Archive for the ‘Music for Debugging’ Category

Music for Debugging: Make It Through This Trace

Sunday, April 1st, 2012

Software trace analysis is notoriously difficult so a bit of folk music is needed to make debugging sessions less boring. The following album came to my attention in a local library and after listening to it I recommend it for software log analysis sessions:

Make It Through This World

Here’s my own track title interpretation:

1. Dream Away The Defects
2. This I’d Analyze
3. A Magnifier
4. Make It Through This Trace
5. Don’t Let It Go Unanalyzed
6. Request-Reply Pair
7. I Love It When It’s Short
8. No Higher Specs
9. Said, Said.
10. When I Think Of You, My Customers
11. Close to The Defect
12. A Debugger For You Now

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Music for Debugging: Going Romantic

Sunday, January 22nd, 2012

I have discovered that Romantic era music is good for debugging, memory dump and software trace analysis sessions. Previously I included Beethoven and now suggest to listen to Schumann. For a starter you can try this album: Schumann: Symphonies Nos. 1-4

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Music for Debugging: Out of Memory and Losing My Data (Comment Impact)

Monday, September 19th, 2011

R.E.M. album Out of Time is a great joy to listen for Win32 API debugging veterans familiar with Visual Basic.

I put my own track title names here:

1. I Can’t Find It!
2. Losing My Data
3. LOWORD
4. Near A Wild Pointer (*pa, *pa, *ppa, …)
5. End Of Session
6. Happy Customers
7. Be LONG
8. Half A Word Away! (A Miracle)
9. Printer Driver (Can’t Spell Its Name)
10. Customer Feedback (One, Two, Three, …)
11. Found Me In Dumps

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Music for Debugging: Navigating the Long List

Monday, September 12th, 2011

If you like the completeness, grand complete memory dumps, multi-volume oeuvres (the more volumes the better) and natural memory visualization you would then like to open this box and listen to this complete performance achievement to get energy and inspiration for long debugging sessions:

Liszt: The Complete Piano Music

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Memory Dump Analysis Anthology, Volume 5 is available for download

Sunday, April 17th, 2011

I’m pleased to announce that MDAA, Volume 5 is available in PDF format:

www.dumpanalysis.org/Memory+Dump+Analysis+Anthology+Volume+5

It 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

Its table of contents is available here:

www.dumpanalysis.org/MDAA/MDA-Anthology-V5-TOC.pdf

Paperback and hardcover versions should be available in a week or two. I also started working on Volume 6 that should be available in November-December.

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Music for Debugging: 555 Binary Threads

Thursday, November 18th, 2010

Domenico Scarlatti 555 binary form sonatas are an ideal background complement to a static memory dump analysis activity. Endless thread transitions between user and kernel spaces. A memory dump in front of my eyes in WinDbg window becomes live and software behavior patterns are literally heard (a spiking blocked thread trying to get a lock finally gets its and gradually descends from one module to another to rise again touching a kernel space ceiling and abruptly disappears from the memory landscape reborn in another thread form).

Domenico Scarlatti: Keyboard Sonatas (Complete)

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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.

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Can A Memory Dump Be Blue?

Sunday, July 18th, 2010

Yes, it can. Here’s the Dump2Picture image of a kernel memory dump (3 GB) from a 128 GB system:

Now it’s time to listen to Klaus Schulze album In Blue again.

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Music for Debugging: Retry, Abort, Escape

Saturday, July 3rd, 2010

Finally found music appropriate for ETW / CDF trace analysis. It’s Andre Gagnon’s album Escape:

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Here’s my version of track titles (some of them are also appropriate for crash dump analysis) with my comments in italics:

1. Non Fatal Error
2. Trace Dance (Samba)
3. En Hive
4. Char, The
5. L”Debug”
6. “Memoria”L
7. Process Hearts (cores)
8. Holidays (, but always looking back)
9. WOW (64)
10. DA+TA Master
11. Concert for 4 Threads (“Concertino” doesn’t sound good here)
12. Toc-Cat-ta of Strings
13. Bugville Promenade (along bug clusters?)
14. MOVS
15. The Sea Named Trace (after Solaris movie)
16. Catching The Bottle (it is often difficult to find a relevant problem message in a billion-line trace)
17. Debug Me Tender (DebugLove?)

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Modern Memory Dump and Software Trace Analysis: Volumes 1-3

Sunday, April 18th, 2010

OpenTask to offer first 3 volumes of Memory Dump Analysis Anthology in one set:

The set is available exclusively from OpenTask e-Commerce web site starting from June. Individual volumes are also available from Amazon, Barnes & Noble and other bookstores worldwide.

