"... it still only has a 5-megapixel rear camera, 8GB of internal storage and a dismally low-res 540×960-pixel screen"
For being dismal, it is still a $120 phone! And unlocked! And without bloatware!! Moto G is a better deal though.
In 2008, I set out on my own, founding Gentomi, Inc. I am currently engaged in bootstrapping the business SendTree, which is a cloud based communication tool that can send instant messages via telephone, text, email, and social networks, all with a single "send" button. In this effort I've become adept with AppEngine, Twilio API, GWT, AngularJS, and leveraging some newer HTML5/CSS3 features.
Prior to setting out on my own, I spent 13 years creating software at Purdue University. In 1995 I was surprised to find Purdue as my employer. I had made connections with the Computing Center years earlier as an undergraduate. I was later recruited to come back to Purdue and work on some cool software projects, and I couldn't resist.
Before I left, my position at Purdue was in the Rosen Center for Advanced Computing, where they provide computing support for academic research. I was the principal software developer for the Purdue Vulcan project through its first release. This project is of significant importance in order for good policies and decisions to be made concerning climate change. This project determined the high-resolution whereabouts of carbon emissions within the United States, a great improvement over prior known resolutions. I was responsible for the design and implementation of the software that aggregated all the data into its high resolution form. [Here's a fancy YouTube video driven by the resulting data.] This particular project involved large amounts of data, and required distributed computing on a cluster in order to create the final information in its aggregated form.
Before working for the Rosen Center, I worked for 7 years in Purdue's Instructional Computing Division, a group responsible for the 70+ labs and 2000+ machines located around campus for student use. During this period, I gained responsibility for managing a group of 9 software developers. I was responsible for: 1) delivering software projects, 2) providing technical guidance and mentoring, 3) interviewing and hiring, and 4) assignment of salary, wages, and bonuses. This group developed the web infrastructure, databases, and applications used to drive the operations of the labs. [This was an excellent, very talented group to work with.]
Prior to employment at Purdue, I worked as an engineer at Pynco, Inc. from 1992 to 1995. I redesigned a mechanically driven aircraft altimeter (CPU 66) into a complete solid-state, microcontroller driven altimeter. I designed and constructed the new enclosure, computing circuitry, and software. This new altimeter required real-time software techniques, and a handcrafted operating system. [Yes, I wrote a custom operating system for the 68332 microcontroller...]
Also while at Pynco during those years, I helped develop a small CNC station to automate machining of tiny glass parts. This later evolved into the use of large standard CNC equipment, which I programmed to machine the same glass parts. This manufacturing process was significant in Pynco’s early success, and remains as the basis for their primary business today. In 2008, I began serving on the Board at Pynco. This followed the untimely death of my father, Jim Seib, who founded Pynco in 1987.
I graduated from Purdue University in 1993 with a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering. I still enjoy creating a circuit once in a while. I designed and built my own circuit to help remotely monitor and reboot some hardware located in Detroit, MI.