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At the end of August 2012, I announced my Early Retirement from HP. Two years later, my friend and former boss Martin Fink successfully recruited me to return to what later became Hewlett Packard Enterprise, as an HPE Fellow working on open source strategy in his Office of the CTO.

I'm proud of what I was was able to accomplish in the 25 months since then, but recent efforts to "simplify" HPE actually made things complicated for me. Between the announcement in late June that Martin intended to retire himself, and the two major spin-merger announcements involving Enterprise Services and Software... well...

The bottom line is that today, 30 September 2016, is my last day at HPE.

My plan is to "return to retirement" and work on some fun projects with my wife now that we are "empty nesters". I do intend to remain involved in the Free Software and open hardware worlds, but whether that might eventually involve further employment is something I'm going to try and avoid thinking about for a while...

There is a rocket launch scheduled nearby this weekend, after all!

Posted Thu Sep 29 22:23:05 2016 Tags:

I'm pleased to announce that, at long last, the ChaosKey hardware random number generator described in talks at Debconf 14 in Portland and Debconf 16 in Cape Town is now available for purchase from Garbee and Garbee.

Posted Wed Aug 3 15:17:55 2016 Tags:

I woke up this morning and realized that for the first time since 17 April 2001, I am no longer a member of the Debian Technical Committee.

My departure from the committee is a consequence of the Debian General Resolution "limiting the term of the technical committee members" that was passed amending the Debian Constitution nearly a year ago. As the two longest-serving members, both over the term limit, Steve Langasek and I completed our service yesterday.

In early March 2015, I stepped down from the role of chairman after serving in that role for the better part of a decade, to help ensure a smooth transition. Don Armstrong is now serving admirably in that role, I have the utmost respect for the remaining members of the TC, and the process of nominating replacements for the two now-vacant seats is already well underway.

So, for the Debian project as a whole, today is really a non-event... which is exactly as it should be! Debian has been a part of my life since 1994, and I sincerely hope to be able to remain involved for many years to come!

Posted Fri Jan 1 11:39:25 2016 Tags:

Keith and I are pleased to announce the immediate availability of EasyMega v1.0!

EasyMega is effectively a TeleMega without the GPS receiver and radio telemetry system. TeleMega and EasyMega both have 6 pyro channels and enough sensors to lock out pyro events based on conditions like tilt-angle from vertical, making both boards ideal solutions for complex projects with air start or multi-stage engine ignition requirements. Choose TeleMega for a complete in-airframe solution including radio telemetry and GPS, or EasyMega if you already have a tracking solution you like and just need intelligent control of multiple pyro events.

EasyMega is 2.25 x 1.25 inches (57.15 x 31.75 mm), which means it can be easily mounted in a 38 mm air frame coupler. The list price for EasyMega is $300, but as an introductory special, you can purchase one now through Labor Day for only $250! This special is only good for in-person purchases at Airfest and orders placed directly through Bdale's web store.

Altus Metrum products are available directly from Bdale's web store, and from these distributors:

All Altus Metrum products are completely open hardware and open source. The hardware design details and all source code are openly available for download, and advanced users are invited to join our developer community and help to enhance and extend the system. You can learn more about Altus Metrum products at http://altusmetrum.org.

Posted Thu Aug 28 21:12:51 2014 Tags:

A year ago today, on 11 June 2013, daughter Elizabeth and I smelled smoke, kicking off an adrenalin-pumped afternoon evacuating our home, which was located very close to the point of origin of the Black Forest Fire. The short version is that we ended up losing our house and most of our "stuff", but all the people, pets, and a few of our most prized possessions escaped unscathed. If you need more details, I told a longer version of the story at Linux Conf Australia in Perth this January.

This has been an experience I would not wish on my worst enemy... but a year later, I'm pleased to report that life is largely back to normal and things are moving along just fine! The 2-bedroom apartment we found to live in while rebuilding has been sufficient to our needs, but we can't wait to move in to the new house under construction on our property in a couple more months. And after graduating from Oberlin College with a degree in physics and minor in the classics, we're very pleased that Elizabeth is back with us for a while this summer before she starts the next phase of her life as a research assistant and PhD candidate at the ASU Center for Science and the Imagination in August. And Altus Metrum, LLC is successfully back in business producing some cool new toys...

