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Worked at Skills Inc.
Attended North Seattle Community College
Lived in Seattle, WA


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Planets Converge for Sunset Sky Show

Source - Space Weather News for June 29, 2015:

SUNSET SKY SHOW: The two brightest planets in the night sky are converging for a spectacular close encounter.  On June 30th, Jupiter and Venus will be just a fraction of a degree apart, forming a pair so bright that you can see them even before nightfall. Check for observing tips and more.
GROWING QUIET: Active sunspot AR2371 has just disappeared over the sun's western limb. This should bring a spell of renewed quiet to the sun. NOAA forecasters are downgrading the chance of M-class flares during the next 24 hours from 60% to only 5%. Aurora alerts: text or voice.
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One of the many great comics you can read for free at! Follow us for giveaways & giggles.
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Whether you want to keep an eye on devices on your home network or wish to monitor the performance of your website, the open source Nagios monitoring tool should be your first port of call. Although you'll need a Linux box, the Nagios software is quick to install and straightforward to configure. But, it's a…
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Bare Conductive recently developed a new digital musical instrument accessible to everyone, including those with physical disabilities.
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Through working with the UK Space Agency on the Astro Pi project we’ve learnt about something called Outernet. Internet, Outernet – see what they did there? Outernet is a small company started by Syed Karim that broadcasts the most useful stuff from the internet via satellites in geostationary orbit. Anyone receiving the broadcast then has …
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Human Meteors is an immersive re-creation of the classic Atari game Asteroids. It takes the original gameplay and turns it into an interactive experience.
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The next Big Picture Science podcast "What the Hack" will be available tomorrow: Monday 29 June 2015 

This encore podcast was first released November 11, 2013.

A notice for this upcoming podcast was also posted on the CloudyMidnights blog:

Big Picture Science is presented by the +SETI Institute 

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#BigPictureScience #SETI #news #podcast #science #technology #computer #computer_engineering #culture #virus
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Handprints on Hubble

Source - NASA Science News for June 26, 2015

As the Hubble Space Telescope celebrates its 25th anniversary, scientists are reflecting on the key role astronauts played in allowing the telescope to continue making great discoveries.

The complete article can be found here:

A companion video is posted below and can also be viewed at:
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The biggest news coming out of Maker Faire Shenzhen, outside the size and intensity of the event itself, was the announcement made by Massimo Banzi that Ar
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Geomagnetic Storm Warning: June 22-23

Source - Space Weather News for June 22, 2015:

GEOMAGNETIC STORM WARNING: A CME is heading directly for Earth, and it is expected to sweep up one or more lesser CMEs before it reaches our planet on June 22nd.  The combined impact is likely to spark polar geomagnetic storms and high-latitude auroras.   Visit for more information and updates.

AURORA ALERTS:  Don't sleep through the auroras.  Get a phone call when geomagnetic storms are underway.  Space weather alerts are available from (text) and (voice).
BIG SUNSPOT FACES EARTH: One of the biggest sunspots of the current solar cycle, AR2371, is directly facing Earth. The active region has an unstable 'beta-gamma-delta' magnetic field that harbors energy for strong explosions. NOAA forecasters estimate a 70% chance of M-class solar flares and a ...
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While this guy focuses on adventure games he manages to cover a lot of interesting computer history. 
When Acorn Computer foundered on a financial iceberg in 1985, one of the first and saddest victims was Acornsoft, their software arm. Acornsoft was destined to go down into history first and foremost as the house that set British gaming on its head with Elite, but David Braben and Ian Bell, ...
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Embedded systems / information technologies (see my Linkedin profile). My current focus is on improving my Linux skills, and studying for a network certification such as CCNA.
Electronics, Embedded systems, IoT, Linux, UNIX, Windows, Troubleshooting, Technical Support, Engineering Lab Management, Troubleshooting,
  • Skills Inc.
    Lab Manager - Microsoft, 2013 - 2014
  • Sea Mar Community Health Centers
    Technical Support, 2009 - 2013
  • SourceCode Technology Holdings, Inc
    Customer Support Consultant, 2008 - 2008
  • Emulex
    Sr. Systems Test Technician, 2003 - 2008
  • Digital Forest
    Technical Support, 2002 - 2003
  • Applied Microsystems Corp.
    Sr. Electronics Technician, 1994 - 2001
  • Sundstrand Data Control
    Electronics Technician, 1982 - 1994
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Seattle, WA - Kirkland, WA - Bellevue, WA
Have you ever looked up at the stars and just wondered? Yeah, me too.
Personal interests:
  • Astronomy
  • Meteorology
  • Oceanography
  • Robotics - Arduino and PIC based
  • Retro-computing
  • Science fiction. 
Professional interests:
  • Networking Technologies
  • UNIX/Linux system administration
  • Embedded systems
  • Programming - Developing interest in Python, Perl, and C/C++
  • High Performance Computing (HPC), Cloud Computing, and Software Defined Networking (SDN)

