Computers and component trends 2020

Prediction articles:

2020: A consumer electronics forecast for the year(s) ahead

AI Chips: What Will 2020 Bring?

CEO Outlook: 2020 Vision: 5G, China and AI are prominent, but big changes are coming everywhere

Top 10 Tech Failures From 2019 That Hint At 2020 Trends – Last year’s tech failures often turn into next year’s leading trends


AMD’s 7nm Ryzen 4000 CPUs are here to take on Intel’s 10nm Ice Lake laptop chips

Top 9 challenges IT leaders will face in 2020: From skills shortages to privacy concerns

Linux in 2020: 27.8 million lines of code in the kernel, 1.3 million in whole system
Systemd? It’s the proper technical solution, says kernel maintainer

Hero programmers do exist, do all the work, do chat a lot – and do need love and attention from project leaders

From the oil rig to the lake: a shift in perspective on data

In December 2020, the new IEC/EN 62368-1 will replace the existing safety standards EN 60950-1 and EN 60065-1

Use of technology money outside company IT department is the new normal

Tech to try:

12 Alternative Operating Systems You Can Use In 2020



Universal memory coming? New type of non-volatile general purpose memory on research, some call it UltraRAM.


  1. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Intel delaying 7nm by six months, a year behind internal expectations

    Intel’s 7nm is Broken, Company Announces Delay Until 2022, 2023
    From bad to worse

    0Intel announced today in its Q2 2020 earnings release that it has now delayed the rollout of its 7nm CPUs by six months relative to its previously-planned release date, undoubtedly resulting in wide-ranging delays to the company’s roadmaps. Intel’s press release also says that yields for its 7nm process are now twelve months behind the company’s internal targets, meaning the company isn’t currently on track to produce its 7nm process in an economically viable way. The company now says its 7nm CPUs will not debut on the market until late 2022 or early 2023.

    Here’s the snippet from Intel’s press release:

    “The company’s 7nm-based CPU product timing is shifting approximately six months relative to prior expectations. The primary driver is the yield of Intel’s 7nm process, which based on recent data, is now trending approximately twelve months behind the company’s internal target.”

    On the earnings call, Intel CEO Bob Swan said the company had identified a “defect mode” in its 7nm process that caused yield degradation issues. As a result, Intel has invested in “contingency plans,” which Swan later defined as including using third-party foundries. The company will also use external third-party foundries for its forthcoming 7nm Ponte Vecchio GPUs, the company’s first graphics chips. Ponte Vecchio comes as a chiplet-based design, and Swan clarified that production for some of the chiplets (tiles) will be outsourced to third parties. Swan noted the GPUs will come in late 2021 or early 2022, portending a delay beyond the original schedule for a 2021 launch in the exascale Aurora supercomputer.

    Intel’s first 7nm server CPUs (Granite Rapids) will arrive in 2023

    Swan also said that Intel’s first 7nm processors will debut for the client market, meaning chips targeting either desktop PCs or laptops. Intel’s first 10nm desktop CPUs, Alder Lake, will arrive in the second half of 2021.

    For perspective, rival foundry TSMC plans to be on the 3nm node in the same time frame as Intel’s new schedule for 7nm. Intel clearly isn’t pleased with its execution on the 7nm node

    The 7nm delay reflects yet another setback as Intel still struggles to overcome the multi-year yield issues it has encountered with its 10nm process. Those delays have allowed its competitors, like AMD, to wrest the process node leadership position from Intel for the first time in the company’s history. That’s triggered a price war in the market as Intel fights a true x86 competitor with a better node, not to mention Amazon’s new Graviton 2 ARM chips based on TSMC’s 7nm node. Apple also recently announced that it is transitioning from Intel’s chips to its own ARM-based 7nm silicon. The 7nm delay also exacerbates the recent news that rock star chip architect Jim Keller, who was a key part of a team effort to revitalize the company’s roadmaps, has left the company.

