[teqc] teqc Digest, Vol 177, Issue 19

Sajan sajanmushini at gmail.com
Fri Mar 1 00:56:30 UTC 2019


All the best Lou!

Thank you for your help all these years!

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>    1. Re: So long, partner. Gotta make tracks. (which here in the
>       great American West means "Goodbye") [SEC=UNOFFICIAL] (Zhou Ted)
>    2. Re: So long, partner. Gotta make tracks. (which here in the
>       great American West means "Goodbye") (Jennifer Haase)
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> Date: Thu, 28 Feb 2019 22:23:05 +0000
> From: "Zhou Ted" <Ted.Zhou at ga.gov.au>
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> Subject: Re: [teqc] So long, partner. Gotta make tracks. (which here
>         in the great American West means "Goodbye") [SEC=UNOFFICIAL]
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> Thank you, Lou!
>
> Thanks again to your talents, make life of our community easier and better!
>
> Enjoy your new adventures, new challenges, and new horizons!
>
> ??!
>
> Ted Zhou | GNSS Network Operations Duty
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> -----Original Message-----
> From: teqc <teqc-bounces at postal.unavco.org> On Behalf Of Lou Estey
> Sent: Friday, 1 March 2019 1:39 AM
> To: teqc at unavco.org
> Subject: [teqc] So long, partner. Gotta make tracks. (which here in the
> great American West means "Goodbye")
>
>
>        Farewell!  Adieu!  Auf Wiedersehen!  Au revoir!  ??????!
>       Adios!  ?????!  ??!  Tchau!  Ha det!  Farvel!  Ciao!
>
> Today is my last day at UNAVCO.  At long last, I'm retiring!
>
> Designing, developing, extending, and maintaining teqc (which didn't even
> have a real name for most of its first year in 1996!) was only a part of my
> job, but even so it has been an exceptional honor and privilege to provide
> support to a world-wide community of users for over 23 years -- which,
> among other things, spanned two full Solar Cycles (23 and 24), seven leap
> second insertions, and, after GPS, SBAS, and GLONASS, the addition of four
> more GNSS constellations.  Talk about a wild ride.
>
> Although a few of its stars are now gone, this project of course would
> have been impossible without another constellation -- that being one of
> people:
>
> at UNAVCO:
> - Chuck Meertens -- who thought I might be able to "make life better" for
> the GPS user community and hired me and then served as a vital "impedance
> to think into" over the years as we pondered and ironed out ideas together;
>
> - Chris Rocken, Jim Johnson, John Braun -- the core of the original
> Fortran QC authors, who provided much needed helpful feedback and
> constructive criticisms about the qc code component during its initial
> transformation from their Fortran code to my C code;
>
> - Myron McCallum -- who understood that a universal tool that could read a
> wide suite of raw GPS formats and write out RINEX as well (in addition to
> performing a quality check on it all) would be a huge boon to the UNAVCO
> GPS archive project;
>
> - Stuart Wier -- who worked on the preliminary GLONASS orbit code and
> wrote the bulk of the current PDF teqc tutorial;
>
> - Freddy Blume, Henry Berglund, and many other UNAVCO engineers -- who
> tested, suggested, provided feedback, complained (?), etc. through the
> years;
>
> - Sarah Doelger -- who also provided the same great UNAVCO engineering
> support as above, plus was of immense help in proofreading and improving
> the teqc 'tips of week' over the past two years;
>
> - David Maggert, Fran Boler, and all the other members of our GPS/GNSS
> archiving team -- who constantly suggested little extra needs or
> improvements, and did a huge amount of examination of real data at it
> poured into the UNAVCO archive through teqc, then found and reported edge
> cases;
>
> plus immense support from GNSS equipment manufacturers, engineers and
> others, some of whom are:
>
> - Trimble: Brian Frohring, Keith Trider, Tim Peterson;
>
> - Septentrio: Jean-Marie Sleewaegen, Francesca Clemente, Thadeus Tuazon,
> David Mertens, Jan Leyssens;
>
> - Javad: Sergey Organov, Oleg Tulabin, Vladimir Yefriemov;
>
> - Topcon: Dmitry Kolosov, Tom Morris, Alexei Zinoviev;
>
> - Leica: Frank Pache, Neil Brown, Justin Walford, Youssef Tawk, Lienhart
> Troyer, James Stowell;
>
> - Navcom: Thadeus Tuazon, Kevin Dixon;
>
> - Magellan: Dmitriy Ivanov;
>
> - Ashtech: Robert Snow, Igor Artushkin, Dmitriy Ivanov, Dmitry Kozlov;
>
> plus major community supporters:
>
> - Jeff Freymueller, Mark Murray, Geoff Blewitt, Richard Langley, Jim Ray,
> Giovanni Sella, Nacho Romero, Neville Palmer, Ted Zhou, Kristine Larson,
> Dave Stowers, Angie Moore, Razmik Khachikyan, Bob King, Tom Herring, Carey
> Noll, David Sandwell, Markus Ramatschi, Markus Bradke, Oliver Montenbruck,
> Matt King, Hans van der Marel, Ambrogio Maria Manzino, Nobert Suard, Yuki
> Hatanaka, Hiromichi Tsuji, John Beavan, Herb Dragert, Michael Schmidt, and
