More Bad RTOS Information

The Internet (and magazines and conferences) are filled with bad information about when to choose an RTOS. In short, the world wants to sell you an RTOS, even when you don’t need one or the use of one would overly complicate your software design. Here are two generalizations from a recent whitepaper: Operating systems make programming […]

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Embedded Systems History

The editors of Embedded Systems Design recently put together an interesting historical timeline of the embedded systems industry. To learn some history, take a stroll over to .

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Making fun of Usability Specialists

I recently encountered http://www.usabilitymustdie.com/ which is a site that satires some of the feedback that might come from dilbert-esque usability specialists. While most of it is over-the-top and can not be taken too seriously, it is a good thing that there is someone who who will call into question the value of, sometimes expensive, usability reviews by […]

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Embedded C Quiz Results

When we redesigned the Netrino.com website late last year, we thought it’d be fun to challenge our more than 20,000 monthly visitors (mostly embedded software engineers) to a skills test. So we developed a ten question multiple-choice quiz (http://www.netrino.com/Embedded-Systems/Embedded-C-Quiz). And it has been a popular feature of the new site, with a couple hundred participants just in […]

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Kill the Patent Office

I’m not sure what to make of all the criticism of and suggested improvement to the U.S. patent system. However, I found this article thought-provoking:

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Breathalizer Source Code to Get a Day in Court

Here’s an interesting news story at the intersection of embedded systems and due process: http://www.news.com/Police-Blotter-Intoxilyzer-code-must-be-disclosed/2100-1030_3-6227951.html How many potential bugs might a knowledgable expert witness spot in your code? Are the comments in your source accurate and clean enough for a judge or jury to read?

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The perils of overloading

This post is coming to you from Sweden – a very fine country that I heartily recommend visiting if you get the chance. (If you’re wondering why I’m in Sweden – I’m here on business as one of my clients is located in Gothenburg). Anyway, the fact that I’m in Sweden is relevant to this […]

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