Archive For January, 2008

7 articles

The Plug-in Fest is coming!

By Doug Gaff As if we didn't already have our hands full with EclipseCon, the next event is on the horizon: the Eclipse Plug-in Fest for Embedded and Mobile Products. The inaugural Plug-in Fest was held in January last year at Symbian's offices in London, and it was a great success. This year, I'm pleased to announce that Wind River…

Hacking Time & Linux Appliances

By Doug Gaff One of the curses of being an Engineer is that we have the knack for hacking things, not just computers, but pretty much anything around the house, garage, or office. It's a curse because none of the products we buy ever work quite the way we want them to. If only my cordless phone had this one…

An Industry and Technology Revolution is on the Horizon

By Jason Whitmire Limo, and in a slightly different way Android, have killed the standards-based approach to open source development in mobile. In the Linux world, creating an esoteric, theoretical application standard not based on market-driven code requires too much speculative investment without any clear mitigation of ROI risk for anyone to take up anymore. Indeed, the days of a…

Four Years: Happy Birthday MERs!

By Mike Deliman About four years ago a pair of robots, who began life as MER-A and MER-B, landed on Mars, starting a 90 day mission.  That was one of the most exciting Januaries I've ever experienced!  (It's hard to top the successful landings of two probes on another planet in 3 weeks!!) About 5 months ago a planet-wide dust…

MESSENGER… Getting into the Swing

By Mike Deliman Hello All Today MESSENGER successfully made its first swing by Mercury. Mercury is as alien a world to us as any  we really only know a large amount about our planet and our red neighbor, Mars. We probably know more about the Jovian planets than Mercury. As close as it is to the sun  it's an incredibly…

In-flight Internet access… and mobile phones too?

By Paul Parkinson I read a business article in the Economist ('Mobile Phones on planes - Your call') during the Christmas holidays about the current developments in passenger in-flight systems, specifically the provision of Internet data access and the potential to support mobile (cell) phone voice calls during flight. The article reports on trials of a Wi-Fi data service by…

In-Service Evidence

By Paul Parkinson The UK Ministry of Defence recently announced that its Chinook helicopter HC3 variants will undergo a £90.1m ($181m) upgrade. The press release itself is rather brief, but the story in Flight Global ('UK signs £90 million deal to fix grounded Chinook helicopters') gives a bit more background. However, to really understand the purpose of the upgrade, you…