Archive For August, 2007

7 articles

Eclipse Summit Europe: Embedded and Mobile Symposium

By Doug Gaff Eclipse Summit Europe is fast approaching (9-11 October).  This intimate and fun Eclipse conference starts off with a number of symposia that follow a format designed to focus discussion and encourage participation.  I'd like to make a plug for the "System Engineering for Device Software" symposium that myself and Hendrik Höfer (MicroDoc) are hosting. In short, our…

Announcing the VPP Project

By Doug Gaff Earlier this year, I attended a workshop sponsored by ECSI (European Electronic Chips & Systems design Initiative) on the proliferation of SystemOnChip debug standards. My purpose in going was to describe the DSDP project and to specifically talk about the Debugger Services Framework being built in DSDP-DD.  At this workshop, I met Mark Burton, head of GreenSocs…

Big Software and Mistreated Customers

By Doug Gaff It's tough to be a customer sometimes, especially in the world of software. Lately, I've really felt like a mistreated customer as I use Microsoft Vista. Yes, it's my own fault for trying to use Vista this early in its life. But my logic was so simple. I have a new laptop. It came with Vista. I'm…

Matterhorn helicopter flight

By Paul Parkinson I've always wanted to go on a helicopter flight since my brother told me about his trip in a UK Royal Navy Agusta Westland Lynx, an amazingly agile helicopter, which still holds the world speed record of 249.10 mph - very close to the theoretical Maximum Forward Speed (AerospaceWeb). So, I pleased when I recently had the…

Mars Update

By Mike Deliman Though we haven't seen a lot of Mars in the news lately, for those who keep track, the past couple of months have been somewhat stressful.  A sandstorm started on Mars over a month ago.  It's still raging on, and even though the rovers are on opposite sides of the planet, the storm has affected both rovers.…

The Price of Homogeneity

By Doug Gaff Today I installed a newer version the defect management software I use for the commercial half of my job. Let's call this software Transparent Expedition or TE 7.0 to protect the innocent. The previous version I was using was released several years ago, as far as I can tell, and it's not pretty by today's UI standards.…

Pointy Haired Boss: Open Source Software is Free!

By Doug Gaff Today's Dilbert says it all.  There are far too many "free as in open, not free as in beer" blog posts for me to rehash this is great detail (wikipedia, my post).  But this comic reminds me of some simple truths: You can use open source software commercially or otherwise (subject to the license) and never contribute…