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Embracing WLANs in the Industrial Market
By Ron Fredericks, Embedded Components, Inc., and Mukesh Lulla, TeamF1
Published in Industrial Embedded Systems, Oct 2005
Abstract: Industrial networks differ in some key characteristics from their enterprise counterparts, particularly in the area of security. This article discusses the trends toward use of wireless local area networks (WLANs) in an industrial context. It gives a perspective on some of the issues surrounding industrial protocols and focuses on new specifications related to IEEE 802.11 to improve security.
Industrial Embedded Systems - Fall 2005 - Volume 1 Number 1

Using Wi-Fi to Improve Plant Safety
By Ron Fredericks, Embedded Components, Inc.
Published in M2M Magazine, Oct 2005
The recent realization of the IEEE 802.11 (Wi-Fi) as the predominant secure wireless networking standard for office device manufacturers combined with the recent adoption of Ethernet and TCP/IP by the most common industrial device and control networking standards open the door to new policies for improving safety while lowering costs in industrial plant operations.

Sharing Data: Common Internet file system a valued tool
By Ron Fredericks, Visuality Systems
Published in InTech Magazine, May 2004
Abstract: The Common Internet File System (CIFS) protocol has become a very useful data sharing protocol for plant process, monitor, and control sites, as well as industrial device manufacturers. The usefulness is in large part due to the availability of CIFS for embedded and real-time operating systems. CIFS is the default network file system standard for all Microsoft Windows computers.

Vision Becomes Reality
By Ron Fredericks, Wind River Systems
Published in Embedded Developers Journal, September 2002
TornadoAlley Column - last page opinion column
Abstract: Improvements in distributed processing are limited by the pace of change of the design tools used to achieve them.

Designing Predictable Real-Time Systems
By Ron Fredericks, Wind River Systems, Ben Watson and Dr. Paolo Martins, Tri-Pacific Software

Real-Time Computing (RTC) Magazine, June 2002
Abstract: An introduction to multithreading deterministic systems and how to manage them with rate monatomic analysis.

Voice and Multimedia over Internet Protocol Drives Demand for Home Gateways
By Ron Fredericks, Partner Program Manager, Wind River Systems

Electronica Magazine, Israel, 7/4/01
Abstract: Demand for broadband connectivity is on the rise and Wind River's Tornado for Home Gateways product is now available to OEM developers as a means to meet this new demand. Publication coordinated and translated in Hebrew by Wind River's PR team in Europe.

Realizing upgradable systems with an off-the-shelf RTOS
By Ron Fredericks, Wind River Systems and Wallace Westfeldt, Xilinx

Integrated Communications Design (IDT) Magazine, December 2000
Abstract: System architects can now consider network upgradeability for their next Internet-enabled embedded-system design.

Telecom/network switches need RASS
By Ron Fredericks, Partner Program Manager, Wind River and George Tyler, Motorola Computer Group

EE Times, November 2000
Abstract: Some commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) software and hardware vendors can now provide the telecom industry with integrated products that meet the demands for reliability, availability, serviceability and security (RASS) while improving time-to-market and reducing cost based on high-availability (HA) technology. Alliances provide a successful business model among multiple vendors, which have resulted in new integrated solutions for the telecommunications marketplace. Developers look to software vendors for OS with new features that enhance support for traditional protected memory models along with middleware and associated tools for RASS-embedded development. In addition, developers look to hardware vendors for hot swap (hot swapping of hardware allows both I/O hardware, such as controllers and line cards, and computer system boards to be replaced or removed while the telecom device continues to operate), Network Equipment Building standards compliance and specialized chassis using standard COTS backplanes that are coupled with an OS.

Hard Real-Time Demands Processing Voice and Video Over IP
By Ron Fredericks, Strategic Alliance Manager, LynuxWorks and John Ehaz, VP Technology Planning, Open Systems Solutions

RTC Magazine, June 1999
Abstract: New silicon-based and software-based scheduling and quality-of-service demands are shaping designs for network's link layer. These demands can best be addressed by the RTOS, not the application, when time-to-market issues are considered.

