2019 – Spring In Florida

Eric & Susan are spending a lilttle more time at our mobile in Port Charlotte, Florida now that Eric is in full retirement-mode. We arrived in mid-Februrary and will stay through mid-April. Fred and Lissa Burgoon arrived soon therafter for a 1 month stay too. Weather has been great, warm, and we all are building our tans! Recently, the mosquitoes have been annoying. Here are pictures of our recent stay.

Sue/Eric Visit Leone Jan 2019

Sue and I visited Leone in late January 2019 the day before the “big chill” when the temperature fell to -23 in Naperville for 2 days. We left in a wind storm. Luckily, there was no traffic due to the alerts, so we made it without issue. Leone is doing well and Sue worked on collecting taxes and filing… Eric sat around and watched TV. This is what the house looked like from the lake. Were driving home Superbowl Sunday hoping it won’t rain too much!

At Our Port Charlotte Home — 2018 December

Arrived at our home in Port Charlotte, FL. early Dec for the month.  Been relaxing for a couple weeks and saw this great sunset last night.  Could not help sharing it here…  We also had dinner with Dee and Jerry a couple days ago.  Will return to Illinois on 12/30 for a couple months, then back to FL Mar/Apr timeframe!

2018 Apple Cider Century 9/30/2018 – 34th Consecutive Year

My friends and I completed yet another Apple Cider Century bike ride.   I’ve rode every year since 1986; 34 years straight.  Eric Claeys has only missed riding a couple years;  Jacques and Marianne missed a couple more.  This year was scheduled to be a rain-fest, but the weather magically cleared up during the night for a beautiful morning of riding.  I rode 50 miles over 2 days.  I’m shooting for 50 straight years, but will have to depend on my health and home location in the coming years.  I rode the shortest of the bunch and completed a shorter route (30 miles) since Susan did not ride and we had to travel to Grand Rapids that day for her fathers memorial service a couple of days later.  I miss Dick already.  Eric C, Jacques and Marianne were on track to ride the 50 mile route.  Congratulations to them!

Sue’s father: Richard L. Bird, Passes Away 9/4/2018

After a short illness and hospice stay, Sue’s father: Richard (Dick) Bird, passed away on 9/4/2019.  He was 94 years old and lived a full life.

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Richard L. Bird, 93, of Rockford MI, died peacefully on Tuesday, September 4, 2018. Richard is survived by his loving wife of 71 years, Leone (Dutkiewicz) Bird; his daughters, Susan (Eric) Edberg, Melissa (Fred) Burgoon, and Marcy (Virgil) Perry; his grandchildren Nathan Perry and Marissa (Danny) Horne. He is preceded in death by his parents, Lyle and Tillie (Scholpp) Bird, his only brother, Carroll, and grandson, Richard (Ricky) Burgoon. Richard graduated from Rockford HS in 1943 and was valedictorian of his class. He served as a Sergeant in the US Army during WW II. After his service, he attended the University of Michigan. Richard started his career in 1950 with International Harvester and after transferring to many different cities, he retired in 1983 and moved back on Bostwick Lake. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Our Lady of Consolation Church in Rockford or Great Lakes Caring Hospice. Visitation and a memorial mass will be scheduled later.

Data Distribution Analysis Metrics Using JavaScript

One of my Alcatel-Lucent projects was to author methods and procedures to collect and analyze data collected from the execution of  LTE cellular data throughput downloads under various testing scenarios.  Ajaxtest was the JavaScript application I authored to perform download throughput tests and analyze results.  The reporting module contained a JavaScript application class that analyzed the raw data set producing a Histogram and normalized standard deviation/error plots.

<CLICK HERE> to load a demo that analyzes a user-provided data set, displays results and a histogram.  There are numerous additional options used to validate and format the data which is not included in this simple example.  Hint:  Inspect the JavaScript for code that actually calculates results…

In our tests, we often collected 100 samples that would provide a “normalized” distribution.  The more samples collected, the better chance Ajaxtest would return a normalized distribution.  Often, you must review result data to prune invalid and/or outliers as LTE TCP downloads are sometimes affected by uncontrolled factors due to the variable nature of the internet.  Some features that are not contained in the Ajaxtest demo above include methods to automatically detect and prune outliers using standard deviation and other calculations.  Ajaxtest reporting also analyze 2 simultaneous test results comparing results between the TCP optimized and non-TCP-optimized flows executing at the same time.

These tests were executed by Alcatel-Lucent / Nokia system test and field installation teams to validate performance improvements when routing LTE data traffic over the “TCP split-tunnel” network equipment that our company developed and deployed into Verizon’s LTE network.  This equipment  increased data throughput (decreased load time) between 10-50% over non-optimized traffic depending on the size of the data sample as validated by Ajaxtest.