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A Brief Tour of Powertrain Calibration Data Exchange File Formats

By peter on July 26, 2013 - 11:11 AM

The automotive industry is a strange ecosystem--it has an endless array of standards, specifications, and governance documents, but it's not always easy to get information about tools and practices. This the first in a series of articles that I'm writing to help centralize and spread some of that knowledge.

Today's topic: Powertrain calibration data exchange file formats.

How do you fuel your creativity and motivation?

By peter on October 11, 2012 - 11:11 PM

In today's workplace climate, it's more important than ever to stay motivated and engaged. We certainly need to stay on task and on budget, but we also need to out-innovate our competition. Today on my workplace blog I asked employees what conferences, MeetUp groups, and events they regularly attend or particpate in to keep their creative juices flowing. Inspiration can come from anything, regardless of how closely it plugs into your professional life. Read more to see a few of the activities and events that I've been excited about lately...

Quote of the day

By peter on August 1, 2012 - 12:12 AM

"Remembering that I'll be dead soon is the most important tool I've ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because almost everything — all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure - these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart."

--Steve Jobs, from his Stanford Commencement Speech, June 15th, 2005

Remembering the Fallen

By peter on May 28, 2012 - 12:12 AM

Over the past few years several of my friends and acquaintances made the ultimate sacrifice in the name of freedom and democracy. It's sobering to think that they died to protect the great nation that I sometimes criticize, and to protect the right for people like myself to speak our opinions.

To Pete, Dave, and countless others who I never knew, thank you.

N Minus 2

By peter on November 17, 2011 - 12:12 AM

Last week, my two year old Motorola Droid A855 bit the dust. I had paid something like $200 for the phone, and I was really hoping to get more time out of it. The phone I had before it was a first-generation iPhone that I bought second-hand from an acquaintance for $50. The only reason I got rid of it was because AT&T service was horrendous at my new apartment.

The Droid was a trooper until this past summer, when the touch screen started acting up on humid days. Within a few weeks, the on-screen keyboard was unusable, and I frequently had to power-cycle the phone to get it to come back to normal. I put up with the problem for about two months, until last weekend it got so bad that I finally threw up my hands and caved to buy a new phone.

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