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Jun 25
6 Tips to get rid of your Phone Addiction

​Since 1984, when mobile phones started to be commercially available, the number of mobile subscriptions has increased exponentially every year. Phone dependence has become a problem for many: in fact, mobile over-usage can cause physical and phycological issues.
An average person spends circa 3 hours per day on the mobile phone, moreover, 22% of people check their mobile phone every few minutes and 51% check it few times in one hour.
Two-third of the world is connected via mobile devices and 2.71 billion people in the world own a smartphone, these numbers are meant to increase. We know that is the era of technology but let's not over it.

It is not difficult to understand if you are addicted to your phone, check the following “symptoms" and answer honestly:

  • You feel anxious when your phone is not near you
  • You need to spend a lot of time on your phone to feel good or relaxed
  • You use your phone to change your mood (when you feel anxious you play a game on the phone)
  • Your phone is the first thing you look at in the morning and before going to sleep

If you related yourself with the description above, my friend, you have a phone addiction.

Luckily, there are few tips that can help all of us spending less time on our phones.

1. Smartly using technology to limit your technology use – There are tons of apps that can help you: apps that communicate to you how many hours you spend on the phone and notify you when your phone is taking too much of your time, what is your addiction level, what apps you use the most and much more.
Personal Facts is one of these apps https://personalfacts.online/, you can use the app to control your addiction and improve your habits.

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2. Stop using your phone in bed and put your phone out of the bedroom – for doing that you will need a real alarm clock (yes, they still exist)

3. Turn off notification sound – and do not check on your phone every 5 minutes  

4. Delete useless apps – look for the bear necessities 

5. Put your phone into your bag when you are with someone – if you look at your phone while someone is talking is pretty rude

6. Take it slow – when you have your addiction under control start taking a one day off from your phone once in a while, it will be refreshing

Getting rid of an addition is never easy and it could be difficult the first week, but perseverance is the key to success. You will feel great not using your phone so much, you will be more present with your family and friends and you will appreciate the things you have instead of looking at things you may want just because you see them on social media.
Life is beyond your mobile phone.
You. Got. This.

Jun 15
Tips for being Super Productive

​How to be more productive is a common issue that many individuals faced or will face in their lives, our heads are full of questions about productivity that - many times - do not find an explicative answer.

The internet is filled with beneficial tips and advice on the productivity topic, but sometimes is not enough. First of all, how do you track your level of productivity? It can be tricky, you may get better day by day, but you still do not know how far you have been going.

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Do you spend your time over the activities that are aligned with your goals? Or sometime you just find yourself wondering “where the time went?!"

Taking a break is also essential for your mental and physical health, but you know how much time you spend on breaks? Is it too much or is enough for you to get on track and boost your productivity?

Writing things down can be helpful sure, however, how many times have you found yourself with a perfect written plan but without results in your hands? Moreover, do you know if you achieved your objectives for the day? You are getting better every day but how do you measure your progresses?

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Some questions presented above, may have not found an answer, but there are tools – thanks to technology – that can help us.

Personal Analytics is one of these useful tools: the app tracks how you spend your time, what are your important contacts, which activities are time-drainer.

Once you know – with numerical evidence – what are you doing with your time, well, it is up to you! Change habits, improve your methods, set better goals and achieve them!

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Jun 03
Home Office & Personal Productivity

Working from home is a popular topic in these moments. Many of us never worked from home before but we were forced to adapt by the circumstances.

It is often challenging to be productive and understand how you could be more productive during your working day. I was struggling in understanding if I were productive enough and how I was managing my working day.

Although I followed tips on how to enhance my productivity when working from home, I needed something more than a comfortable chair and a nice spot in my house.

Omnicontext is the app that greatly helped me with this issue! The first step to improve your working habits is to see what are you doing wrong and then make changes. Omnicontext collects information from all your devices, process the information and shows you how you employ your time in the simplest way.

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Understanding how I was spending my time and my daily working habits has been the key to start working more efficiently. Once I knew the activities that were draining my time I was able to improve my daily productivity.

Do you know how you spend your time? Would you accept the situation and make improvements?

Try Omnicontext app and see with your own eyes!

