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

Thought for the day

If you don't care where you're going, any road will get you there.


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 start of the new millennium until in 2006 it was acquired by Alcatel (which was in turn gobbled up several years later by Nokia). 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 lifestyle immensely. I live in a suburb of Violet Township, adjacent to the bustling metropolis of Pickerington, Ohio, on the far south east side of Columbus (although it seems a lot less far today than it used to). Politically, I consider myself principally (and principlely) a libertarian.

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 and network 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 still use and prefer the Korn shell — in fact, some of my code resides in it.) I run a network of PCs and ARM-based micro-servers at home, plus several virtual private servers on the greater internet, all linked up as the cboh.org domain.

A long time ago (in a galaxy far away) I wrote a program to calculate a half-million digits of Pi. More recently, I heavily reworked another program that permits the computer control and monitoring of X-10 devices around the house. And more recently still, I interfaced this program to the Amazon Echo Alexa app in order to permit me to control the X-10 devices by voice commands. I'm currently playing around with Asterisk, a software PBX that, in conjunction with Google Voice, provides me with free telephone service across North America. I'm currently experimenting with Arduino technology to record and report my home's climatological and HVAC data over the course of the day.

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

And I am fond of telling folks that I draw a retirement check every month from a company I never worked a day in my life for.


Band Conditions
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...


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