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Congratulations to +Google, +Paul Turner and the whole Technical Infrastructure team both for making #retpoline free and for having published that really clear and understandable article describing it:
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Initially, I just wanted to draw a quick sketch to show the relationship between different modern processors architectures. But after few preliminary attempt, it turned out to be a much more complex project that I initially thought.

Finally, I end up with that poster-sized infographic. Download the PDF so you'll be able to zoom on the most interesting fine prints!

#ARM, #MIPS, #SPARC, #POWER / #PowerPC, #RISCV, #Itanium, #x86

I checked countless different sources and tried to be as accurate as possible. But as always, if you pinpoint an error, don't hesitate to mention that in the comment section!
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... and the world waked up realizing modern processor just give the illusion of working like old-fashioned scalar CPU.

But, hey, wait! Don't we already know that?
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In Europe, we love to hate EU.

But in these days of trouble, it is reassuring to read the European Commission will continue today to protect Net Neutrality in Europe as it was defined in the 2015 agreement for an open Internet:

Today's agreement also enshrines for the first time the principle of net neutrality into EU law: users will be free to access the content of their choice, they will not be unfairly blocked or slowed down anymore, and paid prioritisation will not be allowed. This means, for example, that the access to a start-up's website will not be unfairly slowed down to make the way for bigger companies. No service will be stuck because it does not pay an additional fee to Internet service providers. There won't be gatekeepers to decide what you can and cannot access.""



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#EU #NetNeutrality
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One after the other, Linux distributions are dropping support for the Intel x86 32-bit architecture. And this is a concern when running legacy hardware, as well as for embedded systems still based on the Intel 32-bits architecture.

So here is an overview of the OSes that will hopefully support the IA-32 architecture for a couple more years.

Don't hesitate to mention the OSes I would I missed or to share your feedback using the comment section!

#Linux #OS
#IA32 #LecagyHardware #EmbeddedSystems
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Despite great opensource alternatives, Oracle Database skills remain in high-demand on the job market. But installing Oracle from scratch is a tedious task. And running an Oracle Database instance from a pre-installed virtual machine might require too many resources on your computer. Fortunately, Docker is here.

The Oracle license allows you to install and run an Oracle instance for education or testing purposes. And you can find on the official Oracle website, both the installation media and some pre-installed virtual machines images freely available. Both those solutions have drawbacks, especially when you are new to Oracle and don't have access to an overpowerful computer.

More recently, Oracle joined the Docker bandwagon by providing Docker image allowing to run an Oracle database instance in a container. I was quite seduced by that move, but unfortunately, the Oracle image was deceptively challenging to use.

Hopefully, there are great people in the Docker community. Specifically, Maksym Bilenko provides Docker images for several Oracle Database versions. Thanks to his work, you can now have an Oracle instance up and running just by typing three commands on your terminal. And this is what I explain in this video:

#Oracle #Database
#Docker #Container
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The best Doodle ever.

My 4 years old boy had lots of fun guiding the rabbit to eat all the carrots. He struggles a little bit with loops though. But after 20 minutes of trial and errors, he did it!

<<proud dad :D>>
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Jopin - An open source note taking and to-do application with synchronization capabilities for Win, Mac, Linux, iOS and Android

Joplin is a free, open source note taking and to-do application, which can handle a large number of notes organised into notebooks. The notes are searchable, can be copied, tagged and modified either from the applications directly or from your own text editor. The notes are in Markdown format.

Notes exported from Evernote via .enex files can be imported into Joplin, including the formatted content (which is converted to Markdown), resources (images, attachments, etc.) and complete metadata (geolocation, updated time, created time, etc.).

The notes can be synchronised with various targets including the file system (for example with a network directory) or with Microsoft OneDrive. When synchronising the notes, notebooks, tags and other metadata are saved to plain text files which can be easily inspected, backed up and moved around.

Joplin is still under development but is out of Beta and should be suitable for everyday use.

I'm using Standard Notes right now which works perfectly but has no text formatting in the free version. I'd be very interested in Joplin once it can sync to NextCloud or Dropbox.

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