Posted tagged ‘Introduction’

What to expect

10 November 2009

As I start this Blog, I guess I have more than a few things to comment on. But I want to set expectations properly right up front. It is my expectation (and intention) to publish between one and three posts each week on average.  In the next couple days or maybe weeks, there may be more posts.  This blogging is still new for me, so I am riding a wave of enthusiasm right now.

My goal in writing all this is to share information about the cool stuff I have come across or to explain a confusing topic in simple terms.  Since I work at Fermilab and I work with HPC (High Performance Computing) clusters, some of the “cool stuff” may be of interest to only the geekier among those who follow this blog.  If I miss the mark and my explaination fails to make the concept clear, please leave me a comment so that I can try and correct the failed explanation.

If you have read any of my other web pages or postings, you will have figured out by now that I tend to “use lots of words”.  My goal in my writing is to explain things, sometimes teach and sometimes clarify.  I have a passion for teaching.  And when I am teaching, I want to make sure my point is made well and clearly.  I tend to err on the side of “thorough” at the expense of “to the point”.  I’m working on being more succinct and staying focused.  Constructive feedback is always appreciated and encouraged.  Feel free to send me an e-mail as opposed to more public comments where appropriate.  I want to write in a way that others want to read.

Would you like to hear more about Fermilab and/or computing for High-Energy Physics research? Or would you like more on internet services like or on-line privacy?

More later, Ken S.

Why ‘de N9KJU’?

7 November 2009

I am a ham radio operator, albeit not very active lately. My callsign is N9KJU.  I have used this callsign on occasions where I need a short, simple and/or unique username or handle that identifies me.  For example, you can find me on Twitter as @n9kju.  It seems appropriate to use the callsign as the unique part of the URL for this blog.

So what’s with the ‘de’.  Ham radio operators have passed messages for years.  We pass them as something like amateur telegrams. This started in the medium of morse code where keeping the message short is important.  More recently these messages are passed via RTTY (Radio TeleType).  One thing that is commonly done is using abbreviations as a form of shorthand.  Also, when hams communicate via morse code, they have common abreviations.  An abbreviation I have used when signing messages I delivered was “de N9KJU” which translates as ‘this is N9KJU’.

So this blog is about my thoughts, opinions and ideas.  If you visit this log over time, you will get to know a bit more about me and the way I think.  So the more you visit, the more you know.  Over time, you may come to the point where you will say “So… this is N9KJU”.

More later.  Ken S.

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