Prone Position, Computer Viruses, and Gaming

Dear Brian,
Where did the prone from video games come from?

I don’t know the exact origin, but the prone position is derived from the military. When I was in basic combat training for the U.S. Army, prone was one of many positions we were trained to hold for long durations of time.

This is because it’s a great way to hide while using your elbows to prop up and steady your rifle. In fact, the prone position is known as one of the most stable rifle aiming positions and is often used by snipers.

The supine position is the opposite, with people laying on their back instead of their stomach. Learn more about both on Wikipedia.

Dear Brian,
How can you tell if your computer is infected?

Different types of viruses and malware perform different actions. Sometimes they hijack your browser, leaving you unable to surf the web (happens most often in Internet Explorer). Sometimes you get popups, have your homepage changed, or notice new startup programs you didn’t install.

The only way to proactively identify and remove malicious programs is to regularly maintain your computer. An antivirus and antimalware program will usually detect these infections and notify you, but that’s only if you keep up on them.

Make note of the programs and processes running on your Task Manager (or whatever the Apple version is). 

Even then, what’s known as a zero-day infection could compromise your computer. If you think you may have a virus, download a virus checker and scan your computer.

Dear Brian,
What can a non-gamer who wants to get into gaming do to start?

In other words, how can I become a gamer?

I’m not sure how to answer this. Start playing games? Anyone who plays games is a gamer, and it’s not limited to just video games (though that’s the group typically referred to when the media references gamers).

Dear Brian,
How do I find awesome people to work with me on my startup via the internet? How to build an all-star team of excellent people remotely?

I am living far away from any technology centers, and I can’t currently move to Silicon Valley. I think the best way to find the best people is via the internet, and work with them remotely, but I don’t know where(and how) to look for them.
What is the best way to find cool, trustworthy, passionate people to work with?

Silicon Valley isn’t the only place with talented and experienced technology workers any more than Hollywood is the only place with talented actors.

Try freelance websites like Upwork and Freelancer, or normal job-posting websites like Craigslist, Indeed, CareerBuilder, or LinkedIn.

So long as you have the money and a valid project to work on, you shouldn’t have any issues finding people to contribute to it. If you’re having trouble finding talented technical help, it’s possible the problem is actually you, not your location.

There’s no guaranteed way to attract and retain a talented team. If there were, every corporation and organization would be doing it, and all the talented people would already be employed at salaries you can’t possibly afford to pay.

Try attending tech-related conventions, trade shows, expos, and conferences. Conferences like Collision, InterOp, ITExpo, CES, Super Mobility Week, DefCon, E3, and TechCrunch are great places to meet like-minded people with the skills, talent, and experience you’re looking for.

With cloud-based computing becoming the norm, cloud collaboration is easier than ever, and remote teams can accomplish a lot, so long as you’re able to effectively organize and manage them.

When I worked at Countrywide/BofA, I managed remote teams around the U.S., India, and the Philippines. After leaving the bank, I’ve become a freelance contractor working on remote teams for about a dozen clients each year.

From corporate America to independent startups and small businesses, remote teams are the backbone of the global economy, and you shouldn’t have any issue finding qualified and passionate applicants so long as you perform your due dilligence.

Brian Penny shades whistleblower anonymousBrian Penny is a former Business Analyst and Operations Manager at Bank of America turned whistleblower, troll, and freelance writer. His work has appeared in High Times, Fast Company, Huffington Post, The Street, and Hardcore Droid.

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Brian Penny is a former Business Analyst and Operations Manager at Bank of America turned whistleblower, troll, and freelance writer.

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