[squeak-dev] Squeak Oversight Board Election 2019

John-Reed Maffeo jrmaffeo at gmail.com
Sun Jan 20 21:43:16 UTC 2019

As a long time Squeaker  (since 1.x on a Macintosh) and an occasional
contributor (two methods in 18 years ;-), I offer my services to the
community as a member of the Squeak Oversight Board.

Since I don't have a very high profile in the community, I offer this
brief, biased, bio.

My Professional background is in Corporate IT designing, building,
implementing, and managing technical and business applications as an
individual contributor, team member, and manager. I am pretty much
self-taught after one COBOL for Accountants class at Uni followed by OJT
working on a smorgasbord of computers and languages from embedded to
mainframe to distributed (as a programmer, not an accountant (right place,
right time)).

The first program I ever modified in a work environment was in machine code
on a Wang. I have dabbled in assembler but did not have the patience to do
much with it. I started working with Squeak on a hobby project that I had
started trying to code in C, then Pascal, both of which were painful). When
I read about a Smalltalk being released on usenet, I jumped at the chance
to try it because I had seen a PP vendor demonstration a few years earlier
and was gobsmacked at its capabilities, which fit into all of the various
niches which I had been working in but was rejected by the suits in favor
of Forte (what's that you say? JAVA in a fancy dress).

Squeak, with information I was able to learn in the library and on the
net,  enabled me to write an application using GIS data from an arcane data
structure, but Morphic stymied me in my attempts to complete the graphic
part of my design (as much my fault as not). I have written some other
applications for my personal use and continue to learn more about Squeak
and the ever growing constellation of software which is derived or
influenced by it.

If the Squeak community decides to elect me to the SOB, I will do my best
to help Squeak grow and thrive as a language and culture which fosters
learning, creativity, experimentation, and openness.


John-Reed Maffeo [|]

On Wed, Jan 9, 2019 at 9:24 AM Ron Teitelbaum <ron at usmedrec.com> wrote:

> Hi All,
> It's that time again. Time to raise your voices and elect your leaders!
> Can you believe it's been a year already?
> It's a time for you to stand up, help your community and volunteer to
> serve!
> Squeak wants you!
> Every year we elect the SOB (Squeak Oversight Board) consisting of seven
> members from our community. The current board members are:
> 1. Bert Freudenberg
> 2. Eliot Miranda
> 3. Tim Rowledge
> 4. David T. Lewis
> 5. Marcel Taeumel
> 6. Craig Latta
> 7. Nicolas Cellier
> For more info on the board please see:
> https://squeakboard.wordpress.com/our-mission/
> Everything about the election, including schedule and more, can be tracked
> here:
>                http://wiki.squeak.org/squeak/6612
> Now until Monday 21nd of January 3 PM (20.00 UTC): Nominations of SOB
> members and campaigning!
> Candidates should nominate themselves and start their campaign on the
> squeak-dev mailing list. Or if you nominate someone else, make sure that
> person really wants to run. :) I will not put anyone on the candidate list
> until that person makes it known on squeak-dev that he/she intends to run.
> During this period, the candidates should ideally present themselves on
> squeak-dev, unless they have already done so, and the community can ask
> questions.
> I encourage you to reach out to potential candidates, people that are
> active in the community and represent your views, and ask them to run. Some
> people will not run without encouragement.  Also, I know that some people
> wait to the last minute to run for the board to see if others will run but
> please consider getting this year off to a faster start and just jump right
> in!
> Schedule:
> Now until Monday 21nd of January 3 PM (20.00 UTC): Nominations of SOB
> members and campaigning!
> Monday 21nd of January 2019 3 PM (20.00 UTC): Candidate list is finalized.
> Monday 21nd of January 2019 4 PM (21.00 UTC): Online election starts.
> Tuesday 5th of February 2019 4 PM (23.00 UTC): Online election ends.
> Results will be announced immediately when the election ends.
> The voting period is two week long and ballots are sent out via email.
> And how do you end up on the voter list? See below. :)
> IMPORTANT: New voters will NOT be added once the election is started. You
> MUST try to get on the voter list before the 21st of January 2019 or you
> will NOT be able to vote. If your Email has changed please try to make sure
> it is changed on the list of voters before the election starts.
> --------------------------
> If you were invited to vote last year you are already on the voter list,
> no worries! If you are a new Squeaker and wish to vote you should do ONE of
> the following:
>       * Get a "known" Squeaker to vouch for you. If a known Squeaker sends
> an email to voters (at) squeak.org giving me a name and email for you,
> then I will add you.
>       * Send an email to voters at squeak.org yourself (and CC to
> squeak-dev if you like) with information/arguments showing me that you are
> indeed serious about voting and that you are indeed a Squeaker.
> When the voting period starts all voters will receive an email with
> instructions and a link to the voting website.
> If there are any further questions, just reply *in this thread* and I will
> closely track it - or send email to voters (at) squeak.org which points
> to me.
> ...so let's get on with it!
> All the best,
> Ron Teitelbaum
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