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Reflecting On My Journey With Intel Inventor Platforms

If you had asked me whether I would ever have considered submitting a resume at a company like Intel earlier in my career, I would have comprehensively answered “no.” The reason? Well – Most of the roles at Intel seemed to require 7 PhDs in engineering (which I don’t have). Aside from that, the specific nature of the work is obscure – I simply had no idea how to map “doing microprocessor design, marketing and…

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Ecosystem Magic

Pop Quiz: Who got the One Ring back from Sauron and tossed it into Mount Doom? If you are like most people, you would answer “The Hobbits.” They clearly did the majority of the grunt work, killing spiders, orcs, climbing mountains, fighting with Golem and running away from the Balrog. But if you think about it really carefully, you might conclude that the answer is actually…Gandalf. Without Gandalf, Sauron would have won, no contest. Gandalf…

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Systems That Seem To Work

One of the most intelligent and insightful things I have read is the concept of “Systems versus Goals” as outlined by Scott Adams in his book “How to fail at everything and still win big.” There are many explanations of the concept, but the basic idea is that goals are for losers because they do absolutely nothing to help you actually succeed. Instead, people who get ahead do so by learning how to think in…

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The Obesity Code

I just read this book “The Obesity Code” and enjoyed it. The theory, research and recommendations matched with my own personal experience. There was a time that I was a highly athletic person, competing in bodybuilding contests, wrestling, running and even break dancing. However, over the years, my metabolism slowed down. Things that used to work for me: Diets and Exercise, stopped working. I tried multiple diets and exercise routines and frankly: What used to…

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CTO Insight: Funnel Web Spiders and DNA Sequencing with Martin Smith

The world of rapid DNA sequencing has come a long way. I talk to Martin Smith about his work with Nanopore, building clusters of computers to process DNA data and venomous creatures from Australia. You can follow Martin Smith on Twitter: twitter.com/martinalexsmith for updates like this:  Not sure yet. We (@Hasindu2008) previously crashed our other NAS feeding this swarm. It had similar specs, but 12x HDD in RAID 1+0. Waiting on some SFP+ cables before…

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Best Practices

Extroverted versus Introverted Content

I recently wrote about my experience previously writing a lot of technical content. I wanted to come up with a concept which captures my current thinking about how content is best created: Extroverted versus Introverted Content.  When I focused all of my energy on producing “how to” type content, it was “introverted” content in my mind. Content that I wrote for myself (and the search engines) which was low cost, fast and easy to produce.…

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Write content to trigger conversations (and community)

For a long time I built and maintained the prior iteration of this blog. When I was a software engineer building enterprise mobile and web applications, I made a conscious decision to post solutions to all the annoying problems I encountered on this blog with detailed source code snippets and documentation. By making a habit of this, I reasoned, I could go back and find my own solutions to problems and also create a public…

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Tips For Bringing Your Raspberry Pi Prototype To Mass Production

Having worked in the hardware, IoT, AI/ML and robotics ecosystem space for the last decade – I have helped hundreds of individuals and startups as well as folks working at major enterprises to achieve their vision of shipping products that change the world. As the leading single-board computer, the Raspberry Pi is the most popular starting point for new hardware designs. I wanted to write an article summarizing my thoughts on this topic based on…

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Case Studies

Case Study: Bringing A Robot From Prototype To Production

If you are a robotics startup or enterprise hoping to bring a physical robot or robotics service to market, you understand that there is an ocean of uncertainty about how to proceed. You are likely asking yourself questions such as: How do I manufacture my robot? What features do developers want? How do I attract customers and users to my platform? How do I take the robot from prototype to production and out to my…

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