We owe an immense debt of gratitude to you, our many friends both near and far, who have shown us so much caring and support in the last year. Thank you!

Posted Wed Jun 11 09:09:09 2014 Tags:

Keith and I are pleased to announce the immediate availability of TeleGPS v1.0!

TeleGPS is our response to the many requests we've received for an easy-to-use tracking-only board that just provides GPS position information over radio. Combining the same uBlox Max 7Q GPS receiver used in TeleMega and TeleMetrum v2.0 with a 16mW transmitter yields a board that is 1.5 x 1.0 inches (38.1 x 25.4 mm).

As usual for our products, TeleGPS is designed for use under FCC Part 97 (ham radio) rules or equivalent authorization. In addition to the GPS receiver and UHF radio transmitter, TeleGPS includes on-board flash data storage and a micro USB connector for configuration, post-flight data download, and to power a LiPo battery charger.

TeleGPS works with our existing ground station products and/or any radio equipped with APRS support, and also emits audible radio direction finding beeps. While TeleGPS can be used with our existing AltosUI and AltosDroid ground station software, Keith is working on a simpler, dedicated application optimized for use with TeleGPS.

Altus Metrum products are available directly from Bdale's web store, and from these distributors:

All Altus Metrum products are completely open hardware and open source. The hardware design details and all source code are openly available for download, and advanced users are invited to join our developer community and help to enhance and extend the system. You can learn more about Altus Metrum products at http://altusmetrum.org.

Thank you all for your continuing support of Altus Metrum, and we hope to see you on a flight line somewhere soon!

Posted Sun Jun 8 18:53:15 2014 Tags:

Keith and I are pleased to announce the immediate availability of TeleMetrum v2.0, the return of TeleDongle, and that TeleMega is back in stock!

We've taken our classic TeleMetrum design and updated it with all new components. Same feature set, but better in every way. TeleMetrum v2 is a dual deploy flight computer with 2 pyro channels, 105g accelerometer, 100k' barometer, uBlox Max 7Q GPS and >30mW telemetry system with APRS support.

Read more about TeleMetrum v2.

Our original ground station TeleDongle is also back at last, as a part of the Altus Metrum Starter Pack. Each Starter Pack includes a TeleDongle USB-connected ground station for laptops running Linux, Mac OS X or Windows, a battery compatible with any Altus Metrum flight computer, a USB cable, and an Altus Metrum cut vinyl decal.

Read more about TeleDongle

We're also pleased to have TeleMega back in stock! TeleMega is an advanced flight computer with 9-axis IMU, 6 pyro channels, uBlox Max 7Q GPS and >30mW telemetry system with APRS support. We designed TeleMega to be the ideal flight computer for sustainers and other complex projects

Read more about TeleMega

Altus Metrum products are available directly from Bdale's web store, and from these distributors:

All Altus Metrum products are completely open hardware and open source. The hardware design details and all source code are openly available for download, and advanced users are invited to join our developer community and help to enhance and extend the system. You can learn more about Altus Metrum products at http://altusmetrum.org.

Thank you all for your continuing support of Altus Metrum, and we hope to see you on a flight line somewhere soon!

Posted Fri Feb 14 11:46:53 2014 Tags:

Yay! One of my talk proposals was accepted. Looking forward to LCA in Perth in January...

Posted Wed Sep 4 08:15:13 2013 Tags:

Keith and I are pleased to announce the immediate availability of TeleBT, a new Altus Metrum ground station product providing the equivalent of TeleDongle plus Bluetooth.

TeleBT working with AltosDroid on an Android device provides everything needed to monitor a rocket in flight, record telemetry, and know how to walk right to the airframe after it's back on the ground.

The Bluetooth capability of TeleBT is also supported by AltosUI on Linux, and with a micro USB cable TeleBT works just like TeleDongle on Windows, Mac, and Linux systems running AltOS version 1.2.1 or later.

Posted Tue May 21 13:55:18 2013 Tags:

In my post about Batteries and Pyro Circuits, one of my suggestions was to remove the protection circuit board from LiPo cells used with Altus Metrum flight computers. To help out folks who want to do this themselves, I put together and posted a how-to with photos in the Documents section of our web site.

Posted Mon Apr 29 11:00:12 2013 Tags: