Happy 2019!

Happy New Year!

Right now it is 7Am on Monday January 7th and I am just starting to think about my New Years’ Resolutions.  It seems like this will be the year to patch things up.  By that I mean everything from personal relations to small details about the website.  But, to stay on topic, letś just talk about the website!

I pride myself on being a good PHP developer.  Of course, there are a lot of good developers out there and even better UI/UX people.   Sometimes I wish I were better at design.  But what I am trying to say is that it is sometimes good to be able to look at one’s one work with a more critical eye.

When I took a look at my website on my cellphone, I realized that it was time to make sure that the HTML5 markup really worked properly.  So I guess that is Step One.

Happy New Year!

Evan’s Technical Notes

It’s been a long time since I have made a post!  But there is so much going on that I don’t know where to begin.  That is why people make lists or build wikis!

I guess that the biggest thing is that I am working on something like that.  It’s called Evan’s Technical Notes.   The website is at http://www.evtechnote.us

It’s an effort to make the slightest thing happen on the web sometimes.  Often I go to other people’s blogs for information.  Now I am hoping to document some of the things I have learned so that others can get their blogs and computers working.

So stay tuned!



Working Hard

Hello! It’s been a long time since I have written a blog post.  I got pretty caught up in writing my book.  Now I am up to Chapter 4 –  Arduino.  That is a pretty big topic in and of itself.

I wrote the Preface, the Introduction which is all about the Internet of Things, Chapter 2 – Project Ideas, Chapter 3 – Processors.  Now I have a project that requires me to use Arduino so that is helping me write Chapter 4.

One thing I have found out is that most of the DIY projects we work on are not for the Internet of Things.  Still I find IoT to be an exciting new breakthrough in technology!

A Cornucopia of Things

I would write down pages about all of the subjects I would like to study or continue working on but that paragraph would never end.  That is why, invariably when I try to enumerate my current projects I fail.  The list keeps expanding.

The same thing happens when I start working – hoping to complete one of my various books.  Before long I have an expanse of details that has become unmanageable.  Then I sometimes ask if there is a better way!

Organizing my thoughts and materials helps but is not all there is to it.  Having a focus and being clear about what I want to write or accomplish really does help.  That said something always comes up that doesn’t quite fit.  I call these things ‘fuzzy’ and these days, rather than ‘calling them out’ incorporate them into my Taxonomy of Things.  If it quacks like a duck but swims like a fish it is still catalogued as a duck, for all you object-oriented Ruby on Rails enthusiasts out there!

Problems are solved so that we can solve other problems.  Some of my interests, such as how to build better websites aren’t really that important to others.  Everyone in the field has their own solution!

Lately however I am finding the burgeoning problem of cataloging the Internet of Things to be of value and of worth to others.  There are so many gadgets and devices.  Once again I wonder if this cornucopia of electro-mechanical things, seemingly spilled onto every page of the Internet and prnt media today, has any end?


Not Another Computer!!

It’s time once again for another Blog Post! This time I will be writing about how the process of building a small computer has changed.  That is to say, although I have been having fun (and it has been a long time since I could say that my ‘job’ was fun) putting together the pieces of a UDOO x86 basic board.

So far this experiment has mostly led me back to the ‘Shopping Cart’ for more parts.  This is not the idea one thinks of when one sets out to start an economically viable business.  In addition to UDOO Basic I have now ordered a 5″ LCD display and still need a solid-state MMD2 drive.  Wow!  So much for a ‘small’ device run on an x86 board like the Galileo!!

At least this is not just about me!  When we, as individuals or companies “miss the mark” as Intel did (in my humble opinion – IMHO – now tell me, is that humble?) by releasing an Arduino-compatible x86 board that had too slow a Front-Side Bus what do we do?  Try again!

This time however, older and wiser; I might just ask if I am starting to build the next Personal Computer and not the ‘Pod I was looking for in the first place.

Meet ROI: Return On Investment

Near the “turn of the New Year” I am looking over the developments that I have accomplished in 2017 in order to find profitability and profit for my small business.  One speaks about Return on Investment or “ROI” a lot in Information Technology but the Business Strategy used to obtain that dollar reward is less discussed.  But the moment you purchase a new technologic device, be it a mobile phone or a toaster you should be thinking about how you are going to earn your dollars back and more!

I wrote about and worked on x86 opcode embedded computers a lot during the year.  But looking on YouTube and in the Jameco catalog I see that the Zilog Z80 and even the Motorola line-up of chipsets is a lot more popular in today’s Retro Computing Market.

I once even built a small board computer using the Zilog Z80A.

But “back in a different day” we all spoke about the IBM PC and how Microsoft took over from IBM, and the heyday of the Personal Computer began.  This was our lore and if as technical professionals we had some of the facts wrong we still had enough background information to get started out here in the small computer economy.

You would have to be an English Literature major to compare the different stories, a.k.a, Product Histories, that are used to describe where we in today’s Internet of Things (IoT) space.

In fact, I am.  Drum Roll Please!

We must evaluate why we have made the strategic business and technology decisions that we, as a culture have made.

But is this the best way to think about this material?

Should we instead determine our choice of Central Processing Unit (CPU) – an term that at once encompasses today’s Microprocessors (MPU)  and MicroControllers (MCU) and GPUs and APUs by an actual metric rather than a User Acceptance cum. Business Success Story?

— Evan Jan Williams, MCP, MCSD, VCP, ZCE


A Plan for LocalPOD

Here is my plan for earning income from LocalPOD without spending a penny more on development.

If you had attended Philadelphia’s Emerging Technology Conference in April of 2017 as I did you would have heard about how important Virtual Reality is today.

Basically in the last few months as I perfected my design of my first hotspot with a touchscreen: aptly named LocalPOD, I ordered a lot of 3D printed cases.  These didn’t always fit and had to be thrown away.  That was a lot of money to throw away!!

Now I am planning to build a site, right here, that lets someone choose their board and print a case.  Wow it’s so easy!

The site will have to use VR so we can see right away if the case will fit.

Because! The biggest thing that the Small Board Market is lacking right now is the case!!!!