Archive for September 4th, 2008

The Songs for Remote Debugging

Thursday, September 4th, 2008

The Songs of Distant Earth is my favorite Mike Oldfield album. Highly recommended to keep optimism when doing remote debugging on different systems.

The Songs of Distant Earth

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Here is my alternative track naming:

1. The Decision To Go Remote
2. Let There Be A Connection
3. Super System Crash
4. Connection Established
5. First Break In
6. The Sea Of Threads
7. Setting Breakpoints
8. Prayer For A Match
9. Lament For Users
10. The Kernel
11. Screensaver Starts
12. Tabular Output
13. The Shining Threads
14. Breakpoint Match
15. The Sunken Debugger
16. Contemplating Observations
17. A New Session

- Dmitry Vostokov @ -

WDPF cover

Thursday, September 4th, 2008

Previously announced  Windows Debugging: Practical Foundations  book has got its front cover done in classic B/W style. A bit frightening, but shouldn’t stop if someone is determined to learn field debugging :-)

Please let me know what do you think. Table of contents to be published next week. 

- Dmitry Vostokov @ -

Bug Concentration Camp

Thursday, September 4th, 2008

New cartoon from Narasimha Vedala provides insight on string reversing (click on it to enlarge):

At the Bug Concentration Camp [BCC]
CCB officer decides the fate

DBG_BugConcentrationCamp from Narasimha Vedala (click to enlarge)

I was curious to check if there are any opcodes like BCC or CCB and there are indeed:

BCC - Branch on Carry Clear
CCB - Chip Configuration Byte

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Bugtation No.13

Thursday, September 4th, 2008

Shakespeare on transitive nature of software defects, where one bug causes another, and so on, until the final effect or when memory corruption causes crash effects.

“… and now remains
That we find out the cause of this effect,
Or rather say, the cause of this defect,
For this effect defective comes by cause.”

William Shakespeare, Hamlet

- Dmitry Vostokov @ -

Mother Bug

Thursday, September 4th, 2008

New cartoon from Narasimha Vedala:

Mother bug explains Morris worm

DBG_MotherBug from Narasimha Vedala

- Dmitry Vostokov @ -