This piece by Scott Lowe breaks down why ActualTech Media made the switch from Slack to Microsoft Teams. For their organization, context and deep integrations made Teams a better choice.
Atlassian is shuttering HipChat and Stride, leaving Slack and Microsoft Teams the major competitors in the ChatOps market. Nathaniel Avery makes the argument that this consolidation may actually make for better products down the road.
Apple introduced the Touch Bar at the end of 2016 as a way to bring an ergonomically sound touch screen to macOS. Over a year later, and the interface has limited functionality and incomplete developer support. To fill this gap, BetterTouchTool lets you fully customize the interface.
Slack went down for a lot of users this week, demonstrating the downside of depending on a SaaS app for your work productivity. Mattermost is a privately hosted Slack alternative. Is it right for you?
This is post 1 of 40 in the series “IT Origins” Welcome to IT Origins, a new interview series from Gestalt IT. Each Thursday, we’ll be talking to IT engineers, entrepreneurs, executives, and other luminaries about how they got started in the industry. We’re interested in hearing their perspective on how IT has changed throughout […]
Wavebox offers the ability to bring in all your web apps to a single app, including email, Office 365, G Suite, and Slack. You get full notification support and a consistent interface wrapped around these apps. We tried it out for a week to replace all of our desktop clients and browser tabs.
In this iteration of Gestalt Networking News:
– Nyansa brings the power of comparison to network analytics
– a review of the Docker Networking Cookbook
– Arris gets Ruckus from Brocade so they can go to Broadcom (we’ll explain)
Plus a list of great reads from the community!
In this iteration of the Gestalt IT Server Newsletter:
– Scale Computing rethinks HCI from the ground up
– Nvidia keeps growing in the data center
– Alastair Cooke reviews how to make an app fit into a container
Plus Diablo Technologies terabyte memory solution, and a look at a compact hyperconverged home lab!
I love thinking about universal interfaces. Having a single platform that is robust enough to adapt to my needs, but with a unified design to keep everything consistent. Slack comes close to this ideal. It’s not there yet, but it gets close sometimes. Here are the bots that will keep you in the walled garden.
It’s obvious by now that even though Apple is the most profitable PC maker, they have little interest in competing in a yearly refresh cycle. This is especially true on the desktop front, where the company hasn’t released a product refresh on any of their lines for over 400 days. Even when they do, they often iterate on timeworn designs, with their most radical redesign being the trashcan-inspired Mac Pro in 2013. So whenever Apple doesn’t simply bump processor and memory specifications, it’s notable. Enter the 2016 MacBook Pro with the Touch Bar.