Day: October 10, 2020

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A lot has been made of the open memo that Coinbase CEO Brian Armstrong published nearly two weekends ago, essentially barring political activism at work because he sees it as a distraction. He also made it clear that employees who disagreed with the decision — and he foresaw that some would not be happy — were free to leave.

“I recognize that our approach is not for everyone, and may be controversial. I know that many people may not agree, and some employees may resign. I also know that some of what I’ve written above will be misinterpreted, whether accidentally or on purpose. But I believe it’s the right approach for Coinbase that will set us up for success long term, and I would rather be honest and transparent about that than equivocate and work in a company that is not aligned,” he wrote.

Perhaps owing to an almost immediate

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Microsoft’s “virtual commute” elicits mixed responses

While many do not miss traffic and crowded commutes, many said the new Microsoft Teams feature would help separate them from work.

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Last month during a Microsoft Ignite IT pro show, Microsoft announced that it was adding a new feature to Microsoft Teams called “virtual commute,” which will allow users to schedule time at the beginning and end of each work day for reflection and goal-setting. 

In an interview with The Wall Street Journal, Microsoft 365 general manager Kamal Janardhan, explained that the company wanted to do more to promote well-being and had “a role, almost a responsibility, to give enterprises the capabilities to create these better daily structures and help people be their best.”

Janardhan went on to say that with virtual commute, people will be able to better manage their work hours and set strict limits on when they should start and stop working, noting

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Best MacBook Air and MacBook Pro Builds

Find out a tech expert’s picks for the best Mac laptop for mobile professionals, the best Mac laptop for replacing a desktop, and more.

Matching a computer’s build to its intended use isn’t a perfect science, but thankfully Apple makes it easy to customize various Mac laptop configurations. Whether you usually perform tasks that don’t typically overwhelm a computer’s CPU and graphics capabilities, or even if you do, here are the best configurations years of experience and IT consulting suggest work well as at least a baseline for most users.

Standard 13-inch MacBook Air

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A standard 13-inch MacBook Air, complete with a 1.1Ghz dual-core i3 CPU and Turbo Boost up to 3.2GHz, offers a strong mix of portability and capability. The $999 model’s 256 GB SSD and 8 GB RAM meet the needs of most professionals, thanks in part to Apple’s intelligent architecture that maximizes performance. The laptop’s

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Project management certification courses: Learn PMP, Six Sigma, Minitab skills

Become an in-demand project manager by learning valuable data analytics and leadership skills in these training courses.

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More and more people are turning toward careers in project management thanks to the high pay, exciting work environments, and opportunities for advancement. But growing demand means that competition for the best positions at the best companies can be fierce, which is why you need to have the right skills and certifications on your resume if you want to get noticed by top recruiters.

The 12 courses in the Ultimate PMP, Six Sigma & Minitab Certification Bundle is your one-stop resource for learning how to become an in-demand project manager, and it’s available right now for over 95% off at just $49.99.

Led by the top-rated instructors at the Advanced Innovation Group Pro Excellence (AIGPE), this extensive training bundle will help you ace the exams for several renowned PMP, Six Sigma,

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How to become a Kubernetes expert

Learn how to maximize this popular container management system to meet your organization’s needs.

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Kubernetes has become quite the buzz word within the enterprise and for good reason. 

Demand for job candidates with Kubernetes skills has increased in recent years as more organizations use this container management technology. According to Indeed, between October 2015 and October 2019, the share of Kubernetes jobs per million grew by 2,141%, while the share of Kubernetes job searches increased 2,125%.

Kubernetes is an open source container orchestration system that is used for automating computer application deployment, scaling, and management. In short, with Kubernetes, enterprises can become more agile and applications become much easier to deploy and manage. 

SEE: Kubernetes: Ultimate IT pro’s guide (TechRepublic Premium)

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