million knowledge worker freelancers to fill contract jobs. More than a year after the two competitors merged to form one freelancer powerhouse, and five months after raising $30 million, it is finally rebranding under a new name, Upwork. And with the new name comes a new platform, which adds a new mobile app, new search algorithms, faster processing and a real-time chat service — a completely free product that Upwork’s new CEO Stephane Kasriel describes as a “Slack killer.”

Kasriel took the CEO reigns of the Mountain View-based company two weeks ago but has been with the company since 2012, and he says that Upwork has spent the better part of the last year working on the new platform and adding in the new real-time features that the company thinks will set it apart from the rest…

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Windows 8 Tech Failure and Why Internet Cafes Are Extinct in Oradea

People are so used to using technology that they forgot how it feels when something goes wrong. Yes, technology fails and sometimes it is quite difficult to replace it.

My PC is in a world of its own for several weeks now. Listening to Richard Stallman in Geneva last autumn, I remember him advocating strongly against using Windows and Microsoft programs. In fact, he advocated against using any type of proprietary software because – as he put it – the user does not own the code. Well, even if I owned the code, there is not much I could do since I am completely ignorant of coding languages or free software for that matter.


Going straight to the point, I had my Windows reinstalled about 2 months ago when my XP no longer reacted and when, of course, I lost all my data since I rarely backup files. Or let’s say, I only back up recent crucial files. So I got a Windows 8 on a PC bought and produced in 2006. My PC and W8 did not seem to get along in the first place but I was happy to clap my keyboard so I did not think about it much.

Two days ago, in the middle of a crucial project, my Windows refused to start and I had no other alternative than – brace yourselves – search for an Internet café in Oradea – so as to finish my project within the deadline.

And surprise, the old Internet café in Rogerius was replaced some years ago by a hair and nail salon and the only available PC seat in the some neighborhood copy center offered impossible working conditions.

That’s where I realized that we are so used to delegating things to tech apps or devices that when something goes wrong, we can no longer rely on ourselves.

P.S. I did finish my project, but only because I borrowed a laptop. It’s crazy because in the 2000s, Internet cafes were one of the most thriving businesses all across Romania and now they’re extinct. So much for excellent broadband when you lack the device to access it.

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Chomsky’s Opinion on Terrorism, Nuclear Powers and Survival


From generative grammar to survival…

Noam Chomsky: “In the global scene we are racing towards a precipice which we are determined to fall over which will sharply reduce the prospects for decent survival.”

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The Catalytic Role of ICTs in the Post-2015 Sustainable Development Agenda

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Role of ICTs in Sustainable Development

Originally posted on The ITU Blog:

CatalyticRole-BlogIn 2000, the United Nations adopted the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) galvanized global efforts to meet the needs of the world’s poorest people. The development agenda framework outlined 21 measurable targets across eight goals on issues such as poverty, health, environment and gender equality to be achieved over a 15 year timeframe.

As the MDGs reach their conclusion, the UN will build on this successful groundwork to agree a new set of development goals and targets for the post-2015 era at the UN Summit on Sustainable Development. An outcome document was produced by the Open Working Group (OWG) of Member States on Sustainable Development in July 2014, outlining 17 goals and 169 targets as a basis for the September 2015 negotiations.

The integration of information and communication technologies (ICTs) is vital to the achievement of the post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Not only are ICTs a platform which integrate and…

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Happy Easter / Hristos a Inviat! Romanian Easter Eggs in Onion Skins

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Happy Easter to all Christians celebrating today across the world! Hristos a Inviat!

Originally posted on Communication For Development:

Easter Red Eggs Boiled in Onion Skins Husasau de Tinca Granny’s Recipe

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½ kg red onion skins that you collect inhouse some weeks before Easter

2 litres of water roughly

10 eggs at least

1 nylon transparent stocking

1 thread of yarn

1 tbsp of vegetable oil

1 handful of raw tiny weeds – and I do mean weed: shamrock, yarrow, hemlock and such alike.

Beware with the hemlock, make sure your eggs are not cracked or else it might get poisonous.

Take your stocking and place each egg with your chosen weed inside then tie closely around, then another egg and continue until you run out of stocking. Then place your egg-sausage in a pan that has already been simmering with the red onion skins inside.

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Current Levels of Food Waste Are Immoral, Says Janez Potocnik FFA Chairman

More on Agriculture and food waste in Europe available on viEUws

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Palm Sunday or Flower’s Sunday in Romania

Cristina Popa:

Happy Palm Sunday!

Originally posted on Communication For Development:

Romanian Orthodox are one week ahead of Easter Celebrations and this means today is Palm Sunday or Flower’s Sunday.

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Since Romanians do not have palm trees we’re using pussy willows in churches celebrating the entry of Jesus into Jerusalem. Christians are then taking these branches and adorn their homes. Occasionally they are also using lilac flowers.

Palm Sunday is also Flower’s Sunday in Romania meaning that whoever wears a flower-related name is celebrated.

So I’m using white lilac which I took away from the local cemetery and planted some years ago in my garden (did not know it would turn white, it flowered this year) to say happy Flower’s Sunday to all the flowers around here!


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