Microship Control System

It is both delightful and scary to have so many knowledgeable people on this mailing list! No technical error in my tales goes unreported… in response to last week’s April Fools issue (#101), I received detailed explanations about GPS encoding from both NASA’s Jet Propulsion Labs and the Department of Geodesy and Geomatics Engineering at…

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by Steven K. Roberts Nomadic Research Labs Santa Clara, California April 1, 1996 (Issue #101 of the Microship Status Reports) Lots of developments since our last update! The recent infusion of investment capital from the venture partners has made a spectacular difference in our productivity here at Nomadic Research Institute, and we’ve just rented the adjacent…

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by Steven K. Roberts Nomadic Research Labs Santa Clara, California January 21, 1996 Spreading Her Wings This is starting to look like a shipyard! Last week, shortly after posting #93 of this series, I called John Marples in Port Orchard, WA (near Seattle) and asked him somewhat offhandedly if he’d like to fly down for…

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by Steven K. Roberts Nomadic Research Labs Santa Clara, California January 14, 1996 Hello from the Microship lab, where attention has mercifully turned from moving and unpacking to project-related activities. In this quick update, we begin chipping away on many fronts at once… Macworld Expo First, this was MacWorld week, and spending a day there…

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by Steven K. Roberts Nomadic Research Labs Santa Clara, California January 8, 1996 Lab Setup Complete! Ahhhhhh. This is the official close of a very long and frustrating chapter in the Microship project — the quest for and implementation of the lab. This all belongs in the overhead category, but it is so critical to…

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by Steven K. Roberts Nomadic Research Labs Santa Clara, California December 25, 1995 (NOTE: This issue is being cross-posted to the invitation-only Microship Status mailing list for frequent technical updates and the technomads listserv… as well as being archived as usual on our web site. I rarely cross-post these, and humbly apologize to anyone receiving…

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by Steven K. Roberts Nomadic Research Labs Colorado & Florida November 3, 1995 Hello from Colorado… Ahhh, lemme tellya — it feels GREAT to be moving! For a confirmed technomad, periods of limbo are maddening (albeit relaxing). After the UCSD lab shutdown, we spent two months in Del Mar catching up on publication projects, taking…

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The UCSD Microship lab epoch has ended after 2 years, and in this report we embark on a sailing adventure to Catalina Island on Lonnie Gamble’s boat Harmony (above)… then return to focus on the new lab quest. The entire project is in limbo, but Faun and I manage to have a bit of fun. …

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It has been a month and a half since my last update… and believe it or not, this is my first free moment to sit down and write. We are now halfway through the lab-relocation — we’ve moved out, but don’t know what we’re moving INTO just yet. Ahh, the nomadic life. (Photo above: Michael…

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This will be a quick update, folks — we’re on the eve of departure for a week-long cruise around Catalina with our friends Lonnie and Sarah in a Catalina 27 monomaran. True to form, we have not yet begun to pack… tomorrow will be devoted to provisioning and putting out all the fires I can…

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