Tips & Tricks

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HyacGsocpi:

By Martin Oberhuber HyacGsocpi = Here's Yet another cool Google summer of code project idea - looking at the very end of the Eclipse Google Summer of Code Ideas page: Comparing, Merging and Synchronizing directory trees of remote servers between each other or with a local replica, all over standard Eclipse APIs with replacable connection schemes. The Remote System Explorer…

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…

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…

scitopia supersearch

By Paul Parkinson Sometimes when I am writing technical papers and articles I want to check whether there are any recent scholarly articles on the topic. The easiest (or perhaps that should be laziest?) thing to do of course is to use Google web search, but this often returns an exhaustive list of results, it's often quite hard to find…

Free access to JACIC

By Paul Parkinson I’ve just found out that the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) is offering access to the entire content of the Journal of Aerospace Computing, Information, and Communication (JACIC) for two weeks for free! Yes, really. If you browse the Journal Table of Contents (on the left of the page), you can see the titles of…

Keeping current with A&D conferences

By Paul Parkinson I seem to receive so much email these days, much of it spam and junk (wikipedia), that sometimes I miss information that I want to receive. Also, some of my email volume is self-inflicted, due to my somewhat over zealous use of Google Alerts for keeping track of developments in areas of aerospace which are of interest…

A Tale of Two Utilities…

By Dan Poirot It's OK, we will leave Dickens out of this one... A prospect asks if Wind River Platform for Network Equipment - Linux Edition is going to work on his CentOS 4.4 system. Officially we support RHEL WS 3 U5, RHEL WS 4 U2 and SUSE 9.3 and 10. ...so let's see! The CentOS site claims "CentOS 4.4…

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…

Is footprint still important for embedded devices?

By Tomas Evensen Footprint, or the amount of memory your software use, has traditionally been a big deal for embedded devices. But nowadays, with RAM and flash memory cost being a fraction of what it used to be, surely footprint is a non-issue? Just throw in more memory. It's cheap, right? Well, not so fast there Mr. (or Mrs.) Call…