Ian Osgood

I am a SoftwareEngineer at The TOVA Company in PortlandOregon, mostly WorkingFromHome porting an MsDos program to JavaLanguage. Their business is a Continuous Performance Test (CPT) for AttentionDeficitDisorder. It is accurate enough to titrate dosage of medications such as RitalinDrug, avoiding the all-too-common problem of overmedication. Our company uses and helps develop IkiWiki for both our internal documentation wiki and our public web site. It was chosen for its integration with GitVersionControl.

I bookmarked NewRecentChanges, and use this great place to learn about AgileProcesses.

Once upon a time, I hacked Unix at ReedCollege along with BillTrost. BartMassey? was my Physics TA, and I now work on rockets with him. Small world!

I also have personal experience of one of the ScheduleStories. <shudder>

My avocations are:

I have also worked at at Extensis, working in downtown PortlandOregon. I coded in CeePlusPlus, ObjectiveCee, and JavaLanguage, mainly working on a consumer Mac/Win image database called Portfolio. I was especially interested in TestDrivenDevelopment, UnitTestingLegacyCode, and LargeScaleCppSoftwareDesign. Our project had at least three TestingFrameworks all devoid of tests. :( Make that four, and we're finally getting tests written. :)

The company's first use of IterativeDevelopment was a great success. Both of our major product lines produced featureful and robust product revisions on the scheduled release dates. We even did away with our BetaTesting phase. I attribute this as much to ManagingExpectations as improved engineering.

Like my father before me, I BikeToWork and feel much better for it.

I participated in an XpCodeSprint held in Portland in April 2005. What a blast! It was my first experience with all the XP practices together at once. I learned PythonLanguage and many ExtremeProgrammingCorePractices (TestFirst, PlanningGame, ProjectVelocity, OnsiteCustomer, PairProgramming, PairPromiscuously, SmallReleases, CollectiveCodeOwnership).

It didn't hurt that the challenge, LineOfSightChess, was one of my hobbies. Having WardCunningham as the coach didn't hurt, either. :)

Just got back from a demo of HarryPortersRelayComputer. Amazing! Makes me nostalgic for the days of programming the IMSAI-8080 from the front panel switches.

TheyMightBeGiants. Yum.

I've been salivating over the aerodynamic Aptera vehicle (http://www.aptera.com). I'm hoping they start selling it in Oregon before my Prius wears out. I put a deposit down on the home-grown Arcimoto SRK (http://arcimoto.com/).

In the meantime, I have been following the Automotive X Prize (http://www.progressiveautoxprize.org/) with great interest. Almost a dozen of the entrants achieved 100 MPGe or better under the EPA test cycle!

I swoon over ElonMusk? and his many brave ventures: PayPal, SolarCity?, TeslaMotors?, and SpaceExplorationTechnologies?. His friend and investor SteveJurvetson? got Tesla Model S #1. (He has the most fascinating Flickr stream: http://www.flickr.com/photos/jurvetson/)


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