The raspberry pi that I ordered…

…came in the mail yesterday. I’ve loaded up the OS (one of several available Linux derivatives) and booted it up free standing.
Next I need to find the driver code I need to get the USB WiFi module I bought for it working with the RedHat derived OS that I loaded.

The module is from a company called ‘EdiMax’. The source from the provided CD failed to build last night (just a quick make to see what would happen) and a few web searches suggested that the chip vendor site had better drivers available. I’m going to take a look at lunch time and see if I can locate that reference again and download those driver sources.

The board looks like

R-Pi board

and the adapter is tiny thumb drive sized

R-Pi WiFi Adapter

I just read a few more comments and it looks as if the quick road to getting this up may involved wired ethernet (which I cannot connect to here) and so tonight may be the earliest I can try this out.

I’m hoping in the long run to get moving on the RepRap build and perhaps use this board as the control computer for the thing. The Arduino handles all of the ‘fast twitch’ work and the R-Pi for WiFi and high level control. That could give a mostly free standing device which could be pretty cool.

Starting my second day with Kiva Systems…

Long first day. Aside from the HR stuff, found out that they use Macs for most desktop stuff. They hit the one OS that I have not had a reason to become even the least bit familiar with. Now trying to familiarize myself with the environment and basic system behaviors so I can get to the really hard stuff. Interesting times, gonna be some hard work in the near future, but should be interesting.

…and Past Disappointment

and looking at things I can do this coming week that will help with my Linux and Java refresher activity. I’m certainly hoping that there are no more surprises lurking before I can get started though.

I’m going to try to do some Java coding on the CentOs box that I’ve got running now. I also want to get it running some sort of RDP type protocol (VNC maybe) to allow remote access within the house (and perhaps from outside if I decide to open a firewall forward rule).

Still deciding what would be worth doing, still reading and getting things configured a bit better at the moment.

Disappointed and waiting for the moment…

The state of New Hampshire has been slow in returning my background check information to Amazon and it looks like the ETA is next Tuesday so I’m likely to be waiting another week before getting started at Kiva.

I’m going to try to find out what version of Linux and Java they’re running so I can focus my pre-start investigations. If things don’t come through at the last moment, I’m going to try to spend next week doing some aggressive mucking around with Java on the Linux install I’ve gotten up and running here (CentOS).

Today I’m tidying up the office and getting things ready for some serious coding…

Ongoing May 11, 2014

With my job search starting up and various technical related things percolating (Android programming, RepRap) I suspect this site is going to remain mostly quiet until I have a new job lined up and can get back to some more fun and less focused pursuits. I expect that photography will keep going, but that ends up mostly on FaceBook at this point. I’m hoping to get back here and start using this the way I have wanted to by mid-summer…

Coming together

It looks as if the site is coming together. I’ve still got work to do on the entry page (which is now pretty skeletal) but in general folks will be directed to the several blogs directly in any case. I’ve added a blog to contain my career related information. Content here is still getting added, but I’m pretty happy with the look.

I’ve now gotten a couple new suits for interviewing in. I don’t normally need a suit for day to day working as a development engineer.

Early next week I think I’m ready to start talking to recruiters. A couple of them have been recommended by people at work and I’ll be giving them a ring.

Still trying to figure out the site layout

The realization that I can host multiple CMS on the site at the same time has opened up possibilities. That is great, but now I have to figure out how to lay things out and partition things so that they are manageable.

I was looking at putting most of my professional information on a static main page with links to this blog and other public resources on the site. At this point I’m beginning to look at adding in a ‘career’ CMS as a separate entity and placing all of my work related information there. That would permit me to more flexibly manage that information and have a more polished presentation while partitioning off my personal blog area.

I’ll probably go that way later today and update my resume to point at to steer work related visitors to that area.

A little while later I’m pretty sure I want to do this. I’m taking photos of some of my technical book shelves to use as decoration on that site and I’ll crop and clean them before I head in to work today.

Thoughts and Considerations…