The problem with LinkedIn

I used to admire LinkedIn. It served a purpose, had a solid business model and meant recruiters could easily find me and contact me. LinkedIn had the amazing advantage of doing three things that could seemed contradictory at first glance but worked in its unique ecosystem:
Provide me with a convenient place to host my resumeAllow me to contact recruiters and peersDo so without being an addictive platform like Facebook or Twitter (my personal opinion)
Basically, the sweet thing about LinkedIn is that you could just create your profile and only log in when absolutely necessary such as when you changed jobs or earned a new qualification. LinkedIn had a definite purpose and everybody was using it the way it was meant to be utilized: as a platform to connect recruiters and prospective candidates and to allow professionals to grow their networks and showcase their skills.

Then, things changed. People started using LinkedIn as a way to get in touch with key executives to sell their products o…

How to sign up for PlayStation Plus

This is a follow-up to my article on buying a PlayStation 4 in Mauritius. If you are planning to buy a PS4 in Mauritius, I recommend checking it out. Following the publication of this article, I've received several messages on Facebook asking for help with playing online on the PS4. Since I'm cool, I thought the best way to address this is by creating a new post on the topic.

The PlayStation 4 introduced a new feature for multiplayer gaming. Basically, you need to subscribe to PlayStation Plus to acess the multiplayer in both games. This is a drastic change from the PS3 where multiplayer was a free feature. Without subscribing to PlayStation Plus, your multiplayer gaming option is non-existent.

It will take over your life.

Before you start cursing Sony for this ludicrous attempt to make more money from you, there are certain things you should however consider:
  • PS Plus is not very expensive. It's USD 9.99 for a one-month subscription, USD  24.99 for a 3-month subscription and USD 59.99 for 12 months (around Rs 2,200). There's also a 2-week trial version. It is better to go for the annual membership straight away as it is cheaper and you don't need to renew that often. 

  • When you become a member, you automatically sign up to receive free games every month. Some of these free games turn out to be actually great although I have not personally really tried them out. They did give away Resident Evil collection at the start of this month (October 2016) but I already had the Bluray. You get to keep the games as long as you remain a member of Plus. It is up to your whether to want to download these free games or not.

  • Being a member of Plus also gives you access to exlusive deals and discounts on the PlayStation Store. This is by far the best feature of Play as some of these exclusive discounts on crazy. One of the best games I've played so far (Life is Strange) was bought using one of these deals. I have also bought other games simply because the savings you make online is amazing but I have yet to try them out (yes, I'm turning into a digital hoarder and I blame Sony for that). You also get discounts on all content types, including films and tv shows. Whether you are actually going to buy films and tv shows is up to you.
PlayStation Plus is amazing and is a purchase you won't regret. In any case, it's not like you can ignore it if you want to play online. I personally never play multiplayer games but I consider it one of the best things that comes with the PlayStation 4. If you need more information about Plus, you can visit the official website.

Now that you're ready to sign up to Play, here's how you should proceed. You can pay directly through your PlayStation but I don't recommend this. It's always better to buy a voucher, add the code to your PS account, and then use this credit to purchase your membership. A reliable website where you can buy your website is Amazon (doh!).

You can then either buy your 12-month membership directly or go for the store gift cards and then use part of it for the membership. It is usually better to go for the membership directly to save the hassle.

One last thing you need to keep in mind is that US and UK memberships are sold separately. If you have created a US account on your PS4, make sure you buy the US Plus Membership. If you end up buying the UK membership instead, you will need to create a UK account on your PS4 to be able to use the code.


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