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Phaedrus Systems Soapbox


When not working Phaedrus Systems and a few selected individuals have been musing on various topics: some arising from Phaedsys conference papers, some from things in the news and others items that are to big to go into the Phaedsys Newsletters. The guilty are using pseudonyms as they are writing for themselves not their employers but are going to be well known to many of you (and their employers)..
Windows 7 instalation and maintenance


The Wicked Witch in her work in setting up and maintaining some MS Windows 7 computers, has written some notes which may be of interest to development teams (or their IT support depts) who are not rushing to Win10. The project was for a compiler validation exercise, where you have to be very precise in the setup which often leads to some deeper questions being asked read on....

TradeshowsGo Forth and Design your own Language
By Juegen Pintaske January 2017


A fascinating article on the lexicon of writing your own programming language and an introduction to FORTH .>read on....

TradeshowsTorvolds and ARM
By Roger Sheperd of Chipless December 2016


Chris is a great campaigner against the religion that open source software is inherently better and more secure than closed source. However, at times I he goes too far, and assumes anyone from the open-source community can’t be talking sense. One case is Chris’s recent reaction to Linus Torvalds’ commentss.>read on....

TradeshowsTradeshows and conferences:
Why bother isn’t it all on the ‘net?
By Chris Hills
January 2016


Why bother with Trade shows and conferences?  Aren’t they just full of salesmen trying to make commission and all the information is on the Internet anyway?  Well, not exactly and it is not a simple as it sounds.  This became obvious as I attended a raft of conferences and trade shows over the last 5 months.>read on....

ECC Paranoia

Elliptic curve cryptography - now comes the paranoia (and legal action)

Gareth Greenwood January 2016


After last month’s missive in these pages, your author wondered whether his article might have been a little complacent. Probably it wasn’t, but some other developments have put things in an alternative light.... > read on...

Chipping away the Rust – Part1: Avoiding memory errors

The Wicked Witch of the West

January 2016



TWW signed out last year with an heads-up piece on Mozilla's new language Rust. This month she gets into some details. Rust fans speak of the trifecta of Rust which refers to its safety, speed and concurrency. Let's deal with speed first. > read on....

Cloud today?The weather forecast: today there is cloud, tomorrow there might not be…
By Chris Hills
December 2015


This article discusses the IoT is not static, everything changes. The cloud is virtual and, like real clouds, it can move or evaporate altogether leaving you with nothing. In some cases the cloud will move location or change ownership and the new owners change the rules. You may get caught out or locked out if your cloud services evaporate>read on....

NSA (again)

What the NSA does not want you to know

Gareth Greenwood December 2015


A recent article in ArsTechnica reports that NSA can break 512-bit elliptic curve cryptographic keys to facilitate “man-in-the-middle” attacks on internet communications. Apparently, to initiate key-exchange dialogues, most internet servers use numbers generated from only a limited set of elliptic curves..... > read on...

The Wicked Witch of the West attacks RUST [Part 1] December 2015


The Mozilla Foundation has become the latest outfit trying to provide a language that extends C without creating the disadvantages of C's successors, C++, Java and C#. The language, called RUST, has an eclectic approach to language design, citing many earlier languages as influences. Mozilla has supported the development of RUST as a language for its future client/server products. > read on....