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A Conversation with Chuck McManis

Developing systems with a purpose: do one thing, and do it well.

by Charlene O'Hanlon | May 2, 2006

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A Conversation with Mike Deliman

Mike Deliman was pretty busy last January when the Mars rover Spirit developed memory and communications problems shortly after landing on the Red Planet. He is a member of the team at Wind River Systems who created the operating system at the heart of the Mars rovers, and he was among those working nearly around the clock to discover and solve the problem that had mysteriously halted the mission on Mars.

by George Neville-Neil | November 30, 2004

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Opinion:
Voting Machine Hell

There has been much commentary from computer scientists on the advantages and disadvantages of various electronic voting schemes. More holes have been poked in the current electronic designs than were punched in the cards used in Florida.

by Jef Raskin | May 5, 2004

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The (not so) Hidden Computer

The growing complexity of purpose-built systems is making it difficult to conceal the computers within.

by Terry Coatta | May 2, 2006

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TiVo-lution

The challenges of delivering a reliable, easy-to-use DVR service to the masses

by Jim Barton | May 2, 2006

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