Archive for the ‘Memory Dreams’ Category

An Undisclosed Corporation Tried to Hire Vostokov, Improve a Debugger

Sunday, April 1st, 2012

The founder of pattern-driven debugging was invited to HQ a few years ago to join the Corporation and work on what would become the killer of current debuggers and disassemblers.

- Dmitry Vostokov @ DumpAnalysis.org + TraceAnalysis.org -

Debugger’s Dream

Tuesday, February 15th, 2011

- Dmitry Vostokov @ DumpAnalysis.org + TraceAnalysis.org -

Do Security Professionals Dream?

Monday, December 27th, 2010

Paraphrasing the title of Philip K. Dick’s novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? I’d like to tell the dream I had a few nights ago after starting my work on a computational security novel Session Zero (ISBN: 978-1908043092). I was in the hall of a building where Russian and American spies frequently intersect. Apparently, I was a technician there and everyone passing by was complaining about difficulties being a spy. I was listening and telling everyone that I wasn’t a spy, just a technician. Suddenly a thought came to my mind that if I were a real spy masquerading as a technician it would have made make a good novel plot… Then I met colleagues from one of my previous companies and I woke up.

- Dmitry Vostokov @ DumpAnalysis.org + TraceAnalysis.org -

Forthcoming Memory Dump Analysis Anthology, Volume 5

Friday, November 12th, 2010

Five volumes of cross-disciplinary Anthology (dubbed by the author “The Summa Memorianica”) lay the foundation of the scientific discipline of Memoretics (study of computer memory snapshots and their evolution in time) that is also called Memory Dump and Software Trace Analysis.ca

The 5th volume contains revised, edited, cross-referenced, and thematically organized selected DumpAnalysis.org blog posts about crash dump, software trace analysis and debugging written in February 2010 - October 2010 for software engineers developing and maintaining products on Windows platforms, quality assurance engineers testing software on Windows platforms, technical support and escalation engineers dealing with complex software issues, and security researchers, malware analysts and reverse engineers. The fifth volume features:

- 25 new crash dump analysis patterns
- 11 new pattern interaction case studies (including software tracing)
- 16 new trace analysis patterns
- 7 structural memory patterns
- 4 modeling case studies for memory dump analysis patterns
- Discussion of 3 common analysis mistakes
- Malware analysis case study
- Computer independent architecture of crash analysis report service
- Expanded coverage of software narratology
- Metaphysical and theological implications of memory dump worldview
- More pictures of memory space and physicalist art
- Classification of memory visualization tools
- Memory visualization case studies
- Close reading of the stories of Sherlock Holmes: Dr. Watson’s observational patterns
- Fully cross-referenced with Volume 1, Volume 2, Volume 3, and Volume 4

Product information:

  • Title: Memory Dump Analysis Anthology, Volume 5
  • Author: Dmitry Vostokov
  • Language: English
  • Product Dimensions: 22.86 x 15.24
  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Opentask (10 December 2010)
  • ISBN-13: 978-1-906717-96-4
  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Opentask (10 December 2010)
  • ISBN-13: 978-1-906717-97-1

Back cover features memory space art image Hot Computation: Memory on Fire.

- Dmitry Vostokov @ DumpAnalysis.org + TraceAnalysis.org -

Personal Roots of Memory Dump Analysis

Thursday, September 23rd, 2010

When I was a child I experienced dreams where I was carried by a huge wave that was transforming to a torus completely absorbing me up to a breakpoint of my wake up. A year ago I got the book Memory Evolutive Systems because of my interest in applying category theory to memory analysis and debugging and immediately recalled my long-time forgotten childhood dreams while staring at its front cover:

- Dmitry Vostokov @ DumpAnalysis.org + TraceAnalysis.org -

Sweet Oil of Memory

Tuesday, February 23rd, 2010

- Dmitry Vostokov @ DumpAnalysis.org + TraceAnalysis.org -

Forthcoming Memory Dump Analysis Anthology, Volume 4

Thursday, February 11th, 2010

This is a revised, edited, cross-referenced and thematically organized volume of selected DumpAnalysis.org blog posts about crash dump analysis and debugging written in July 2009 - January 2010 for software engineers developing and maintaining products on Windows platforms, quality assurance engineers testing software on Windows platforms and technical support and escalation engineers dealing with complex software issues. The fourth volume features:

