Archive For October, 2009

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Quit Bugging Me: Memory Leak!

A perrenial question arrises... "Did I find a memory leak in the shell?  See what it does?"This question naturally arises after a customer has been debugging a while, and runs short on memory for some allocation.  They check into it, and they find that when they call certain shell functions, they find memory missing after the call.Here are typical examples…

A Legacy Of Titans

PASADENA, Calif. – NASA's Galileo spacecraft began what would become a 14-year odyssey of exploration 20 years ago this Sunday, Oct. 18. Galileo was humanity's first emissary to orbit a planet in the outer solar system – Jupiter. (Read More) 20 years ago I was just starting to work with a remarkably small, very unix-like kernel from this *tiny* company in Emeryville…

There is Water Underground

Are dry ideas of Mars all wet?  It's starting to look that way.  As recently as even 2004, it was believed that possibly in the past, but certainly now, Mars was, or is, a bone-dry planet. Water could not have existed in any sufficient amount to sustain life, at least not in any recent times.Various mapping missions though, showed significant…