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Comparing VXworks to RTLinux


A couple of years ago, one of our salesmen asked us to comment on a comparison between VxWorks and RTLinux performance that had a prospective customer worried. When we tracked down the article, we were dumbfounded that it was being taken seriously. The article was a student paper from a…

The romance of trade and fuzzy slippers


Commerce used to be more fashionable. The French historian Fernand Braudel writes that in the 1630s "ten ships a year from the Indian ocean, from Calicut, Surat, or Msulipatam, and the odd Portugese ship out of Goa were still arriving in Mocha with cargoes of pepper, cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves".…

Spyware and Security


So an exec from Claria (formerly known as Gator) heads off to the US Government's . department of Homeland Security. As of today, if you Google "claria spyware" you get 44000 hits. The commercial (and governmental) utility of building security holes into software should never be overlooked. Security holes in…

RTLinux easy but RT hard.


I wrote a chapter for an academic book recently and the publisher sent me a "copyright assignment" form ( don't even start) that asked me, among other things, to provide a warranty that it was perfectly safe to use the methods I described. Well, to be plain - it's not.…