A Venture Capitalist's View of Java
By Ron Fredericks, Software Forum Editor, Feature Article
Software Developers Forum, November 1997
Abstract: On Wednesday, November 19'th, Software Forum dinner guests listened to Mr. Ted Schlein discuss the current business to business opportunities using venture financing for Java based applications. Schlein is a new partner working for the venture capital firm - Kleiner Perkins Caufield and Byers (KCPB). Mr. Schlein has a great deal of work to do identifying new business startups to spend the $100 million sponsored by Java interested companies which include Cisco, Comcast, Compaq, IBM, Itochu, Netscape, Oracle, Sun, TCI, US West, and others.

Behavioral Interviewing Techniques
By Ron Fredericks, Software Forum Newsletter Editor

Software Developers Forum, November 1997
Abstract: In today's software engineering market, there are more projects and venture capital then there are qualified people to develop these new software products. One method of hiring new engineers and project managers for a project is to offer more money - reducing the chances of the project being profitable in the near future. Another way of recruiting software developers is to hire people less qualified and train them - reducing the chances that the project will ever be profitable.
One strategy is to hire solid candidates that require training which also have good habits and consistently good behaviors. Training expense and time spent can be a valuable investment for a company hiring candidates following this screening technique. The key to choosing and hiring solid candidates is based on a teachable skill called behavioral interviewing techniques.

Three Dimensions to Bringing Software to Market Using the Internet
By Ron Fredericks, Software Forum Newsletter Editor, Feature Article

Software Developers Forum, August 1997
Abstract: Software Forum barbecue dinner guests received a unique depth of perception to using the Internet business model for bringing software products to market. Three special guests demonstrated to us that there are many dimensions to software sales, distribution, and e-commerce Internet tools: Agnes Imregh, CEO, Release Software; Bill Headapohl, executive VP, electronic commerce, CNET; and Jeff Cable, director of sales, development mobile computing solutions, Symantec Corporation.

Technology 20 Years into the Future - Simplicity and Elegance
by Ron Fredericks, Software Forum Newsletter Editor, Feature Article

Software Developers Forum, July 1997
Abstract: The Software Forum dinner guests joined Dr. Bob Glass, Director of Science Office at SunSoft, Inc., for a look 20 years into the technological future. While competing in the business of Silicon Valley software, I tend to think of long range plans as - end of this fiscal quarter, or about 3 months. Dr. Glass challenged my "ill-numeric" thinking by projecting us 20 years into the future - or beyond the horizon. By the end of the evening, our minds, spirit, and imagination were reaching for the simplicity and elegance that the future holds for us all.
Dr. Robert Glass joined SunSoft,Inc. in 1991 as the director of human factors engineering. He has been actively involved in human factors of both hardware and software design (ergonomics) for 28 years consistently promoting simplicity and elegance. Before joining SunSoft, Glass spent three years as manager of the Macintosh human interface group at Apple Computer. He was responsible for the development of the human interface and guidelines for Apple's System 7 (MacOS) as well as the Powerbook series of computers. Dr. Glass was manager of human interface at Xerox for three years where he worked on the Viewpoint (STAR) and OPEN LOOK interfaces. Glass also worked as the senior technology staff engineer of advanced technology on Lockheed's Space Station Program. He was also vice president for State of the Art Systems and chief of illumination engineering at the National Bureau of Standards.

Software Development '97 Conference
by Ron Fredericks, Software Forum Newsletter Editor

Software Developers Forum, June 1997
Abstract: As a software professional, manager, engineer, or writer, the challenge is to find new ways to make things happen faster and better - always with an eye to scaleability and portability. The tenth annual Software Development Conference at the Moscone Convention Center held March 31 to April 4, 1997, was the place for both companies and individuals to rise above the common set of problems repeated over and over while developing software. At this great conference, attendees learn that history does not have to repeat itself. Only the best people find the precious time and money to meet, learn, educate, and explore new and review proven solutions to developing software. While those attending this conference are busy creating new ways to succeed on their next project, those that failed to attend are likely to be seeking a new job escaping some failed project with poor management and petty engineering squabbles. History repeats itself, a lesson for engineering professionals as well as educated historians.

