Tribute to the late LDS President Hinckley

A very nice tribute of President Gordon B. Hinckley who passed away last week by Glenn Beck.

Goodbye Myrio

Dear friends and colleagues,

As I depart Nokia Siemens Networks (Myrio was acquired in 2005 by Siemens and is now subsidiary of Nokia Siemens Networks), today marks the end of an era for me–11 incredible years.

When we started working on the technologies that became Myrio, we had a dream that one-day companies all over the world would be delivering TV services over IP. We were not clairvoyant enough to predict how, what is now called IPTV, would develop over the coming years, but we knew the power of Internet combined with entertainment would create amazing new possibilities. Although IPTV seems so “well duh” now, this was not the case–even just 5 years ago.

I want to take this opportunity to thank every one of you for believing in Myrio and the possibilities it created. We could not have done it without you!

In 2005 Steve Jobs gave the commencement speech at Stanford. I want to share a short excerpt from that speech. He said, “You’ve got to find what you love. [sic]. Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it. And, like any great relationship, it
just gets better and better as the years roll on. So keep looking until you find it. Don’t settle.”

The full text of the speech can be found at

Myrio and IPTV have most certainly been a labor of love. As I sign off, I extend my best wishes to all of you.

Stay Hungry, Stay Foolish.



Why are we happy? Why aren’t we happy?

Psychologist Dan Gilbert challenges the idea that we’ll be miserable if we don’t get what we want. Our “psychological immune system” lets us feel real, enduring happiness, he says, even when things don’t go as planned. He calls this kind of happiness “synthetic happiness,” and he says it’s “every bit as real and enduring as the kind of happiness you stumble upon when you get exactly what you were aiming for.”  This video is from the 2004 TED conference.


More conference information on TED can be found here.  The original video can be found here along with other great presentations.  I would encourage you to take some time and view as many as you can.


Rick Reilly: Strongest Dad In the World From Sports Illustrated, By Rick Reilly [SI Premium Subscription required]

[Article text for the rest of us]

I try to be a good father. Give my kids mulligans. Work nights to pay For their text messaging. Take them to swimsuit shoots.

But compared with Dick Hoyt, I suck.

Eighty-five times he’s pushed his disabled son, Rick, 26.2 miles in Marathons. Eight times he’s not only pushed him 26.2 miles in a Wheelchair but also towed him 2.4 miles in a dinghy while swimming and Pedaled him 112 miles in a seat on the handlebars–all in the same day.


Puget Pounding 2006

Storm damagePhotos from last weeks storm that hit the Puget Sound area. Last Thursday night, the Puget Sound area was hit with one of the worst storms in over 30 years. With wind gusts over 90 miles per hour, over 1 million customers lost electrical power. Some customers will not have power for up to 10 days. More information can be found here.

Seattle Times coverage (photos available here)

Thousands in region bracing for fifth night without power

Same intensity, more extensive damage than ’93 storm

I live on the “East side” of the Seattle metro area in one of the hardest hit areas.

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Skidboot — Lessons from mans best friend

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