DISTek Halloween 2019

Arguably, the BEST day of the year at DISTek is Halloween. Now, not everyone would probably agree with that assessment, but it’s one of my very favorite work days of the year. Today has been full of far more treats than tricks with our Annual Halloween Costume Contest followed by a Halloween potluck. Please enjoy a peek at our costumes from today!

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DISTek U

DISTek U letters are awarded at course completion.

In 2018, DISTek began an internal training program called DISTek University, affectionately known as “DISTek U”. This training leverages off-the shelf training resources to develop a common foundation for DISTek’s employee owners to build their careers on. DISTek U promotes collaboration and camaraderie among all DISTekians, regardless of position or geographic location. DISTek leadership strongly encourages all employee owners to participate in these trainings – which help both the employee owner and employer. DISTek can point to numerous examples of promoting individuals to leadership positions after successful course completion and exceptional job performance.

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An Evening of Service at Northeast Iowa Food Bank

The DISTek crew anxious to get started!

A month or so ago an employee reached out to me asking about information regarding arranging a group volunteer event at the Northeast Iowa Food Bank. We’ve done such volunteer events at our local food bank as a group several times in the past, but it had been awhile since we’ve been back to help out. I was excited to hear that there was interest in such an opportunity, so we quickly got the wheels turning.

A couple weeks later, a group of DISTek employees met down at the Northeast Iowa Food Bank in Waterloo, Iowa to lend a hand. After a tour of the impressively large facility and a {quick} stop in the subzero freezer, our group was split into two to best meet their current demands.

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Summer Travels 2019

The Dubuque crew enjoying the evening

The DISTek Leadership Team embarked on some summer travels recently, taking it to the streets and visiting each of our primary locations throughout the Midwest to meet, greet, eat, celebrate, and have some fun. With our employee owners scattered across several states, it is important to support teamwork and collaboration. Hosting picnics and yard games seemed to be a great way to promote unity and togetherness while at the same time letting our guards down a bit and taking some much needed time out to have a good time and get to know each other a little better outside of the work place.

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Where in the world is DISTek Integration?

The DISTek booth is all ready to go at COMVEC

Here at DISTek, there has been a flurry of industry events that are taking us around the country and around the globe. A couple weeks ago...

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DISTek Founder Retires, Yet His Legacy Continues….

Matt & Becky Dickinson at Matt's Retirement Celebration

After 27 years of selfless service to DISTek, our founder, Matt Dickinson has taken on a new journey…. RETIREMENT! All of us here at DISTek thank him for all he has done for not only the company as a whole, but for all the individual employees as well. We will miss his guidance, generosity, and fun spirited nature. Here’s to filling his days with plenty of St Louis Cardinals baseball, quality time with the grandkids, and social events around his hometown of Carthage, IL.

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DISTek to host booth at Embedded Systems Conference

The Embedded Systems Conference partnered with the Drive World Conference and Expo is just around the corner. DISTek is gearing up to host a booth at the event in Santa Clara, California August 27-29 at the Santa Clara Convention Center.

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Understanding the C Tool Chain

I find that in today’s age of IDEs like Visual Studio, Eclipse, Code Blocks, etc., that many developers get hung up on linker issues. This is completely understandable as many languages have moved away from the compiler/linker paradigm toward single compilation units or virtual machine code. Also, these modern development environments hide many of the steps that it takes to get a working executable out of working code. The result is that most of the C developers I run into are very familiar and are even experts in the C language itself, but unexpectedly struggle when presented with a build configuration issue.

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