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Friday, April 04, 2003
I spent the last four days attending a training seminar on VxWorks, the real-time operating system from Wind River.

This operating system is booted up and loaded to run the small computer program used by some modern fighter jet ejection seats. The computer program calculates an angle, according to the Michel Chabroux, the instructor of our seminar. He brought up the ejection seat story because it illustrated the need for a fast booting operating system. VxWorks can go from zero to application run within seconds. I know it takes my PC up to a minute to fire up, and then it takes up to a minute to start mail, and my web browser. Jenn and I typically leave it on during the day. A pilot needing to abort can't wait that long. I spent the week looking at the operating system that helps him out in this situation.

Who was the programmer who wrote that little program? How big was the VxWorks OS (it can be made very small if you don't need all of its features)? If you're reading this, send me an e-mail!

Tuesday, April 01, 2003
Jenn noticed in the obituaries today that Michael Jeter died. He played the lovable "Mr. Noodle" on Sesame Street. Mia could say his name ("nooou-nooou"). Jenn and I delighted in his very expressive acting. Elmo always introduced Mr. Noodle as "Mr. Noodle's brother, Mr. Noodle!". Reading Mr. Jeter's obituary, it's striking to realize that you probably have seen him, even if you don't watch Elmo. He was in The Green Mile (with Tom Hanks), Patch Adams (with Robin Williams), and True Crime (with Clint Eastwood). But I won't be missing him in those roles. I'll be missing Mr. Noodle, Elmo's comic relief.

Monday, March 31, 2003
I posted pictures of Mia from the past birthday weekend. Enjoy!

Sunday, March 30, 2003
My daughter turned two years old on March 28. We had lots of fun having a little party. She didn't seem to like the cake though: she cried furiously when the candles were being lit, and she didn't even want to sit near it. Thankfully, later, she did have some cake for a snack. I'll have the obligatory pictures up on the web site soon.