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The Brenner Group is 20

06/06/07 | by JAdP | Categories: Computers and Internet, Business

Last night, Clarise and I attended The Brenner Group's 20th Annual Networking Event. Their theme was then and now, celebrating the changes in technology that they've seen come out of the Silicon Valley over their remarkable 20 years of doing business, since Rich Brenner started the firm. Displays around the hall showed the 1984 Mac with the latest black MacBook laptop, an early PDA [poor Palm, not even mentioned by name] with a RIM Blackberry [which is such a pale imitation of the Palm as to be essentially useless - don't get me started], a portable CD player with an iPod, and, well, you get the picture. Door prizes from the various partner-firms/sponsors were things like a CD and an iTunes gift certificate, CDs and an iPod shuffle, and one particularly telling and generous gift of an 8-inch, portable black-and-white television with a modern 15-inch HiDef LCD television.

In very many ways, this was the best party, oops, networking event &#59;) that they've thrown in the seven years that we've been attending. It was marred by the absence of our favorite member of The Brenner Group, but he knows that our thoughts are with him. We met some great new people, chatted and laughed with old acquaintances, and had some thought provoking conversations, and really good food.

The most touching thing of the evening was on the way out. John Heath, another partner in The Brenner Group, was by the exit, giving away a copy of Core Memory "A Visual Survey of Vintage Computers" with page after page of photographs by Mark Richards and accompanying text by John Alderman. Another commemoration of 20 great years in the valley and of The Brenner Group. Congratulations to all.

On a side note, I did have a longer than expected drive home, as I was stopped by the tunnel construction on Devil's Slide. These two shots from my cell phone show the traffic and warning sign ahead and yes that is the ocean beyond the cleft in the mountain, and one of the reasons I live on the coast is the view to my right of the twilight sky over the Pacific.

The warning sign and traffic ahead when stopped for Devil's Slide tunnel construction

Sunset into the Pacific while stopped at Devil's Slide Tunnel Construction

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I'm Joseph A. di Paolantonio and this blog has two main foci: my interest in food, and my interest in the future. This provides a look into my personal life, and is separate from my consulting work…though there will be overlap. I am an independent researcher, working as a strategic consultant and I'm an executive with over 20 years of commercial experience with a technical interest in the intersection of Internet of Things, with advanced data management and analysis methods. I view data science as a team activity, and I feel that the IoT must be viewed as a system. I am leveraging my past activities to understand the adoption and impact of the IoT; first, as a system engineer in aerospace, where I developed Bayesian risk assessment methods for systems within the Space Transportation System (including the Space Shuttle), Extreme Ultraviolet Explorer, Gravity Probe B, and many more, and second, as a enterprise data warehousing, business intelligence and analytics professional. Between my aerospace and IT careers, I indulged my hobby of cooking by starting a food company, Montara Magic, centered around my chocolate sauces. My education combined chemistry, mathematics and philosophy. I performed research into molten salt fuel cells in graduate school, and in photovoltaic materials for a short time in industry. The lure of bringing the human race into space was strong, and when I was offered the chance to combine my chemistry and mathematics skills to develop new risk assessment and system engineering methods for space launch and propulsion systems – I couldn't resist. I perform independent research and strategic consulting to bring value from the Internet of Things, Sensor Analytics Ecosystems and data science teams.I am a caregiver, a lover of science fiction and speculative fantasy, and my passion to learn has led me to a pilot's license, an assistant instructor in SCUBA, nordic and alpine skiing, sea kayaking, and reading everything I can, in as many topics as I can.

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