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

The Day is upon us.

We have packed the Abbey contents with just a few things we need to live for the next two days. On Monday, the moving truck arrives and the movers load it. Stef is heading down to the new house with the pups and a car full of things we do not want to put on the truck. (She did a run today, south). A week from today, the Abbey is put up for sale. Owning a number of properties does not make me a landed gentry, for I would like to sell the Abbey to someone who will enjoy it as much as we did.

Anyway, that is the status of this moment.

 

Ciao, for Now.

 

JeffMc

Moving to Oregon!

Almost 4 years ago, we moved to Vashon, Island, Wa. We bought a gorgeous country house that had a huge kitchen with 2 islands, a 28 ft ceiling great room, an incredible master suite with his and hers bathrooms. It was the perfect entertaining house. We hosted a fall brunch every year, where we invited neighbors, island friends, and off island friends to come out and spend the morning/afternoon in the splendor of the house. We jokingly nick-named the place Vashon Abbey. It looks grand from the outside, and the detailed woodworking inside makes it a unique house on this island.

 

But alas, our experiment with island living has come to an end.

As a lot of you know, we started a business building HW modules for cellular + Machine 2 Machine based telemetry. The modules provide the basis of flowmeters, agriculture sensors, environmental sensors, etc. But alas, living on an island, it is hard to travel to your contract manufacturer at a whim, or to go to meetings where everyone does not have to wait in a ferry line (which in and of itself is a pain in the derrière).

So we decided to look at the Beaverton Oregon area. The company reasons were:

    1) Close to a number of Contract Manufacturers.

    2) A workforce pool that includes HW engineers and FW engineers.

    3) Better value office space.

The personal reasons are:

    1) Close to my son

    2) Closer to our place at the beach

    3) Closer to Oregon wineries. ( I love good pinot noir).

 

So we found a house in Beaverton, Oregon, up on a mountain near the south end. About the same size lot we have here, but less square footage in the house, but the space is more efficient, and it is one level. But the yard is like a park. And it is 6 miles from where my son lives, close to shopping, restaurants, etc. But the big thing is: NO FERRY. I am not against the Ferry System of Washington State, but when I moved to Vashon, I mostly worked at home. But now with our own business, and my team on west and east coasts, I need to be a bit more flexible in travel and such. The other good thing about Beaverton, is that there is light rail into Portland and to the airport. And if I need to come back up to Seattle, there is Amtrak. (I supposed I would come back up to spend time at Xcoders once every couple of months).

So there it is. Moving.

 

Cheers!