New pieces, one by one
23.May.2016 is my first new birthday.
15.July.2016 is my second new birthday.
I am currently on a medical LOA. In May my left hip was replaced and my right hip will be replaced in July. I am taking this time to re-invent my professional self.
I have 30+ years as an embedded software engineer with a concentration on embedded Linux since 2000. As part of my rebirth I am preparing for a new career. I don’t know what that will look like, I just know I need a change. For the past 3.5 years I have been working for a DoD contractor on radio handsets. Not having a security clearance limits what I can do in this role and it is time to move back to the commercial sector.
This blog replaces my original site that was started circa 2002 when I was laid-off from Monta Vista Software. I was a Field Apps Engineer and my sales-guy quit. I had 2 years experience with OSS and was hooked. I made a go of being a consultant and learned after a couple of years that I really needed hands-on project work with OSS to survive as a consultant. Exit Consultancy and enter Motorola Mobile Devices where I worked from 2005 until 2012. Google acquired Motorola Mobile in 2012 and almost immediately closed the San Diego office, where I worked. The lasting IP from the original site are a number of presentations I made, mostly to local Linux User Groups. These presentations are now restored and available, mainly for historical value to me, but maybe somebody else benefits from them as well.
|July.2004||North County Linux Users Group||Embedded Linux|
|January.2005||North County Linux Users Group||Embedded Linux Without a Target|
|April.2005||North County Linux Users Group||Update on SCO Linux Litigation
|December.2005||Wind River Users Group||Embedded Linux Software Development|
|June.2006||San Diego Open Source Software||Embedded Linux: Is it Everywhere?|
|April.2008||San Diego Open Source Software||Government Use of OSS|
|n/a||n/a||App/Note: Debugging Linux Kernel with BDI-2000|
|n/a||n/a||User's Guide: DDD-2000
This blog chronicles my LOA and my preparation for a new career. Some of the areas I know I want to cover include:
- Ubuntu 16.04 on new laptop
- Improved IT habits, e.g. backup of laptop
- Local webserver(LAMP)
- Adding MediaWiki
- Wiki take 2…trac
- Wiki take3…DokuWiki
- OE Yocto on Wandboard-quad (iMX6)
- Raspberry Pi
- Make C++ my language of choice (ahead of C)
- Learn Python as a shell scripting language (replace sh)
- Current Android SDK/NDK
- Technology deep-dive: dbus
- Technology deep-dive: udev
- Technology deep-dive: systemd
This is more than enough to get started. Oh, if the list above and the URL haven’t given this away, I will be blunt. This is all about Linux, Windows is not spoken here.
27.August.2016 update. I am starting a contract position with Qualcomm on 6.September.2016. While I didn’t accomplish all of the tasks I set for myself on my LOA, I hit quite a few. I was able to keep my technical skills up during my LOA and secure a new position. I will keep plodding along and working on this blog and it has served its purpose of allowing me to re-enter the workforce with a new employer.