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Well, it's been awhile!

I left Microchip a couple of years ago for many reasons, the least not being that my supervisor didn't know what an infinite loop was.

The fact is that the weeks prior to my leaving, I was set to teach a course at the yearly Masters conference on embedded and Linux. This course was cancelled. The reason, I was told that there just wasn't any interest.

At that time I was also working on a distro project aimed at embedded users. This project was scrapped at about the same time the class was cancelled.

Feeling stagnant and feeling that things were not going to change, I left to pursue other options. I don't regret that decision, as much as I did love working in an engineering environment.

I was looking for a job for my sister, who is in finance, so I looked at Microchip and found this post for a Linux Fellow. Ironically, I meet the qualifications. These big companies have no idea what they have. While Microchip was not at all the evil empire that other corporate entities are, they still failed to recognize the talent and skills of their current staff pool...

Microchip is seeking a dynamic open-source leader, speaker and developer to be our Linux Technical Fellow, internally and for the embedded Linux community at large. The individual selected for this position will be responsible for executing the following objectives:

1) Shape the strategy for Microchip to become a respected player in the embedded Linux community.

2) Working with architects, ensure that Microchip devices and software present a world-class solution.

3) Guide the realization of the strategy developed above, staffing and leading a team to do so.

4) Represent Microchip’s growing dominance in the community.

5) Improve and maintain Microchip’s relationship with key Linux influencers.

Key Responsibilities:

•Develop a viable, culturally-appropriate business strategy to make Microchip a vital force in embedded Linux.
•Ensure that Microchip’s silicon devices represent a viable vehicle for embedded Linux.
•Ensure that Microchip’s software offerings appropriately support the Linux eco-system.
•Ensure that Microchip’s Linux offering meets or exceeds the demands of our customer base.
•Represent Microchip to the community when necessary.
•Represent Microchip’s Linux offering to key customers as required.
•Coordinate the embedded Linux message with marketing professionals.
•Attract and build a first-rate development team and lead the realization of the agreed-upon strategy.
•Step in and provide hands-on guidance, including coding, when necessary.

Job Requirements :
•Bachelor’s Degree in a technical field, preferably an advanced degree.
•Proven, demonstrable track record bringing Linux to the embedded world.
•Minimum five (5) years contributing to the open-source, preferably Linux, community.
•Excellent verbal (including public speaking), written, teaching and presentation skills.
•Strong organization skills.
•Strong leadership skills.
•A team-oriented perspective.

Ok, so I just wanted to say something about the RTMPDUMP and Adobe thing.

Adobe claims that "The rtmpdump utility hosted on SourceForge.net (see URL below) can be used to download copyrighted works"

Yea, well guess what... the following items can be used to download copyrighted works:

MS Internet Explorer Firefox Filezilla SFTP Opera Safari


This DMCA book is almost done.

Now... there are a couple of the sections of the DMCA I really don't give a shit about. Can I say:

Yeah, I didn't give a crap about these sections, so if you need the info, screw you.


This book is a real pita.

Today marks the 8th year of my posting journal entries here. Cool.

This DMCA book is really a PITA. I can see why someone would get depressed!

Also, there are too many cases to include. Who am I to choose which cases to include here. My resources are limited and I am running out of steam.

Don Marti came up with an excellent idea. Why not put DRM- Free on products that do not use DRM. I like it.

http://zgp.org/~dmarti/freedom/petitioning-the-wrong- people/

I am twitting.

I admit it. It's a little strange to have people follow me. Everytime one leaves, I feel hurt and abandoned.


At any rate, the twit is DMCANews. I post random DMCA news factoids with links.

It's something to do.

Still trying to finish the book. Argh.

5 Jul 2009 (updated 5 Jul 2009 at 23:03 UTC) »

Not understanding.

So, there was this guy... Joe Juliker, well, that's what the VP called him. His real name is Joe Julicher. I found him to be quite arrogant with regards to GNU/Linux.

Of course, I doubt he knew who I really was, but that is not the point.

When did GNU people start to become arrogant. This guy was more arrogant than RMS or Linus. Maybe... it was a gender bias thing. There is a lot of that going on over at Microchip Technology.

who is Julicher. He's nobody. Well, oh, maybe he's someone at Microchip technology... but that's about it. Maybe he's just one of those people who would be arrogant no matter what...

It's possible.

I just find it amusing that Linus is so humble... John Gilmore - Humble, RMS - humorous... not humble but definitely approachable and honest.

So, why is this one loser arrogant. It really upset me that he purported to be someone important. He's nobody. Why does it still bother me....?

Because I am so sick of these losers... noones... who think they are something, act like jerks.

