Lynn's World

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Why do I own Linse.Org?

My surname is Linse. I obtained the domain back in the early 1990's before most people knew one could own your own domain. I used to offer email forwarding, but now that just gets in trouble with the likes of AOL when people mark forwarded email as SPAM.  So I had to quite offering that.  I'll consider any proposals for valid use geared to the surname Linse.

Who am I?

I am a Principal Engineer and Industrial Specialist for Digi International in the USA.

Back in the 1980's I worked with Computer-Integrated-Manufacturing (CIM) and the ISO/OSI-based MAP/TOP protocols. Now, that's something fewer and fewer people remember, but it was an attempt by several large companies to push an open standard network communications stack. It failed - in part - because the result was so "large and costly" that even the sponsoring companies could not justify using it. I remember doing work back in a University of Minnesota lab with a computer and MAP. Since this was the days of 640K RAM and Windows 286/386 we needed a special network card. This created the somewhat ridiculous situation of using a network card with 10 times the processing power and RAM of the main CPU!

The 1990's found me living in Singapore and doing industrial project work around South-East Asia, including Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, and Vietnam. I developed a specialty in handling the serial data communications interface between multiple vendors. This involved issues of grounding, surge protection, and protocols. I actually started a small company Robust Datacomm Pte Ltd which specializes in heavily isolated serial interface products for industry. I have to say I really loved Singapore! It would have been a nice place to spend the rest of my life. However, cashing in on my unique niche job skills brought me back to the USA.

The first decade of 2000 has me working on the general notion of IP-enabling industrial equipment. Originally this was mainly with use of Ethernet-to-serial devices. However, today I spend a lot of time working in the wide-area-network issues of cellular IP-enabling equipment. This means the use of modern IP-based cell (as in phone) services.