I am a Software Engineer at The TOVA Company in Portland Oregon, mostly Working From Home porting an Ms Dos program to Java Language and Xslt Language. Their business is a Continuous Performance Test (CPT) for Attention Deficit Disorder. It is accurate enough to titrate dosage of medications such as Ritalin Drug, avoiding the all-too-common problem of overmedication. Our company uses and helps develop Iki Wiki for both our internal documentation wiki and our public web site. It was chosen for its integration with Git Version Control.
I also have personal experience of one of the Schedule Stories.
My avocations are:
Fuego: a free program incorporating the recent advances in Monte Carlo Tree Search
writing programs to play chess and Go
I wrote the first implementation of Bughouse chess on the Free Internet Chess Server (freechess.org)
A chess program written in Forth (www.quirkster.com)
A Go program written in Forth (www.quirkster.com)
I've contributed Forth implementations on the various language comparison pages (Category In Many Programming Languages)
I guess that makes me a Rocket Scientist!
LV2 2001-2005 R.I.P. literally :( psas.pdx.edu
May 31, 2009: Finally saw a successful launch! Onward to new avionics...
In 2010 we flew active roll control! But high speed aerodynamics are tricky; it actually rolled the opposite direction from how we turned the canard fins!
other Open Source work with my rocket teammates:
XCB, a light-weight replacement for Xlib (xcb.freedesktop.org)
cairo, a drawing library (cairographics.org)
revamping the Linux USB infrastructure
Gnomin', gnomin', gnomin'... Ignore the Wiki Trolling... Keep them words a-flowin'... elide!
I have also worked at at Extensis, working in downtown Portland Oregon. I coded in Cee Plus Plus, Objective Cee, and Java Language, mainly working on a consumer Mac/Win image database called Portfolio. I was especially interested in Test Driven Development, Unit Testing Legacy Code, and Large Scale Cpp Software Design. Our project had at least three Testing Frameworks all devoid of tests. :( Make that four, and we're finally getting tests written. :)
The company's first use of Iterative Development was a great success. Both of our major product lines produced featureful and robust product revisions on the scheduled release dates. We even did away with our Beta Testing phase. I attribute this as much to Managing Expectations as improved engineering.
Like my father before me, I Bike To Work and feel much better for it.
I participated in an Xp Code Sprint held in Portland in April 2005. What a blast! It was my first experience with all the XP practices together at once. I learned Python Language and many Extreme Programming Core Practices (Test First, Planning Game, Project Velocity, Onsite Customer, Pair Programming, Pair Promiscuously, Small Releases, Collective Code Ownership).
Just got back from a demo of Harry Porters Relay Computer. Amazing! Makes me nostalgic for the days of programming the IMSAI-8080 from the front panel switches.
They Might Be Giants. Yum.
I've been salivating over the aerodynamic Aptera vehicle (www.aptera.com). I'm hoping they start selling it in Oregon before my Prius wears out. If not, I might go after the home-grown Arcimoto Pulse (arcimoto.com).
In the meantime, I have been following the Automotive X Prize (www.progressiveautoxprize.org) with great interest. Almost a dozen of the entrants achieved 100 MPGe or better under the EPA test cycle!
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