This is not high school. Even if it were, you would be tantamount to the janitor's assistant. Not that there is anything wrong working with the janitor... but you have no reason to be arrogant about it.

You are really NOT all that. PATENTER!!!!!

Leaving the Evil Empire

Could you keep speaking about a pay cut while a man was having an attack in the audience?

Hypothetically, you are an employee of a semiconductor company or "micro chip" located in in Chandler, AZ.

Ok, let's be real. It was Microchip. Sanghi got up for a communications meeting where he informed employees that there would not only be a 10% pay cut but the raise that the employees were waiting for many months, was not coming. During this announcement, a man began to have an attack. A woman in the audience ran around trying to find help for him.

Did they get security? NO. Did they call the on site nurse? NO. Did they call 911? NO.

Instead, they walked... I repeat WALKED the man out of the meeting during his attack!

This is a serious matter. Did the CEO stop talking...? NO. They were filming, right... There was no explanation, no apology, nothing.

My question is this: How can Microchip employees continue to respect this CEO - Steve Sanghi. Not only do they continue to respect him, some almost worship him. It's a little creepy.

Steve Sanghi should step down and let Steve Drehobol take over. Why Drehobol? Owens can't get pics off a thumb drive or figure out Sharepoint on his own. Ganesh has a big loser of a project that cost millions for naught. Vance is LDS... that's a plus unless you are FEMALE.

Also, I think Canadians with less experience and less education that are being promoted should be sent north.

The funny thing is that in New Product Development, not only are the managers all male, but the Manager and Director are South Africans - from Keeloq. I don't think they can code either. I had a few conversations with one who doesn't seem to understand programming.

I can tell you some sick stories about the gender bias at Microchip but that probably wouldn't surprise you.

However, what may surprise you is the fact that Microchip engineers in New Product can not code. There is maybe 1 or 2 guys from Rose Holman (burke and mike) who can code.

That's right. They CAN NOT CODE. One guy asked me if PHP was difficult. WTF.

Also, more importantly, IMHO they are violating the GPL.

Ask for a copy of the code... see if it compiles...

Microchip ... Ethics = NULL

It has certainly been quite long time since I last wrote.

31 Jul 2008 (updated 31 Jul 2008 at 08:17 UTC) »

Ok, so this week, I set up a wiki.

It was 1999, somewhere around there, when I was at the 2600 site, getting more info on freeing Kevin. Well, I saw the information on DeCSS and got involved.

It was easy at first. Not a lot of DMCA cases. I could keep track of all the new ones. That is until about 2001. Then, it got really strange. It was around this time that I called Berkman center about the GAIM case, and spoke with Wendy Seltzer about her new project, Chilling Effects.

Chilling does an excellent job, and so does the EFF. However, I thought that a contributatory system of DMCA information was in need.

I needed help back then. I couldn't track, list, link, comment and post on all the upcoming DMCA information.

On the 20th of July (about a week and half ago), I gave a presentation at The Last Hope. Presentation found here:

http://www.tim.netblues.org/index.php? option=com_rokdownloads&view=folder&Itemid=10&677e12c07f99a 353eb0968c0e8b0df69=3dfdec78cc6ea4d588e09cff32d74596

ok, long link - Tim dot Netblues dot org - then click downloads.

I think they were expecting my typical, passionate "DOWN WITH THE DMCA" speech.

Instead they got boring information about counternotifications and such. I had to. Not many people are fighting the DMCA. This is the way they can fight! I thought about it, and realized, after 10 years, I lost some hope. Lost some passion. Never did I lose interest. I just lost the hope to fight. We made such small steps into progress. After years of work, I felt like I was an anonymous bug caught in the windshield of the DMCA. What could I do?

What I realized when I was doing my research was that there is so much information and it's not found in one place.

The sites that list all the cases are not as easy to access as I would like. I think a WIKI would serve as a good knowledgebase.

Another thing I realized at the conference is that I am never going to get this book out until I get myself organized. I know I was supposed to get my outline and draft to RMS this month and I'm way behind.

There's so much info. I just need to organize it. I'm hoping to get some community help and reviews. If I can get people to contribute to the wiki, that would rock. I wouldn't have to spend hours in a day posting new info. Sometimes I miss cases!

Then, maybe I can concentrate on the book. Also, if I can get some donations, maybe I can finalize the DMCA documentary or at least post some stuff to netblues or Youtube or something!

I have some awesome video - albeit less than amateur:

Dmitry Sklyarov Rally and Speech
Protesters with Don Marti in San Fran
Interview with Bennett Haselton - Peacefire

I seriously need to get this stuff done and can't do it alone.

I'm hoping the wiki and the community will drive this single source for information about the DMCA!

Yeah, I'm back. Finally, something I can contribute in the fight against the DMCA!

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