Space software

The Fast Company magazine has a December 1996 article about the guys writing the software for the space shuttle. It's 420000 lines of code. Highlight:

This software never crashes. It never needs to be re-booted. This software is bug-free. It is perfect, as perfect as human beings have achieved.

Beauty. Too bad software did not help when the earths atmosphere tore Columbia apart. Volume 22, Issue 54 of the comp.risks digest have a lot more on that, read it.

I've started using OpenBSD again. I miss Phoenix on FreeBSD and it's sweet antialiased fonts already, but there's probably no hope of making Phoenix work on OpenBSD.