It’s Mario Day! Uncover dark secrets about Mario

Surprising revelations about your favorite Super Mario characters

Wa-hoo, it’s Mario Day! This character leads one of the best-selling video game franchises of all time. It’s celebrated today because March 10th, or Mar10, looks like MARIO. Aside from this fun fact, have you heard the dark secrets about Mario and friends?

Mario – “War vet turned hero-plumber” (above)

Luigi – “Don’t underestimate the sidekick”

Princess Peach – “Damsel turned dangerous”

Toad – “Cursed mushroom people”

Which of these secrets surprised you the most? Share your thoughts and stories about Mario with us on Facebook and Twitter!

Leading with appreciation

‘A’ is for appreciation at work

Every year, the first Friday of March is Employee Appreciation Day. Here are five TED Talks that will boost gratitude and morale at work:

Michael C. Bush – “This is what makes employees happy at work” (above)

Lena Bieber – “Using happiness to evaluate a company’s success”

Patty McCord – “8 lessons on building a company people enjoy working for”

Claire McCarty – “Missing the obvious in employee recognition”

Kate MacAleavey – “Expressing appreciation”

How do you like to give kudos to your colleagues? Share your ideas with us on Facebook and Twitter, and don’t forget to show appreciation to a work buddy today!

Celebrate the women who shaped tech history

Comet showers, codebreakers and Madame X

Did you know Florence Nightingale created a technique to fight infections in hospitals two hundred years ago? Or that, after the US Civil War ended in 1865, the government hired war widows as ‘human computers’? From calculating comet showers to cracking Japanese naval codes and more, here are the historic women that shaped today’s tech. You might be surprised.

In the beginning, there were human computers

We didn’t always have snazzy Macbook Pros and Google Pixels. Way back, in 1613 to be exact, the word ‘computer’ was coined which meant ‘those who compute,’ or a person who calculates information. These sacred folk were champions of sums and all that came with it, like Mina Rees, an American mathematician and computing pioneer born on 2nd August 1902. As well as receiving at least 18 honorary doctorates and other accolades, Rees’ crowning moment came in 1969 when the 120,000-member American Association for the Advancement of Science elected her president proving, according to the New York Times, that “scientific creativity was not just for men.”.But in a world of driverless cars and sex robots, it seems pioneers like Mina, and many other women like her, go unnoticed by the next generation of female cyber talent. A big claim? Not according to a recent report by PwC, in which 78 percent of students can’t name any famous woman working in tech.

Setting the scene for today’s tech gender gap

It’s no secret: tech isn’t the easiest industry for women to break into. Women account for 5 percent of leadership positions in the tech sectorwhile only 10 percent of women working in a technology role work in a female-majority team, compared to 48 percent working in a male-majority team.But things are changing. According to Kaspersky’s recent Women in Tech report, 56 percent say more women are working in IT than two years ago. Plus, one in two agree that remote working is improving gender equality. Win.

The historical women in computing we should all know about

History is brimming with influential women who pioneered new ways to calculate and compute. To mark Mina Rees’ birthday 119 years ago, and as more young women contemplate a career in tech, we celebrate the women who helped make computing history.

The Bletchley Park codebreakers – cracking codes and winning wars

Many historians see Alan Turing’s work cracking the Nazi ‘Enigma’ code as critical to ending World War II. You may not know that 75 percent of the codebreakers at Bletchley Park (the institution Turing worked at) supporting him were women. The film ‘The Imitation Game’ is a Hollywood interpretation. But what’s their real story?

Hedy Lamarr averts the Cuban Missile Crisis

1940s Hollywood actress Hedy Lamarr co-invented a frequency hopping method that could control torpedoes remotely, and the signal couldn’t be tracked or jammed. By the Cuban Missile Crisis of 1962, the design was installed on Navy ships. The technology later made its way into everyday tech like Bluetooth and Wifi.

Grace Hopper invents new ways to code

Grace Hopper was the first person to create a compiler for a programming language. She’s widely miscredited with coining the term ‘bug’ when a moth caused her computer to malfunction, though she did develop COBOL (Common Business Oriented Language) and devised new symbolic ways to write computer code.

Ada Lovelace – the world’s first computer programmer

1843. Britain builds the Houses of Parliament, Charles Dickens publishes ‘A Christmas Carol’ and Ada Lovelace writes history’s first computer program. The annual Ada Lovelace Day celebrates women’s achievements in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) and encourages girls and young women to follow in her path. Here’s her story, in Jedi format.

Margaret Hamilton – 1969: A space odyssey

Hundreds of engineers, pilots and scientists were behind the 1969 moon landing. But in truth, it wouldn’t have happened without Margaret Hamilton. Why? Because she programmed Apollo’s onboard flight software.

Joan Ball – computer love in the swinging sixties

Long before apps like Bumble and Tinder got everyone swiping right for love, in 1964, Joan Ball set up the world’s first computer-based matchmaking program, St. James Computer Dating Service. She sent surveys to people asking what they were looking for in a partner; then, she ran those through a computer program to find matches before sending the names and addresses to those who’d been paired. Imagine that?

Elizabeth “Jake” Feinler – Googling before Google began

As the leader of the Network Information Centre, supported by her mostly female team, Elizabeth Feinler, also known as ‘Jake,’ created ARPANET’s directory. This was effectively the first internet directory in 1969, decades before we all started to Google. What had initially been a centralized location for web domains quickly transformed into a way of classifying and discovering the worldwide web.

Susan Kare – making Apple iconic

When you see the iconic trash symbol on your Apple Mac, thank Susan Kare. She worked with Steve Jobs to design the original icons, making home computers user-friendly.

Want more inspiring stories on how today’s women in tech are progressing? Visit Kaspersky’s Empower Women.

Essential Connection by Rishande van der Merwe

During the world pandemic, human connection starts to take on a different meaning. We are forced to adapt to a new norm. Connection via technology will now be the new way of primary interaction.