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Welcome to Rob Stampfli's little corner of the Web
Email Address: robstamp-2016@cboh.org

Thought for the day

There are things we don't want to happen, but have to accept; things we don't want to know, but have to learn; and people we can't live without, but have to let go of. -- Jennifer Jareau


Me, in a nutshell

I grew up in the Tidewater area of Virginia and then spent five years at Virginia Tech studying Electrical Engineering. In 1978, fresh out of college and ready to take on the world, I joined AT&T Bell Labs in Columbus, Ohio, where I worked on a variety of challenging projects and got to know some pretty sharp and interesting colleagues along the way. With its spinoff from AT&T in 1996, I found myself owned and operated by Lucent Technologies, that once wildly successful telecom company that quickly faded after the turn of the millennium until in 2006 it was aquired by Alcatel. In July, 2001, an imploding Lucent made me an offer I couldn't refuse and I jumped into early retirement. Since then, I've become quite proficient at being a bum and enjoy my new lifestyle immensely. I live in Violet Township, adjacent to the bustling metropolis of Pickerington, Ohio, a suburb on the far south east side of Columbus (although it seems a lot less far today than it used to).

My interests include ham radio (KD8WK), modern western square dancing, investing (and, more broadly, economic theory), compiling my family genealogy, and a variety of technical pursuits including system administration, computer security, and cryptography. I also enjoy designing and maintaining web pages for organizations I support. I'm fairly proficient at HTML, C, and shell programming (I prefer ksh). A long time ago I wrote a program to calculate a half-million digits of Pi. More recently, I heavily reworked a program to allow the computer control and monitoring of X-10 devices in the house. Even more recently, I pulled together an interface script to turn my voice modem into an voice-mail and fax machine. I run a network of PCs and ARM-based micro-servers at home, plus a few virtual private servers on the greater internet, all linked up as the cboh.org domain. Politically, I consider myself principally (and principlely) a libertarian.

To get a copy of my personal GPG (PGP) public key, click here.


Band Conditions
Pickerington Forecast
Some websites I find handy, or worthy of mention

Some novel new sites...

Occasionally useful odds and ends...

Web developer resources...

Those oft visited old faithfuls...

Some other nifty free stuff...

Our government at work (and play)...

A few arcane interests...


rob
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