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Posted: Tue, 07/11/2017 - 12:39

A few observations about looking at TOP that I hear people asking are regarding what does the % mean, and why can I have over 100% when looking at CPU usage.

Well, its sort of simple. Load averages are the average of the load number for a process in a given period of time. A load number is merely a metric that is an average that takes into account CPU usage (or consumed time-slices) by the process. These could be:

Posted: Sat, 02/11/2017 - 20:59
# @file statistics.sh
# @author Ron Brash (<a href="mailto:ron.brash@atlantsembedded.com">ron.brash@atlantsembedded.com</a>)
# @date Jan 2017
# @purpose Collect network interface statistics and other information and output
# it in XML format instead of arbitrary formatting


Posted: Wed, 01/18/2017 - 10:17

Recently, we had to bypass a bootloader that had partition permissions and we needed to overwrite u-boot. Unfortunately, writing to this section of flash was not possible (invalid permissions/read-only), BUT, we could TFTP our own u-boot binary image to the device.

Posted: Wed, 01/11/2017 - 08:41

Here is a simple epoll example for polling keyboard events:

Posted: Sun, 01/08/2017 - 12:33

Create the signing keys

openssl req -nodes -x509 -sha256 -newkey rsa:4096 -keyout "signing.key" \
-out "signingKey.crt" -days 365 -subj "/C=NL/ST=QC CA/L=Montreal/O=PacificSimplicity \
/OU=Dev/CN=Dev Signing Key"

Then sign the file with the following command