Building Real Internet Applications
by Ronald Fredericks, Software Forum Newsletter Editor, Feature Article

Software Developers Forum, May 1997
Abstract: The Software Forum dinner guests received a focused lecture from Eric Greenberg on how to implement preeminent Internet business applications by recognizing the need for a compelling user experience while solving problems within corporations struggling with painfully outdated business models.
Eric Greenberg is the founder and chairman of Silicon Valley Internet Partners (SVIP) April 1996. He is currently working with Fortune 500 clients to manage fundamental business transformations that seek to fulfill the promises of a fully digital business model using Internet based technologies. In 1995 he was vice president of sales and marketing for Garner Group's @vantage Online Service, the first business-to-business online service targeted to IT professionals. In 1992 he received Rookie of the Year Award followed by Chairman's Award in 1993 and 1994 while working for the Garner Group. Greenberg was also their number-one account executive worldwide for three consecutive years. Prior to this he was a senior consultant at both Price Waterhouse Management Consulting and Andersen Consulting. He earned his Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance from the University of Texas at Austin in 1985.

Strategic Software Design: Software Usability
by Ron Fredericks, Software Forum Newsletter Editor, Feature Article

Software Developers Forum, April 1997
Abstract: The Software Forum dinner guests received a powerful message on designing "ready-to-use software" from Claris Corporation's Vice President, Mr. Bill Sudlow. He strongly suggests traditional easy-to-use software tools are not adequate for the millions of novice and non-specialist users. Sudlow listed the essential elements of success with a focus on the way we design software for use in the near future.

Sales Mastery
by Ronald Fredericks, Software Forum Newsletter Editor

Software Developers Forum, March 1997
Abstract: "Sales Mastery" is a book by Mr. Barry Trailer. He has given sales lectures and training to many local companies in the bay area including Oracle, Xerox, Conner Peripherals, Tektronix.
The Way of the Master: The ideal sales person will have a series of growth - peak - plateau cycles. After a spurt of growth, a small dip in performance occurs. This dip is a result of "training" where a salesperson incorporates new ideas into their skill set. A plateau then follows where the new skill set is practiced. Eventually, a new growth in performance starts the cycle all over again.

Check List for Bootstrapping a New Company
by Ron Fredericks, Software Forum Newsletter Editor, Feature Article

Software Developers Forum, February 1997
Abstract: The Software Forum dinner guests were treated to a practical business modeling lesson from Mr. Ken Hess. Ken Hess spoke to us with the clarity that only practical solutions and hard won success can generate. Hess recently sold his $23 million company, Blue Banner Software, to Bourderbund Software. From his experience we learned the keys to successful entrepreneurship in the software business.
After working as an engineer for such companies as Intel, Hewlett-Packard, and Symantec, Hess returned to school to get his MBA from Harvard. In 1984 he founded Banner Blue Software which originally focused on software for creating organizational charts, called Org Plus. By 1994 he was winning awards for his second product, a genealogy program called Family Tree Maker. Some of his software achievements include:
1. the first ever software patents in 1988
2. Home PC Editor's Choice award in 1994
3. 100 Top Products award in 1994
4. Computer Life's "The Best of Everything" award in 1996

The 64-bit Connectivity Solution
by Ron Fredericks, Technical Editor DECUS Magazine, 01/07/97

