IT News (269.1)


Wayback Wednesday: There’s Always A Smart Aleck Around

And they are so helpful on the help desk

Flashback Friday: Huh, You Know What Really Bothers Me?

The perils of being considerate

All Together Now

It’s a Saturday in the early ’90s, Solaris 2 is less than a year old, and this pilot fish sysadmin at a company running it on about 25 machines is having his monthly Solaris patching party. Attendees: one fish


AI On The High Seas: Digital Transformation Is Revolutionizing Global Shipping

From unmanned vessels to artificial intelligence applications, digital transformation is giving shipping a 21st-century reboot

Explainable AI: A Guide For Making Black Box Machine Learning Models Explainable

In the future, AI will explain itself, and interpretability could boost machine intelligence research. Getting started with the basics is a good way to get there, and Christoph Molnar’s book is a good place to start

Conversational AI Comes Of Age

The COVID-19 pandemic can have far-reaching effects on how the financial services industry interacts with customers, and service centers equipped with conversational AI will come to the fore

Ways AI Could Be Used To Facilitate Crime Over The Next 15 Years

Fake audio or video content has been ranked by experts as the most worrying use of artificial intelligence in terms of its potential applications for crime or terrorism, according to a new UCL report


IT Skills Shortage Forces Organizations To Prioritize Education

Netwrix conducted studies to understand how the pandemic and ensuing work-from-home initiatives has forced organizations to change their IT priorities since a similar survey at the end of 2019

How To Acquire And Keep Your IT Skills Up To Date

Little, often and varied study is the key to keeping your IT skills up to date in an industry that is constantly changing

As HR Pursues Agility, Lack Of Strategy Stands In Its Way, Gartner Finds

Sixty-three percent of HR leaders surveyed by Gartner have added “agile methods and principles” to their workflows. The change comes alongside a larger movement made by organizations to prioritize agility

There’s No Going Back

The pandemic created a path for companies to fundamentally rethink how work, the office and technology intersect. To ignore the opportunity is to waste it

The Remote Playbook: Navigating The Virtual Job Fair Scene

The Remote Playbook is a regular column for people who manage and oversee remote teams. As a remote worker, CIO Dive’s Roberto Torres can help shed light on the issues and trends impacting the management relationship


Chromebooks vs Laptops: Which Is The Best For Students?

Which one should students pick?

Audio Deepfakes: Can Anyone Tell If They’re Fake?

Video deepfakes mean you can’t trust everything you see. Now, audio deepfakes might mean you can no longer trust your ears. Was that really the president declaring war on Canada? Is that really your dad on the phone asking for his email password?

ADA-Compliant Websites And How To Make Sure You Have One

Just like there is a need for physical buildings to be ADA-compliant and include accessible entryways and other accommodations, the same needs to be done for websites to make it possible for people with disabilities to more easily navigate a business’ website


LibreOffice 7.0

LibreOffice 7.0: the new major release of the best FOSS office suite ever is available on all OSes and platforms, and provides significant new features

LibreOffice 7.0: Now More Microsoft-Compatible — And Still Free

With Microsoft abandoning PC-based office software, if you don’t want to use cloud-based office suites such as Microsoft 365 or G Suite, LibreOffice 7 will be your best desktop office suite choice

The Linux Foundation Announces Collective To Enhance Open Source Software Security

The newly formed Open Source Security Foundation includes titans in technology such as Google, Intel, Microsoft, IBM, and more


Gartner’s Data Center Backup And Recovery Magic Quadrant Leaders

CRN breaks down the 11 market leaders, including Commvault, Dell Technologies, Rubrik and Veeam, who made Gartner’s 2020 Magic Quadrant for Data Center Backup and Recovery Solutions

The 7 Major Players In Data Center Backup And Recovery Solutions, 2020

These providers have recently been named major players in data center backup and recovery solutions for 2020 by analyst house Gartner, Inc.


Why You Must Kill Your VPN To Support Remote Work

Organizations must overcome the limitations VPNs to become true digital businesses and rethink how they can better support and secure their remote workforce


When Business Continuity Plans Go Wrong…

A look at when business continuity goes wrong for businesses and the reasons why

Business Continuity Planning: The Pandemic Wake-Up Call

Ensuring continuity of operations in the face of unforeseen disruptions must be a top priority going forward. Is your organization in good shape?


Nvidia Leads Booming Ethernet Adapter Market

Among the growing list of pandemic-driven technology segments are programable Ethernet adapters being deployed by cloud service providers as they scramble to meet bandwidth demand generated by homes office

Educating Businesses On The Enterprise Benefits Of 5G

Delays to 5G’s rollout would postpone widescale digital transformation for thousands of global businesses


IoT Data Management Services To Reach $42.9 Billion By 2026

As the IoT data-enabled services continue to expand, the market is approaching the stage of data democratization, where real-time analytics is very sought after


4 Hot Project Management Trends – And 4 Going Cold

The coronavirus pandemic is accelerating a number of project management trends already under way – and greatly altering long-held practices that no longer seem as relevant as remote work rises


Linux Dominates Supercomputing

The Linux operating system runs all 500 of the world’s fastest supercomputers, which help to advance artificial intelligence, machine learning and even COVID-19 research


5 Project Management Skills Every Developer Should Have

The days of the siloed project manager and ‘skilled’ development team are becoming a thing of the past, thanks to the increasing complexity of dev projects. In many cases, the knowledge gap between the project manager and the developer is large, making it nearly impossible for any non-technical person to effectively manage the entire scope without significant input from the development team


Am I Good Enough For A Higher-Level Job?

A reader faces a crisis of self-confidence when considering a higher-level job in the August 4, 2020 Ask The Headhunter Newsletter

Big Data

How Big Data Aids Digital Transformation

Is your organization making the most of big data’s power to reveal digital transformation opportunities?


PCI Compliance: 4 Steps To Properly Scope A PCI Assessment

Although it might sound straightforward, scoping a PCI assessment can be a challenge even for experienced organizations. Experts offer their best advice for avoiding PCI missteps

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