Settled in

Well,

 

We have been in the Boston area for a month now. We love our house, and while 2/3 is unpacked, it is not all the way there yet. Even though we rid ourselves of boxes and packing paper, we have are still producing it, as we unpack the rest of the house. Tonight, I get to assemble new shelving for the family room, and tomorrow, I get to assemble a new work table for my office/lab.

 

I hate moving.

 

Regards

One thing about having professional packers, packing your house: lots and lots of packing paper. So far, about three, 3ft piles of compressed flat sheet paper. Recycle trip today 😉

Luckily, someone wanted moving boxes and they have taken what we already unpacked.

So far, the New England summer has been tolerated by dual zone cooling (2 compressors, 2 furnaces), knowing that if the power goes out, we have a 20kw “whole house” natural gas-fired generator to keep it cool. (Which also keeps the wine cellar temp controlled).

Yet another Update

We have moved to New England. While our cars have arrived, our household goods are still not arriving till next week.

The dogs did well in the pressurized cargo hold in their airline crates. The first night sleeping here was weird, because they were in unfamiliar surroundings, but last night, they slept through the night and love roaming the empty house.

Right now, Stef and I are surviving with 2 camping chairs, a queen size mattress and some inexpensive utensils for cooking, etc

Update

We are closing on a house, next week, in the Boston area. It is a nice colonial that is about 3800 sq ft. The kitchen has been re-done is what I call ” My favorite style” Like the kitchen we had on Vashon Island, this one is designed for entertainment. Also, it is 2 miles from Interstates, state routes, etc. We discovered a coffee shack a couple of blocks away, and it is about a 6 min drive to where the office is supposedly re-locating in August. Right now it is 20 min from the existing office. Now the task is getting movers here, packing it, moving it and getting the two dogs book on the airline with us to head east.

We still have not sold the existing house in Oregon, but I imagine soon it will have an offer. We are priced right, and agent says it should move.

Still trying to sell the Willys Jeep Pickup. No one wants to pay money for something that is classic, especially when you are talking an 8k loss on it at the asking price. Sigh.

I am going to miss the Oregon coast. I am not going to miss Beaverton, Portland, or the state government. (they still owe us our tax refund)

Namaste’

Big Changes

Twenty Eight years ago, I moved to Seattle. I was picked to help port a new operating system to a very fast RISC processor. I had been to the northwest back in 1984 timeframe, and I thought it would be cool to live there one day. In 1992, I got that opportunity. So, the company I was working for, Digital Equipment Corporation, moved me to Seattle to work with Microsoft on this port. That was the beginning of 28 years of a extraordinary career. You see, up to that point, I had been with Digital 14 years. The next 2 years, I worked all available hours to get Windows NT on Alpha to ship.

In the fall of 1994, I left DEC and joined McCaw Cellular. They had just been bought by the AT&T Death Star. We worked on deploying a wireless packet data system. As some of you know, I have been an amateur radio operator since my teens. I had worked on packet radio for a while, and felt quite comfortable leaving a computer career for a carrier. Mistake. Carriers are essentially a bunch of empty suits, who only care about taking money from the masses.

A couple of years there, I left for a small startup that did Video on Demand. It did not work out. I joined up with some former colleagues from DECWest (Digital’s northwest labs), and worked at BSQUARE Corp for 5-1/2 years. Yes, we went public. I had the time of my life. We did some pretty awesome stuff there. After 5.5 years, I moved onto SavaJe Technologies. SavaJe was based in Boston, but I got to build a west coast team. I would travel back there a lot (I was MVP gold on Alaska Air!). 

Well, MochaWorks was founded out of SavaJe, as we were using SavaJeOS (which I worked on at SavaJe) as the OS for our media player. And so startup after startup, the fun continued.

In between MochaWorks and Sycamore Labs, well there was developing the Rhapsody (now Napster) Music Service eco system, starting a VoIP/Video/Sharing service, and doing development on Mac and iOS products. Too much to go into.

In 2016, my friend Matt and I started Sycamore Labs. Our intent was to build products that were for the IoT market. And we did that. We did work for Verizon Labs and had built some IoT modules for them, as well as contributed to their Thingspace Firmware for the Thingspace service. We also wrote (well I) a IOS and Mac app for Thingspace to demo our IoT devices.

