It's now 6:00 am on day #2 of ESC as I pen these words, and my head is spinning with all of the exciting things that are going on.
Wow! Yesterday flashed by my eyes in a flurry of activity. It's only 24 hours later, but it all seems like a dream. But there's no point in living in the past, because we have a brand spanking new day ahead of us.
As soon as I finish this blog I'm racing out of the door to meet a film crew, then we're all going over to video the Prototype Moon Rover. After that there are the keynote speeches. One I particularly want to hear is by John Wharton who designed the architecture for the 8051 microcontroller.
Actually, there's an interesting "back story" to this. John was a junior engineer at Intel "back in the day". The way I heard it, John and his supervisor occasionally used to go out for lunch together. One day, the supervisor told John that there was some sort of meeting going on, and if they attended they could scrounge some free sandwiches.
The meeting was the kick-off for a new microcontroller with folks bouncing ideas back and forth as to what it should contain. After the meeting, his head buzzing with ideas, John returned to his cubicle and sketched out a block diagram that would eventually form the architecture of the 8051 (I think that over 5 billion units of this little scamp (and its many variants) have now been produced.
But wait, there's more, because after the keynotes I'm meeting up with Nick Martin, who is the CEO of Altium. Nick is originally from Tasmania (near Australia), which has been called "The Jewel of the Pacific". There's an interesting story here also. When Nick was a young man he wanted to create electronic designs, but the tools were ferociously expensive and he couldn't afford them. So he created his own low-cost versions, formed a company, started selling them, and eventually ended up with Altium, which employs around 300 people around the world.
Do you remember Altium's recent announcement about their Innovation Station? Well, just before I left to come out to ESC, a strange box arrived in my office. When I opened this package, there was a brand new Innovation Station (Oooo, Shiny!).
But I am up to my ears in alligators fighting fires with no time to do anything ... so what am I going to do with this little scamp? All I can say is: "Watch this space..."
And, of course, the main ESC exhibition opens today (12:00 noon until 7:00pm). I'm planning on charging around seeing everything that there is to be seen. This is going to be a GOOD day!
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