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Pushbutton Security Comes to IoT

“There is no such thing as perfect security, only varying levels of insecurity.” – Salman Rushdie

Spend any time talking with IoT developers and one of two subjects will come up. One, they’ll admit they’re worried about security. And two, they’ll talk about wanting to connect to the cloud.

Trouble is, most IoT developers … Read More → "Pushbutton Security Comes to IoT"

Software-Defined Manufacturing

You might say that it all started with radio. For most of us, “radio” means what you listen to in your car (where today it’s but one choice rather than the only choice it used to be). AM and FM were, and are, the main variants for that. Take TV into account, and you have VHF and UHF – if you’re receiving it over the … Read More → "Software-Defined Manufacturing"

Microsoft Buys Express Logic RTOS Company

“The future lies in designing… computers that users don’t realize are computers at all.” – Adam Osborne

The big fish eat the small fish. That’s a law of the jungle… er, aquarium.

Last week, software leviathan Microsoft gobbled up minnow Express Logic and its well-regarded RTOS, ThreadX. The financial terms of the agreement were not … Read More → "Microsoft Buys Express Logic RTOS Company"

Automatic Security Policy Implementation

They say that security can’t be designed as an afterthought. That security must be thought through as an early aspect of planning and architecture design. (“They” being… well, the same “they” that say lots of things.)

It would be so much easier if a small design house could have one security expert (at most) that everyone could run to … Read More → "Automatic Security Policy Implementation"

The Debug Time Machine

“Is this going to be a stand-up fight, sir, or another bug hunt?” – PFC Hudson, Aliens

If you’re debugging code, which tool would you rather have: your favorite debugger or a time machine? A good debugger is vital, sure, but a time machine… You could rewind the clock to before the point you inserted the bug and then… just… not do … Read More → "The Debug Time Machine"

Renesas Bundles 64-Bit Chips with 10-Year Linux

“Linux is only free if your time has no value.” – Jamie Zawinski

Chip giant Renesas has created a whole new line of high-end microprocessors that sit at the tippy top of the company’s product range, so let’s talk about… the software.

In a reversal of normal hardware protocol, Renesas is making a big deal … Read More → "Renesas Bundles 64-Bit Chips with 10-Year Linux"

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