Posts Tagged: work from home

Your Working From Home Starter Pack: What to Watch & More

Lately, more than ever, a large majority of the global workforce has transitioned into a work-from-home environment. Love it or hate it, the fact is that many of us will be working from home for the near-term future. That doesn’t mean however, that you can’t find ways to fill your schedule while you’re there.

In fact, many of your favorite streaming services are offering up some of their best content yet. And lucky for you, we’re here to get you up to speed on some of the hottest movies, shows and music streaming online right now, so that you can jump into those coveted heated conversations with friends over Zoom (Did Carole actually do it, after all?). What’s more, with Replay Capture Suite, you can capture all of your favorites to watch later, so that you don’t have to waste precious bandwidth when it matters most.

Here we’ve rounded up the number one most-watched movies, series and music on our favorite streaming services to help you kickstart your #stayathome playlist. With these and more, you’ll have plenty to keep you occupied while you stay at home.

What’s at the top of everyone’s “Must-See/Listen” lists these days?

What To Watch?

On Netflix:

Netflix never fails when it comes to bringing you the hottest new releases: from the return of your favorite series, to the long-awaited releases of the most anticipated (and sometimes Oscar-worthy) movies. Make sure you can capture them all. What’s in the number one spot?

Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness (2020)

On Amazon Prime Video:

Don’t miss the chance to tune in to some of the best and most hard-to-find movies and series Amazon Prime Video has to offer! Curious to know what’s on the menu these days? Check out the latest titles, and capture the ones that catch your eye  so that you can enjoy them whenever, and from whichever device! Curious what’s at the top of the list?

The Farewell (2019)

On Disney+ :

Sometimes the best remedy for a stressful day is curling up with your favorite feel-good classics — For that, Disney+ has you covered! Not only do you have access to your old Disney favorites, you also have the chance to capture selected titles from Pixar, National Geographic, and the whole Star Wars universe. What’s everyone watching?

The Mandalorian (2019)

What Are We Listening To?

Music has the power to transport us to wherever we want to go. With seemingly unlimited selection, you can find the right track to suit your mood and activity of the day! And when you don’t quite know which track to play next, you can rely on the Spotify algorithm to suggest something that you’ll likely jive with.

On Spotify:

Want to make sure that you don’t miss out on your favorite things streaming online? 

Replay Capture Suite is your answer! With seven incredible programs in one place, Replay Capture Suite gives you the tools to record virtually any format streaming online, and on any device. Learn how it’s done, and then get your personal playlist ready!  Capture your favorite content, so that you can watch it when you want to

Plus, Replay Capture Suite makes it easy to go easy on your bandwidth, so that no matter what your connectivity looks like, you’re in the driver’s seat. Make sure you get the latest version today, and make your home office the best place to hang out in!

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From Our Desk to Yours: How We Like to Get It Done

Organization tips and more for working remotely.

As a company with multiple products, and leadership located all across the US, we’re committed to being a business that is not only in touch with our customers but with each other. As they say, teamwork makes the dream work, right?

A successful software company doesn’t always need to operate out of an office, and for us to have the talent that makes Applian what it is today, we can’t possibly have everyone in the same place at the same time every day. That being said, there are some tricks we’ve learned to make sure that our team stays productive, no matter where they have a desk.

Email. Email. Email.

Obviously, this is the main form of communication in any office — remote or cubicle — everyone needs an effective email client. Aside from that, we also have developed some tricks to get the most out of constructing and composing our inbox.

  • Voice recognition is great for any (ahem) “slow-typers” or for those moments when you, say, slip off your bike and break a wrist? Yeah, ouch. We like Windows 7 Voice Recognition software on PC.
  • Don’t underestimate bolding, bullet-ing, and highlighting. When you are dealing with a large quantity of email every day, it is important to compose email structure with intention. If you can’t make it short, then space it all out. And don’t be afraid to highlight call-to-action for those who need to know the important stuff. Email-skimming is real, people.

Virtual filing cabinets and whiteboards.

Organizing tasks and records is just as important in a virtual office environment as it is for a physical one. Not only is it helpful to be able to reach back and find past work or finances, but it’s important that everyone else who needs to can. Thank the stars for the cloud!

  • Everyone needs a basic, overall file storing space, and as a company we like the Dropbox experience as it can sync to desktop.
  • Basecamp works great for tracking and squishing bugs, especially so the whole Customer Service Team is on the same page and our Leadership Team can follow along and get super-impressed with their awesomeness.

Talk through it.

We’re huge fans of chatting it up. Whether it’s business-related or not (okay, so usually it is). There’s a ton of tools out there to get your whole team in on the conversation, literally.

  • Skype. Of course. Most of our calls are Video. Mostly so that we can all make fun of whatever might be happening in the background. Typically, we like to record the super-important meetings with our very own Replay Telecorder or Replay Video Capture to get all the good stuff and have it on file if we need to go back to important deliverables.
  • On occasion GoToMeeting is helpful for client or business development calls. It’s just healthy to simply get up and give someone a call on the phone… talking in-person really does get things done faster and will always have a more personal touch.
  • Keep outlets open for old school! We use Onebox for those now-and-then customers who want to call in and leave a message, and (believe it or not) we even get faxes sometimes, so we take advantage of eFax for those rare cases.

Real face time.

One of the most important factors is blocking out time to have work retreats and connect with our team one-on-one. These excursions provide the necessary blend of relaxation and company-bonding to make sure everyone feels a part of Applian as a whole. Being behind a computer screen can make you forget the big picture.

It’s 5 o’clock somewhere.

We try to recognize that everyone has their own schedule. Some of us stay up late and code, others need a more 9 to 5 routine, and sometimes, our meetings might interfere with the whole life-work balance. It’s not too unusual for us to have a long Skype session with people dropping in and out to make an errand, attend an appointment, and (most likely) enjoy a good glass of wine. In fact, the latter tends to help when everything gets stressful and miscommunication is likely. On that note, we recommend Black Box Wines / BevMo as an alternative productivity resource and attitude refinement tool.

Whether you work from home, out of a coffee shop, or have your own corporate environment to adapt to, we know it can get tough to stay connected, productive, and inspired. Hopefully, some of those resources can help.

Have some we should know about it? Let us know in the comments below — we’d love to find out!