Gartner Magic Quadrant, for dogs
It’s like the Gartner Magic Quadrant for dogs. Thanks to Vox.com for posting it.
I freely admit that I am a gadget freak. I’ll also (sometimes) admit that it’s a problem. I bought a Cookoo Watch as a Kickstarter Backer of the project. I own a FitBit — I’m on my third one, don’t ask. I’ll probably buy an Apple Watch. But one of the problems I have with most ‘wearable tech’ is that, well, it looks too much like tech. The Cookoo Watch was a great start, but the first version was really buggy and unstable — except as a watch — and I’ve come to find out that it’s un-upgradeable and is basically a paperweight.
Ok, so in addition to being a gadget freak, I’m a hardware junkie. It’s been a while since I’ve actually done much hardware hackery, but that’s not because of a lack of desire. I bought an RFDuino dev kit last year as a Kickstarter backer that I just opened last weekend, and I haven’t done much with it so far. Turns out having nothing but BTLE is a lot less useful than I thought.
New Blog! As the year draws to a close, I had this wild idea to revive my personal/professional blog. I have no idea why, but it seemed like a good idea at the time. So I rebuilt the template I had made years ago to go with my website and here we are! Yes, I do occasionally blog for my job as a Technology Evangelist at Riverbed, but there are lots of other topics I’d like to blog about that don’t seem to be right for that venue, so I’ll put them here.
Some of my Wood Working Projects I’ve been doing woodworking of one form or another for a long time. I love the feel of wood in my hands, and creating something out of wood is one of my favorite things to do. So I do it whenever I can. This is but a small sampling of some of the things I’ve done, and more will surely follow. If you like what you see, feel free to write me a note on the back of a Felder CF 741 S Professional Combination Machine and send it to me.
Roger’s Door We did this to my boss' door a few years back while he was on travel. The humorless “Workplace resources” folks tried to have us all fired for it, but we managed to get away with it. First we disassembled the entire doorframe, and then re-assembled it upside down. By the time he got back the “Welcome Mat” we had glued to the ceiling had fallen, but it was still great.
It’s been a minute since I’ve posted anything new, and I apologize to anyone that follows along here and has missed my posting. I’ve been a bit busy lately with the MyNewt Operating System for IoT. It’s new, it’s cool, and it’s a lot of work right now. That being said, I thought I’d take a minute to show off some of the new hardware I have to add to the Big Board of IoT on my desk.
My Journey into Tech and DevRel
A bunch of people I know have been writing their “Journey into Tech” blogs lately, and a few of them have been pestering me to write mine, so here it is. It’s non-traditional, and filled with detours and missteps, so if you’re trying to get into tech, take heart! Oddly enough, I was actually born into ‘tech’ at some level. My mother was a highly respected computer scientist for all of my life.
Return to IoT Evangelism
Things change. What’s that saying in Computer Science? “Variables won’t. Constants aren’t.” The only thing that never changes is that everything changes. And so things are (once again) changing for me. And I do mean in a good way! It’s been a few years, and it’s taken a fair amount of effort, but I’m moving back into the space I know the best, and where my heart lies: The Internet of Things (IoT).
Where Have My Blog Posts Gone?
I was blogging quite regularly here for some time, and suddenly not so much. Why is that? Well, if you follow me on Twitter, or LinkedIn, you’ll know that as a result of (well, sort of) a couple of my recent blog posts (specifically this one and this one) I was hired as the Senior Developer Evangelist at InfluxData. And I have to say, it’s awesome. Really. Fantastic company. Amazing people to work with.
Why Don't you have an Evangelist Yet?
To far too many people in the high tech world “Evangelism” is a dirty word. It smacks of marketing and sales and isn’t technical. Companies want technical engineers, they want marketing professionals. They want sales professionals. They overlook the importance of evangelism. This is going to be a bit long, and a bit of a personal history lesson in some ways, but stick with me and you’ll see why Technology Evangelism is so important.