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Member Since: March 17, 2009

Country: United States



(Embedded) Software Engineer


American Legion, Boy Scouts of America, Knights of Columbus

Spoken Languages

English, some French, some Japanese, almost no Dutch

Programming Languages

C/C++, Python, Ada, HC11 assembly, and more.


Georgia Tech, RPI


Interfacing to serial (RS-232/422/485) command-response devices.


Ice hockey player (adult no-check)


vistec-semi.com embedded.com


EDN, EE Times, ESD, SD Times

  • Those responsible for sacking the people who have just been sacked have been sacked. ROTFL!

  • The electronics market in Shenzhen is the one ‘mall’ in the world where I don’t want to leave.
    How does it compare to Akihabara? (Disclaimer: I haven’t been back in the last 20 years, so I don’t know how it’s changed.)

  • I can’t be the only software type who, after seeing Office Space for the first time, cried out, “Oh GOD, this is my LIFE!” :)

  • Probably not NY - we only have a handful of districts on 2 hour delay here upstate. My guesses are MA (Savoy 38"), CT (Woodbury 28"), or VT (Wilmington 36").

  • Speaking of snow, it seems to me today’s Nor'Easter got its calendar a little mixed up. If it had waited a day, you could have had everyone here in upstate NY and New England home from work & school helping with the server load test!

  • If you used the white RJ11 cable that’s shown in the picture, that might be the cause. It looks to me like its connectors are in what I would call the “normal” orientation, so pin 1 on one end is pin 1 on the other. The short RJ11 cable I just got with a new ICD 3 is the other way around: pin 1 is pin 6 on the other end, and vice versa. I don’t know why Microchip does it this way, but the poster you get with the ICD 3 does show you which pin is which. It tripped us up a little, as I found when I checked the voltage before plugging the other end into the target. (We had a pair of DB-9s in line so we just rewired one of them.)

  • Not to brag, but like pretty much everyone in the Navy, I (an EE) got to go to a basic firefighting school. Because at sea, the fire department is, well, you. :)