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The thought of maintaining a PC or Mac can seem daunting to the average PC or Mac user that many opt to buy software to do it for them (spoiler alert, these software solutions are not that effective). The truth is you don’t need to spend money on software to keep your PC or Mac running smoothly. As I am not only a designer (I actually started out in IT), I will share my tips on how to easily maintain your PC (Windows 10 but may also apply to older versions) or Mac (Apple computers running macOS).

Note: This is…


As it seems more and more likely that children today will be facing a remote learning future, having a child-friendly tablet or smartphone device for your child seems to be a good investment. The good news is that if you already have a spare smartphone or tablet you may not need to buy a new device specifically for your child. I will share how I setup a child-friendly device in this guide as well as some helpful tips.

Note that device operating systems can vary, for example, an Amazon Kindle Fire device running Fire OS allows the creation of a…


Which Xolo plan to choose?

Update 2020/07/30:
Xolo Go update: You can now accept payments from customers based in the USA and Canada.

Update 2020/06/24:
It’s been a month since I signed up for Xolo Go. The verification process was fast and easy. Also, the Xolo dashboard is well designed. The only hurdle so far is finding EU based B2B customers.

Update 2020/05/28:
Please note that pricing has changed since the writing of this article. Also, Xolo now offers new plans “Leap Pro” and “Growth” which includes Stripe, Paypal and Transferwise integration.

As I write this, the world is currently facing a pandemic (COVID-19 or…


I recently came across a Reddit post about an agency using a job applicant’s references for their own recruiting needs. This convinced me after my recent job hunting experience that providing references is unnecessary and needs to end.

I’m sure like most people there is nothing more annoying than doing well in a job interview, making it close to getting an offer, having the certifications and experience but everything is put on hold as you have to provide up to 3 references? …


Update: LeapIn has rebranded as Xolo. Xolo offers a new plan called “Go” which is a pay-as-you-go plan. I am considering Xolo Go for my business.

Update 2020/05/28:
Please note that pricing has changed since the writing of this article. Also, Xolo now offers new plans “Leap Pro” and “Growth” which includes Stripe, Paypal and Transferwise integration.

Starting a business is easier than ever for entrepreneurs thanks to solutions like LeapIN, Stripe Atlas and Osome to name a few. You can have a business registered in the EU(Estonia), the United States or Singapore from anywhere in the world. Incorporation is…


360 Calm is a resource for free guided relaxation using Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) techniques. You can choose Virtual Reality (VR) videos to immerse yourself in pure relaxation or simply listen to the audio only tracks.

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Virtual Reality

As someone who has struggled with stress and anxiety since my teenage years I have seen the benefits of CBT and guided relaxation in treating anxiety and related issues.

In 2017 I experimented with virtual reality (VR) videos and saw potential in making CBT more accessible. With VR videos now being possible on smartphones and VR headsets being…

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