Printf debugging when you don't have a console

There’s a nice story over on “Bug Babble” about debugging a problem with a robot by using various sounds coming out of a speaker to determine where in the code the problem occurred: “Now the robot sounded like a modem trying to connect. We would repro the hang and based on the pitch at ‘flatline’ we knew the point of the last successful call to the sound driver.”

Via Google Translate and Radium Software, which also suggests using the CapsLock key, or changing display colours to debug gnarly problems in a printf style when you don’t have a console to use for output. As you know, I’m not a fan of trace logging, but sometimes, needs must.

Hmm, so is the next killer blog tool automatic language translation on the RSS feeds that you subscribe to?