21 Oct 2006 andrewmuck   » (Journeyer)

Another year flown past. Hard to belive.

Advogatorites, I have come to make my yearly report.

Operation busNet, concieved as a vast and brilliant plan has totally failed. I knew this after about a year but gave it another six months to be sure. Operation redNose (or blackTooth haven't decided yet) is comencing, but it is the hard work longer time frame version. As part of this transition of projects I am now a full time student in order to gain the requisite knowledge. For those who know what I am up to, I will be in a period of planning over the next few years (while studying) and any input on methodologies to use would be greatly apreciated.

For those who knew about busNet, the reasons for failure were several. First off the hardware was spectacularly bad, much worse than expected and a bit more limited than I would have liked. Hardware reliability was however completely dwarfed by software issues. A requiste for it all going to plan was a certain amount of stability. I kept thinking this would become possible as things settled down, but in the end I had to face it that complete reflashes on a weekly basis precluded the project from continuing.

Moral of the story. When projects are measured in years, trying the quick and dirty method just wastes time. Time lost 18months lost $ (certain missed oppourunity and reduced income) of approx $50k

The bigger project will be better but is looking at 10years before I expect to impress with results. It does however mean big drop in income for several years, that kind of sucks but if your going to get things done, you might as well go the whole way.

Seeking: people with specialised knowledge. Skills required: VLSI design (low power, complex fuctions, DPA aware), maths (cryptosystems pki, threshold), Biological (especially implant systems, bone conduction, nueral interfacing, bio-power), advanced de-centralised trust metrics (come advogato pour forth!), philosphy (morals in technological extremes)

It will not be another year for my next entry, so will see you guys around a bit more.

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