Why is my PC so slow?

By Dan Poirot Howdy all. Why does it seem that my PC is so slow? Back when I was a Wind River customer (yeah, yeah, dinosaurs walked the Earth and the planet's crust was still cooling) VxWorks 5.1 developers used the command line in a 'shadow' directory of the product distribution. Editing was done with 'vi' and BSPs and apps…

Distant Weather

By Mike Deliman NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope has made the first measurements of the day and night temperatures of a planet outside our solar system. The infrared observatory revealed that the Jupiter-like gas giant planet circling very close to its sun is always as hot as fire on one side, and potentially as cold as ice on the other. "This…

The Ravenscar Profile

By Paul Parkinson A few weeks ago, I took a few days leave to enjoy the end of the British summer and went hiking in the North Yorkshire Moors. What's that go to do with Aerospace & Defence or device software? Well, apart from the early-warning radar at the RAF Fylingdales base (wikipedia), you might think not very much. But…

Embedded Systems Show UK

By Alex Wilson Coming from a DSO Company it was interesting to visit the UK ESS in Birmingham this week. The first thing I noticed there was a distinct lack of traditional software vendors there; no Linux vendors for instance, couple of RTOS vendors,couple of  DSO Companies, and also none of the Semi companies there. Without these how do you…

Does it have a motor?

By Mike Deliman Back in the 80s there was a car commercial, where a small crowd of doubters are looking over a neighbor's new car.  Amongst the comments and questions about the options that make a car comfortable comes the quip "Does it have a motor?" It's true that a car can be a car without a motor, or any…

Quality of Service (QoS)

By Stuart Newton Arrived home last night after 2 weeks of business travel, and my broadband connection was down.  Not impressed.  At all.  Not only is it totally inconvenient, but it put me in a bad mood because I had to try and get connected via the phone line.  Couldn't find my dial-up user name or password, so no access.…

Airbus Gets DSO “Religion”

By John Bruggeman Most likely, you’ve already read the news about the A380, the Airbus flagship super-jumbo jet.  The plane will now be ready for delivery another year later than originally planned.  That delay could cost Airbus’ parent company, EADS, $6.1 billion in lost revenue over four years.  And today it cost Airbus CEO, Christian Streiff, his job. Ouch! Now…

Voluntary but coordinated – release test involving the user community

By Martin Oberhuber The Target Management Project started its 2nd round of coordinated testing these days on its first release candidate, RSE 1.0RC1. The interesting part of this test effort is, that it does not only involve committers but also many users who volunteered to join the testing. It looks like the users understand, that joining a coordinated test early…

Reporting Exceptions in QA

By Bulent Kasman I now have a habit of asking for the Exception Detection and Reporting (ED&R) log as a minimum, and the core file if available, whenever QA observes exceptions during testing. If you are not a VxWorks 6.x user, ED&R log is like a signature of a core dump. It briefly describes the exception by providing the address…

UAV’s – come on in, the swarm is fine…

By Mike Deliman UAVs are becoming a new darling in the worlds of flight and engineering. Paul  talks about some recent controversies in this blog entry, but what's all the hype about? UAVs come in all shapes and sizes, not just Global Hawks, Predators, and other glider-sized vehicles.  They also come in RC-sized packages, which can be used to rapidly…