podcast March 1, 2022

The Great QR Code Comeback (Ep. 419)

The home team talks about award-winning diagramming and charting tool Mermaid, the QR code ad promoting crypto at the Super Bowl, and Intel’s semiconductor investment.
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The home team talks about award-winning diagramming and charting tool Mermaid, the QR code ad promoting crypto at the Super Bowl, and Intel’s semiconductor investment.

Episode notes:

Ceora shouts out Mermaid, a JavaScript-based diagramming and charting tool that creates diagrams dynamically based on Markdown-inspired text definitions. 

Coinbase’s bouncing QR code ad proved so popular it crashed the app. Considered passé pre-pandemic, QR codes have obvious value now: they’re touch-free, easy to scan, and ubiquitous. (Just don’t call it a comeback.)

In preparation for his move from New Zealand to Canada, Matt is overhauling his hardware and transitioning to an M1 MacBook Pro for performance and efficiency.

Speaking of hardware, Intel is buying Israeli chipmaking company Tower Semiconductor for $5.4 billion to build out its Intel Foundry Service division, launched last year to build chips for other companies.

This week’s Lifeboat badge goes to user Basile Starynkevitch for their answer to the question Can you make a computed goto in C++?

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