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Security: Hard and Soft

“We will bankrupt ourselves in the vain search for absolute security.” – Dwight D. Eisenhower

I hate writing about security. I hate it because I wish it were unnecessary. There was a time when engineering meant making a product that did what you wanted it to do. Now it means spending a bunch of time making it not do what other people want but … Read More → "Security: Hard and Soft"

What Part of the Elephant Do You Recognise?

After forty years at the helm of National Instruments, founder Dr. James Truchard (Dr. T.) is stepping down. Given that NI was founded before most people working in electronics today entered the profession, it is one of those companies everybody knows – but what “everybody knows” varies from person to person. Do you know NI for test and measurement, for system design, or for system control?  Or VST? What does … Read More → "What Part of the Elephant Do You Recognise?"

Can You Get Sued for Bad Code?

“Every man believes he knows how to do three things: drink liquor, woo a woman, and write.” – anonymous

You’ve just installed a shiny new multimillion-dollar computer system used to dispatch ambulances in a large, metropolitan city. You and your colleagues have spent years developing the software, which allows first-responders to efficiently locate the nearest ambulance in any part of the city. When an emergency … Read More → "Can You Get Sued for Bad Code?"

Qualcomm Discovers Its Long Tail

“Headlines, in a way, are what mislead you because bad news is a headline, and gradual improvement is not.” – Bill Gates

Well, that didn’t take long.

In yet another example of the “what gets measured gets done” syndrome, some TV manufacturers now stand accused of cheating on their energy-consumption testing. According to … Read More → "Qualcomm Discovers Its Long Tail"

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Dec 11, 2017
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Concept to X: Ten Steps to Effective Model Driven DevelopmentModel Driven Development is proven to improve productivity in the design process. It makes it possible to use models all the way down the flow, automatically generating parts of the design and thus improving the design’s quality by bringing in repeatability and standards compliance. It enables actions such as eliminating physical prototypes from the process, … Read More → "Concept to X: Ten Steps to Effective Model Driven Development"