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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.…

Class and lack thereof


From the always readable Joel on Software: Attention, FogBugz competitors: a court has ruled that you are welcome to continue to advertise your products when people search for FogBugz on Google. I actually don't think there's anything wrong with this although it does show a certain lack of class, mm,…

Engineering cool factor


One of our customers wrote to us today and said that he was impressed with how enthusiastic our engineers are about our software and customer applications. And why not? Real-time software is core technology for so many incredible applications. Here's Mr. Brunel in front of the Great Western and the…

What is software security for


The natural tendency of an engineer is to assume that "security" is an engineering issue that reduces to a type of reliability. And the Common Criteria security document outlines a solid engineering approach (written in astoundingly opaque bureaucratese) for assuring software is designed, developed, and tested to limit security failures.…