April 22, 2021

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2021 tech events, summits and conferences to add to your calendar

The 2021 conference season is going to be a strange one, with many events still TBA or online only due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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The 2020 conference season was over almost before it began. COVID-19 shuttered many major tech events, and many planning to relaunch later in 2020 ended up cancelling altogether. This list of tech events in 2021 will look quite different as a result.

Many events have yet to announce dates, and with good reason: The coronavirus pandemic is leaving 2021 shrouded in uncertainty and announcing dates now could result in another bad investment. 

Those events that have been announced for 2021 are here, but be sure to check this list regularly for updates. Some organizations that host event series haven’t released any dates, but still plan to do so. If you don’t see a particular event on this list, check with

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Rust, not Firefox, is Mozilla’s greatest industry contribution

Commentary: Mozilla has struggled for years to match its Firefox success. With Rust, Mozilla has surpassed it.

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Linus Torvalds is perhaps best known as the creator of Linux, but he has arguably had a bigger impact as the inventor of Git. In like manner, though we remember Mozilla as the organization behind the Firefox web browser, it will have a much more profound impact on computing for its development of the Rust programming language.

SEE: Rust: What developers need to know about this programming language (free PDF) (TechRepublic)

Mozilla: seeking a new purpose

Must-read developer content

Mozilla has seen better days. There was a time when it was indispensable to web freedom. That time was when Microsoft’s Internet Explorer was the dominant web browser, and there was real concern about the web’s future with its primary gateway owned by one big, proprietary company. 

Over the course of many

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Microsoft unveils 64-bit version of OneDrive

Compatible with the 64-bit version of Windows, the new flavor of Microsoft’s file backup and syncing tool will better handle large files.


Microsoft is giving its OneDrive program the 64-bit treatment to take advantage of greater memory and other resources. In a blog post published Thursday, Microsoft announced that the new 64-bit version of OneDrive is now available as a public preview, which means anyone can download and install it as long as you meet the necessary requirements. The new edition is aimed at OneDrive work, school and home accounts, and will supplement—not replace—the existing 32-bit version.

With Microsoft calling a 64-bit OneDrive a “long awaited and highly requested feature,” the new version will benefit from the 64-bit flavor of Windows, which has long been available for all versions of Windows from XP to 10. Compared with its 32-bit predecessor, a 64-bit OneDrive will be able to tap into

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How companies can quickly adapt strategy execution to market disruptions

Legacy business constructs often hinder strategy execution. Find out how your company can accelerate strategy execution and thrive during business fluctuations.

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Today, siloed departments and information; outdated, inflexible processes; and disparate tools and technology still remain a hindrance within many businesses. How can your company accelerate strategy execution and thrive during business fluctuations? According to a recent global benchmark study by Lawless Research and Planview, some companies have successfully embraced uncertainty to adapt to the speed of change. Here are the key takeaways to help your company quickly adapt strategy execution to market disruptions.

SEE: Juggling remote work with kids’ education is a mammoth task. Here’s how employers can help (free PDF) (TechRepublic)

The current state of business strategy and execution 

Companies around the globe have had to accept a new reality; disruptions are now the norm. Those not accelerating often hold on to legacy business processes, practices

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What’s the point of open source without contributors? Turns out, there are several

Commentary: Here are reasons to open source your code even if you don’t want contributions.

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Single-vendor open source projects are somewhat common, but are they actually “open source” in any useful sense of that term? It’s often said that open source is as much about community as code, but in a project with all committers and maintainers sitting behind the same firewall, there’s no real contributor community. So why bother with open source at all?

I asked that question of Twitter (yes, all of it). Turns out, there are good reasons to open source your code, even if you never expect a single other contributor to submit a pull request.

SEE: 10 ways to prevent developer burnout (free PDF) (TechRepublic)

A matter of persistence

The first reason may have nothing to do with community, but everything to do with posterity. According to Steven Rostedt, “To

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How and when to use the Recall feature in Outlook (and other email systems)

The Recall function in certain email systems allows senders to pull messages back if sent in error. Learn which systems this applies to and some of the stipulations with Microsoft Outlook email.

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Outlook’s Recall feature, which ostensibly offers users a way to recall emails they have sent either by mistake, with incorrect or inappropriate information or in the heat of a bad moment, has been around for some time across numerous versions. Its usage was especially common when the “press Ctrl-Enter to send” problem was well underway (this can be disabled in Options and every place I’ve worked recently has done so via policies) … and also hilarious.

SEE: 69 Excel tips every user should master (TechRepublic)

Why hilarious? In the past it hasn’t been entirely reliable, and instead of NOT recalling the message, recipients have received a new message stating the sender tried to recall the prior

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IBM report: Four things that will never be the same post-pandemic

A new report reveals surprising trends to expect even after the majority of the world receives the COVID-19 vaccine.

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After more than a year of quarantines and social distancing, the world is on the verge of opening back up since hundreds of millions of people around the globe have received a COVID-19 vaccine. IBM’s Institute for Business Value polled more than 15,000 adults in February to gather opinions on everything from the workplace of the future, social trends, shopping and travel in a post-vaccine world. 

The report, “An Injection of Hope: Life After the COVID-19 Vaccine,” was released on Thursday, and noted that 68% of people are confident in the effectiveness and safety of the vaccine, while 32% are not. Overall, 63% of respondents said that 71-80% of the population will need to be vaccinated before they feel comfortable resuming their pre-pandemic lifestyles. The report found, “Overall, vaccine

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60% of C-suite execs at $250 million companies plan to hire in Q2

A new poll from West Monroe also reports that 66% plan to track employee vaccinations, but have no idea how to do it.

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Hiring, hybrid, gender, reopenings and requirements were the focus of the fourth iteration of West Monroe’s quarterly survey of 150 C-suite executives from companies with revenues of $250 million, conducted March 22-25. The good news for job seekers–and those looking to transition–is 60% expect to hire more staff for Q2. Meanwhile, 33% see little to no change, and only 7% expect to lay off staff.

COVID-19 continues to play a critical role in the potential return to the office, because even though 32% of respondents have no idea how they’ll execute it, 66% plan to track employees’ vaccinations. Thirty-four percent said they’re not tracking which employees have been vaccinated and have no plans to do so; 14% said they’ll wait for a “more specific

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