Working Remotely? Some Haunts to Avoid

As more and more companies recognize the benefits of deploying a distributed workforce, remote workers continue to rise in numbers. But with that freedom comes great responsibility. No, we’re not talking about blowing off work for a few hours to go surfing or watch a game (that would be beyond irresponsible), we’re talking about finding a place that will allow you to maximize your productivity.

Be careful where you use that Wi-Fi hotspot (image courtesy of Horror Film Wiki).

Be careful where you use that Wi-Fi hotspot (image courtesy of Horror Film Wiki).

Some remote workers prefer the sanctity of their own home, while others like to post up at a local coffee shop. There are a lot of safe options, but with tomorrow being Halloween, we think now is a good time to highlight a few that aren’t. Hey, just because your Wi-Fi hotspot is fully charged, that doesn’t mean you should head over to that nice, secluded cabin at Camp Crystal Lake for a few days. 

We think it goes without saying that you should avoid abandoned asylums and prisons, but here are a few other spots to stay away from.

What the Willard Library’s Lady in Grey looks like, probably (image courtesy of Fandango).

What the Willard Library’s Lady in Grey looks like, probably (image courtesy of Fandango).

  • Willard Library, Evansville, Indiana

    Back in 1936, a maintenance worker at the Willard Library quit his job, citing several frightening encounters with a spectral lady in gray. Since then, staff members and visitors alike have encountered the veiled lady in various places around the building, including the Children’s Room in the basement. Others who haven’t seen her have reported cold spots and the phantom smell of perfume. Whoever she is, it is speculated that she dates back to around the time of the library’s opening, in 1881.
  • The Star Café, Fort Worth, Texas

    It’s rumored that every building in the Stockyards of Fort Worth is haunted, but none is quite as haunted as Miss Molly's Bed and Breakfast, which houses the Star Café on its first floor. Considered by most to be one of the most haunted places in Texas, the hotel was built in 1910 and has gone through several different transformations. It has been everything from a speakeasy to a bordello, and the building is said to house a range of apparitions, including that of a young girl of 8 or 9 years old who appears to the owners in their private rooms. Paranormal activity doesn’t end there – guests of the hotel and café have reported unexplained shadows and cold spots, faint aromas of perfume or toilet water in the hallways, and the mysterious movement of their belongings, which appear again in odd places. Toilets have been known to flush themselves, lights turn on and off and unlocked doors won’t open, as if being held closed by some unknown force. Creepy!
  • The Peoria Public Library, Peoria, IL

    According to legend, the Peoria Public Library is built on cursed ground and occupied by up to a dozen different ghosts. After it was built, the first three library directors all died under strange circumstances, and over the years employees have reported plenty of strange happenings like hearing their names being called while alone in the stacks and feeling cold drafts. Some have even claimed they’ve seen the face of a former library director in the basement doorway.
A courtyard, probably haunted, at Hotel Provincial (image courtesy of Hotel Provincial).

A courtyard, probably haunted, at Hotel Provincial (image courtesy of Hotel Provincial).

  • Hotel Provincial, New Orleans, LA

    A former Confederate hospital, guests at New Orleans’ Hotel Provincial have reported sightings of Civil War-era surgeons and soldiers, sometimes reaching to them for help, as well as blood stains that appear and disappear on the bedding in their rooms. Moans and groans have been heard through the corridors of its five buildings (FYI, building #5 is considered the most haunted). Even for New Orleans – a city widely considered the most haunted in America – that’s a bit more than most guests are prepared to handle.

  • The Red Onion Saloon, Skagway, Alaska

    Like so many other haunted buildings, the Red Onion Saloon began as a brothel. The first floor has always been a saloon, and there is now a hotel on the second floor above, where male guests frequently report encounters with a hostile spirit. A spooked employee who had been working alone in the building once called the police. When they arrived, they heard running feet and pounding coming from above, and upon going upstairs to investigate, they saw a shadow run down the hall and slip in a bedroom. Cold spots and the lingering scent of perfume have also been reported. But others have reported that the spectral presence appears to be helpful – she has been known to water the plants from time to time.

Where is the spookiest place you’ve ever worked? Harrowing tales about your Wi-Fi suddenly cutting out don’t count. Leave us your best ghost story in the comments! 

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Taking the Journey Over to the Samsung Galaxy Note 4

Back in September 2011, Samsung changed the game in the smartphone industry with something called the Galaxy Note, What was so game-changing about it? It was the largest phone ever, with a screen size of 5.3 inches. At the time, the phone was mocked in the industry with statements like “You look like you’re talking into a piece of toast” or “The Note is an unwieldy beast”, and even Samsung made a video highlighting these statements called Galaxy Note 4 – Then And Now!

Well, here we are in October 2014, and today Samsung released the Galaxy Note 4, and over three short years a lot has changed. A new classification of smartphone has emerged—the Phablet—to describe these hybrid smartphones and tablets. More importantly, Apple got into the game last month validating this new phone size with the iPhone 6 Plus, among other manufacturers such as LG, Motorola, Nokia, and others.  

What differentiates the Note 4 from others is the S-Pen, along with support for multitasking apps with resizable windows allowing multiple apps to run on the same screen. Over the next several weeks I am going to look at moving over from the iPhone 6 Plus and what that means.  What are the apps that I will now use to replace my must-have apps on iOS8? Is multi-tasking with split screens really useful or just a gimmick? We’d love to hear your thoughts on this subject—stay tuned while we take this journey together to see which device ultimately comes out on top.

Everything You Need to Know About OS X Yosemite & Parallels Access

Image courtesy of Apple.

Image courtesy of Apple.

Apple’s OS X Yosemite is nearly here, and the folks at Parallels (along with millions of Apple customers) are getting pretty pumped. 

But while it may seem like the release of Yosemite is only big news for desktop users, there’s also a one important step for Parallels Access users need to do in preparation. Here at Parallels, we want to be sure that you can continue to enjoy Parallels Access and connect to your Mac after you upgrade—so, without further ado, here is the laundry list of everything you need to know about upgrading to OS X Yosemite and your Parallels Access account:

If you're planning to upgrade to OS X Yosemite on a Mac you connect to:

If you upgrade your Mac to Yosemite before you update the Parallels Access agent on your Mac to the latest version, you will not be able to connect to your Mac after installing Yosemite. 

Please be sure that you update Parallels Access on your Mac to the latest version just before upgrading to Yosemite. This update, like any other Parallels Access update, is free of charge.

It's simple - just open Parallels Access on your Mac and select "Check for updates..." in the menu bar. If you see a response that says "No updates are available" you're good to go. If updates are available, just run the updater.

That’s it! Easy, right? We think so too—so no worries, once you’re on the latest version of Parallels Access, its smooth sailing from there.

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