- 13 new crash dump analysis patterns
- 13 new pattern interaction case studies
- 10 new trace analysis patterns
- 6 new Debugware patterns and case study
- Workaround patterns
- Updated checklist
- Fully cross-referenced with Volume 1, Volume 2 and Volume 3
- New appendixes

Product information:

  • Title: Memory Dump Analysis Anthology, Volume 4
  • Author: Dmitry Vostokov
  • Language: English
  • Product Dimensions: 22.86 x 15.24
  • Paperback: 410 pages
  • Publisher: Opentask (30 March 2010)
  • ISBN-13: 978-1-906717-86-5
  • Hardcover: 410 pages
  • Publisher: Opentask (30 April 2010)
  • ISBN-13: 978-1-906717-87-2

Back cover features memory space art image: Internal Process Combustion.

- Dmitry Vostokov @ DumpAnalysis.org + TraceAnalysis.org -

Scriptures of Memorianity

Wednesday, December 23rd, 2009

Memorianity soon to publish its Testament with 7 microkernel prophecies, childhood universal memory dump visions of its founder, the recollection of a conversion and other supporting materials. This full color scripture is small to carry around:

Title: Memory Religion: A Testament
ISBN-13: 978-1906717476
Pages: 24

The cover image is an allegorical interpretation of the concept of the Original Defect:

- Dmitry Vostokov @ Memory Religion Portal -

Memory Space Road

Friday, December 4th, 2009

Some impressions after a day of memory dump analysis.

Memory Space Road to The Ultimate Fix (click to enlarge)

- Dmitry Vostokov @ DumpAnalysis.org -

From Image to Imagination

Monday, October 12th, 2009

The best of artistic work commissioned by OpenTask to be published with annotations in the following book scheduled to open 2010, The Year of The Foundation of Debugging (Crash Dump Analysis):

Spikes, Hangs, Crashes, Leaks and Dumps of Imagination: The Art of the Debugging Art (ISBN: 978-1906717841)

Note: This is not a book about natural computer memory visualization.

- Dmitry Vostokov @ DumpAnalysis.org -

Forthcoming Memory Dump Analysis Anthology, Volume 3

Saturday, September 26th, 2009

This is a revised, edited, cross-referenced and thematically organized volume of selected DumpAnalysis.org blog posts about crash dump analysis and debugging written in October 2008 - June 2009 for software engineers developing and maintaining products on Windows platforms, quality assurance engineers testing software on Windows platforms and technical support and escalation engineers dealing with complex software issues. The third volume features:

- 15 new crash dump analysis patterns
- 29 new pattern interaction case studies
- Trace analysis patterns
- Updated checklist
- Fully cross-referenced with Volume 1 and Volume 2
- New appendixes

Product information:

  • Title: Memory Dump Analysis Anthology, Volume 3
  • Author: Dmitry Vostokov
  • Language: English
  • Product Dimensions: 22.86 x 15.24
  • Paperback: 404 pages
  • Publisher: Opentask (20 December 2009)
  • ISBN-13: 978-1-906717-43-8
  • Hardcover: 404 pages
  • Publisher: Opentask (30 January 2010)
  • ISBN-13: 978-1-906717-44-5

Back cover features 3D computer memory visualization image.

- Dmitry Vostokov @ DumpAnalysis.org -

4 Levels of Reading Comprehension

Wednesday, March 18th, 2009

Long time ago a professor of mathematical analysis told me a joke about reading comprehension levels:

Level 1: You feel good while reading

Level 2: You can repeat what you’ve read

Level 3: You can refute what you’ve read

After looking at some books on my shelves that I bought last month including 11 volume history of philosophy I would like to add

Level 0: You feel good before reading

- Dmitry Vostokov @ DumpAnalysis.org -

Plastic Job Offer

Monday, January 5th, 2009

Publishing my old CV and salary expectations damaged my memory and yesterday night I experienced a dream where a courier arrived to my office. I opened a packet and saw an A4 plastic card with a cover displaying a VIP job offer from one company the name of which I cannot disclose here. The plastic job offer card also had 2 buttons: accept an offer and decline an offer. To the left of the buttons there was a picture of a tiger: I used to play with 2 x 2 tiger puzzle with my 2 year old son before that night… When I woke up the dream was so real that I searched around for that card :-)

- Dmitry Vostokov @ DumpAnalysis.org -