Pictures from Bay to Breakers 2016 – San Francisco

Bay to Breakers 2016 San Francisco

Bay to Breakers Album 2016 available on Flickr. Download your photo for free (or ask me to remove it if you don’t like it).


Gordon Dickson – March 2, 1935 – Oct. 28, 2013

My father, Gordon J. Dickson
Port Ludlow, WA

Gordon Dickson - Port Ludlow, WA - March 2, 1935-Oct. 28, 2013Gordon Dickson died at home after a brave battle with bladder cancer at the age of 78. He was born in Oceanside, CA and graduated from University High School in West Los Angeles in 1953. While in the U.S. Army, he trained as a paratrooper with the 101st Airborne Division in Alaska. His career began at Douglas Aircraft in Santa Monica, CA, and he went on to become an electronics engineer with McDonnell Douglas. After 35 years, Gordon took an early retirement and moved to Newcastle, WA, where he was hired as a systems analyst at Boeing. In 2002 Gordon and his wife, Marilyn, built their home in Port Ludlow, where he developed Olympic Ridge Wireless, an internet service provider business.

In his California days Gordon was a motorcyle enthusiast, enjoying motocross and desert enduro racing. He was a long time holder of a Ham Radio license with the call sign W6CNL. After moving to the Pacific Northwest, Gordon found a new love of boating, and became a member of Meydenbauer Bay and Poulsbo Yacht Clubs. He was an avid predicted log racer winning many trophies to display on SeaBear II. Gordon also served as Commodore of the International Power Boating Association.

Always proud of his Scottish heritage, Gordon enjoyed a number of trips to his father’s native land. His travels included many other countries, and he especially liked taking cruises and winter motorhome trips to the Southwest. He adored his Portuguese Water Dogs, and his favorite activities included golfing and helping friends solve computer problems.

Gordon was a gentle, kind, generous, and loving man, who will be greatly missed by his family and many friends. Gordon is survived by his wife of 33 years, Marilyn, children Tracy and Grant Dickson, stepchildren Karen and Kevin Edwards, and grandchildren Alex, Aaron, Matthew, Carolyn, Nolan, and Grace.

The family wishes to express their appreciation to the doctors and nurses at the University of Washington Medical Center and to the nurses and caregivers at Jefferson Healthcare and Hospice for the kindness and excellent care Gordon received.

A memorial service and reception to celebrate Gordon’s life will be held 1-4pm Sunday, November 10 at:
Poulsbo Yacht Club
18129 Fjord Dr
NE, Poulsbo, WA.


Event: Research@Intel 2013

Livestream from Research@Intel 2013, June 25, San Francisco

Intel Labs opens its door to press & analysts from around the world on Tuesday, June 25 for Research@Intel.

Key components of this event will be livecast throughout the day and available later on-demand:

  • 9am-10am: Keynote and talks
  • 10:30-10:45: Theme Zone from show floor: Intelligent Everything with Divya Kolar
  • 11:30-11:45: Theme Zone from show floor: Be Meaningful with Tom Birch
  • 12:30-12:45: Theme Zone from show floor: Data Society with Sean Koehl.

IDF2012 – Intel Labs Media Day

From IDF2012 – Connected Social Media:

Watch IDF2012 – Intel Labs Media Day at

“Science and technology have progressed to the point where what we build is only constrained by the limits of our own imaginations.” Justin Rattner – Intel Chief Technology Officer

Analysts, Science Fiction authors, Intel Researchers and Intel’s futurist will discuss their views and approaches of using science based/science fiction as a kind of tool to explore real world implications and uses of future technologies today. After the discussion selected demos will be highlighted.

The following segments were broadcast live here on September 10, 2012. They will be replaying here in the Livestream player and available to watch/download here and via iTunes, YouTube and other services. Please check back soon. Visit the IDF website for more details about the Intel Developer Forum.

IDF2012 video segments:

  • Intro and Panel
  • Demo: Display without Boundaries
  • Demo: Emotions Through Images
  • Demo: Interactive Shopping
  • Demo: Situational Sensitive Communication
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    Livestream: Research@Intel 2012 – Live from San Francisco – June 26

    Livestream from Research@Intel 2012, June 26
    Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco

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    More information about Research@Intel 2011 can be found at the Intel Newsroom.

    Intel Labs will open its doors on Tuesday, June 26 for the 10th Anniversary of Research@Intel, where the various “Facets of Future Life” showcase will demonstrate innovative research projects underway that will help transform the future of technology.

    Key components of this event will be livecast throughout the day:

    • 9:00am PT keynote by Justin Rattner, Intel CTO
    • 11:00am PT demo showcase: Dynamic Surfaces and Life Without Keys
    • 12:00pm PT demo showcase: Seeing Through Rain and Automobility Research
    • 1:00pm PT demo showcase: Sustainable Living

    If you miss the livecasts they will be available for replay after the event.

