Hi! This is about me.

I'm 53 years old, having been born January 1957. Eisenhower was president. I watched the moon landing on TV. I saw the Beatles on Ed Sullivan. I was almost 7 when JFK was assassinated. I was 13 when Kent State hit the news. I graduated high school the year Nixon resigned. I was around before there were cell phones. Before there were touch tone phones. Before there were pocket calculators. Before colour television use became widespread.

I'm a computer hobbyist and professional. My primary jobs have been as an embedded software developer since 1980. I'm also familiar with electronics in general, and handy around the house. I'm an amateur photographer. I've taken Tae Kwon Do and Aikido, though I'm not currently practicing.

I like animals in general. Cats are my favorite pets. I like tea, but I don't drink it much because caffeine raises my blood sugar, and I don't like decaf. I don't drink coffee.

Last July I changed my diet; all I did was eliminate refined sweeteners and switch to whole grain products. I didn't do this to lose weight, I did it to feel better and to avoid becoming diabetic. As a result I stopped having sugar spikes and sugar crashes — and I found myself losing weight. I lost around 50 lbs without artificially starving myself, and I've kept it off ever since.

If you notice that my face seems thinner in the second picture, that's not camera angles or lighting. The picture in the red shirt was taken just before I changed my diet.

If you want to read all about it, click here.

I grew up in the Whitford development just outside Downingtown, PA, a semi-rural community about 30 miles west of Philadelphia. In 1982 I moved to Orange County, CA where I met and married BlancheNonken. In 1990 we moved back to PA, settled in Southern Montgomery County and had two children. In 2005 we moved to Davis, CA, and here we are. As of mid-2010 Blanche and I are breaking up, she's moving to Nevada and I'm moving to Rancho Cordova to be closer to work. (I'll finally be able to bike into work.)

Now living on Duke Drive. I love this location. All kinds of stuff in close proximity, plus bike- and pedestrian-friendly streets and sidewalks. I walked to Omsoft to pick up my DSL MODEM. (And encountered PopeChristof on the way there. :)

Got a job in April 2006. Unfortunately it's in Rancho Cordova, so biking is impractical. I'd consider taking the train if it was cheaper and not so bloody slow. As it is I fiddle with my hours to try to avoid traffic. The good news is, it's a fun job, my boss is pretty cool, and it pays decently. Lost the job in March 2006, found a new job in August writing firmware for Precision Flight Controls, helping them make flight simulators. If you're into that check out the website, because we rent time on the simulators. (This is real flight training stuff, so don't expect a gaming platform.)

And here are a couple pics from the birthday gathering at Woodstock's Pizza! MichelleAccurso turned 21, I turned 49. So I got a 49% discount, yay! Michelle got one of me, so I expect it to show up here soon.


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2005-08-14 21:28:47   welcome to the wiki! —MichelleAccurso

2005-08-14 23:40:20   Thanks. —JeffreyNonken

2005-08-15 07:47:04   Darling! You're here! —BlancheNonken

2005-08-27 22:13:23   Great pics of the Market fountain! :) —SummerSong

2005-09-10 11:48:20   Thanks, but only one was mine (the crappier one — my phone camera does 640x480 but not very good quality, dammit). The other picture had already been uploaded when I went to add mine, I just edited it in. (I believe she's referring to the Davis Farmers Market page.) —JeffreyNonken

2005-09-16 10:56:37   On the Job front, have you checked out Rabbit Semiconductor (formerly Z-World) on Spafford? They are big in embedded systems. —RogerClark

2005-10-01 09:08:24   ah yes, but indefinite, possessive pronouns do have apostrophes. somebody's, someone's etc. —ArlenAbraham

2005-10-14 01:42:46   Methinks Jeffrey is Number 2. —ZacharyNorwood

2005-11-11 21:47:29   My laptop is back and functional! When is a good time to stop by with your machine? —PhilipNeustrom

A little over a week after writing that, it broke again..ugh..

2006-11-27 11:58:18   Hey Jeff, so does somebody make an LED-replacement "bulb" for standard home incandescents? Surely this is possible for especially spot lighting? —RalphFinch

Yeah, but they're "spendy." Haven't looked in a while, but you can do a web search if you're interested. From what I can tell, efficiency-wise they're about equivalent to fluorescents. Of course, they last much longer, are easier to dim (at least, they are if you're driving them directly — not as simple if you're replacing an AC bulb though, but pretty simple if you're driving with DC), and they don't have the disposal problems (e.g. no mercury). At this point they're better for industrial, commercial, and architectual lighting where the economies of scale are different. High initial investment pays back because e.g. you don't have to pay people to constantly replace bulbs and ballasts. —JeffreyNonken

2008-05-17 02:52:05   How's it going, Jeff? Unmutual as ever, I hope. Did you hear? Rumors of a remake! "It has been reported that filming has begun in Libya, with McGoohan in a cameo role, but this has been denied by ITV who are reported as saying that no casting or details for the 'remake' are in place." Hope the rumors are accurate. We need the social satirical message of the Prisoner today more than ever! —ZacharyNorwood

2010-07-01 13:32:29   Hmmm, well, moving out of Davis. Blanche and I are separating, probably going to divorce eventually. I'm moving close to work, I'll be in Sacramento just outside Rancho Cordova. Blanche will be in Nevada along with Christof, Jess, and all the kids and pets. —JeffreyNonken