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:

    The 5 Best Linux Distros to Install on a USB Stick
    APR 13, 2020

    USB are great for running portable versions of Linux. Here are the most useful Linux distributions to run from a live USB drive.

  2. Tomi Engdahl says:

    “A damn stupid thing to do”—the origins of C
    Today, C may be a lingua franca among programmers. This is its (abridged) history.

  3. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Nvidia and AMD could fall victim to their own success, but that would create a buying opportunity, trader says

  4. Tomi Engdahl says:

    RIP Flash games: you gave us a whole new way of thinking about difficulty

    It may no longer power the internet, but Adobe Flash changed PC gaming forever.

  5. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Microsoft may be developing its own in-house ARM CPU designs
    Bloomberg’s unconfirmed report relies on confidential sources within Microsoft.

  6. Tomi Engdahl says:

    8 Classic Operating Systems You Can Access in Your Browser
    APR 11, 2019

    Feel nostalgic? You can still relive some of the operating systems of old. Enjoy these classic operating systems in your browser.

  7. Tomi Engdahl says:

    2021 outlook: Here are the technologies, questions that will matter
    While 2020 was the year that companies had to get up to speed with digital, what will 2021 hold? Our global editors take a swing at the coming 12 months.

  8. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Analysis: Global chip shortage threatens production of laptops, smartphones and more

    SEOUL/BERLIN/SHENZHEN, China (Reuters) – Makers of cars and electronic devices from TVs to smartphones are sounding alarm bells about a global shortage of chips, which is causing manufacturing delays as consumer demand bounces back from the coronavirus crisis.

  9. Tomi Engdahl says:

    2021 will be a calmer year for semiconductors and chips (except for Intel)
    4 trends to watch for from VC funding of silicon startups to US-China trade

  10. Tomi Engdahl says:

    How the Slowest Computer Programs Illuminate Math’s Fundamental Limits
    December 10, 2020

    The goal of the “busy beaver” game is to find the longest-running computer program. Its pursuit has surprising connections to some of the most profound questions and concepts in mathematics.

  11. Tomi Engdahl says:

    ‘Electronic amoeba’ finds approximate solution to traveling salesman problem in linear time

  12. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Cloud Wars Top 10 Special Report:
    Which Cloud Vendors Will Thrive in 2021?

  13. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Cloud Wars Top 10 Special Report:
    Which Cloud Vendors Will Thrive in 2021?


  14. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Fear, trust and JavaScript: When types and functional programming fail

  15. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Can Amazon, Google or Oracle Replace Microsoft as World’s #1 Cloud Vendor?

  16. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Microsoft Confirms Windows 10 Users Can’t Uninstall the Edge Browser

    Microsoft posted a support message confirming that the Edge (Chromium) browser can’t be removed from Windows 10.

    As ZDNet reports, Microsoft added Edge as part of a Windows 10 system update recently, effectively forcing it on to Windows 10 machines much to the surprise of users who discovered it installed after the update. Some of those users who really don’t like Edge attempted to uninstall the browser, which has led to a support message being posted by Microsoft entitled “Can’t uninstall Microsoft Edge.”

  17. Tomi Engdahl says:

    How to create the best at-home videoconferencing setup, for every budget
    This is the stuff you need to make the most of our brave new remote world

  18. Tomi Engdahl says:

    How to convert customers with subscription pricing
    Pay-as-you-go is the new normal from software to retail

  19. Tomi Engdahl says:

    DirectX is coming to the Windows Subsystem for Linux
    At //build 2020 we announced that GPU hardware acceleration is coming to the Windows Subsystem for Linux 2 (WSL 2).

  20. Tomi Engdahl says:

    AWS/Azure/Google Certifications are More Important than Linux Certs

    So, what’s it like when you finally have a Linux cert and are applying for jobs?
    Well, frankly, no one gives a shit about your Linux cert. I’ve even had several different people on separate occasions laugh at me for getting one.

    These days, pretty much every cloud provider has their own version of Linux and proprietary (usually open source) tools to accomplish what the exams cover using various open-source tech.

    It’s a lot cleaner and much more bang for your buck to just go for an AWS Cloud cert.
    They cover everything you need to know to be a solid Linux admin on AWS plus credentialing in cloud technology (which for some reason people think is a big deal).

    Bottom line: skip Linux certifications and head for the cloud.

  21. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Foxconn Says China’s ‘Days as the World’s Factory Are Done’
    The ongoing trade war with the US has forced the iPhone maker to shift more of its manufacturing out of China.

  22. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Intel: Sorry, But Our 7nm Chips Will Be Delayed to 2022, 2023

    In an earnings call, Intel CEO Bob Swan said the company identified a ‘defect mode’ in the 7nm process that resulted in ‘yield degradation’ when manufacturing the chips.

    Intel is pushing back the release of the company’s 7-nanometer chips, meaning they won’t arrive until late 2022, or early 2023.

    The company had initially planned on releasing the 7nm processors in 2021’s fourth quarter. But during an earnings call on Thursday, Intel announced it had to delay the technology, blaming low yield rates in the chip manufacturing process.

  23. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Intel takes on Ryzen with Rocket Lake S and the Core i9-11900K

    Intel’s Core i9-11900K is faster than AMD’s Ryzen 5900X, Intel says. But Intel still has a lot to talk about with its new Rocket Lake S desktop Core chips.

  24. Tomi Engdahl says:

    A ‘disgruntled’ staffer reportedly changed Trump’s and Pence’s biographies on the State Department website to say their terms ended on Monday

  25. Tomi Engdahl says:

    No Need to Pirate: 9 Popular Apps You Can Use for Free or Cheap
    JAN 08, 2021

    Here’s how to access commonly pirated apps for free, at a discount, or through alternative software.

  26. Tomi Engdahl says:

    How to limit reservable bandwidth in Windows 10 to increase download speeds

    By default, Microsoft reserves the right to limit network bandwidth by as much as 80% to accommodate system activities. You have the power to change this setting, if you need to.

  27. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Set up a Linux cloud on bare metal
    Create cloud images with virt-install on Fedora.

  28. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Näppituntumassa Garuda: todellinen helmi niin monella tapaa – ”vuoden distro 2021” saattaa samalla olla kaikkien aikojen kaunein Linux
    Harvoin vastaan kävelee Linux-jakelua, jossa kaikki palaset loksahtaisivat kohdalleen. Nyt kävi näin: Garuda voi olla vuoden 2021 paras Linux.


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