Wow! This poor blog has been languishing, not that anybody’s noticed!
This week has been about cleaning up loose ends. I’m looking forward to the feedback from the zone managers on alarm traffic for service requests in their zones, and moving forward with the EBS metering, in spite of shifting tracks a few times.
The BACnet-IT-WG teleconference was really informative, I’ve been out of touch with the process for quite a while. I was concerned that the work I have been doing on the BACloud would be very different and incompatible, but actually I think it can be complimentary. This effort includes references to BACnet clients and servers that are not “binary” and BACloud is all about supporting “binary” networks.
I decided to get my Parallels installation up to date, which was easy, build a new Ubuntu Server VM (which didn’t happen from a disk image, but worked from an ISO), and install/check out our code (easy). I attempted to clone the machine rather than go through the process again and networking failed. Apparently I’m not the first one with this problem, I found the solution here, so it was easy to edit /etc/network/interfaces and rename eth0 to eth1.
So another group is launched, this time within the ISA.
The Building Automation Systems Division was organized for building automation professionals who design, build, install, troubleshoot, operate and manage building automation systems, and who seek to adhere to best practices to ensure optimum system operation and performance. The division was formed to aid these professionals as they apply available standards and technology to building control systems.
I’m pleased that they don’t seem to be developing new standards but helping adopt ones, I don’t think the industry needs more standards.
Well, maybe a common programming language or platform.
I created a pair of Google+ pages, one for BACpypes and one for the BACnet Firewall Router, then added links to them from the Sourceforge project home pages, generated from the Sphinx sources and committed to the subversion repository which you can see from the Trac sites. I’m pretty sure that’s about as much social media I can fit into these projects without my head exploding.
Of course there should be some work on the code at some point .
I am the proud recipient of the German Shepherd Award from BACnet International. Thank you BACneteers, and you can bet that I’ll continue to go sniffing around and see what havoc I can raise, this is a great pack of people.
I saw a post from Robert Scoble about Trello and decided to jump in and check out the water. Not bad so far, I haven’t done much except I created a BACneteers organization and added boards for BACpypes and BFR to it for good measure. There could obviously be lots of other boards, like those for the SPC working groups, but I thought I would keep it simple and just dump my two projects there.
Join if you would like, it would be interesting to know your success at joining the organization and putting “stuff” on the “boards”.
A big shout out to the ASHRAE folks that put together the 2011 Southern Tier Professional Development Symposium today. They had quite a mess on their hands after the flooding in Owego, and they did a great job finding a new venue, and thanks to the Marriott in Binghamton for shuffling around the rooms and schedule to make space, in spite of being in the middle of their own clean up.
I had a great time with my talk and slides. I only ran three minutes over, which isn’t too bad for me, and I really tried not to abuse the fact that I had a captive audience.
The initial disappointment was replaced by fans’ strong desire to remember Jobs, according to Barbara Sullivan, Managing Partner of Sullivan, a branding and marketing agency. “The preorders may also be part of respect for what Jobs has done,” she said. “It’s almost like putting flowers by his headquarters.”
If this wasn’t so unbelievably pathetic it would be funny.
There are lots of posts and notes and commentary about the passing of Steve Jobs, his relentless pursuit of the combination of technical excellence and aesthetics has always been inspirational. I would like to think that the Church of The Sacred Fruit nickname that was given to my office wasn’t just about Apple products, but about the passion doing do things the right way.
I remember going to the NeXT presentation that Steve did in Bailey Hall at Cornell and he had that same reserved-yet-excited presentation that I never got a chance to see in person again, but many more times in videos, and it’s just not the same. I was obviously not the only one inspired to do more, Tim Berners-Lee used a NeXT Computer in 1991 to create the first web browser and web server. Now if only there was a HyperCard client/server model with shared stacks…
The Cube was so expensive that it was way out of reach (and I was very happy with my Mac Plus). The black tornado of death that was the trash can seemed odd. The mashup of Smalltalk and C seemed strange — both languages are perfectly fine, why smash them together? Sad to say I still have a mental stumbling block over Objective-C, but I’d better get over it if the InfoButler is going to go anywhere.
Thank you Steve.keep looking »