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Name: Eric Mitchell
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I'm a free/open source software junkie. I'm addicted to the environment of voluntary cooperation between people interested in furthering a common cause. The feeling of actually doing something that other people find remotely useful brings great meaning to life. And besides, let's face it. I'm a geek. I have been ever since my first Atari 800 in 1983. No, probably since Breakout in an airport, 1978.

However, I have a day job, so I don't get to hack on stuff as often as I'd really like to. Heather (my fiancee) would like you to know that she keeps me too busy to do anything else =). For a day job, I seem to have hit the jackpot. I work as a Research Member of the Technical Staff at Altair Aerospace Corporation, working on satellite control/monitoring/automation software.

I coded and implemented the guts of The Enlightened Sound Daemon, with a lot of help from the community.

With what little free time I have available for computing entertainment, I play around with Grass, a Free GIS (geographic information systems) package. I also hike around the countryside carrying my trusty GPS receiver and try to make maps of my hikes.

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Look ma, esd is on Slashdot! Only 22 responses, though. Here's mine. If I interpret apathy as tacit approval, that's not doing too bad. One of these days, I really should rewrite the server, at least. I have some ideas about what should be done at the base level, but as always, time is hard to come by. It'll definitely have to wait until I get moved into the new house at least (6 to 8 weeks). Probably try to pick it up again next year, new year's resolution, etc. Strange, I recently ranted at gnome-hackers about esound. Coincidence? (insert medley of Twilight Zone, X-Files, and FreakyLinks themes) Also got a nice email from a technical guy at Real requesting synch support. Kind of hard to do with the current socket based IPC, but wouldn't be too hard with a shared memory transport layer. Be a heck of a lot easier, at least. Next year...


Big demo at work out of the way. It's nice to be able to breathe again after six months of furious hacking and tweaking. Got to integrate two disparate satellite control systems using CORBA. It was actually a lot of fun. I still get a warm fuzzy feeling any time I see one process controlling stuff in another one. Maybe because of the huge battle to get the initial communications down when our company first started using Orbix three years ago. I much prefer our current choice of the Free orb, TAO. It Rocks(tm). CORBA is a *really* useful tool for distributed client/server applications. Cross-platform, language-agnostic, lots of other cool buzzwords. I can't praise it highly enough.


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