“Eeek Alors! ” As we French say. There are now only two weeks to go until the next Embedded Systems Conference — ESC Silicon Valley. I cannot wait. In addition to hosting and moderating the RTOS Smackdown, attending as many sessions as I can squeeze in, helping to present the ACE Awards, and generally running around in ever-decreasing circles shouting “Don’t Panic! DonÂt Panic! ” — I’m also going to be presenting a couple of papers of my own.