You can find out more about my professional experience on my Linkedin profile.

I manage or assist in managing five pages here on Google+. These pages are the UrbanspelunkersRadio Shack Color Computer (CoCo), HPC High Performance Computing and Free Donne Team.

I am looking to connect with others who have similar interest, so feel free to drop me a line or even add me to your circles.

Cheers! ~ Jim
Bragging rights
I was born in 1958 which is the same year that astrophysicists Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson and Dr. Alex Filippenko were born, and the same year that NASA was founded. 1958 was a good year for space geeks.
  • North Seattle Community College
    Electronics, 80 - 82
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Omron image sensors designed to be 'eyes' of IoT

The face-recognition cameras could be used for video games and child monitoring

Marines put Microsoft Kinect to work, but not for gaming

Video game technology is used to create realistic 3D battle space maps for the military.

Announcing Finalists for the IoT Innovation Grand Challenge!

When the IoT Innovation Grand Challenge was announced in April 2014, I was a little concerned and apprehensive about the number and quality

Photo capturing act of high school sportsmanship goes viral

At a time when football needs it the most, an act of sheer selflessness and sportsmanship on the field is going viral.

IEEE standards group wants to bring order to IoT

The IEEE P2413 would span Internet of Things technologies for all industries

Opinion: IoT feeding frenzy beginning to look a lot like dot-com | Silic...

Remember the dot-com craze of the mid-1990s, when startups like Webvan Group, Inc. raised more than $1 billion for services that barely got

IndieBox: for Gamers Who Miss Boxes! | Linux Journal

There are lots of cool ideas on the Internet that never really make it out of the "startup" phase. IndieBox has been around only for a few m

Reversible USB Type-C connector finalized: Devices, cables, and adapters...

The USB Promoter Group has announced that the greatest invention in the known universe -- the reversible Type-C USB connector -- is finally

The IoT (Internet of Things) Opportunity | LinkedIn

A couple of months back, we partnered with two young companies which — at first glance — have nothing in common. One (LiFx) started in Melbo

Fabien Cousteau plans 31-day underwater mission

Like viewers worldwide, Fabien Cousteau was entranced by his famous grandfather's films about marine life and human exploration underwater.

Guess what? It really does rain more often in Seattle on Saturdays

So here we are again, Seattle. After a sunny and warm week, the clouds roll in and the showers arrive just in time for the weekend. Just lik

Fire. Them. All.

Has any organization ever failed so miserably that every employee should be fired? One finally has. And we are its executives. It’s called C

12-year-old builds low-cost Lego braille printer

A seventh grader's science fair project turns into a quest to develop a customizable low-cost printer for the blind. Read this article by Am

Strange Brew by John Deering, January 18, 2014 Via @GoComics

One of the many great comics you can read for free at! Follow us for giveaways & giggles.

LinuxDevices content returns to the Web

One of most widely respected repositories of embedded and mobile Linux news and information has returned to the web as an archive hosted at

FBI Agent: Connection Logs Show Suspect's MAC Address, So Look For Apple...

The Smoking Gun recently covered the arrest of a 19-year-old college student for allegedly sending threats to a 14-year-old user. The

KitKat update removes app permissions toggle

Google quietly pulls a hidden feature in Android KitKat that allowed people to deny app permissions on a case-by-case basis. Read this artic

Grace Hopper: Google doodle for 'mother' of Cobol computer language

In the 50s Hopper invented key software technologies that paved the way for today's computer languages