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Fake Dawn app updated, and thoughts about Android API backward compatibility

October 12, 2014

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Some time ago I wrote an Android app called Fake Dawn, mainly to learn about the basics of Java development on Android, and also to implement something that I can use everyday: an alarm that wakes you up gently by gradually increasing the volume and the light in a customizable way. I collected the things […]

Schneier on Security: Security Risks of Embedded Systems

January 9, 2014

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Security expert Bruce Schneier wrote an essay on the present dangers of routers and small devices connected to the Internet: Schneier on Security: Security Risks of Embedded Systems. It’s supposed to be a wake-up call for the companies selling integrated chips and embedded systems: they need to design their product better, increasing inherent security, ensuring […]

Sticky Bits » Style vs. Substance in C programming

June 23, 2013

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Sticky Bits blog published an article on C style guides, and the importance of clarifying the real reasons behind these guidelines: Sticky Bits » Blog Archive » Style vs. Substance in C programming. The bottom line is that they (Feabhas) intend to develop a meta-guide that specifies how to write coding styles. They want a community-driven […]

QEMU 1.5.0 released, a backward compatibility warning

May 21, 2013

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In my personal projects I used QEMU extensively to emulate ARM devices, these are some of my posts on the subject: Hello world for bare metal ARM using QEMU U-boot for ARM on QEMU Busybox for ARM on QEMU Booting Linux with U-Boot on QEMU ARM Linux NFS Root under QEMU ARM emulator Debugging ARM programs inside QEMU QEMU ARM semihosting Emulating […]

Debian News – 7.0 “Wheezy” released

May 5, 2013

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The new “stable” Debian distribution has been released; here the announcement: Debian — News — Debian 7.0 “Wheezy” released. This announcement is quite important for many reasons. One of them is that the Debian stable release cycle is slow: last version was released in 2011. There are many individuals and companies that decide to stick with […]

The development process of my Android app

March 26, 2013

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I received a request from one of my readers, who wanted details on the development process of my Fake Dawn app. I wrote them a response and the mail has become quite consistent, so I decided to post it also on my blog, because it is a nice summary of what was going on in my […]

A sad goodbye to a real maker

January 19, 2013

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I did not know Fabio Varesano personally, but I studied some of his work and followed his activities. He wrote an applied thesis on Arduino and his projects led to the manufacturing of the FreeIMU sensors platform and many other solutions. Today I learned that he’s gone. Suddenly, unexpectedly and too early. It’s obvious that he had the […]