TechChat Tuesdays #20: From There To Here

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We’ve come a long way. From Zilog to Motorola to Intel to AMD to systems with their own chipsets like the Apple M1. This week, we discuss how innovation looked 30 years ago, and how it looks now.

This week we’re joined by Sujan Kapadia, Director of Consulting, and Tom Purcell, a consultant here at Chariot who’s been doing software development since 1985. We’ll start with a discussion of archaic computers – i.e. the ones we learned on, and the fun old computers that just are, well, weird. Then we’ll discuss some of the newest innovations, specifically over at Apple where they’re focusing on their own silicon like the A14 and the M1 that are breaking benchmarks and changing the way we think of computer systems, and in some ways going back to more innovative and less “open” designs.

Show Notes

  • Register for our free AWS event, Build a Cloud-Native Web App in 8 Weeks. Sponsored by Chariot, hosted by Ken.
  • As always, we recommend you check out the Chariot Blog, which is always brimming with solid dev articles written by our consultants.
  • The latest 15 Minutes With featuring Rod Biresch, a mobile developer here at Chariot who found himself on the client side of a pet project.
  • Dev news time! A story in parts…. GraphQL Java 16 is released….
  • Ken checked out the GitHub Issues, and boy howdy….
  • So GraphQL Java 16.1 is released *very* quickly.
  • Onto some sad science news, the Arecibo telescope to be dismantled.
  • Dinosaur tech share – the crew reminisces on their old computers.
  • Now onwards to the Apple M1 review from Tom’s Hardware (our favorite). “Apple M1 Emulated Performance – Finally, we reach the biggest potential drawback for the M1: Since the Apple M1 uses a completely new architecture (at least new for Macs), it can’t natively run apps designed for x86 chips. Instead, it has to emulate them. Apple’s built a tool to let users easily do this, called Rosetta 2, but running apps through Rosetta 2 means they’re going to take a performance hit.”
  • The Macbook Air with a 512GB SSD and 16 GB RAM. “I was still shocked when I saw its Geekbench 5 scores: It was faster than every other PC we’ve reviewed this year when it comes to single core performance.”
  • And an Apple MacBook Pro 2020 M1 review from the Verge. “The easiest, best way to think about the new entry-level MacBook Pro is that it is a MacBook Air with a fan.”
  • The Microsoft Surface Pro X – ARM gets more muscle.
  • Lastly, the podcast Ken enjoys by Leo Laporte, MacBreak Weekly.

  • This livestream took place on November 24, 2020 at noon. This is a recording. Subscribe to our YouTube channel to be notified of our next livestream – or bookmark this link and tune in every Tuesday at noon EST to hang out with Ken Rimple.