Archive for the ‘Psi-computation’ Category

On Unconscious

Friday, July 16th, 2010

Computer software is said to be simple and predictable as any mechanism (*). We can debug it, we can completely trace what it is doing. It seems rational to us. Let’s then label it as Conscious. On the outside there is an irrational human being who did program that software. Let’s then label that person’s mind as Unconscious. What about hardware and body? They form parts of HCI (Human-Computer Interaction or Interface).

(*) Is there any life inside Windows?

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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 Memory Dump Analysis Anthology, Volume 3

Saturday, September 26th, 2009

This is a revised, edited, cross-referenced and thematically organized volume of selected 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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Dao of Debugging

Wednesday, September 2nd, 2009

Dao De Jing bugging

Bang the Debugger, explains his extraordinary skill in debugging:

“The Thread is the Way, the flow I follow. When I started I could only use !analyze -v command. After 4 years I could see through memory bits without lenses of a debugger program because Dao is beyond computer understanding and more than technical skills.”

Based on the famous story from Ding the Butcher.

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Moving towards the Psi point

Thursday, August 6th, 2009

The hierarchy of Ψ1, …, Ψ8, …, Ψ16, …, Ψ32, …, Ψ64, …, …, …, ΨΨ numbers where the subscript denotes the number of bits a memory address can have, so Ψ32 and Ψ64 are memorillion and quadrimemorillion of memory dumps respectively. We only need to figure out the meaning of Ψ0 and ΨΨ. Perhaps there is some meaning in Dirac notation here: <Ψ0Ψ>. More on this later because I have to finish this week the book x64 Windows Debugging: Practical Foundations and write an errata file for the previous x86 version of the book series.

Note: Ψ is an M upside down.

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The Ghost of Adelphi Training Center

Tuesday, June 9th, 2009

The Adelphi Training Center in Dublin, Ireland, is haunted by the ghost of pre-Internet epoch. During one debugging night, when installing a secret service, Drilliam Traceless was murdered by a redundant engineer who was envy to his charisma. He stubbed him in the back while Drilliam was unlocking his mini-computer case. He died whispering: “I’ll be back debugging”. His face sometimes appears on greenish screensavers running on computers located in that center. During morning training sessions, many trainees think this is a kind of the so called Guinness effect.

The story is adapted from The Ghost of Adelphi Theatre. 

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Friday, May 22nd, 2009

This is a computational ghost that comes from CPU spiking tops and hills to bring sickness to small programs. Red color from RGB triplets provides early warning signs.

Inspired by non-computational Acheri.

PS. This category of computational ghosts and bug hauntings was also inspired by an e-mail conversation between two software engineers that I witnessed some years ago when one told another: “Is this your fix that is still haunting us?”. If you have ever visited heated code review debates you can imagine the provoked response.

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Occult Debugging

Monday, December 15th, 2008

Once upon a time I was analyzing a memory dump and in the process become upset. I realized that the dump was vacuous and afterwards learnt that the customer forced the dump of a normal system with steady-state computational activities inside. At the same time computational precognition, the ability to see in advance what would happen with the system, always fascinated me from the very beginning of my memory dump analysis work. In computational precognition phrase, the word “computational” refers to computers and “precognition” refers to humans but this should not be the problem as the boundary between these two categories is not sharp and can be shifted in either direction. This is an opening of the new post series about investigation of occult, paranormal and supernatural in the realm of computable. In short, about psi-computation.

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