October week 5


This weekly excerpt is a recap of our news and coverage, as well as our latest articles. This week Harry Fairhead and Mike James are researching the Linux drivers for the I2C interface for IoT projects with the Raspberry Pi using Python and we have the story of how Intel, the company that is almost synonymous with the computer chip, from our history was founded section.

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October 27th – November 3, 2021

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Pi IoT in Python with Linux drivers – I2C
Harry Fairhead & Mike James
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I2C is an important interface to many devices, and Linux has a driver which means you can use it to take care of the exact hardware details – if you know how.

Intel – The microprocessor revolution
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Silicon Valley is the legendary center for electronics and computing excellence, where big companies make big money doing very little things. This is the story of how Intel, the company almost synonymous with the computer chip, was founded.


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The third age of AI – Megatron-Turing NLG
November 03 | Mike James
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We seem to be in a third revolution in AI, and it is advancing without too much progress. One reason for this is that it is difficult to know exactly where the revolution is going.

Acquire new skills with Udacity
November 03 | Sue Gee
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Udacity currently offers both new and existing customers personalized discounts of up to 75%. So what better time to sign up for a Nanodegree program? The problem is choosing between all the options available.

Oracle Updates License to Make JDK Free
November 02 | Kay Ewbank
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Oracle provides Oracle JDK free of charge, including all quarterly security updates, for both commercial and productive use. The new license is the “Oracle No-Fee Terms and Conditions” (NFTC) license, which enables free use for all users, including commercial and productive use. Redistribution is permitted as long as it is not chargeable.

Django 4 Beta 1 released
November 02 | Alex Denham
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The next major version of Django is now available in beta. The new version adds support for functionally unique restrictions, has a new, more secure password hasher, and uses more Python standard libraries.

EdgelessDB – Taking database security to the next level
November 01 | Nikos Vaggalis
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EdgelessDB is 100% compatible with MySQL, expanded to include confidential computing functions based on secure enclaves on Intel SGX chips. These features make it one of the most secure database management systems on the market.

Intel Open Source AI Bug Checker
November 01 | Kay Ewbank

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Intel has made its AI-powered bug checker open source. ControlFlag uses machine learning and works with any programming language with control structures.

Spot moves like Mick Jagger
Oct 31 | Lucy Black
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Boston Dynamics has come up with some unusual people – none other than Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, and Charlie Watts of the Rolling Stones. Can the “Spot Me Up Video” promote a positive and playful image for the spot and robots in general?

Google Cloud Skills Boost
Oct 29 | Sue Gee
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Google has a new web portal to train people in the skills needed to implement and maintain large scale cloud deployments and has announced an ambitious goal of equipping more than 40 million people with Google Cloud skills.

Jetpack Compose Multiplatform Beta Released
Oct 29 | Nikos Vaggalis
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Jetpack Compose started out as a declarative toolkit for building UI apps on Android, but thanks to its common code base and UI components, it has quickly become a popular way of building user interfaces not only for Android but also for the desktop and the web. After a few milestones and an alpha release, we now have the beta. What does it have in store?

Eclipse Foundation is working on a new operating system
Oct 28 | Kay Ewbank
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The Eclipse Foundation has announced a new working group and a top-level project to develop an open source operating system for operation on IoT and edge systems.

Raspberry Pi Zero 2 W
Oct 28 | Harry Fairhead
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Updated: Pi Zero 2 W released.
Raspberry Pi CEO Eben Upton has announced that we will be welcoming a new member to the family – the Pi Zero 2 W – for the same low price ($ 15) as the original Pi Zero W.


Books of the week

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Full review

Kay Ewbank describes this as a well-written book that explains the subject of 3D rendering, doing its best to minimize math and complexity, and with explanations that are clear, understandable and fun. Highly recommended.

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From the I Programmer Library


  • Deep C #: Immerse yourself in modern C # by Mike James


    In Deep C #, I Mike James from the programmer, who has programmed in C # since its introduction in 2000, offers “deep insight” into various topics important or central to the language at a level suitable for the majority of C # programmers is. Not everything is new to every reader, but examining the motivation behind key concepts, which are so often ignored in the documentation, is intended to be thought-provoking and give developers the confidence to take advantage of the broad features of C #.