Month: August 2020

Why you should look beyond the big 3 cloud providers

The cloud has, for the most part, become a commodity. Most enterprise cloud workloads require a small variety of hardware. After all, how many organizations are actually doing quantum computing or even AI training workloads in the cloud? The fact is, the majority of businesses simply need core cloud services: compute, block and object storage, CI/CD and testing environments, backup and failover, and low-risk options for hybrid cloud or multicloud deployments.

That’s why technology analysts have recognized “alternative cloud providers” as a legitimate and growing segment of the cloud services market, clearly distinct from the Big Three hyperscale public cloud

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How to use Microsoft Word’s new ‘Transcribe’ tool

Welcome to TNW Basics, a collection of tips, guides, and advice on how to easily get the most out of your gadgets, apps, and other stuff.

Microsoft today announced a new feature for Word: a transcription tool that allows you to get spoken words into your document without you having to type all of them. We’ll show you how to use it.

The new tool works with recorded audio and live speaking, and can detect different speakers. It’ll also allow you to pull quotes from the transcription and insert them as you please into the document. As a former intern

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Gitpod open-sources cloud IDE platform

Development environment technology provider Gitpod has open-sourced its self-named cloud-based IDE platform for automatically spinning up ready-to-code development environments.

The open-sourcing will allow the Gitpod community to participate in the technology’s development and make it easier for developers to integrate Gitpod into their workflows, the company said.

A Kubernetes application, Gitpod allows developers to maintain development environments as code, turning manual steps into a machine-executable part of a project’s source code. The platform monitors changes in the repository, and preps development environments for every change. This preparation includes:

  • Setting up tools.
  • Checking out the correct Git branch.
  • Compiling code.
  • Downloading
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Cloud migration gets harder | InfoWorld

The chart below depicts the number of applications migrated over time in blue, and the degree of difficulty of moving those applications in orange. This is a fictional collection of applications; however, the concept that difficulty increases the more you migrate affects enterprises large and small as they move to the public cloud.  

See this chart: 

cloud migration difficulty IDG

What’s occurring is easy to explain, but the solution to the problem is not. 

Simply put, the applications and databases that are more modern, better designed, and built to be portable are the first to relocate to the clouds. This for good reason:

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The Charge XC is a well-rounded ebike that folds flat for storage

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: there’s no reason why bikes, even full-sized ones, need to take up so much space. Bikes are mostly super-thin devices — except for those pesky handlebars.

Charge, a respected bike company that ironically only began selling electric bikes a few months ago, seems to feel the same way. The company’s svelte lineup of three quite-different ebikes maintains one crucial feature: the handlebars and pedals fold, allowing the bikes to occupy a footprint just a few inches wide.

To illustrate, here’s how much space the bike takes up normally:

And here is

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SQL lessons for NoSQL developers

If you were raised on MongoDB or learned full stack development in a coding bootcamp, then you might not know SQL. You might have even been told that SQL was bad. However, NoSQL databases are a bit like Hadoop — they had early promise but it fizzled. After 10 years of the NoSQL “revolution,” SQL databases remain the bulk of the database market.

There are several reasons for this. First, many applications require real transactional integrity, which NoSQL databases (despite their claims) do not offer. Second, the relational model is an incredibly useful way to represent data. Third, SQL

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