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Things You May Have Missed - June 2007

Regular readers of Cool Verification may have noticed a slowdown in posting over the last couple of months.  I've always hated those posts on other blogs where someone whines about how busy they've been and how they haven't posted and won't be posting anytime soon.  So, I'd like to point out that I actually haven't been absent from posting, I've just not posted as much on this blog.  So what have I been up to instead?  As I mentioned back at the beginning of June we finally unveiled the new Verilab website and associated blog.  The following week, David Robinson, Jason Sprott, Terry Lawell, and myself all attended DAC and wrote up many of our observations, and were even mentioned in the EETimes for our work.  Topics included:

There were other posts in there as well but presumably you can wade through the material yourself if you're interested. 

In addition to the DAC coverage, the blog also contains an overview of the state of parallel computing written by Will Partain.  Will is Verilab's systems administrator extraordinaire, a Haskell guru, and maintainer of the open source Arusha project.  Will is based in the UK, but is known around the world.  For instance, an apps engineer here in Austin from Mentor Graphics knew I was talking about Will after I mentioned I worked with a guy who went to college in Texas but grew up in Africa.  I waited, jaw-dropped, for Ashton Kutcher to pop out and let me know I'd been Punk'd, but no, it was really true.  If you don't know Will, his article is as good of a way as any to be introduced. 

DAC Party Photos

Steve Levitan, DAC Chair

Updated July 8, 10:10pm: Added another link to the DAC Party photo set on Flickr.

Updated July 8, 10:30pm: Removed bold from half of the post... it's been a bad blog day...

It's taken awhile, but I've finally posted my photos of the official DAC party, held the Wednesday evening of DAC at the San Diego Convention Center.  The mood was a bit more subdued than at the Denali party the previous evening.  Steve Levitan, DAC chair, was looking quite relaxed, as were the rest of the attendees.  Check out the complete photo set to see if you can find the following (sorry, I've been too lazy to try to add captions to the photos - feel free to add info in the comments):

  • Jason Sprott, Verilab's VP of Consulting
  • Cliff Cummings, Sunburst Design
  • Eric Hennenhoefer, Founder of Obsidian Software and DVClub (should be easy, he's striking a very camera-worthy pose)
  • The DAC Conference Organizing team from MP Associates, including Kathy Embler
  • A woman with an exotic purple hairpiece (there was a story behind it but I neglected to write it down - perhaps someone can remind me of the purpose?)
  • A group of people who now have photographic proof that even though they were at the party, they were working hard (or was that hardly working?)

Also, in case you missed it, I was simultaneously excited to hear that Verilab's DAC coverage was mentioned in Richard Goering's EETimes blog and that Richard had been let go the same day.  The EETimes post is still up so I'm assuming the two events were not related... Anyone know what Richard is planning to do next?