  2. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Intel Announces 7nm Ponte Vecchio Graphics Cards, Sapphire Rapids CPUs, and Data Center Roadmap (Updated)

  3. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Trust us. Restore your Mac, PC, or Chromebook to factory conditions once a year—you’ll be surprised at how much zip it’ll add.

    Reset Your Computer Once a Year for a Happier Life

    It’s easier than ever to restore your Mac, PC, or Chromebook to factory conditions—and you’ll be surprised at how much zip it’ll add.

  4. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Proposal Raised For GNOME Software Labeling Its Carbon Cost / Environmental Impact

  5. Tomi Engdahl says:

    What’s going on, Intel?

    Intel’s first 10nm desktop CPUs are still a year away…oh and 7nm is delayed (again)

    A “defect” prompted Intel to push its 7nm launch even further down the road.

    In announcing Intel’s second quarter earnings, CEO Bob Swan piled on the praise (PDF), saying the results came in “well above expectations,” and chest-thumped the company’s “continued focus on innovation and execution.” And indeed, Intel raked in $19.7 billion in revenue, a 20 percent year-over-year jump. But then came the news of a defect in Intel’s 7-nanometer technology, which means another delay. Meanwhile, Intel’s first 10nm desktop CPUs won’t be here until the second half of next year. Oh, boy.

    What the hell is going on, Intel? I pose this question only partially in a rhetorical manner, because this is not the same Intel that dominated the semiconductor space for so long, both financially and in technological design and manufacturing.

    AMD is already on 7nm with its latest generation Ryzen processors based on Zen 2, and later this year, it will launch its first Zen 3 chips built on an enhanced 7nm node, before transitioning to 5nm next year.

    Generally speaking, Intel’s 10nm node is comparable to AMD’s 7nm tech. So in that regard, Intel isn’t as far behind as it may seem.

    Nevertheless, the point is, AMD is now the one that is pushing the envelope and leading on process technology, rather than the other way around. Had things gone to plan for Intel, it would have been at 10nm on the desktop five years ago

    “In the second half of 2021, Intel expects to deliver a new line of client CPU’s (code-named ‘Alder Lake’), which will include its first 10nm-based desktop CPU, and a new 10nm-based server CPU (code-named ‘Sapphire Rapids),” Intel states.

    This opens up a whole other can of worms. Early indications (leaks and rumors) peg Alder Lake as adopting a design similar to ARM’s big.LITTLE approach, which Intel is calling Hybrid Technology. This entails pairing high performance cores with lower performing, power efficient cores. It makes sense in mobile devices like smartphones and tablets where battery life is key, and maybe even in x86 laptops. But I’m not sold on the benefits of a hybrid x86 configuration on the desktop. We’ll see.

    So after delaying volume shipments of 10nm silicon for five years, Intel is now looking at a minimum one-year delay for 7nm

  6. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Intel 10th Gen Core i9 KA Series Debuts at Overseas Retailers

    If online retailer listing from across the pond are genuine, Intel has expanded its 10th Generation Comet Lake-S processors with four new CPUs. As first spotted by @momomo_us, the processors reportedly carry the “KA” suffix, which we haven’t heard of until today.

  7. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Boot Up Windows 95 PC Inside Minecraft And Play Doom On It

    All the Minecrafters who are engulfed into the legendary game should hear this one. Apparently, a VM Computer’s mod has made it possible for gamers to install Windows 95 inside Minecraft. And wait for it, play Doom on the installed Windows OS inside Minecraft server.

    The players join a server and enter a Minecraft world. After that, they order computer components from the satellites orbiting around your world of Minecraft.

    Not only Windows 95, but players can also create computers that can boot up other operating systems.

    How can I do it?
    First of all, install Virtual Box, a free virtual machine software for computes to install operating systems, such as Windows 95.

    After that, go inside Minecraft and place a PC case block, use it to create a virtual hard disk. After that, install the operating system on them from the ISO files.

