Product Development Consulting

I offer consulting services related to the architectural planning of embedded systems. This service is ideal for small companies that lack a "chief technology officer" resource.

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Instrumentation & Control Products

I am developing an integrated family of instrumentation and control products that I hope will set a new standard in that arena. Availability is currently targeted for mid-2017.

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Tutoring Services

I offer tutoring services in math and the physical sciences to Katy-area students. I can help average students tackle these areas, or help exceptional students realize their full potential.

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Power is a dangerous thing

I’ve watched something amazing happen over the last couple of weeks. The left-leaning part of our society is suddenly worried. Not just about Donald Trump per se, but about a whole host of things. I wish I still had the link, but about two days after the election I read a post by someone calling […]

Out with the old, in with the new…

For some time now this site has been hosted on a virtual server provided by VPSLink. When I first set that service up, and for quite a while after, I was very impressed with VPSLink’s solid customer support and quick resolution of issues. Friday, however, the server went down, and it took over a day […]

The Law of Large Numbers

I’ve been surfing a lot of physics forums lately, and I’ve run across several “misguided” interpretations of the law of large numbers. For example: The law of large numbers is rigorously provable from the axioms pf probability. What it says is if a trial (experiment or whatever) is repeated a large number of times, independently […]

My thoughts on bitcoin

Bitcoin has been getting a lot of press over the last few years. I love the idea behind bitcoin, and the goals that it tries to achieve. I don’t, however, think that is our “final answer” on the digital currency front. I’ll quickly run through the pros and cons of bitcoin from my perspective. What’s […]

New theme and "About" page

I have some new directions I want to go with the site. These things will show up soon, but in the meantime I chose a new WordPress theme that seemed appropriate, and I re-wrote the “About Kip” page. The theme is just a framework right now, but over the next few days I’ll be putting […]

Assembly language Forth for Linux

I’m working on an assembly language implementation of a code-threaded Forth for Linux. I’m using fasm (flat assembler) and will use no external code whatsoever (i.e., Linux system calls only). Honestly, this feel a little like coming home to me; programming like it used to be. The Linux system call mechanism interfaces the same way […]

The ugly face of technology

Technology has changed our world. No doubt about it. Starting with the Industrial Revolution, and moving by fits and starts but never idle for long, technology has come to define our economies, our cultures, and our day-to-day lives. We tend to think of this as a good thing, and in many respects it is. Standards […]

Matplotlib

Recently my day job has brought Matplotlib to my attention. I’m quite impressed with this package – it offers a very straightforward way to deploy graphical information via the browser. For quite a few years I’ve wished I could write my own web-based electronics design suite (schematic capture, printed circuit board layout, etc.), but never […]