SecureRF == SnakeOil?

I’m pleased to report that after years of reading Bruce Schneier, I am finally catching on. A few weeks back at the Embedded Systems Conference I attended a lunch for startup companies and venture capitalists. One of the presenting companies, SecureRF, claimed to have invented a security protocol for resource-constrained systems (such as RFID devices) that was […]

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Knowledge versus Understanding

Every month or two a ‘Technical Recruiter’ from one of the larger placement companies calls me up to see if I’m available for work. Most of the time I’m not, and so the conversation terminates quite quickly. However, once in a while I am available, and so the inevitable request for an updated resume is […]

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The End for Embedded Linux?

Last week at the Embedded Systems Conference in Boston, I moderated a panel discussion premised on the recent downward trending slope of Linux use in such systems. The panelists were Dr. Inder Singh (CEO, LynuxWorks), consultant Bill Gatliff, and John Carbone (VP of Marketing, Express Logic). The graph to the left shows the operating systems use data. The […]

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Fuse Blown

As a professional developer of embedded systems, I use a lot of sophisticated tools and best practices in order to create the best embedded applications I can. Today, however, I ran into an issue which makes a mockery of much of what I (and presumably you) do. So what is this issue you ask? Well, […]

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