  8. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Why doesn’t Python have a main function?
    Why don’t I recommend it either

  9. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Intel’s manufacturing hold-up sends shockwaves through chip industry
    Slip marks end to US group’s long-running lead, handing rival TSMC a significant edge

    A stunning slip in Intel’s manufacturing development reverberated through Wall Street on Friday, as the chip industry contemplated a decisive shift in leadership in the world’s most advanced manufacturing technology.

    the latest slip marked a clear end to Intel’s long-running lead in global chip manufacturing, while handing Taiwanese chipmaker TSMC a significant edge.

    The shock sent Intel’s shares down 16 per cent on Friday, wiping $41bn from its market value. TSMC’s market value leapt by about $33bn, or 10 per cent.

  10. Tomi Engdahl says:

    A plan to redesign the internet could make apps that no one controls

    Dfinity wants to allow the creation of apps that can run on the network itself rather than on servers owned by Facebook, Google or Amazon. Can it succeed where others have failed?

    In 1996 John Perry Barlow, cofounder of internet rights group the Electronic Frontier Foundation, wrote “A declaration of the independence of cyberspace.” It begins: “Governments of the Industrial World, you weary giants of flesh and steel, I come from Cyberspace, the new home of Mind. On behalf of the future, I ask you of the past to leave us alone. You are not welcome among us. You have no sovereignty where we gather.”

    Barlow was reacting to the US Communications Decency Act, an early attempt to regulate online content, which he saw as overreaching.

    Barlow’s “home of Mind” is ruled today by the likes of Google, Facebook, Amazon, Alibaba, Tencent, and Baidu—a small handful of the biggest companies on earth.

    Yet listening to the mix of computer scientists and tech investors speak at an online event on June 30 hosted by the Dfinity Foundation, a not-for-profit organization headquartered in Zurich, Switzerland, it is clear that a desire for revolution is brewing. “We’re taking the internet back to a time when it provided this open environment for creativity and economic growth, a free market where services could connect on equal terms,” says Dominic Williams, Dfinity’s founder and chief scientist. “We want to give the internet its mojo back.”

    Dfinity is building what it calls the internet computer, a decentralized technology spread across a network of independent data centers that allows software to run anywhere on the internet rather than in server farms that are increasingly controlled by large firms, such as Amazon Web Services or Google Cloud. This week Dfinity is releasing its software to third-party developers, who it hopes will start making the internet computer’s killer apps. It is planning a public release later this year.

    Rewinding the internet is not about nostalgia. The dominance of a few companies, and the ad-tech industry that supports them, has distorted the way we communicate—pulling public discourse into a gravity well of hate speech and misinformation—and upended basic norms of privacy. There are few places online beyond the reach of these tech giants, and few apps or services that thrive outside of their ecosystems.

    There is an economic problem too. The effective monopoly of these firms stifles the kind of innovation that spawned them in the first place. It is no coincidence that Google, Facebook, and Amazon were founded back when Barlow’s cyberspace was still a thing.

    The Internet Computer
    Dfinity’s internet computer offers an alternative. On the normal internet, both data and software are stored on specific computers—servers at one end and laptops, smartphones, and game consoles at the other. When you use an app, such as Zoom, software running on Zoom’s servers sends data to your device and requests data from it.

    Dfinity is introducing a new standard, which it calls the internet computer protocol (ICP). These new rules let developers move software around the internet as well as data. All software needs computers to run on, but with ICP the computers could be anywhere. Instead of running on a dedicated server in Google Cloud, for example, the software would have no fixed physical address, moving between servers owned by independent data centers around the world. “Conceptually, it’s kind of running everywhere,” says Dfinity engineering manager Stanley Jones.

    In practice, it means that apps can be released that nobody owns or controls. Data centers will be paid a fee, in crypto tokens, by the app developers for running their code, but they won’t have access to the data, making it hard for advertisers to track your activity across the internet. “I don’t want to hammer the data privacy angle too much because, honestly, ad-tech continues to surprise me with its audacity,” says Jones. Still, he says, the internet computer should change the game.

    A less welcome upshot is that a free-for-all internet could also make it difficult to hold app makers accountable.

