My 15 minutes of Fame

In the middle of February I received a great surprise - I won the Realm System's Blackdog Development contest grand prize. This was fun! I've forgotten how much fun developing for an embedded device can be. I can't wait to see the next generation of the Blackdog (to be announced at Linux World in Boston in early April - and yes I will be there!)

Some folks have asked what I am going to do with the money, so here is what I have done so far:
  • Paid off the Motorcycle
  • Paid off the pickup truck
  • Paid off various debts
  • Bought a new vehicle (2006 KIA Sportage)
  • Put a bunch in savings to pay Uncle Sam
  • Bought a few toys (Treo 650, LCD TV)
The Press Releases:

22 FEB 2006 - Project BlackDog Skills Contest $50,000 Grand Prize Winner Named

Realm Systems has announced that Terry Bayne is the Grand Prize winner of the Project BlackDog Skills contest. He won $50,000 for his work on "Kibble," a tool for building integration solutions between the host PC and the BlackDog device using a SOAP-based RPC mechanism to send arbitrary (LUA) code to be executed on the host PC from the BlackDog. A panel of judges from such firms as HP and Avaya determined that Kibble won for its originality, value, and functionality.

After the announcement, Mr. Bayne said, "It was fantastic to be announced as the grand prize winner of the BlackDog skills contest. The other finalists are a very smart group of guys and I feel privileged to have met them. I can't wait to see what these developers come up with next! This is the most fun I have ever had with a development project."

The contest began October 15, 2005 and awarded prizes to developers who developed applications for the BlackDog, a pocket-sized, self-contained server with a built-in biometric reader and Debian-based Linux operating system.

"We congratulate our Grand Prize winner," said Rick White, CEO of Realm Systems, sponsor of the contest. "Kibble is a great example of software technology for the BlackDog form factor. I wouldn't be surprised to see offshoots of Kibble running on cell phone-type devices in the future. This is just the beginning for the BlackDog community and its impact on future embedded consumer devices."

Grand Prize winner Terry Bayne noted, "The BlackDog satisfies a unique need in the marketplace. Once you hold a BlackDog in your hand, you don't want to let it go. It's almost impossible to put into words, but once you put your hands on one, you understand completely."

The next generation of BlackDog will be announced at LinuxWorld in Boston, April 3-6.

7 FEB 2006 - Realm Systems has announced the category winners in the Project Black Dog skills contest.

The winners are:

Michael Chenetz - Security category
Michael King - Entertainment category
Terry Bayne - Productivity category
Paul Chandler - Dogpile category (for applications that did not fit in the other categories)

A panel of judges determined the best applications created and ported to the Realm BlackDog device. There was no eligible winner in the Communications/Networking category.

In addition, a $50,000 Grand Prize winner will be announced at the Open Source Business Conference (OSBC) in San Francisco February 14-15. The Grand Prize winner will be selected from the four First Prize winners. The contest began October 15, 2005.

In the Project BlackDog Bug Hunt, Terry Bayne won the $2,500 First Place. Michael Wozniak took the $1,500 Second Place, and Michael King won the $1,000 Third Place.

"We congratulate all of our First Prize winners," said Rick White, CEO of Realm Systems, sponsor of the contest. "We understand and respect all the hard work that has gone into developing this community."

The online DogPound discussion group has been very active in talking about the BlackDog, a pocket-sized, self-contained server with a built-in biometric reader and Debian-based Linux operating system. Unlike any other mobile computing device, BlackDog contains its own processor, memory and storage, and is completely powered by the USB port of a host computer with no external power adapter required.
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