Get more out of Slack for your team

Make your work simpler on Slack by using some of the below mentioned tips :

Daily stand-ups

Daily stand-ups are great because :

  • Managers can monitor progress on tasks
  • It gives visibility into everyone’s tasks
  • Saves time by eliminating an in-person meeting

Here’s how you can do that :

  1. Pick a channel and time to run weekday stand ups.
  2. Use slash command (/remind) to set reminder that asks your teammates to share their updates.

Share code snippets

This slack feature is very useful for Developers to discuss code, finding & fixing bugs, offering suggestions.

Here’s how you can do that :

  • Click code block icon (or Ctrl + Alt + Shift + C keys ) to the bottom of the message field.
  • Then just Paste your code snippet
    Another way to attach code snippets :
    1. Click on paper clip icon below message field (or Ctrl + Shift + Enter keys)
    2. Select Create New
    3. Click on Code or text snippet
    4. Paste your code snippet and select the programming language from the drop-down menu. You can optionally give it a title and add a message explaining the snippet to others in the channel.

Event reminder & notification in Google calendar :

Connect your Google Calendar to Slack so you can see daily summaries of your schedule & respond to event invites.

Here’s how you can do that :

  1. Open Google Calendar app within Slack and send it any message to get started
  2. Click “Connect your Account” button then follow the steps to link your Slack and Google accounts.
  3. You can even join conference calls in a single click from event reminders.

Upload and Share files

You can upload & share any type of files like photo, PDF, video or spreadsheets.

Here’s how you can do that :

  1. Drag and drop up to 10 files into Slack or click the paper clip icon below the message field.
  2. Choose a file from your computer.
    If you want you can write a message describing the file and click upload.

You can also use Google Drive Slack app for sharing files.

Welcome new employees to your team

When someone joins your team, help introduce them to everyone and make them feel welcome.
You can share important documents, policies, and due dates to get them started
It will help you to create and maintain a healthy work environment.

Here’s how you can do that :

  1. Create a channel called #new-hires and post important documents and messages that explain policies and due dates which will help new employees. Invite your HR staff to join the channel and allow new hires to ask questions.
  2. Create a channel called #intros and ask new hires to post their brief introduction.

GitHub Slack app

You’ll get updates about what’s happening on GitHub without leaving Slack.
You can Subscribe to repositories, stay up to date about New commits and New pull requests, see the details like Pull requests, Issues & Developer profiles.

You can even take actions on GitHub with slash commands on Slack like : Close an issue or pull request, reopen an issue or pull request or open a new issue.

What is a Virtual Machine and How to Setup a VM on Windows

A virtual machine is basically a way to create a computer within a computer.
Nothing that runs on the virtual machine can impact the host computer.
For instance, if you are using a Windows computer you can run Linux programs inside a Linux virtual machine on the Windows computer.
A hypervisor or virtual machine monitor (VMM) is a computer software, firmware or hardware that creates and runs virtual machines. A computer on which a hypervisor runs one or more virtual machines is called a host machine, and each virtual machine is called a guest machine.

Few drawbacks with virtual machines :
Since hardware resources are indirect, they are not as efficient as a physical computer. Also, when many virtual machines are running at the same time on a single computer, performance can become unstable.

To setup a virtual machine you will need a virtual machine program. There are many different virtual machine programs you can use like : VirtualBox (Windows, Linux, Mac OS X), VMware Player (Windows, Linux), VMware Fusion (Mac OS X) and Parallels Desktop (Mac OS X).

Setting up a Virtual Machine :

To setup a Virtual machine we will use Virtual Box (virtual machine program). It is an open source program from Oracle. It allows users to virtually install many operating systems like Windows, BSD, Linux, Solaris, etc.

Start with downloading and installing VirtualBox. You can download it at this link : https://www.virtualbox.org/wiki/Downloads

You will also need to download an .iso file for the operating system that you want to run in your virtual machine. For instance, you can download a Ubuntu .iso file here:
https://ubuntu.com/download

Once you have VirtualBox running, click the “New” button

Create a new virtual machine

Next you will have to choose which OS you plan on installing. In the “Name” box, type the name of the OS you want to install. VirtualBox will guess the type and version based on the name you type in, but you can change these settings if you need to.

Configure the virtual machine

The wizard will automatically select default settings based on the OS type and version you selected. You can always change the settings as you go through the wizard. Just keep clicking “Continue” and “Create” until you get through the wizard. It’s usually fine to use the defaults.
Next, start the virtual machine you just created by clicking “Start“.

Start the virtual machine

Once the virtual machine starts up, select the .iso image file you want to use.
Your virtual machine will now load your selected operating system. The operating system may require some setup.

Ubuntu is successfully running inside a virtual machine

Congratulations! You’ve run your first Virtual Machine in VirtualBox.

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