"once you'd gotten used to creating your presentations in PowerPoint, you wouldn't want to go back to not using it."
I know plenty of people who, even after learning how to use a better tool go back to the first one because it;s how they think. For example, someone in my home still uses a computer like it were running DOS. That is, I want ot open a word document, I first open Word. Same for Excel, open the app first as opposed to using the file system where you go to file you want and let the app open.
As for me, I still do most of my graphics with Windows Paint. When I need better drawing, I use the draw program that comes with OpenOffice.
I'd probably still use the OpenOffice draw program. It tracks yourmouse position and thus you can get quite accurate and repeatable drawings. I used it to design shelving in my house and to make room diagrams for placing furniture. You just ahd the translet thedistances on the drawing sinto physical distances but once I kniw the relationship, the rest was easy. It beat making paper mkodels of rooms and furniture, although that worked too.
@ Doug, Max - Yeah, I know, I was surprised too, but that's the way he's always done it...
I still remember doing prelim PCB floorplans by cutting out post-it notes to the same size as ICs and circuit block estimates, them arranging them on a paper until I got all the interconnections as short as possible. Don't laugh - it got the job done :>}
Sometimes, moving into the future drives you backwards. With many of the newer Microsoft Office applications, if you open a file directly, it is read-only and cannot be modified or saved. It is necessary to open Word / Excel first and then open the file. "Progress."
"Memory leakage" and variables being written into unintended locations are common causes of programming problems. A debugging technique that I developed years ago was to surround my variables with some "0" buffer space. Viewing the memory on a display, I could see when data started to intrude into the white "snow" and attack my programming bug. It sounds like the Micriµm µC/Probe would be a powerful tool to monitor memory and provide an alert when variables overwrite program space or other variables.
NASA's Orion Flight Software Production Systems Manager Darrel G. Raines joins Planet Analog Editor Steve Taranovich and Embedded.com Editor Max Maxfield to talk about embedded flight software used in Orion Spacecraft, part of NASA's Mars mission. Live radio show and live chat. Get your questions ready.
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