Embedded Software

  • Giving thanks

    I have always found the American Thanksgiving holiday rather annoying. I can never remember when it is and nobody gives me any warning. Then, all of a sudden, the world stops for about a week. Having said that, I am totally in favor of having a holiday in the middle of Fall [we have nothing […]

  • Embedded Systems Conference, San Jose

    Next week, the California ESC event takes place and it is back in San Jose this year. I was planning to be there, as I had a paper accepted. Sadly, I needed to cancel my trip and a colleague will present on my behalf. Here are the details of the paper: Dynamic Memory Allocation & […]

  • No entry

    It is my broad philosophy in life to be intolerant of prejudice and bigotry. I endeavor to see everyone as an individual and try not to make any assumptions based on the person’s color, gender, sexual orientation, nationality, religion, social status, body shape, intelligence or financial position. I will not claim to be 100% successful […]

  • ESE Kongress, Sindelfingen

    The embedded conference season continues and, next week, I will be in Sindelfingen, near Stuttgart in Germany for the ESE Kongress. This is an annual event that I have attended several times over the last few years. There is a small trade show – where some of my colleagues will be manning a stand throughout […]

  • Plus ça change …

    Not so much of a long, profound blog story today – more of a Thought for the Day. There is a Chinese curse, a variation of which is “May you live in interesting times.” Looking at the events of the past few weeks, it seems to me that we all are truly cursed … Looking […]

  • Embedded Conference Scandinavia

    Next week is the Embedded Conference Scandinavia [ECS], which takes place in Kista – a suburb of Stockholm, Sweden. This is the foremost embedded event in the Scandinavian region and I have visited and presented there numerous times. This year I have the privilege of being invited to present 4 papers … Self-testing in Embedded […]

  • Parking ticket machines – who designed them?

    Like most people, I have a car. I do not mind driving and try to do so in a legal, responsible and courteous manner. I do not particularly enjoy driving, but it gets me from A to B. Some people do get pleasure from driving and I have no problem with that, so long as […]

  • Embedded software article: RTOS Revealed #2

    My latest article on embedded.com has been published. This piece is the second installment of a new series, called RTOS Revealed, which will appear from time to time for the rest of this year, into 2017 and beyond. The series will cover every aspect of real time operating systems. Program structure and real time In […]

  • Six of the best: fiction books

    Continuing my occasional “Six of the best” series, I want to turn my attention to books – specifically works of fiction. I enjoy reading and always have at least one book on the go. Mostly I would rather read than watch TV. I mostly use my Kindle, which is very convenient. It works well for […]

  • DDoS, the IoT and Nucleus

    First off, I lay no claim to be an Internet security expert. Maybe because of this, I was quite shocked by the scale and effect of the major DDoS attack that hit the news recently. This attack restricted access to some major websites for Internet users on both sides of the Atlantic. The really interesting […]


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