A real Silicon Valley garage operation


We got home from Fry’s today with the bits and pieces we needed to get Gulker Lab’s latest ‘op center’ up and running, right here in our literal Silicon Valley garage. As the temperature this afternoon climbed into the high 80s (one of the reasons startups seek funding is to get out of too-hot, too-cold uninsulated garages), we lashed together a previously-idle Mac mini, a large, cheap (on sale) Chinese monitor, a very large storage array and a few unspecified peripherals. The major necessity – 26-buck powered speakers with subwoofer, completed our powerful UNIX- (actually BSD-) based workstation. The industrial-strength vacuum cleaner is handy, too.

The odor of hot plastic as we fired up the new rig was, well, intoxicating. However, right here and now, it will be a good thing to dispel any rumors or hearsay (without spilling the beans about what we are up to). We are NOT:

– doing anything with the PENGUIN pattern-recognition and link discovery code we wrote in the late 90s. The Narus STA and other, more modern advances are way out ahead of our decade-old code in practice, if not in principal. Besides, we think it’s unethical that a bunch of clowns in DC know which fetish porn DVDs you rented while the spouse was away.

– BTW, the ‘antenna farm’ on my roof is really just a bunch of Radio Shack products aimed at improving reception on the FM set in the family room and indulging my hobby of short-wave listening. Really. RF is so yesterday, in any case.

– while it’s true that the demo code I wrote for peering, self-syncing databases could well have rescued the TSA from its numerous, ongoing, embarrassing ‘no-fly’ blunders, this effort has nothing to do with that. TSA, basically a jobs program, doesn’t want to fix problems. It just wants to get bigger.

– despite the advanced, high-resolution imaging device some trained observers may note in the photo above, we are doing absolutely nothing involving ‘remote sensing.’ Those pernicious rumors involving me with the KH-11 upgrade, and even more laughably, KH-13, are just that, and don’t even go into MISTY (especially that ‘signature suppression’ patent stuff) or Rhyolite (I’m not that old fer chrissakes).

Really, we’re just a geezer who has a hard time hacking WordPress templates, so don’t expect too much. We’re only having fun!  Investors, please note we are available Tuesday mornings, after our Scott-and-Lily walk, from 8 to 10 AM,  for term-sheet discussions…


About Chris Gulker

Chris Gulker, a self-described Infuential Blogger, lived in Menlo Park, California with spouse Linda. He passed away in late October 2010.
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4 Responses to A real Silicon Valley garage operation

  1. I’ve been wondering about all those antennas up on the roof – they somehow seem more sinister. Remote sensing, indeed!

  2. cg says:

    Honest, Scott, straight out of the RS catalog. Well, except for maybe one (or two)…

  3. Anonymous says:

    FM is still cool. How else can you send data long distances without being tied into a corporation or having your data logged as all ISP’s do?

  4. Pingback: Getting it all “together”

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