Monday, August 6, 2012

In Taiwan at National Kaohsiung University of Applied Sciences

I am very excited to be at the National Kaohsiung University of Applied Sciences in Taiwan and meeting the leaders of the Department of Mechanical Engineering to give seminars on MTConnect, teach a 4 to 5 hour Hands-On MTConnect Lab at NKUAS and meet with a number of machine tool companies as well this week!

I was greeted by Wyatt Wu of the Precision Machinery Research & Development Center (PMC) at the Taipei airport.  Wyatt was very gracious in taking me to my hotel room.  We went on the 300kmh Taiwan High Speed Rail (THSR) which was extremely impressive.  Thank you Wyatt!

Looking forward to meeting Dr. Yung-Chou Kao.  Dr. Kao is the Associate Professor for the Department of Mechanical Engineering at National Kaohsiung University of Applied Sciences.  Dr. Kao has been my primary point of contact for this trip and I am greatly honored he invited me and the MTConnect Institute to Taiwan!

Sun's Star7 - The Beginning of Java

My oldest son John sent this to me.  Very cool.  I never saw James Gosling demo this before. Star7 or *7 was part of the Green Project and got it's nickname from the fact that you pressed the keys *7 to to bring up the menu of the device on screen.  It had a micro SPARC-II motherboard, some PCMCIA slots, infrared transceiver, speakers and touch screen.

Think about this.  This was 1992!  Why in the world do all of these tablet makers have patents for what Sun invented in terms of touch tablet UIs?   Because Sun was great at technology, but not so great at making money.   Hence, why the most innovative companies of all time got snapped up by Oracle for a song of $7.4 billion.   6,500+ patents AND Java AND SPARC AND 30,000 employees AND hundreds of thousands of very loyal Sun customers.   But I digress :-)