Product information:

  • Title: Modern Memory Dump and Software Trace Analysis: Volumes 1-3
  • Author: Dmitry Vostokov
  • Language: English
  • Product Dimensions: 22.86 x 15.24
  • Paperback: 1600 pages
  • Publisher: Opentask (31 May 2010)
  • ISBN-13: 978-1-906717-99-5

Information about individual volumes:

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Forthcoming CD and MP3 Audio Music Album Release: Computation

Friday, March 26th, 2010

Dr. DebugLove is working on a new album release scheduled for April. Its title is simply “Computation”. MP3 download will be available too. Stay tuned to the waves of computation and don’t forget to join Facebook fan group: Music of Computation

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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.

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Music for Debugging: Ancient Computations and A Vision of The New Dump

Friday, January 8th, 2010

Today found a CD in my old case (the link I give is for MP3 though):

Ancient Journeys: A Vision Of The New World

Here’s my version of track titles:

1. Discovering the Interface
2. Conquering the New Space
3. Frozen System
4. MS DOS  
5. Russian OS
6. The Journeys of RIP
7. The Spiking Threads
8. Not Enough Space
9. Against Bugs

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Music for Debugging: The Memory Dump of the Dead

Wednesday, November 25th, 2009

Highly recommended to listen during analysis of a complete memory dump from an isolated dead system to build tension resulting in a problem resolution in 21 minutes:

Rachmaninov: Symphonic Dances & the Isle of the Dead

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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.

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Music for Debugging: The Duet of Threads

Tuesday, September 1st, 2009

When listening for the first time to all Bach Cantatas from Complete Works, I found Aria Duetto “Wir danken, wir preisen” (”We thank you, we praise”) from BWV 134 (#4) very stimulating to think about multithreading while debugging or analyzing memory dumps and confirmed my feelings during second listening to all Cantatas.

Bach Edition: Complete Works (155 CD Box Set)

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Whom do we thank and praise then? Of course, the creator of the correct and maintainable multithreaded code.

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Music for Debugging: THE ALL MIGHTY DEBUGGER

Monday, July 13th, 2009

Just finished listening twice to Rick Wakeman performance at Lincoln Cathedral. To paraphrase his words, when I do memory dump analysis I experience the feeling of power surge through the fingers. Highly recommended to get the feeling of being the debugging god back during bitter moments of software support:

At Lincoln Cathedral

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Here is my version of track titles inspired by listening (with my comments in italics):

1. Process Mortality
2. Dance of the MIPS
3. Gifts from Help
4. THE ALL MIGHTY DEBUGGER
5. Problem solved
6. The DA TA Variations (remember DATA: Dump Analysis Trace Analysis)

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Memory Auralization: A Computational Opera

Thursday, May 7th, 2009

This is the enhanced version of Dump2Wave technology that allows to transform computational operations into audible artifacts.

Computational processes and threads are fiber bundled with native memory visualization techniques to create audio and visual images of powerful memory topoi. This opens the new era in music. The closure of analog -> digital -> analog enables visualization and auralization of finite and infinite (transfinite) digital data.

Stay tuned! More on this later…

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Music for Debugging: In the Memory Dump File

Monday, April 20th, 2009

I used to be a fun of Yanni music in the late 1990s. Today I started listening again to some of his albums and recommend them for any debugging session. If you are new to this music there is a compilation album that I’m listening to while I’m writing this post:

In the Mirror

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Here is my version of track titles inspired by listening (with my comments in italics): 

1. In the Memory Dump File
2. The Morning Session
3. Love for Debugging
4. A Debugger’s Dream 
5. Within Kernel
6. Forbidden Access
7. Once Upon a Second Chance
8. Chasing Bugs
9. The Main Thread [Special Debugging Version]  
10. Quiet Memory Analyst 
11. Debugging Joy (My Life is Debugging)
12. So Long My Debugger (My Only Friend on Virtual Memory Plains)
13. Before I Leave the Debugger 
14. End of Session (It wasn’t bad after all)
15. Face in the Memory Dump (after applying Natural Memory Visualization techniques: you can see pictures and various artifacts stored in memory buffers)

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Headphones for Debugging

Wednesday, April 15th, 2009

Some fellow debuggers ask me what brand of headphones I use during debugging. It depends on the working environment. In the office I use STAX electrostatic headphones, one of the previous versions of their Basic System that I bought 4 years ago, similar to this one:

http://www.stax.co.jp/Export/SRS2050II.html

I learnt about STAX in 2000, Moscow, when I was obsessed with pure sound and rushed to the nearest dealer to buy the old version of SR-001:

http://www.stax.co.jp/Export/SR001mk2e.html

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