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SMIs Are EEEEVIL (Part 2)

In Part 1, I discussed a bit of the history and function of SMIs. How does this make them EEEEVIL,...

Author: carmencr Date: 09/01/2005

SMIs Are EEEEVIL (Part 1)

As a quick introduction, SMIs were introduced to the x86 world by the 386SL. It was created to...

Author: carmencr Date: 08/31/2005

Favorite Hardware Bugs

Want to know why I started posting again just now? Adi Oltean posted a great entry about his...

Author: carmencr Date: 08/31/2005

Back from a long hiatus

Well, I sort of had to stop blogging for awhile there because I moved on to a slightly different...

Author: carmencr Date: 08/30/2005

NUMA and you, perfect together (Part 1)

I know this is a slightly more esoteric topic, even for me, but I want to address cc:NUMA platforms,...

Author: carmencr Date: 08/30/2004

The Frustrations with Social Engineering, Even in Support

I just got another first-hand experience in the difficulty of trying to affect computing through...

Author: carmencr Date: 08/20/2004

Support is not Manufacturing: Part 2

Ok, my arm is warm now. Time to start tossing some theory bombs out there, and hope none get picked...

Author: carmencr Date: 08/13/2004

Support is not Manufacturing: Part 1

Ok, I know I said when I started this blog that I wouldn’t be going into the support aspects of my...

Author: carmencr Date: 08/12/2004

Self-Monitoring and Diagnosing Hardware

This is something that most people in the mainframe business have taken fom granted for decades now....

Author: carmencr Date: 08/10/2004

How a Bluescreen Button (NMI) can Save Your Bacon

I know, another title that seems ridiculous. Why in the world would anyone want a button that...

Author: carmencr Date: 08/09/2004

Execution protection (NX) and PAE

A comment from the earlier memory management entry posed a good question. How does PAE factor into...

Author: carmencr Date: 08/06/2004

If you can’t stand the heat…

You should get out of the PC kitchen. This is another silent system killer that most people...

Author: carmencr Date: 08/06/2004

THE Killer Server App for x64

IMO, it's not what anyone else might think. SQL, Exchange, and Web Services get all the hype, but I...

Author: carmencr Date: 08/05/2004

Bluescreen Debugging for Dummies: Prologue

That could probably help 90% of the developers at Microsoft, to be honest. Kernel mode debugging is...

Author: carmencr Date: 08/05/2004

Thermodynamics of Seattle Traffic

On my way into work today, I realized that Seattle traffic is one of those human systems that...

Author: carmencr Date: 08/04/2004

Memory Management Confusion (a.k.a. What The Heck is PAE?)

Ok I want to get this one out of the way, since I end up answering these questions far too...

Author: carmencr Date: 08/04/2004

Bad RAM is Not Good

I know that title must seem silly, but it’s the title of a mock KB article that floated around...

Author: carmencr Date: 08/03/2004

A Quick Introduction

My name is Carmen Crincoli, and I am an Escalation Engineer in Microsoft's Product Support group....

Author: carmencr Date: 08/02/2004