(Note: This draft was being written when that Monday Night Football incident happened, so it was shelved for a bit.)
As this is my last day of holiday break, I thought I’d reflect a bit on what makes me the most excited for the coming year. Obviously, none of us know what the future holds, but these are some of my hopes for 2023:
It looks like Twitter might survive after all, but the fragmentation and millions of people going to the Fediverse intrigues me. I am very curious to see where the Fediverse goes now that it has so much more interest. I am hoping to see people like journalists and meteorologists start using it in earnest, which were some of my favourite follows on Twitter. It would be great to see the platform grow to new interests, since the majority of people there lean towards being in tech.
While their privacy policies and business practices still disturb me, this year will likely be the year I rekindle my Facebook account. There are still family members and friends of mine that use it, and some pretty nifty retrocomputing groups are on it as well. If you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em, I guess. Any content that I post on Facebook would be mirrored to better platforms, so it wouldn’t be anything special for those of you who want to continue to stay away. I just don’t want to miss out on those connections that I could have just because of my aversion to late-stage advertisement capitalism.
My iPad Pro is going to be seeing more usage this year as Stage Manager is finally available, bringing multiple app/window support. This is something that I’ve personally felt has kept the iPad from living up to its full potential, and something I remember seeing being done in the jailbreak scene for years, so I’m quite happy to see Apple finally putting it in official system software.
While I know rumours abound and there is no reason to think it would be released this year, I’m eternally looking forward to a wearable – like, say, an Apple Watch – that can also function as a glucometer. As someone with type 1 diabetes, it’d be a real boon to be able to have enough a rough estimate of what my blood glucose level is without having to wear a separate sensor.
It would be very cool, though unlikely, to see a MacBook Pro with a Dynamic Island like the iPhone 14 Pro.
I’ve received a lot of goodies, hardware and software, over autumn and winter. I can’t wait to put them to good use in the Retro Lab. I’m hoping to write a number of new articles in my Retro Lab series.
There are a number of software development projects I’d like to tinker with in the retrocomputng circle. I’m keeping details vague for now, as I don’t want to make any promises, but my focus as always will be on making classic Macs and Windows NT useful in the modern era.
Linux and libre software
I’ve been following the SPDX project’s continual drive to make automated tooling around discovering and managing licenses of software packages. It would be very cool to integrate some of these tools into package managers like APK.
The Qt project is still not in my good graces after their decision to make LTS releases commercial-only. This only became stronger when it was announced qmlsc, the QML compiler that would make QML apps into high-performant, non-interpreted C++ apps, is also only available for commercial customers of Qt. Maybe the KDE team will support a libre Qt 6 LTS branch in the same way they support 5.15?
Speaking of LTS branches of things with major versions of 6, the Linux kernel 2023 LTS edition should be pretty exciting. Linux 6.1 and 6.2 bring a lot more support of AArch64 boards, including the Apple M1 and Qualcomm 8cx Gen 3. When the Linux 6 LTS drops, it will be very exciting to dual-boot mainline Linux on my MacBook Pro M1.
I am personally hoping to have some time to devote to “traditionally opposite” endian projects. Specifically, I want to see if I can bootstrap an aarch64_be environment on my Pine A64, and similarly bootstrap a ppc64el environment. There are probably going to be a lot of false assumptions in code regarding aarch64_be.
Adélie continues to improve regularly, and hopefully this will finally be the year of the release of Adélie Linux 1.0. Yes, I am taking on a somewhat more active role again, and no, I do not want to comment 😉
Lastly, it will be exciting to see where the GCC Rust front end goes. Hopefully this will lead to significant improvements in Rust’s bootstrap story, which will help make it more useful and approachable by people who cannot use, or do not want to trust, the Mozilla-provided binaries.
I want to take photography seriously again. Photography can tell a story, document history, and transport others to a new perspective. I really enjoy taking these kinds of photos and hope to have some great snapshots to share throughout the year.
In addition to the retrocomputing projects, there are a few others non-retro-related software development and library improvement projects that I hope to spend some time on this year. Some of them are Wayland on Power, Zig on big-endian Power, and adding better compression support to APK Tools.
That is an overview of what I hope to devote my time to in 2023. What do you think? Are there cool developments that I should be looking at that I missed? Are you excited about some of these too? Feel free to discuss in the comments!