The Y2038 Problem

The Y2038 problem is similar to the Y2K problem. We’re exactly in between both about now. Both are 18 years away, in either direction. While Y2K is over and was obvious to everyone, Y2038 is not.

The issue here relates to a representation of date and time in Unix systems, and is therefore sometimes referred to as Unix Y2K. The root is the convention to store date and time information as 32bit unsigned integer in such systems. This means, possible values are limited. Time-differences in seconds, starting from 01.Jan 1970 cannot span beyond 03:14:07 UTC on 19 January 2038.

The Y2038 Problem
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The Y2038 problem will make all calculations beyond this date impossible, until migrated to another representation. At the time being, this seems far away. However, the problem casts its shadows already. Industries, in particular financial markets, often rely on long term forecasts.

Governance issued treasury bonds come with with the longest maturity. Often twenty years, sometimes thirty years. Calculations for complex, long running financing models easily try to estimate returns 20 years and beyond into the future. This is already beyond the problematic date that Y2038 brings. The code to run these calculations is typically complex and stable. Sometimes, it is as old as from 1970. Back then, this date-representation Unix engineers introduced this approach. 32bit covered a long period. John Femellia has a thread, over at Twitter, telling a story about the upcoming issues today.

AMD ThreadRipper, 64Core CPU

Announced in August 2019, AMD debuted it’s AMD Threadripper 3990X , the World’s First Prosumer 64 Core CPU, at CES2020.

AMD debuted its Threadripper 3990X at CES 2020, showcasing its incredible multi-threaded performance with 64 cores and 128 threads. It’s not a cheap processor, but it still massively undercuts even the closest competition, decimating even multi-chip systems in the demonstrated benchmarks.

In the same article, Digital Trends also calls the chip “Intels worst nightmare”.

Source: AMD’s Threadripper 3990X is the World’s First Prosumer 64 Core CPU | Digital Trends

Jim Harris holding an AMD Threadripper 3990X

Employee motivation

This is how it most often works:

Constellation’s 2019 Enterprise Awards

Constellation Research published and awarded their Enterprise Awards to companies in 2019. R “Ray” Wang mentioned in a brief tweet:

By The Constellation Research Team Awards Showcase What Was Top Of Mind In Enterprise Technology At The End of The Decade This year the Constellation Research team attended over 270 events, engaged

Zoho: Winner of the 2019 ConstellationR Enterprise Software Award
Zoho: Winner of the 2019 ConstellationR Enterprise Software Award

The awards come in 9 distinct categories, that each comes with a elaborate description why the respective winner deserves the award.

  • BEST ENTERPRISE SOFTWARE STARTUP
  • BEST ENTERPRISE SOFTWARE VENDOR
  • BEST ENTERPRISE SERVICES VENDOR
  • BEST TECH ACQUISITION
  • BEST PARTNERSHIP
  • BEST CEO
  • BEST NEW ENTERPRISE CATEGORY
  • BEST NEW ENTERPRISE SOFTWARE MARKETING OF THE YEAR
  • BIGGEST TECH FLOP OF THE YEAR

Congrats to all the winners and nominees!

Source: Inside Constellation’s 2019 Enterprise Awards

A new decade

31. December 2019 marks the end of a decade. Time to reflect upon the past years but also to look forward and think about exciting developments.

31. December 2019

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A lot happened. Many things changed. Ten years ago, I was not married, I did not have kids. I grew up to become a responsible father and husband. And I took on areas of responsibilities I never thought of, both privately and professionally.

Today, 31. December 2019, marks the end of a decade, before a new decade begins. It doesn’t feel like it, even when the past years will be remembered as the 10s. And we’re entering the twenties now.

At the beginning of the decade, I only earned my MBA. Back then, I worked for one of the most amazing companies I could imagine up till today. At that company, I was given an assignment, not only abroad but on a different continent. After having traveled Europe and the entire Middle East in the years before, I had an opportunity to visit all countries South East Asia from Singapore in this decade.

During that time, cloud computing did merely exist, it was a newly coined term. And people were excited by what Apple shaped in form of the iPhone. Social Media was still new and innocent, people were excited by the opportunity to exchange with friends, family but also to meet total strangers on the Internet.

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Feuerwerk

Since then, I did not only have the opportunity to take on responsibility for one of the most popular smart lighting products, also did I have the opportunity to transition to a role I wanted to grow into.

In this role today I work for one of the largest European software vendor, proudly contributing to a product in the hottest Enterprise Software space.

A new decade

I had the opportunity to see it all grow and develop, into technology that shapes both society and business. And I had an opportunity to exchange ideas in that space with the brightest minds in the industry. And to build a network of friends and colleagues that are among the best and most motivated.

We’ll see more development in technology and society. Social media has seen it’s peak. Consumers are sceptical of being tracked. Big Data, Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence are exciting technologies. Society will benefit from these, but it will require policy and products that use them right. Awareness for the correct use of technology will increase and sustainability will become more important.

31. December 2019 does mark the end of a decade. It does not mark the end of anything else. It’s a random day that marks a rather arbitrary ten years timeframe. I’m thankful for the past decade and excited for the next.

Work more focused

The year is coming to an end and it’s time to start collecting ideas for new years resolutions. Most often, distraction keeps you from being productive. Nir & Far recaps a few ideas that help you resist distractions and work more focused.

Nir & Far

Netflix (Security) on Youtube

Netflix (Security) on Youtube: Netflix Security runs a YouTube Channel! As opposed to the company channel, it does not only broadcast previews! This is a great subscription for security practiconers!

Via Stephanie Olsen (on LinkedIn).

Maybe it’s just capitalism, that is broken?

Inspiration is more important than the quick buck, still many organisations are after growth alone. It’s a dangerous game, but that’s not exactly news, right?

More Female Founders

Not only more Female Founders, but also more successful Female Founders, measured by unicorns, have entered the startup universe. Those are companies that passed the $1 billion in valuation. Crunchbase, the leading platform for professionals to discover innovative companies, has the data:

Crunchbase data shows what ‘overperforming’ really means: 2019 has been a historic year for female-founded unicorns, which were born at an unprecedented pace.

Munich-based Mylivn raises €5.5 million

Munich-based Mylivn raises €5.5 million and launches social network for next-Gen content creators

Mylivn raises €5.5 million
Mylivn raises €5.5 million

Mylivn is a social network aimed at the ‘slash’ generation who have more than one career or passion, e.g. developer / photographer.

Source: Munich-based Mylivn raises €5.5 million and launches social network for next-Gen content creators | EU-Startups