Digital Equipment Corporation User Society (DECUS) Magazine January 1997
Abstract: From Disneyland to UNIX
The attendees of the last DECUS convention, at Anaheim, were treated to a wonderful private party at Disneyland. Here we could run from ride to ride with no lines or waiting. For those who did not attend the last convention, DECUS members had Disneyland all to themselves from 8pm to 1am on Tuesday night. The theme park which can hold up to 80,000 people was reserved for only DECUS conference attendees. As I was watching the Hunchback of Nortre Dame dancing on Main street, I could not help but reflect on how special it was to have so few people around me. We found the under crowded tourist attraction made for "small queues to buffer the packets" of people on rides, a greater "bandwidth" in fun, more "threads" of interest, and more "objects" to look at. This same metaphor applies to DEC's Internet Web server with the same wonderful thrill of 64-bit Digital operating systems. With more addressing space, larger number of spawned threads, firewall proxy context switching with the kernel, and kernel I/O memory mapping, the 64-bit connectivity solution is unique to both Digital UNIX and DECUS at Disneyland.

The Future of Application Software
by Ron Fredericks, Software Forum Newsletter Editor, Feature Article

Software Developers Forum, December 1996
Abstract: The Software Forum dinner guests filled the Elk's Club to hear Dr. Terry Winograd discuss the academic perspective on future computer applications.
Stanford Professor of Computer Science Dr. Winograd was an early researcher on natural language understanding by computers. He has contributed to several books such as "Understanding Computers and Cognition: A New Foundation in Design" in 1987, and "Bringing Design to Software" in 1996. At Stanford, Winograd founded and directs the Project on People, Computers, and Design. He directs the Human-Computer Interaction Design teaching and research program. He is principal investigator in the Stanford Digital Libraries Initiative project. He was the founder of Action Technologies, which designs and develops workflow software.

How to Develop a New World Class Operating System
by Ron Fredericks, Software Forum Newsletter Editor, Feature Article

Software Developers Forum, November 1996
Abstract: The Software Forum dinner guests completely filled the Elk's Club to hear Jean-Louis Gassee discuss how Be, Inc. plans to carve a third office computer operating system platform from the likes of UNIX and Windows NT. We found humor, enthusiasm, senior management skill, and a candid invitation to develop software in the as yet uncorrupted BeOS market. This is the story of Be, Inc. and vision of its creator - Jean-Louis Gassee.

Managing a Global High-tech Company
by Ron Fredericks, Software Forum Newsletter Editor, Feature Article

Software Developers Forum, October 1996
Abstract: Mr. Mark Jones is the Chief Operating Officer and President of Madge Networks, a $500 million, 2,220 employee company with offices in 40 countries. He joined Madge in 1993 as employee number 243 and has used five key concepts to increase gross revenues five fold. The Software Forum guests who attended this month's diner meeting gained the rare creative insights shared by only a few of the most dynamic and gifted corporate executives in our industry.
Mr. Mark Jones received his Ph.D. in Jurisprudence at Stanford University. He worked as an attorney, an investment banker, vice president of technology at CHIPS and Technologies in San Jose before joining Madge. Based on his unusually broad background in high technology and worldwide business Jones shared these five topics with us:
1) Latest Industry Trends in Networking
2) Global Nature of Technology Market Segments
3) Growth as a Business Strategy
4) Values Exemplified by Business Behavior
5) Confidence from Employee to Customer

Linux is a Connectivity Solution Between Home PC's and Office Workstations
by Ron Fredericks, Technical Editor DECUS Magazine

Digital Equipment Corporation User Society (DECUS) Magazine September 1996
Abstract: Linux is a version of UNIX that has many properties useful to DEC users. I use Linux on my 486 PC to communicate with my UNIX office X windowing environment via SLIP connectivity. We can explore the connectivity Linux brings both to the general computer user and also to the Alpha Windows NT user specifically. As a general computer user, Linux is a solid UNIX operating system for such popular computers as Macintosh, 386/486/Pentium PC's, 68K, MIPS, SPARC, PowerPC, and AXP Alpha workstations. As an Alpha user, the Windows NT operating system can have a separate partition with a full 64 bit native UNIX kernel - Linux. The promise that Sun's Java makes for platform independent connectivity is already mature and free in the form of Linux using C/C++, Pascal, Lisp, FORTRAN, Perl, Tcl/Tk, Java and as a Internet Web Server. Linux is a free open architecture UNIX clone with such features as preemptive multitasking, and multi-user support that is rich with applications and X.

