I am really sleepy.

Not really, but using Linux, even the friendly Ubuntu stuff, makes me feel that way.

The drone of the fans in the server box remind me that power management went out of the window when we moved from Socket 5 to Socket 7, and that also reminds me that when we moved from (Super) Socket 7 to Slot 1 / Slot A, it was the end of an era: no longer could any CPU work in any MainBoard, but thanks to Intel's lawsuit BS, you now had no hope of making a CPU for someone else's mainboards.

That is some really serious BS there, and it means that we now have just AMD and Intel to decide what we run on the desktop.

Meanwhile, ARM quietly took over the mobile market, by essentially upgrading the 6502 architecture incrementally over the years, beating out MIPS in most mobile and embedded applications, and leaving Intel and AMD popular in the mindset of the common person but totally ignored in the working habits of most engineers.

We love ARM. With Android, we can get ARM and a shiny toy for free. By "We", I mean them: (software) developers.

As for me, I am sleepy. When I wake up, if I still remember this password, I'll post a bit about ... something interesting, I hope.

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