Mar 19
The End of Cloud Computing Delayed

Many things of the past are getting their well-deserved rehabilitation these days.

Having your own car and even driving it alone is suddenly not a high crime anymore, and even healthier than the crowded public transportation. That it is also less expensive, goes without saying.

Ample square meters of living space – sufficient heating very important – are not environmental waste now, they are good for enabling social distance and working from home.

Smartphones are again manufactured in the middle of Germany – more than ten years after the closure of the last Nokia plant, and this time with a profit.

Volkswagen hires thousands of engineers to develop 60 % of all software in house, including even an own operation system.

So, what about the brick-and-mortar basic computing, such as storage, databases, email, et cetera? Why is all that still perceived as having its ideal place in the public cloud? We already know that cloud is more expensive, and we know that it makes you run your business the way cloud providers see as right. Peter Levine was predicting the end of cloud computing to come in 2020, which is now. Why does that seem to be delayed?

There is probably only one remaining reason – decision-making safety. Same as it used to be with IBM in the past, apparently nobody has got fired – so far – for buying Amazon or other hyperscale cloud. With IBM back then, the change came through distributed client-server systems. Many small and large vendors emerged, and even IBM became one of them selling personal computers and Lotus software, but none was a safe bet anymore.

In that now famous presentation from 2017, Peter Levine cites the large volumes of sensor data and the need for local action as the main factors for computing to move away from public cloud. We should add to this list extremely inexpensive in-house hardware resources and new technologies to create and monitor bespoke applications for business. In my 2018 post I compared the storage costs, with the cloud to local difference going up from 3,5 times to 12 times in ten years. Today, the price of Amazon S3 storage is still the same it was in 2018, and the average prices for own storage went another 15 % down. APIs are becoming increasingly standardized, and low-code removes the entry barriers for businesses to create their own applications.

Maybe 2020 is still not the end of cloud computing, but there are certainly less and less reasons to not own your computing resources and applications.

At Hypersoft, we have several products to support this process. Omnicontext for technology operations monitors quality and usage of all services, cloud and in-house. It can also be used to integrate transaction data from multiple sources over long periods of time and to serve these data to other applications. Personal Files is a reliable blockchain-supported distributed storage engine for those who decide to own their data. We shall have more coming in the next months.

Feb 23
New and Expanded Office 365 Analytics

​We have been making many improvements to Omnicontext standard reports over the past few months. Combined, they are substantial enough to be worth a summary that outlines all new and improved capabilities. They follow our long-term objective of delivering full adoption and productivity insight, plus comprehensive service monitoring and usage reports.

With its most recent updates, Omnicontext is now fully capable of answering the key questions asked by organizations that deploy Office 365:

  • Are users leveraging functions and capabilities of the new cloud-based workplace?
  • Which apps or features remain unused even if fully licensed and activated?
  • How do work habits change with Office 365 compared to what they were before?
  • Can we prove that Office 365 made us more productive, and how can we quantify this change?
  • Do the cloud applications perform well for our users, seen directly from our organization?

To obtain meaningful answers to these questions, we re-organized our standard reports and added new data sources. The reports integrate activity and usage data to create a holistic view of how working time is used and how more value can be produced in less time. There are dedicate analytics on time lost because of unavailable services, and also on losses caused by too much time and effort consumed by new technology itself.

The pre-defined analytics are divided into three areas: Personal, Productivity, and Operations. All of them use every available data source, as it has always been in Omnicontext. The Office 365 data as of now cover these apps: Exchange Online, OneDrive, Teams, SharePoint Online, Planner, PowerBI. For all these apps we collect assigned and used licenses, detailed usage patterns, real-time services status at the user location, and service quality trends over long periods of time. This information is combined with on-premise data on email, telephony, instant messaging, databases, web sites, networks and platform infrastructure. So, not only cloud-based workplace is analyzed, but also the side-by-side view of Office 365 and in-house services.

Omnicontext web application has now a new contemporary look and feel with a choice between light and dark mode, and with an ability to create custom themes using your own fonts and colors.

Get Omnicontext right now to take advantage of all these new functions and improvements.

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