    Who is on the other end of the phone if you need to take down illegal or abusive content? It’s a concern, says Jones. But he points out that it isn’t really any easier with Facebook: “You say, hey, can you take down these videos? They say no. It kind of depends on how Zuckerberg is feeling that day.”

    In fact, a decentralized internet may lead to a decentralized form of governance, in which developers and users all have a say in how it is regulated—much as Barlow wanted. This is the ideal adopted in the crypto world. But as we’ve seen with Bitcoin and Ethereum, it can lead to infighting between cliques. It is not clear that mob rule would be better than recalcitrant CEOs.

    Still, Dfinity and its backers are confident these issues will get worked out down the line. In 2018, Dfinity raised $102 million in a crypto token sale that valued the network at $2 billion. Investors include Andreessen Horowitz and Polychain Capital, both big players in the Silicon Valley venture capital club.

    It is also moving fast. This week, Dfinity showed off a TikTok clone called CanCan. In January it demoed a LinkedIn-alike called LinkedUp. Neither app is being made public, but they make a convincing case that apps made for the internet computer can rival the real things.

  11. Tomi Engdahl says:

    VCs and startups consider HaaS model for consumer devices
    Hardware as a service is still fairly uncommon

    Hardware as a service (HaaS) has been a popular concept in the IT/enterprise space for some time, but it’s still fairly uncommon in the consumer category. For one thing: A hardware subscription presents a new paradigm for thinking about purchases. That is a big lift in a country like the U.S., which spent years weaning consumers off contract-based smartphones.

    That Nura jumped at the chance shouldn’t be a big surprise. Backers HAX/SOSV have been proponents of the model for some time now.

  12. Tomi Engdahl says:

    If ever there was a time for Intel to ask AMD’s chipmaker for help it’s right now

    This time Intel is said to be in talks to procure 180,000 6nm wafers from TSMC

  13. Tomi Engdahl says:

    TSMC isn’t all that interested in saving Intel’s bacon. Or chips, rather.

    Intel Shortages Could Last Until 2023 as TSMC Reportedly Won’t Make Extra Capacity

    Although there are reports of Intel placing orders at TSMC to fabricate their chips, a DigiTimes report today points to the partnership a temporary one. According to unnamed sources, TSMC doesn’t consider Intel a long-term customer and is, therefore, unlikely to build additional fabrication capacity to meet the contracts.

  14. Tomi Engdahl says:

    The virtual machine is emulating a 1991 Macintosh Quadra 900 with a Motorola CPU, which Apple used before switching to IBM’s PowerPC architecture in the late 1990s.

    Works on macOS, Windows, and Linux.

    Oregon Trail, Duke Nukem 3D, Civilization II, Alley 19 Bowling, Damage Incorporated, and Dungeons & Dragons.

    There are also various apps preinstalled, including Photoshop 3, Premiere 4, Illustrator 5.5, StuffIt Expander, the Apple Web Page Construction Kit, and more.

  15. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Dual Intel Xeon Ice Lake-SP CPUs Seemingly Tested: 10nm Chips Take on AMD EPYC 7742

    A lot of excitement surrounds Intel’s looming Xeon Ice Lake-SP chips, as they will be the first non-mobile CPUs to represent the chipmaker’s 10nm process node. As spotted today by @TUM_APISAK, a fresh pair of 28-core chips have landed on the Geekbench 4 benchmark and could offer a glimpse of what to expect from Ice Lake-SP.

  16. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Intel 7nm Delay Fallout: Law Firm Launches Securities Fraud Investigation

    The sharks are circling

    It appears that Intel’s technical challenges with its 7nm process will be complicated by legal challenges as well. The Hagens Berman law firm issued a press release on Friday calling for investors impacted by Intel’s recent stock market losses to join a potential class-action lawsuit for investors fraud. The firm also “encourages persons who may be able to assist the Firm’s investigation of possible securities fraud to contact the firm.

  17. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Samsung’s second-quarter profit grew 23% year-over-year, thanks to strong chip demand

    Samsung Electronics sounded a cautiously optimistic note in its earnings report today. The company is continuing to deal with the fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic, but its memory business was fortified by demand for DRAM chips as data centers adapted to an increase in remote work and education.

