Linus' Legacy

Dwaiter Weekly


September 9, 2021


At 30, Linux Rules IT

It's been 30 years since Finnish graduate student Linus Torvalds drafted a brief note saying he was starting a hobby operating system. No one knew it, not even Torvalds, but the technology world was about to change forever. Today, Linux rules IT, ZDNet reports.


Returning to the Office Gets Complicated

Tech companies that led the charge into remote work as the Covid-19 pandemic struck are confronting a new challenge: how, when and even whether they should bring long-isolated employees back to the office, AP reports. The question has been complicated by the rapid spread of the Delta variant. Many tech firms had aimed to bring back most of their workers near or after Labor Day weekend. Microsoft has pushed those dates back to October while Apple, Google, Facebook, Amazon and others are waiting until next year.


Bitcoin Uses How Much Electricity? 

Much about cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin is open to debate. But not this fact: they use astonishing amounts of electricity. The process of creating Bitcoin to spend or trade consumes around 91 terawatt-hours of electricity annually, more than is used by Finland, a nation of about 5.5 million, the New York Times reports. It's also more than a third of the electricity residential cooling in the U.S. uses up.


The iPhone 13’s Release Date: Next Tuesday

Apple's iPhone 13 will make its debut on Sept. 14 at 1 p.m. ET, CNet reports. The event, which will be online-only due to concerns about the pandemic, is expected to reveal four versions of the new phone: the iPhone 13, the iPhone 13 Mini, the iPhone 13 Pro and the iPhone 13 Pro Max. Meanwhile, Mashable reports, leaks of next year's iPhone 14 already are emerging.



How to Devise a Video Content Strategy

Whether you are a business owner, an influencer, or a blogger, video content is important for promoting services or products. To do so, a good video content strategy is needed. Web Designer Depot outlines tactics that can be applied across all channels: from websites or YouTube channels to social media platforms like Instagram or Twitter.


The Fight to Preserve What's on the Web 

This year the Internet Archive turns 25. It’s best known for its pioneering role in archiving the internet through the Wayback Machine, which allows users to see how websites looked in the past. Today’s websites are the historical evidence of tomorrow—but only if they are archived, this piece on The Conversation warns.


Reining in Ransomware Will Be Hard 

Criminals will keep using ransomware as long as its profitable, but outright banning all payments could be deeply painful for critical sectors and small businesses, Government Technology reports. The road ahead is full of policy hurdles.


Consumer Spending Within Social Apps Is Soaring

The rise of live-streaming, the increasing focus on social commerce, and the growth of TikTok and Snapchat are highlighted in a new report on social media usage trends, App Annie’s “Evolution of Social Apps.” A key finding, Social Media Today says, is the rise in consumer spending within social apps: cumulative spending reached $3.2 billion in the first half of 2021, up 50 percent year over year.


Shutterstock Buys PicMonkey for $110 Million

Photography giant Shutterstock has spent $110 million to acquire PicMonkey, a 9-year-old Seattle startup that provides online photo editing and graphic design tools, GeekWire reports. Founded in 2012, PicMonkey targets small businesses and brands with its suite of cloud-based tools. The company says 10 billion images have been made on its platform.


Fowl Mouth

Research published this week says that captive Australian musk ducks appear to have the ability to imitate human speech. In the case of Ripper, a musk duck whose "voice" is heard in a newly discovered 35-year-old recording, he was captured repeatedly uttering what sounds exactly like “you bloody fool.” (You decide.) Researchers believe it may have been words picked up from his caregiver, the Washington Post reports.

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