Internet And The News: How Is The Internet Effecting The News We Read And The Journals We Read For News.
By Ron Fredericks, Software Forum Newsletter Editor, Feature Article

Software Developers Forum, August 1996
Abstract: The following leading editors and journalists shared insight with Software Forum diner guests: Dan Gilmor (San Jose Mercury News computing editor), Don Clark (Wall Street Journal), John Markoff (New York Times business columnist), and Sandy Reed (Infoworld editor-in-chief). Each of these editors and journalists have risen to the top of their fields through successful journalism at major newspapers and journals over the last 15 years. They addressed two main topics: 1) how Internet is changing what we do, and 2) increasing tendency of news corporations making partnerships with the people they cover. The remainder of the meeting was spent fielding questions from our audience.

New Tools for Software Development
a connectivity column by Ron Fredericks, Technical Editor DECUS Magazine

Digital Equipment Corporation User Society (DECUS) Magazine July 1996
Abstract: "Welcome to St. Louis DECUS." This welcome banner at the St. Louis airport for DECUS members was just the beginning of a warm and informative series of seminars, sessions, exhibits, campgrounds, birds-of-a-feather, and other functions where we could all spend time connecting with each other. The lunch hour was a great place for me to ask questions about current plans and the use of DEC products in specific markets. I spent the weekend attending seminars on object oriented design and C++ programming. Evenings were spent discussing technical issues and enjoying the gracious company of fellow Digital users.

What You Can Do to Make Your Company Successful with Public Relations
By Ron Fredericks, Software Forum Newsletter Editor, Feature Article

Software Developers Forum, June 1996
Abstract: Sabrina Horn is the President and Founder of The Horn Group. She challenged Software Forum's June dinner audience to think about ways of applying public relations tools and techniques. Thanks to her dynamic presentation we learned ways to establish awareness, launch both company and product into the market, and create an image that will last beyond next week's trade journals. Ms. Horn has built the PR for such successes as Edify Corp., NetObjects, PeopleSoft, and Visigenic Software Inc.

Platform Independent Computing with Java and the Web
by Ronald Fredericks, Software Forum Newsletter Editor, Feature Article

Software Developers Forum, May 1996
Abstract: The Software Forum dinner guests were treated to some marketing reality behind the Java revolution from Sun Microsystems's Chief Technology Officer, Dr. Eric Schmidt. Dr. Schmidt discussed his personal vision of the Internet and how Java applets can: improve performance, expand office client/server intranets, bring multimedia to the home, return software development to small business entrepreneurs, operating system independence for applications, and establish a content oriented computing model.

The Internet: From Sales To Service
by Ronald Fredericks, Software Forum Newsletter Editor, Feature Article

Software Developers Forum, April 1996
Abstract: David Carlick is a web site marketing leader. He gave the Software Forum dinner guests a fast paced, and entertaining inside look on the future of the Internet He is one of the visionaries leading the world to use the Internet for sales, virtual service centers, brand equity, and application development. In the process he is a leader in the re-engineering of major companies as each department works together to define their web site. He calls this the business of collaboration. For this service Mr. Carlick charges from $50,000 to $100,000 per month to support the large teams required.

Connectivity Offers New Business Solutions While Redefining The Office
By Ron Fredericks, Technical Editor DECUS Magazine

Digital Equipment Corporation User Society (DECUS) Magazine March 1996
Abstract: We all know about the world of connectivity because we pay our phone bills based in part on our connect time. This is the billable time the phone companies charge us while linking to others. In order to expand on this simple idea, I connected to my favorite web search tool: When I probing the web for the word "connectivity" I came up with 189,146 articles to choose from. I narrowed the search to "connectivity" NEAR "office" and came up with a manageable 300 entries. Using the titles from these entries, I was able to put some scope to my column for this issue's discussion.