  18. Tomi Engdahl says:

    What’s ahead for no-code and low-code startups?
    Claris CEO Brad Freitag: ‘It boils down to the scarcity of computer scientists’

    code and low-code startups are raising lots of capital is still hot.

    But startups aren’t the only companies working in this space: Apple has long had a foot in the domain via its subsidiary Claris, which rebranded to that name last year after running under the FileMaker moniker. At the time, Claris CEO Brad Freitag told TechCrunch that his company’s vision was to make “powerful technology accessible to everyone.”

    That wasn’t merely cliché: Claris’ best-known product, FileMaker, helps users build low-code apps, and its second product is called Connect, a service that helps users link APIs using low-code tooling.

    Given that Claris has been in the no-code, low-code space for longer than most,

  19. Tomi Engdahl says:

    New Relic is changing its pricing model to encourage broader monitoring

  20. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Intel has trademarked ‘Intel Evo Powered By Core’ CPUs… could this be Alder Lake?
    By Dave James a day ago

    A host of new Intel logos have appeared in a trademark database, including the new Intel Evo design.

  21. Tomi Engdahl says:

    There’s a lot of competition for TSMC’s 7nm node, and AMD is grabbing a lot of it.

    AMD is increasing chip supply for Big Navi and Zen 3, but Su says ’7nm is tight’
    By Dave James 2 days ago

    “I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again, 7nm is tight,” says Dr. Lisa Su.

  22. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Intel Leadership, Tech Team Changes Not Delayed Like 7nm, Murthy Renduchintala Leaves
    By Paul Alcorn 3 days ago

    Intel splits manufacturing and design into five organizations, too

  23. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Jesus, SaaS and digital tithing
    Part 1: Welcome to church tech

    There are more than 300,000 congregations in the U.S., and entrepreneurs are creating billion-dollar companies by building software to service them. Welcome to church tech.

    The sector was growing prior to COVID-19, but the pandemic forced many congregations to go entirely online, which rapidly accelerated growth in this space. While many of these companies were bootstrapped, VC dollars are also increasingly flowing in. Unfortunately, it’s hard to come across a lot of resources covering this expanding, unique sector.

    Market map
    In broad terms, we can split church tech into six categories:

    church management software (ChMS)
    digital giving
    member outreach/messaging
    Bible study
    website and app building

    Horizontal integration is huge in this sector, and nearly all the companies operating in this space fall into several of these categories. Many have expanded through M&A.

  24. Tomi Engdahl says:

    AMD’s first 7nm Ryzen 4000 desktop chips bring the fight to Intel
    The new lineup is only coming to prebuilt OEM systems first, though

  25. Tomi Engdahl says:

    SoftBank has been rumored to be exploring a sale of ARM — the British chip designer that powers nearly every major mobile processor from companies like Qualcomm, Apple, Samsung, and Huawei — and now, it might have found a buyer. Nvidia is reportedly in “advanced talks” to buy ARM in a deal worth over $32 billion.

    Nvidia is said to be the only company that’s involved in concrete discussions with SoftBank for the purchase at this time, and a deal could arrive “in the next few weeks,” although nothing is finalized yet. If the deal does go through, it would be one of the largest deals ever in the computer chip business and would likely draw intense regulatory scrutiny.

  26. Tomi Engdahl says:
    I need a free NTFS drive/file recovery program. One that is actually free and does not ask for money once it has shown you your data in a drive tree.

    Recuva / testdisk / photorec

    Free: TestDisk for lost/damaged partitions, PhotoRec for files (both are good but you have to know what you’re doing)

    Torrent: R-STUDIO Technician (best GUI I’ve ever used, and I’ve used 10+ in the last few years)

  27. Tomi Engdahl says:

    It’ll cost an Arm and a leg.

    Nvidia could be weeks away from buying its very own CPU business
    By Jacob Ridley a day ago

    Nvidia is reportedly on the eve of a deal to purchase x86-rival chip designer, Arm.

