Linux on your laptop: A closer look at EFI boot options

For some time now I have gotten a slow but steady volume of requests that I write about UEFI firmware and EFI boot relative to installing and maintaining Linux. As a result of a casual comment I made in a recent post about installing Linux on a new laptop, the volume has gone up considerably.   Must-see offers So in this post I will review and explain some of what…

August 23, 2019
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Allscripts offers Apple Health Records to its clients and their patients

The health care IT business Allscripts on Thursday announced that it’s offering Apple Health Records to its clients and their patients. Health Records gives consumers a hand-held electronic health records (EHR) system that aggregates patient data from participating institutions, which could include hospitals, clinics or labs. It effectively saves a patient the hassle of having to log into each care provider’s individual website to review their health information.   Specifically,…

August 23, 2019
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Microsoft hires open-source veteran Stormy Peters to run its Open Source Programs Office

Credit: Stormy Peters Microsoft has hired Stormy Peters to run its Open Source Programs Office. Peters, a long-time open-source advocate, announced her hiring on Twitter on August 22. Peters most recently was senior manager of Red Hat’s community team, a role she has occupied since November 2016, according to her LinkedIn profile. Her profile says she left Red Hat in August 2019 and joined Microsoft as Director of the Open…

August 23, 2019
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Intuit delivers solid Q4, cuts Q1 earnings outlook, finishes with 4.5 million QuickBooks Online subscribers

Intuit closed out a strong fiscal year and continued to grow its QuickBooks Online subscriber base and grow its small business footprint. The company reported a fourth quarter operating loss of $153 million, or 17 cents a share, on revenue of $994 million, up 15% from a year ago. Non-GAAP loss for the fourth quarter was 9 cents a share. Intuit was expected to report a fourth quarter non-GAAP loss…

August 22, 2019
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VMware goes shopping with $2.7B Pivotal purchase, $2.1B Carbon Black acquisition

VMware on Thursday announced its plans to acquire Pivotal Software, a cloud-native platform provider, for $2.7 billion. Both VMware and Pivotal are owned by Dell Technologies.  Meanwhile, VMware also announced plans to purchase cybersecurity firm Carbon Black for about $2.1 billion.  Both transactions are expected to close in the second half of VMware’s fiscal year 2020, which ends  January 31, 2020.  “These acquisitions address two critical technology priorities of all…

August 22, 2019
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Salesforce Q2 tops estimates on strong sales across clouds

Salesforce reported strong second quarter financial results on Thursday that topped estimates and raised its fiscal 2020 guidance. The CRM giant delivered non-GAAP earnings of 66 cents per share on revenue of $4 billion, up 22% year over year. Wall Street was looking for earnings of 47 cents per share with revenue of $3.95 billion. Salesforce stock was up nearly 7% in late trading. Elsewhere on the balance sheet, the…

August 22, 2019
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HP names Lores CEO, reports solid Q3

HP HP named Enrique Lores president and CEO to succeed Dion Weisler Nov. 1. Weisler is stepping down due to a “family health mater” and returning to Australia. Lores is currently president of HP’s imaging, printing and solutions unit. Weisler will remain with the company through January 2020 to ease the transition and then serve on the board of directors until the next annual meeting. Weisler has led HP through…

August 22, 2019
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If an iPad Pro is a computer, what’s an iPhone Pro?

Is this what your new professional camera will look like? Screenshot by ZDNet Must-see offers Being an amateur has its advantages. There’s less pressure on you to perform. There’s a lower assessment of your abilities. Yes, it can mean you don’t get paid for your trouble, but don’t we all just want to be happy? These musings assault my soul because Bloomberg just released a strongly worded rumor that Apple…

August 22, 2019
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Chrome devs propose Privacy Sandbox to balance ad targeting and user privacy

Google Chrome engineers have announced today a new technical proposal that they hope will help restore the balance between user privacy and ad targeting on the internet. Named the Privacy Sandbox, this is a new open web technology that Google would like to embed in Chrome, but would also like other browsers to adopt. It consists of new APIs that will allow advertisers to show targeted ads, but without having…

August 22, 2019
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Report: For DevOps inspiration, look to the retail sector

The retail sector took a beating at the start of the digital era, but the brands that survived the retail apocalypse have set new standards for leveraging digital tools to elevate the customer experience. According to the latest research from DevOps Research and Assessment (DORA), the retail industry has some important lessons for other enterprise businesses that want to improve their software delivery and operational (SDO) performance.  DORA, which was…

August 22, 2019
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