F2F in Mountain Time!

July 12, 2019

2019 Team Meeting. Wylie, Scott, Terry, Eric.
Scott and Terry at Snowbird.
Scott and Terry at Butterfield Canyon.
2019 Team Meeting. Wylie, Scott, Terry, Eric. Scott and Terry at Snowbird. Scott and Terry at Butterfield Canyon.

July 12, 2019

Scott Waddell

PublicNTP, like many companies, is geographically distributed; the company’s four board members live in four different states.

Terry lives out around D.C. but he and I met in Salt Lake after his family moved here from Maine in 1994. Kind of startling to realize he and I have known each other for a quarter of a century!

In June, Terry was in Salt Lake City, Utah visiting family. Whenever Terry’s in town, he and I make a point to meet up and get some quality face-to-face time -- it’s amazing how much work can get knocked out in just a couple hours when you’re sitting at the same table.

Wylie Thomas, the founder of PXP, a development contracting shop located just north of Salt Lake that PublicNTP has worked with extensively, was kind enough to offer up the use of his office’s conference space for the meeting.

Terry, Wylie, Cody Deskins (who had to bail just before the picture was taken), Eric Evans, and I talked about the efforts we have going on the PublicNTP website, the Time Server App, and then did some brainstorming on some future projects that are in the pipeline.

Terry suggested that while he was in town, we take advantage of the mountains surrounding the Salt Lake Valley to put on some altitude, as he doesn’t get much of that in Virginia. One afternoon we headed up Little Cottonwood Canyon and took the tram to the top of Snowbird Ski Resort to check out the Salt Lake valley from the east, perched up at 11,000 feet/3,353 meters above sea level. A few days later we did a short hike from the top of Butterfield Canyon to examine the Salt Lake Valley from a west side vantage point at 7,915 feet/2,400 meters elevation. Check out more pics on Flickr from Snowbird and Butterfield Canyon.

One of the topics Terry and I talked about in depth was how PublicNTP can better engage with the broader time community.

Not unlike the physical distances between the PublicNTP board members, Terry and I agree that, as with any online community, the network time community has communication challenges. Creating opportunities to foster communication amongst all the people interested in network time is an important and ongoing challenge the group as a whole needs to constantly be working on.

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