  28. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Secret documents from US antitrust probe reveal big tech’s plot to control or crush the competition

    Nearly 500 pages of evidence were made public during the House Judiciary’s marathon hearing this week on potential anti-competitive actions by Amazon,Facebook, Google and Apple. We’ve collected them here with added context and an omnibus, searchable version for anyone who’d rather not juggle four dozen documents.

    The emails, chat logs and other communications listed here trickled out online as the hearings went on. Many are internal documents that were never meant to be exposed publicly — for instance, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg telling a colleague that “we can likely always just buy any competitive startups” shortly before acquiring Instagram in 2012.

  29. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Will The Latest AI Kill Coding?
    AI can now code in any language without additional training.

    In 2017, researchers asked: Could AI write most code by 2040? OpenAI’s GPT-3, now in use by beta testers, can already code in any language. Machine-dominated coding is almost at our doorstep.
    GPT-3 was trained on hundreds of billions of words, or essentially the entire Internet, which is why it can code in CSS, JSX, Python, — you name it.

    Further, GPT-3 doesn’t need to be “trained” for various language tasks, since its training data is all-encompassing. Instead, the network constrains itself to the task at hand when given trivial instructions.

  30. Tomi Engdahl says:
    Decided to Make A Simple Project For Sake of Practicing Python

    Ended Up Making This Instagram Password Brute Force Tool

    It uses selenium Chromedriver instead of Requests because the requests module gave me incorrect results i had to use selenium i know it’s slower but hey it makes each request in front of the user’s eye

    The Installation Instructions and the video all available in my github repo:

    Note : This Tool Is Only For Education Purposes am not responsible for any Misuse

  31. Tomi Engdahl says:

    GitHub is done depositing its open source codes in the Arctic
    The codes are now sitting under hundreds of meters of permafrost.

  32. Tomi Engdahl says:

    The Intel 8086 processor’s registers: from chip to transistors

    The Intel 8086 microprocessor is one of the most influential chips ever created; it led to the x86 architecture that dominates desktop and server computing today. I’ve been reverse-engineering the 8086 from die photos, and in this post I discuss how its register file is implemented.

  33. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Mitä tuli myytyä tietokoneen mukana? Näin poistat omat tiedostot varmasti

    Jos haaveissa on kaupata vanha läppäri tai kotikone eteenpäin, ammattilainen neuvoo kaksi tärkeintä toimintoa, joilla saa hävitettyä tiedostot lopullisesti. Eli ensin palauttamaan tehdasasetukset ja sen päälle ajamaan puhdistusohjelmalla muisti tyhjäksi.

  34. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Even as cloud infrastructure growth slows, revenue rises over $30B for quarter

    The cloud market is coming into its own during the pandemic as the novel coronavirus forced many companies to accelerate plans to move to the cloud, even while the market was beginning to mature on its own.

    This week, the big three cloud infrastructure vendors — Amazon, Microsoft and Google — all reported their earnings, and while the numbers showed that growth was beginning to slow down, revenue continued to increase at an impressive rate, surpassing $30 billion for a quarter for the first time, according to Synergy Research Group numbers.

  35. Tomi Engdahl says:

    When an employee has lost motivation, you have to diagnose the problem correctly. Don’t simply urge an employee to work harder if they’re actually convinced they can’t do it.

    4 Reasons Good Employees Lose Their Motivation

    Motivation — the willingness to get the job done by starting rather than procrastinating, persisting in the face of distractions, and investing enough mental effort to succeed — accounts for 40% of the success of team projects. Yet managers are often at a loss as to how to effectively motivate uninspired employees. Our review of research on motivation indicates that the key is for managers to first accurately identify the reason for an employee’s lack of motivation and then apply a targeted strategy.

  36. Tomi Engdahl says:

    They lose motivation when you use the wrong measuring tool.

    Don’t practice nepotism. Never hire a manager with 20 experience in one company. Never micromange. Practice transparency by allowing your people to see your book.

  37. Tomi Engdahl says:

    “The Three Essential Skills to Drive Your Success”


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