EEWeb experts weigh in on the changes they plan to make for themselves in 2018
What’s New Year’s without some promising New Year’s resolutions? The experts at EEWeb are ready to inspire by sharing their meaningful goals for an accomplished 2018. Feel free to chime in with your resolutions in the comments section. Happy New Year!
On a personal front I want to lose 50 pounds in weight and get a lot healthier. As part of this, I want to spend at least 30 minutes each day walking on the treadmill desk in my office. I also want to spend at least one hour a day standing at my stand-up desk.
On a work front, I am committed to sorting out my office. I have boxes of electronic components and development boards and piles of books and papers lying around – I’m so ashamed that I have to work with my eyes closed (that’s my excuse and I’m sticking to it).
I've had decent luck with past years’ resolutions like:
- Learn about and implement an IEEE 802.15.4 6LoWPAN mesh network
- Master IPv6 network coding
- Implement Alexa voice on a Raspberry Pi
- Implement something with BLE
Some that I've not gotten to yet:
- Figure out Bluetooth Mesh
- Implement a Robotic SLAM system
For the New Year:
- Learn about OpenCV and computer vision for robotics applications
- Learn about ROS and implement a robot with it
- Build a small robot using a BeagleBone Blue
- Implement a spinning Lidar unit for creating point clouds and navigation
- Figure out Bluetooth mesh and implement a small network
Also, in response to Max’s messy office, Mike believes messy people may be smarter, at least according to science.
Normally my resolutions are implicit and hard to express. Here are two unrequited resolutions.
On the work front, every year (for at least 20 years) I promise myself that I am going to learn about the Ethernet and how to implement it in an embedded system. I may not think that on January 1st, but it’s in the back of my mind consistently. With retirement looming, I may never get there.
Also, I promise to get over the despondency as a result of lack of response to my blogs by stopping to write. I have promised myself to do this for many years, but somehow the blogs pop out and the despondency persists.
My New Years’ resolution is to get more parts drawers. The Feng Shui of my workplace is inspired by the late Bob Pease (may he rest in peace).
My New Year's resolution for the past good few years has been to win the lottery and retire. While I have done all I can to keep this resolution (bought lotto tickets) it has so far proved an impossible one to keep. But I have strong willpower and I will keep trying. Apart from anything else, this would give me time for the fun stuff, which I hardly touch at the moment.
On a more achievable level, I would like to learn C. I have numerous boards sitting around that would need C to be able to do something with them. I have bought a programming lead that should let me talk to at least one of them, and some of the others just need USB, so hopefully this year I will get to keep that resolution, too (getting the first done will contribute vastly towards this one). I have played around a bit with PICAXEs and BASIC, so my impetus for this one has been low, but I ought to drag myself kicking and screaming into at least the 20th century.
The last one is to attend one of the ESCs this year. So far, external factors beyond my control have prohibited this, but I'm hoping that will change this year. I do want to test whether shouting "Max, beer, bacon!" across a crowded exhibition hall will get a reaction. The first one would also help a lot towards this one (I'd be able to travel first class, and buy the beers!).
I think that I'm going to start the new year getting back to more healthy (and less calorie intensive) eating habits. As it happened, I had a discussion with my supervisor today about goals for next year. I need to continue to work on communications and leadership skills.
So, one goal for me is to write more; particularly more educational material.
My New Year’s Resolution is to learn about Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies so I can make my fortune before it all collapses. See this: www.ZeidmanConsulting.com/cryptocurrency.htm
One of the things that I always try to take into account is making sure that I set goals that are high enough. By that I mean that these goals should push me, but not push me to defeat.
This means that in a very measurable percentage of my goals I should fail in achieving them, though it does not mean that I failed in advancing forward. I prefer, though, that I am able to get that failure out of the way in my home and hobby projects, rather than my work projects.
In the coming years, I want to start to focus more on how I can help others. In 5-10 years I would like to create a semiformal network of mentors to help others reach things that they did not think possible, with a particular focus on helping them gain an education (mind you, I did not say college, this is just one form of education).