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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My Journey to FIRST World Championships in Detroit

Team 525 - Swartdogs at the FIRST World Championships

My initial exposure to FIRST robotics came when my son joined the Cedar Falls High School robotics team as a sophomore back in 2012. At that time, I thought it would be a fun little activity for him to be involved with. I really had no idea what being a part of a FIRST team meant. Boy, have I come a long way.

Now, seven years later, I do know what it means. As it turns out, there is nothing “little” about it. It is the most....

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AUTOSAR Diagnostic Event Manager: Part 1

Basics and Functional Behavior

From an application developer’s point of view, AUTOSAR diagnostics are relatively straightforward. There is, however, some terminology to learn before understanding AUTOSAR diagnostics. If you are unfamiliar with the services offered in the AUTOSAR BSW or how applications communicate in AUTOSAR-compliant software, please read the linked articles for more information.

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A Fresh Look at Plugfest

Jason O'Halloran (right) sits at his station during Spring Plugfest. (Photo courtesy of AEF)

I am looking around at all the people entering the large ballroom at the Embassy Suites in Lincoln, NE. As I wait for the buzzer that will announce the first 35-minute rotation, signaling someone I have never met, from somewhere I have never been, to come to my station, I am nervous and excited and unsure what to expect. While I may sound like a desperate bachelor at a speed-dating event, I assure you that is not the case. I am a software engineer, new to the world of ISOBUS, attending a Plugfest event for the first time. Plugfest is an event held twice a year, where the best and brightest minds in the ISOBUS industry come from around the world to test their offerings, checking for compatibility with other ISOBUS equipment manufacturers.

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