04 February 2022

The Hacker’s Tribute Vol. 81: 2022 Is Your Year to Shine!


Wow, it’s 2022 already?


It’s not a significant round number, but it feels pretty even to us! Equilibrium and symmetry might be what we need to ease an agitated and complicated world. Of course, our issue will always offer the kind of hype we’re known for. But this time, we’d like to kick it up a notch.

With so much expertise behind us, it’s time to look to the future. And we’re gonna give it to you. So let’s refresh ourselves with Linux Mint, dazzle in IPython, enlighten ourselves to the online world of trends and web scraping, or relax with a game or two.

Here’s to a happy new year. We’re back and in delicious style.




Dan 'The Man' Kowalski

Dan ‘the Man’ Kowalski

Editor-in-Chief, The Hacker’s Tribute


2022: Hot or Not?

Even the tech world needs to follow the trends. And while digital marvels of our time seem to evolve exponentially and unpredictably, it’s safe to say that some upcoming innovations’ll be easier to predict. According to the IEEE Computer Society gurus, their 2022 report highlights 23 must-see items for the year. Our tips; keep a close eye on security cross-cutting issues, the open intellectual property movement, ‘massively online’ open courses, and more.

Read more: IEEE Computer Society 2022 Report


IPython 8 is Finally Here

You know it will get festive whenever Python makes another release. And in this case, it’s been over three years since the last edition. So get ready for a plethora of exciting features, from code formatting using Black in the CLI, improved tracebacks, ghost suggestions, and more! Worried about another 36-month silence? Worry no more – with a promise of monthly improvement releases.

Read more: Release of IPython 8.0


Web Scraping in 2022

Some things are not hot. According to the trendsetters, web scrapping seems to be falling out of fashion. After a decade of enthusiasm, Google searches have dropped by up to 40%. Our analysts expect that figure to flounder, as once-loyal web scrapers will shift towards providing data feeds. The reason is simple - it’s an issue of money. But don’t jump ship just yet – as despite the legal challenges, the ecosystem seems to continue growing stronger, with more frameworks, libraries and products yet!

Read more: The State of Web Scraping 2022


Pikachu for You

Console-shmonsole. If modern gaming has disappointed you, then it’s time to head back to basics. The Game Boy emulator is the way to go when we want to replicate our precious digital past times. In his simulation of the Nintendo Game Boy, one pioneer seems to be realising this based on a web browser. Whether you’re hurling barrels in Donkey Kong or deploying Pikachu’s special attack, this could be the most remarkable technological breakthrough since the International Space Station. By the way, Pikachu’s special attack is ‘thundershock’ – yes, we always remember.

Read more: Writing a Game Boy Emulator in OCaml


Julia Knows Machines

It might not be the language of love, but it’s definitely an authority on machine learning. Julia, a Shakespearean-inspired ecosystem, is currently in for a line of questioning. We’ll find out where machine learning in Julia shines today, its possible weaknesses, and how its performance stacks up with competitors. Be sure to learn how to implement it long-term and which tasks this could be ideal. So, what’s happening with Machine Learning, Julia? You’ll find out soon enough.

Read more: State of machine learning in Julia


Minty Fresh Linux

Cool, breezy, and with a Mozilla twist. The Linux Mint distro has attained the glorious level of 20.3. And while it’s hard to determine its popularity – it has been gaining a cult following. Its popularity can be credited with being usable, versatile, and offering a well-rounded Linux experience we’ve all dreamed of. Great design is one thing – but the drivers and codecs are to die for! So here’s to another great release – and boy, is it refreshing.

Read more: Linux Mint 20.3 appears

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Hackers of the world dream to be him. And that’s an understatement. With methods decades ahead of cyberspace, he’s proceeded only by his own reputation. ‘The Man’ infamous for single-handedly causing the ’08 global financial meltdown, he dropped off-grid searching for purpose. He twice-dominated each of the Himalayan peaks, negotiated the rift valleys of Africa, and swam the Amazonian Basin end-to-end. It was in Siberia where we caught up to him – convincing him to work for the ‘good guys’. The veteran’s veteran of coding, now confidently within our ranks, is finally a force for good. Just don’t test him.