Move ahead to 2019. A company based in Boston, asked us to do some things for them. These folks were familiar, as we has worked with some at SavaJe and some at Verizon. They had started a company and they are doing amazing things. About 2 months ago, the discussion began about us joining up with them. Matt had left by this time and joined them, and it was only a matter of time, before I did. 

So I have. I am the Director of Embedded Systems and Hardware Platforms for this company. There is a lot going on, but I am not going to disclose what we do, just yet. However, the days are full of work and it is satisfying. So, in other words, the band is back together again. I have known some of these people for over 20 years. It is great to be working with them again.

So, as a result, I (we) are moving back to New England. Our Oregon house will be on the market in a few days, and we have been told there is interest in it before we even hit the market. The biggest thing right now is finding a house to buy and move into in New England. Primarily the southern N.H. (because the pot holes in Massachusetts piss me off. High taxes and no fixed roads).

So there you have it. I will probably spend the rest of my life there. So, we have kept this hush for over a month now, told some close friends and family, but kept it off social media and in general.

The next few weeks are going to be interesting, moving 3000 miles.

 

Namaste’

 

jeff

More on the pressure flow for this storm coming in the pacific Northwest. Watch the pressures drop and drag that cold air int from Canada.

http://drops.sycamorelabs.com/OJz4Kq

This looks worse for us here in Oregon than I had anticipated. Grib files are the schiznic. (If you want to look at these files, get Mac program called LuckyGrib. There is an IOS version, too, so “gribbing” on your iPad is cool.

Social Media Pains

Greetings,

 

I have been thinking of doing this for a while, but I want to quit Facebook and Instagram. I am tired of having my data sold. I am also thinking of quitting Twitter. I will not quit Twitter all they way, as I do maintain an account that is for a hobby I have been doing for over 40 years.

I joined Facebook back in the days when I worked on the Rhapsody Music service, we had built a Facebook app for Rhapsody. So, I joined FB to use and help test it.

Around 2007, I also joined Twitter. Over the past 12 years, I have gained almost 1000 followers, which for me, is crazy.

The downside of quitting FB and Instagram is the friends and acquaintances I have enjoyed on those services. So, over the next 30 days, I am going to be finding other ways people can stay in touch and know what is going on in my life.

Currently, I hang out on Mastodon, a federated social network. The federation is, having multiple instances, with focus on individuals needs and likes. The good thing, is if an instance and the people on that instance become unbearable, you can individually block them, or block the whole instance. That way you will not see them in your follow timeline, the local timeline or the global timeline. My username is @jeffmc@pdx.social, because I am on an instance that is hosted by folks in Portland. The main entry is mastodon.social. You can go there, if you want a general instance. I just happen to be on a city specific one. Here is thing. You can change instances and get your things forwarded to you (not followers, however, they will be notified if you move if they mention you in a “Toot”. (Mastodon calls the posts Toots).

If you do not have my email address, you can use the contact form on my website , here.

Also, I have this blog. In addition, I also post to this blog from micro.blog . Micro.blog is exactly what it sounds like, a micro blog. When I post there, it shows up in my main blog as an aside post. Usually a small amount of text or a photo of what I am thinking or doing. You can follow this blog to see everything, or just read my microblog posts here.

I also maintain a blog for my hobby. It is an Amateur Radio blog. On there I talk about the hobby I have grown up with, and was the catalyst for getting into electronic warfare in the military, and for my career in electronics, computers, etc. It is here.  My call sign is KD1IT.

I am working on a replacement for Instagram. I hope to have an answer on that soon.

Basically, I am trying to rid myself of corporate owned social media, and focus on owning my content, and not having my data sold to enrich corporations, or enable the enemy to thwart our democratic process.

I had a quick discussion with Jean MacDonald last night at a gathering of Cocoa developers in Portland. She said she was leaving FB, too. I recommend reading her blog for her reasons for leaving.

I am sure, through all of this, I will lose contact with people. And I will be sad for that, but also, I need to get away from the toxicity of Twitter, the lying and deception of FaceBook Management, and the general discourse with mainstream social media.

So, you have options to follow me, message me, etc. If you want my phone number, or Skype name, feel free to send an email. If you want to use locked down secure/encrypted email, well I have that too. 

This is the first of many changes I will be doing this year. I intend to address my metal health by disposing of toxic social media, my physical health by eating better and exercising, and other things I will be doing to make myself, and my family happier.

 

Namaste’

 

Jeff