Tuesday Aug 04, 2009

Cambrionix 49-port USB hub for professional nerds

I wrote a blog entry a couple of years ago on something I call the BEAST, 49 Port USB Hub, 49 USB cables and 49 Sun SPOTs !!!.  Well, it seems that someone felt that something like this could be useful to others, so they build a MUCH nicer looking one, check it out


Cambrionix 49-port USB hub for professional nerds


Its pretty amazing what people will come up with.  We actually dreamed up a 49 SPOT holder that would allow one to drop in SPOTs, much like the walkie-talkies that security people have for charging their radios when not in use.

Friday Jul 10, 2009

Blog continuity plan, what's that you say ?

Here is an extract from an entry I did on my personal blog, which I forgot to share with you all


I think that blogging is an excellent way for future employers to see what I've been up to in the past, and to get a more lively version of a resume.  Would you rather see a watered down 2 page resume that tells you nothing, or would you like to see what makes a person tick ?



It seems that a blog can give a pretty broad overview of what a person is like.  Provided of course that this person takes the time to write up opinions, status, pet-peeves and such.



Now, if you go with the premise that a blog is a valuable tool to communicate who you are and what you are about.  Then using your blog to tie all of your activities together seems to make a lot of sense.



One of those activities will be work, we all need to earn money and most of us are stuck doing it by working.  Some of us have made the decision to stay with one or two employers, some of us have been at multiple employers throughout our careers.  For some of us, our employers strongly suggest that we blog.  Of course this is done to help communicate information to your customers, but it also helps make the employer's site THE place to come to for information.



If having more than one blog is unavoidable, then should you not make sure that there is a thread that ties all of your blogs together?  This is what this blog is for to me.



Lets not forget also, that I can gain quite a bit from blogging on my employer's blog.  Take for example my current employer, Sun Microsystems.  Sun's web site is so high in rankings with Google, that anything coming off of it ends up being ranked pretty highly as well.  This means that Google searches will show my stuff pretty highly in the results list.  Try Googling for Eric Arseneau, almost all hits come to me.



The plan is to cross link between here and whatever blog I use with my current employer.  Therefore providing a path throughout my employment life :)


The original blog entry is at Blog continuity plan, what's that you say ?


The root of my personal blog is at System Child's Ramblings


Thursday Jul 09, 2009

I am a ROCK STAR, that is a JavaOne 2009 Rock Star


Its pretty amazing the things that can get you jumping out of your seat sometimes, but today I just got this really cool e-mail:


2009 JavaOne Conference Speaker Award
Dear Eric,

Congratulations! Your session titled "FIRST (For Inspiration & Recognition of Science and Technology): FRC-FIRST Robotic Competition" was a Top Session at the 2009 JavaOne Conference. Survey results from the people in attendance at your session rated you as an exceptional speaker. With this honor, you are now considered one of the JavaOne Conference Rock Stars and we would like to send you a commemorative award as recognition.

Please provide us the following information so we can send your award:
- Shipping address you would like the award sent to. (we will send via FedEx so please provide a street address)
- Is this address a residence or business address?
- Daytime telephone number

In addition, we will highlight your session on the JavaOne conference home page with a link to your presentation(s).

Thank you again for your efforts in making the 2009 JavaOne Conference a success.

If you have any questions, send an email to j1papers-AT-sun-DOT-com

The JavaOne Conference Content Team


Now to figure out how to explain this to my family as they beat me at Rock Band :)


PS: This presentation was 100% the work of Derek White and Brad Miller, all I had to do was get up on stage and blab, so thank you guys. 

Tuesday Jul 07, 2009

Want to read: The Big Switch

Want to read: The Servant

Book recommended on leadership.


Want to read: The 4-Hour Workweek

Starting a new thing on my blog, books I want to read.  Lets see how the format should be over time.  I wish I could to the same type of thing as Facebook does, where you attach a link and it provides a nice synopsis and picture :(


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