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Not the Best of Times

There's an old line, that goes, “They told me to cheer up; things could get worse. So I cheered up, and sure enough, things did get worse.” Maintaining a positive attitude and a sense of humor is not so easy in times like these, but now is when it's most important. In “Loss of Options,” Jack Ganssle reflects on the changes we're willing to make in our job priorities in difficult times, how, for example, the idea of doing a spell of product maintenance doesn't seem quite as onerous as it would have last year.

Are the tough times affecting you the same way? Are you optimistic about next year or are you just trying to hang on to your job? That's the subject of this week's poll, which asks if you think business for your company in 2002 will be better or worse than this year and if you think your job will be more or less fun next year.

In Net-centric Computing Bernard Cole notes that for the first time ever, many of the major desktop computer system manufacturers are experiencing negative growth. He anticipates a real revolution, one in which the operating system as Microsoft defines it and the CPU as Intel conceives it will become things of the past.

If you take a glance at the Embedded Bookshelf, you'll discover it has been reorganized — finally. It should be easier to locate books now. Books have been slotted into several categories:

  • Embedded/Real-time Programming
  • Software Design (including OOAD, UML)
  • User Interface Design
  • Hardware (Design and Reference)
  • Digital Signal Processing
  • Real-time Operating Systems
  • Communications and Networking (Wired and Wireless)
  • And last, that indispensable category, Other.

The Embedded Bookshelf links to where you can investigate and purchase books of interest. The bookshelf also features a list of the top selling books based on Amazon sales rankings.

This week, two new books have been added to the bookshelf as well.Embedded Systems Design: An Introduction to Processes, Tools & Techniques , by Arnold S. Berger and Fundamentals of Embedded Software: Where C and Assembly Meet , by Daniel W. Lewis .

But wait, there's more. At Download Central, you'll now find Berkeley DB, a toolkit for developing “fast, reliable, scalable, and mission-critical” databases. The free download includes source code, documentation, and support for building the library on a large number of operating systems and hardware platforms.

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