New Year’s Resolutions from the Experts at EEWeb

By Nicole DiGiose |

EEWeb experts weigh in on the changes they plan to make for themselves in 2018


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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!

Max Maxfield

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).

Max’s mess that’s to tidy up come 2018. Image source: Max Maxfield.

Mike Anderson

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.

Aubrey Kagan

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.

Rick Curl

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).

David Ashton

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!).

Elizabeth Simon

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.

Bob Zeidman

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

Adam Carlson

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). 

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  • by  David Ashton
    I have to report that I had two tickets towards my first resolution.  One was a lotto ticket (get 3 or more numbers right out of 8, basically) and that one (cost $12.80) won $ 22.10.  The other was a lottery ticket (Just one 6-digit number) and that won a free ticket.  So my worry is that the universe has given me the "win the lottery" bit but forgotten about the retirement bit.   Grrrrr...
  • by  David Ashton
    Aubrey, I've just made another resolution....to comment on your blogs whenever I see them.  You're welcome to do the same with mine.  That way, we'll stoke each other's egos.  Win-win :-)
    • by  Aubrey Kagan (edited)

      David

      It's a deal, although I am not sure how to comment your Elektor musings- nice article on the ICM7216 BTW.

      As part of the reorganization as a result of Aspencore's takeover (or so I'm told), my blogs on embedded.com have been estopped (IMHO that's a good pun), so you won't be able to make good on your side of the deal, at least for a while.
      • by  David Ashton (edited)
        Aubrey... don'cha love these corporate reorganisations?  We're going through some where I work and mostly they are same sh1t, different day.....


        Thanks ref the ICM2016 article, I did do a version of it for EEWeb, and you were the first commenter there, so I'll take it as done!

      • by  Conrad Mannering
        Aubrey,

        Just do not stop writing, I promise that I will make a comment when you post.

        I am so lazy and your articles explain things so well that often I do not think about a comment. My New Year Resolution will be to make a comment as it does help to know that the words are not just drifting off to the ether.

        Is this stoppage like the old collapse of the Xilinx pages?

  • by  Aubrey Kagan (edited)

    David

    It's a deal, although I am not sure how to comment your Elektor musings- nice article on the ICM7216 BTW.

    As part of the reorganization as a result of Aspencore's takeover (or so I'm told), my blogs on embedded.com have been estopped (IMHO that's a good pun), so you won't be able to make good on your side of the deal, at least for a while.
    • by  David Ashton (edited)
      Aubrey... don'cha love these corporate reorganisations?  We're going through some where I work and mostly they are same sh1t, different day.....


      Thanks ref the ICM2016 article, I did do a version of it for EEWeb, and you were the first commenter there, so I'll take it as done!

    • by  Conrad Mannering
      Aubrey,

      Just do not stop writing, I promise that I will make a comment when you post.

      I am so lazy and your articles explain things so well that often I do not think about a comment. My New Year Resolution will be to make a comment as it does help to know that the words are not just drifting off to the ether.

      Is this stoppage like the old collapse of the Xilinx pages?

  • by  David Ashton (edited)
    Aubrey... don'cha love these corporate reorganisations?  We're going through some where I work and mostly they are same sh1t, different day.....


    Thanks ref the ICM2016 article, I did do a version of it for EEWeb, and you were the first commenter there, so I'll take it as done!

  • by  Conrad Mannering
    Aubrey,

    Just do not stop writing, I promise that I will make a comment when you post.

    I am so lazy and your articles explain things so well that often I do not think about a comment. My New Year Resolution will be to make a comment as it does help to know that the words are not just drifting off to the ether.

    Is this stoppage like the old collapse of the Xilinx pages?

  • by  Rick Curl
    Max- I can't tell for sure whether that's an Infallible Aether Oscillator or an Ocarina on your desktop. Knowing the denizens of your office, it could be either!
    • by  Elizabeth Simon

      I think it's an Ocarina. Max wrote about having one...

      https://www.eeweb.com/profile/max-maxfield/articles/maxs-cool-beans-i-have-an-ocarina-and-im-not-afraid-to-use-it

      Also, there's some sheet music underneath it.

  • by  Elizabeth Simon

    I think it's an Ocarina. Max wrote about having one...

    https://www.eeweb.com/profile/max-maxfield/articles/maxs-cool-beans-i-have-an-ocarina-and-im-not-afraid-to-use-it

    Also, there's some sheet music underneath it.

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