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Intro and job offer
« on: May 17, 2012, 07:36:24 AM »
Hi all,

I'm Neil.  I've been to a few of the open houses, so I know some of you already.  While I wait for my membership app to be processed/approved, I'll intro myself here briefly...

I'm new to Orlando ...couple months.  I'm primarily an electronics guy, but I've been quite involved in mechanicals, robotics, and cars.

From a "hacker" perspective, here are my "qualifications" -- I used to mentor a FIRST robotics team in Palm Beach, and after that I formed a small robotics group at my office.  That page is here... http://www.veisystems.com/nose/ . Currently working on making the workcell into a 3D printer.  I've built a Shelby Cobra kitcar, and currently building a Mustang.  During the day I do mostly electronics design and microcontroller development.


I have a part-time job opening for someone with a "hacker" mentality.  Primarily, you'd need to be able to solder decently (and I can teach you hand-solder surface-mount components).  The hacker mentality is because I need a bunch of one-off projects built -- such as custom electronics test equipment, etc, that is only functionally defined in most cases.  So it will require someone to design/engineer circuits, layout PCB's, design housings, and generally make and put things together and get it working.  You don't need to be able to do all of this, but the more you can do, the better.  I'm near the Florida Mall, btw.  Message me if you're interested.

Cheers,
-Neil.

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Re: Intro and job offer
« Reply #1 on: May 17, 2012, 08:53:29 AM »
Neil,


I have a '68 Firebird and am planning to build an open microcontroller-based wiring harness for it this summer / fall. We also have a group within FamiLAB designing an android-based open Car Audio platform. We have members that have worked on a wide variety of automotive platforms. Sounds like we need to start a special interest group for automotive stuff :)


Glad you can finally connect with us locally, I look forward to working with you!

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« Reply #2 on: May 17, 2012, 04:49:09 PM »
Awesome -- I've been meaning to Megasquirt the Cobra and re-do that wiring harness, but the kits are just for the through-hole version, so my to-do list includes laying out an SMD version of the megasquirt... when I get time. 8-O
I also want(ed) to convert my Audi instrument cluster to LCD, but being realistic re: time now.

Yeah, we should get the automotive enthusiasts together.


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Re: Intro and job offer
« Reply #3 on: May 17, 2012, 04:59:16 PM »
Neil, PM sent.
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Re: Intro and job offer
« Reply #4 on: May 18, 2012, 06:24:02 AM »
This guy is awesome!  Just the kit-car build puts him on my want-to-meet list.

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« Reply #5 on: May 19, 2012, 11:21:18 PM »
If you need a glowing reference for Waterbury, let me know.
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Re: Intro and job offer
« Reply #6 on: May 19, 2012, 11:41:55 PM »

If you need a glowing reference for Waterbury, let me know.


Reference for Waterbury - Exhibit 1 - He's been on Hack-a-day!

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Re: Intro and job offer
« Reply #7 on: May 22, 2012, 07:57:56 PM »
From a "hacker" perspective, here are my "qualifications" -- I used to mentor a FIRST robotics team in Palm Beach, and after that I formed a small robotics group at my office.  That page is here... http://www.veisystems.com/nose/ . Currently working on making the workcell into a 3D printer.  I've built a Shelby Cobra kitcar, and currently building a Mustang.  During the day I do mostly electronics design and microcontroller development.

Have you ever taken the Shelby Cobra kit car to a local SCCA autocross event?

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« Reply #8 on: May 23, 2012, 01:39:28 PM »
I Megasquirted my Audi for a while.  Trying to free up some garage space so I can get back on it.  Matt Armstrong (armstrom) also has some experience with engine management.  It would be neat to see more gearheads at the space.  Welcome!

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« Reply #9 on: May 30, 2012, 01:01:00 AM »
I've now met Waterbury, and yeah -- being on hack-a-day is awesome!

I've met/know some of you, but can't place the names/faces with the usernames here.

Never autocrossed the Cobra.  Stock (as designed) suspension left lots to be desired, so I re-designed my own and implemented half of it, which made a noticeable improvement.  However, my changes involve suspension-geometry changes, so it's not trivial and hence taking a long time.  Must get back to that now that I have space again.  To be honest, this car is too light and too torquey to be a decent autocross car... IMO.  530hp in 2420lbs.  So even with better suspension, I have my doubts.

My prev Audi (B5 A4) was a great autocross car but I stopped since I swapped to my current Audi B6 Avant, which is not autocross material.

In other automotive news, I was thrilled to find (at OMMF) an EV club here in Central Florida.  Converting (something) to electric is on my to-do list and I've been lurking on other EV lists for some time now, slowly gathering info for when I'm ready.