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Talk Between Devices

By Nikhil Chauhan Ever wondered what it would be like without access to ever increasing means of connection? Thanks to social networking sites that I am now in touch with my friends who used to exchange bicycles while riding to my fifth grade class. In the past decade or so, we have come a long way. The social norms have…

Virtually… Not Yours

By Mike Deliman So with all this virtualization going on, one computer can run multiple copies of an OS (or multiple OSs), all acting like they own the whole computer. With only some fancy shim layer keeping them from corrupting themselves and everything else, what are the implications for security?  Security is an issue that has been raised more frequently…

Smartphones, Smartbooks different by necessity?

By Doug SchaeferBoy I'm having fun with Android. Maybe because it's the first time I'm getting the chance (albeit in my spare time) to do some real embedded development. And even in the playing I'm doing, I am experiencing the challenges that regular embedded developers face. Yes, believe or not, even with the latest and greatest hardware, you are limited…

Tolerating Delays

By Mike DelimanThis may sound a bit funny, but in the space industry, we're constantly playing catch-up.  We're either looking at or for things that happened millions or hundreds of millions of years ago, sending rockets off to get to where something will have been just in time to take a picture of or bore a hole into it, or…

The Internet Will Be Paid…

By Doug GaffOr so some guy named Barry Diller says. I beg to differ.Unless you've been living in a cave for a while, you've noticed that there's an ideological war underway around content. By content, I mean software, music, tv programs, movies, books, and any other piece of information or entertainment you can package. The war is between paid and…

Multicore and Unicore Virtualization

By Mark HermelingSometimes I get a chance to browse the web a bit, trying to find interesting tidbits. I ran into the following post from Hollis Blanchard. Hollis is an active participant in the world of virtualization, particularly on the Power architecture. Hollis makes a point that I have been trying to get out as well: virtualization is clearly technology to…

Security In An Insecure World

By Mike DelimanDiebold has apparently gaffe'd their software again.  Their ATM systems run software based on Windows.  This gives me a perfect opportunity.  Recently some of my friends heard me talking about our MILS software starting under it's evaluation path.  I heard a question being asked more and more about government programs and practices, "okay, but what good does this…

POWERVR goes MP

By Doug SchaeferI was just reading up on the news that Imagination Technologies has launched a new generation of their architecture that drives POWERVR. What's POWERVR, you ask? It's a good question, but chances are, if you have a mobile device that has 3D accelerated graphics, it's driven by this hugely popular silicon IP. The big news is that even…

TV’s are small, plus a little Clutter

By Doug SchaeferSo I was sitting watching my 40" HDTV the other day, and started thinking about why web browsing on a TV pretty much sucks, even with all the pixels you get at 1080i or what have you. And trust me, I tried it with our PS3 and other than watching YouTube videos, it's not a good experience.But while…

Windows 7

By Doug GaffThe blogosphere is all atwitter about Windows 7. (Sorry…bad mixture of metaphors.) I must confess that I've installed it, but not on a mission-critical system. For a "Ballmer Beta" (TM Doug Gaff), I'm surprised at how well it works. Truthfully, it feels like a very nice Service Pack for Vista, which I think is the intention. Unfortunately I'm…