Tag Archives: Texas Instruments

MeeGo Limbo

Several people have asked me to put my thoughts down on Nokia’s new partnership with Microsoft.  Twitter just isn’t the place for it; several 140-characters-or-less postings were met with responses quite distant from where I was going.  I’ll try to say something useful and coherent– but keep in mind this will be an opinion piece.  Very personal.  And lengthy.

To understand my take on things you need to understand where I come from.  Six years ago I was perfectly happy without a cell phone.  I had no need for one, even despised and sometimes pitied people enslaved to them.  And smartphones?  I dismissed the idea entirely.  What would I do with a “computer in my palm”?  How smart could a phone be?   Continue reading

DFW MeeGo Network: Review of First Meetup

As many readers already know, I tried to get local Maemo meetups going around a year or so ago, using the Dallas/Fort Worth (Texas, US) area as a prototype..  Just as the effort began gaining traction, the MeeGo announcement put an unwitting crimp in those activities.  So I was excited and relieved when the MeeGo community finally reached the critical mass necessary for local enthusiast groups.

More information on this effort is available on a specific wiki page, so in this article I am going to focus on the first gathering of the Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW) local group.   Continue reading

Drag-and-drop Process Improvement

When I was young and naive I used to believe in the  Big Lie of the Best Practice.  That is, if one migrates from one employment island to another, their best practice baggage will be warmly accepted and checked in at the new place.  The only problem is, the Not Invented Here cloud can be thick and forbidding.

I had the good fortune of cutting my professional teeth at an employer that was functionally well ahead of not only its peers but many other industries as well.  But seven years spent at Texas Instruments (TI) were more than enough to brainwash a budding engineer into thinking their robust, proactive approach to arcane arts like configuration management and process improvement represented some kind of norm.

So imagine my youthful surprise at subsequent employers when attempts to share some truly remarkable business practices and experiences were met with high resistance.  “We don’t care how you did it at TI, welcome to Bob’s Amalgamated Lugnuts”.  Continue reading

Technically Employed: the Survivor’s Tale

I’m going to take a break from the Nokia ecosystem analyses tonight and return to the topic that launched this blog early last year: employment.  Particularly, in engineering, information management and related technical fields.  My career comfort zones.

Some personal bits: I freely admit to being a geek.  I actually love electronics.  And hardware.  And databases.  And designing.  And programming.  And process stuff.  Stitch them together and you’ve created my dream job.   Amazingly enough, I’ve come really close at a few employers.  At The Stanleyworks (now Stanley Black and Decker) I was a drafter who ultimately worked his way up the technical ladder to manage product data and requirements for the Mechanics Tools division.  I was in geek heaven.  Did I mention I love tools, too?  Continue reading