Upgrading The Audi

I’m pretty excited to have a German car to work on with Ethan. Recently Kelly’s Dad upgraded to an RS 3, which meant his 2006 Audi A4 Quattro was for sale. Sounds like a good car for Kelly right? :) So the first upgrade that Ethan and I are looking at is the Engine Control Unit (ECU) This little upgrade has different modes for the octane of fuel that you are burning.

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Fall2018

Here we go, starting to feel like fall. Good-bye summer, time to start thinking about football, fishing, skiing, etc. We have not had much time to travel, but on the plus side, we are out of debt and saving money! If you click on the pictures below, it opens up a Google Photos Album - so you can see all the pictures! Hope to see you all soon - happy fall.

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Photogallery

Testing an S3 driven photo gallery! So using a free IOS app called, “Archivist”, I am archiving all my pictures to S3. Then I am publishing a website with a time limit. Hosting the entire gallery in fotorama.js. As an example, here are some pictures from a hike at Mount Walker: . --

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Amazing Desert Wilderness California is so pretty and diverse. We have deserts in Washington (Eastern Washington) but you aren’t going to find Joshua trees: The amazing vistas blow you away as well: Incredible place, if you are in the area check it out. I could have spent a few days hiking there!

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Amazing Data Every day I am blown away with all the amazing data going to Apple’s Health app in my iPhone. Pulling in different data from my scale, Apple Watch, Ozmo water bottle, etc. provides an amazing picture for myself as well as my doctor. The first step was to download and install QS Access a free handy little app that lets you pull data off your phone. I saved it right into Google Sheets and then made a quick and dirty graph:

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April 2018

Palm Desert! Keeping up with the work tour… We flew from Portland, to Oakland, over to Carmel, then to Palm Desert. Wow, what a good time! Google photos https://photos.app.goo.gl/dr04W8SiSFXxrooh2 Some of the things I enjoyed the most: Hot air balloon - Ethan and my, first time! Hanging by the pool with Kelly and the kids Hummer excursion through Joshua Tree National Park

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February 2018

San Francisco! I’m starting to turn my work trips into vacations. Both Natalie and Ethan are getting old enough to join us on adventures that are fun for everyone. It turns out that they have very good taste in food and fun. Google photos https://photos.app.goo.gl/a2KXc9rS0aetx6ZL2 Some of our favorite things in San Francisco: Go Cars - three wheeled scooters that let you go just about anywhere Alcatraz - I was able to talk to the last living convict of Alcatraz.

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Peter Simkins

Life of an IT geek

Technical Account Manager at New Relic

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