    Bookmark this page, or embed this player on your site/blog or share via Facebook/Twitter. We’re now showing highlights from previous Research@Intel events:


    Flashpacking through Oceania with a Rented SIM from

    I just returned from another major trip with my iPhone (and iPad in hand). This is my 3rd trip with a rented SIM from and 4th major Flashpacking trip.

    See my reviews from previous iPhoneTrip reviews:
    Flashpacking into Africa with a Rented SIM from
    Flashpacking through Europe with
    Flashpacking through North America without

    On this trip, we traveled to Auckland, Christchurch, and Queenstown in New Zealand, and in Australia we traveled to Sydney, Ayers Rock, Cairns, Port Douglas, Daintree, The Great Barrier Reef and Brisbane.

    Once again, the rented SIM from worked flawlessly. My girlfriend though she’d go without renting a SIM, but gave up along the way and had a SIM delivered to us at our first hotel. It’s nice to know that they can ship fast anywhere in case there’s a problem, but still I’d highly recommend ordering your SIM to arrive before you leave.

    See my previous reviews to see how thoroughly pleased I was, for cost savings, connectivity and ease of use. Really, I can’t recommend renting their SIMs highly enough. And more importantly, traveling with the full connectivity it gives you will drastically change the way you travel.

    That being said, I have to say that connectivity in general in Oceania is pretty bad. Bad, as in “worse than in the United States”. Data rates are low, and charges are high. Far fewer free WiFi locations exists and those that do have data caps on them. Even 5 star hotels and resorts that we stayed at not only charged for WiFi, but had very slow data rates, and often connections timed out or they capped your connections.

    As a result, renting a SIM becomes much more beneficial. I found myself giving up on WiFi in every place I traveled to and went back to 3G for speed and connectivity improvements that the SIM gave me.

    Australia is HUGE, and being so big, it’s not reasonable to expect great connectivity throughout the country, but ironically some remote locations we traveled to had pretty decent coverage. For example, bus and helicopter trips around Ayers Rock were just fine with connectivity, but suburbs of Sydney could have weak or dead spots.

    Don’t get me wrong, most places you’d travel to in Australia and New Zealand have good enough coverage for email, navigation, and simple web surfing, but for someone like me who uploads and downloads HD video for work, the difference between the incredibly good connectivity in Europe and the poor general connectivity in Oceania was significant and worth pointing out.

    Also to be clear, this is a general connectivity issue through the places I went through in Australia and New Zealand. I wouldn’t be surprised if other places were much better. The SIM can only be as good as the wireless carriers in the areas you travel to, and the SIM did a great job of switching carriers along the way making the rental SIM your best option, especially since WiFi simply isn’t an option in many places for demanding users.

    If you’d like to see the photos from my Oceania trip check out my photo albums on Facebook.


    Intel’s Ilene Aginsky Demos Intel’s Personal Cloud Technology at CES 2012

    Intel always has one of the best booths at CES. This year, I wasn’t able to attend, but in the background of this video, you can see the NAS: Storage for Home and Small Office video playing at the booth that Connected Social Media produced. Ilene Aginsky is interviewed in this video on The Plulse Network and demos Intel’s storage and personal cloud technology (very cool stuff).

    Butch Stearns catches up with Ilene Aginsky of Intel to see how Intel is helping consumers create their own personal cloud to quickly and easily store and share files across a network.


    Flashpacking through North America without

    I just returned from another major trip with my iPhone (and iPad in hand). Unfortunately, I didn’t rent a SIM from

    See my reviews from previous iPhoneTrip reviews:
    Flashpacking into Africa with a Rented SIM from
    Flashpacking through Europe with

    My girlfriend and I did a “Noreaster”, traveling through North East America in October/November 2011. We visited Chicago, Niagara Falls, Montreal, Vermont, New York, Philadelphia, Cleveland, and Iowa. Since this was mostly in the United States, we didn’t rent a SIM from

    In Canada, this was very unfortunate. WiFi sucked, and roaming rates were insane. Fortunately we didn’t stay in Canada long enough for this to be much of a problem, and it was during the weekend, so I didn’t have to work much.

    So why this review if I didn’t rent a SIM?

    Because one can’t pass an opportunity to point out how far behind our wireless carriers in the United States are from elsewhere in the world. This trip was made with my iPad (on Verizon) and my iPhone (on AT&T). Unlike Europe where I had connectivity everywhere with my SIM, there were HUGE areas around the Northeast with absolutely no coverage on either Verizon or AT&T.

    My point here isn’t just to bash the state our our wireless infrastructure in the United States, but also to point out that when traveling abroad, you can rely more on your mobile technology than you can in the US, making the thought of renting a SIM that much more compelling.

    If you’d like to see the photos from my Northeast trip check out my photo albums on Facebook.

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