Building a Software Company
by Ronald Fredericks, Software Forum Newsletter Editor, Feature Article

Software Developers Forum, March 1996
Abstract: Ray Gadbois, PeolpleSoft's vice president of corporate marketing, presented members and guests of the software forum March dinner meeting with techniques on business growth. He demonstrated that a clear vision of a shifting paradigm, mixed with dynamic conversation skills, strategies for business and engineering, produce success.
He worked as a certified public accountant in Boston, but decided this job was too boring. So he moved to Los Angeles 12 years ago, where he persuaded Oracle to hire him into their finance department. Meanwhile he started an MBA program at UCLA. Gadbois showed his skill at executive management by having a talk with Oracle management - the problem was that he did not like finance anymore than he liked accounting. He asked Oracle to move him into application management. After completing his MBA and a few years in application management, he moved up to marking. His ability to discuss his lack of job satisfaction gave him the edge over others at Oracle when moving up the corporate ranks.

Multiplatform Computing
by Ron Fredericks, Technical Editor DECUS Magazine

Digital Equipment Corporation User Society (DECUS) Magazine January 1996
Abstract: I would like to welcome all the readers of DECUS magazine. The New Year has just started, and I find myself writing this column for the first time. This column gives me a chance to write about the Digital user community as we all follow the changes that take place over this new year.
I remember the days of PDP-8 and PDP-11 and their use in scientific, engineering, and educational fields. In hindsight these systems were employed as embedded systems -- even though the rack mounted pieces towered over us. Today, the Alpha, VAX, and PC systems we use extend into business, and communications, as well as the familiar technical markets. By considering where Digital started and where Digital is today -- the best place for me to position this column will be in the area of multiplatform computing.

Embedded System Development
By Ron Fredericks, Sr. Software Engineer, Keane Consultant for GE Nuclear

Digital Equipment Corporation User Society (DECUS) Magazine July 1995
Abstract: New products and long history of service make DEC systems a good choice. Embedded system development has recently collided with he high end CPU power of DEC's Alpha AXP microprocessors.

Maximizing the Windows 95 Opportunity
By Ron Fredericks, Software Forum, Feature Article

Software Developers Forum, August 1995
Abstract: Philippe Kahn, a mathematician and one of the software industry's pioneers. He founded Borland in 1983 as a garage startup with no venture capital. He has made significant contributions to computer science while delivering his famous Turbo Pascal and C compilers into the market place. Now Philippe has co-launched a new company called Starfish Software with GUI guru Sonia Lee in 1994. The new opportunity for Starfish Company is to certify its new software products on Windows 95 as the first 32 bit operating system for the PC. Philippe discusses the Microsoft certification process, and why certification is so important to his business strategy.

What to Expect in the Programmer Job Market
By Ron Fredericks, Software Forum, Feature Article

Software Developers Forum, July 1995
Abstract: Gene Wang, Executive VP of Symantec's applications and development tools group, answered the following questions: "Why are programmers who develop Windows, TCP/IP, and Internet applications in such high demand? How did some people know to invest their education time into these skills? What can engineers and entrepreneurs do to stay well positioned in the programming market?" During the course of the Software Forum's dinner meeting Gene discussed:
- Programming skills
- Technology with a future
- Successful Programming

SAP's Client-Server Systems
By Ron Fredericks, Sr. Software Engineer, Keane Consultant for GE Nuclear

Software Developers Forum, April 1995
Abstract: James Marland, N.A. country manager for SAP, discussed the business conditions for Sap's 3-tiered client-server database and business application modeling. SAP supports many different business models for different types of companies. The software development business model is not as fully developed as other business models. Partnerships are developed with consultants based on their attendance in a 6 week boot camp for 100 people at a time. Consultants can receive SAP consultant certification or SAP logo certification. Recertification is necessary at regular intervals.

Technical Notes published on Mentor Graphics support web site, written by Ron Fredericks using VRTX RTOS and Microtec Compilers and XRAY Debugger Tools


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