> many, many others;
>
> and a very special "thank you" to:
>
> - Werner Gurtner, Univ. of Berne -- who was very patient with me early on
> when I'd ask questions or point out discrepancies in his mid-1990's RINEX
> documentation, and, later on, became a friend engaging in many technical,
> philosophical, and personal discussions.
> (We miss you, Werner.)
>
> Anyone who has been on this list for awhile needs no reminding that you
> are part of a large world-wide group of teqc users (including a couple
> dozen engineers here at UNAVCO) with which to confer, plus there are the
> on-line teqc resources at
> https://www.unavco.org/software/data-processing/teqc/teqc.html
> and past emails at https://postal.unavco.org//pipermail/teqc/ which now
> includes over 100 'tips of the week'.  And just running `teqc +help`
> outputs the various command line options.
>
> A separate email from UNAVCO management will follow describing what the
> path forward is going to be.  (In the meantime you can execute `teqc
> +patton` for some humor and/or inspiration -- an option which has been
> around since almost the beginning and has been periodically updated; it's
> in every version of teqc that you have and is perfectly safe: you just
> execute teqc with that one option ... or '-patton', whichever.)
>
> Hopefully, I've at least demonstrated the art of the possible, including
> wrangling (*) all GPS/GNSS formats that came into the UNAVCO archive
> (covering data going back to 1986) with a single, unified command line
> interface, providing simple ways of examining that data, and making that
> same interface available on a wide variety of operating systems (which
> included both big-endian and little-endian processors -- for those of you
> who know what that means).
> You've also benefited from my being a physicist and geophysicist, having
> actually done field work (including geodetic field work: GPS ground and
> helicopter campaign work in and around Yellowstone, and even helping to
> install a few PBO permanent sites, including P197; see tip of week 2025,
> https://postal.unavco.org/pipermail/teqc/2018/002558.html), being
> comfortable with (and usually insisting upon) talking directly with
> engineers, and essentially being an interface that you could directly
> contact any time, any day, with questions about teqc and this whole complex
> GPS/GNSS technological rodeo -- for over two decades.
>
> Here at the end, I thought perhaps a funny historical side note may be of
> interest.  In the fall of 1996 the first version of what was going to
> become known as 'teqc' (which I coined for 'translate, edit, quality
> check') was nearing a first limited release, a name was yet to be decided
> for it.  Up to that point I had been just referring to it internally as
> 'rt' for 'RINEX Tool' -- or, in my more cynical moments, as 'RINEX Analysis
> Tool' or 'rat' -- but it was increasingly clear that 'rt' didn't really
> capture what it was all about.  Given that the core quality check
> algorithms in it had come from the earlier UNAVCO code 'QC' (for 'quality
> check'), which itself was quite well known in the early and mid-1990's, and
> given that Chuck had first hired me to replace 'QC' with a more stable and
> portable C or C++ code base, Chuck suggested naming it 'QCplus'.  However,
> as you all should know by now, the default behaviour with no options is to
> try to read some input and output RINEX, a
>  nd in order to do a quality check on the input you need to use the '+qc'
> option.  After thinking about this suggestion for about two seconds, I told
> Chuck there was no way in hell I was going to spend years explaining to
> people that in order to do a quality check one would have to execute the
> command `QCplus +qc ...` -- so then I came up with the 'teqc' acronym.
> (All true.)
>
> Well, partners, it's now time for me to saddle up and take off in search
> of new adventures, new challenges, and new horizons ...  Gotta ride.
> Daylight's burning.
>
> cheers,
> --lou
>
> ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
> Louis H. Estey, Ph.D.                                 (retired)
>
> "If the universe is the answer, what is the question?"
>                                                 -- Leon Lederman
> ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
>
> * That's the North American western use of the word 'wrangle'.
>
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> Message: 2
> Date: Thu, 28 Feb 2019 16:53:01 -0800
> From: Jennifer Haase <jhaase at ucsd.edu>
> To: teqc support discussion list <teqc at postal.unavco.org>
> Subject: Re: [teqc] So long, partner. Gotta make tracks. (which here
>         in the great American West means "Goodbye")
> Message-ID: <2425DD89-4AF8-4CA0-B817-BE454AC38927 at ucsd.edu>
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>
> Thank you for all your support over the years. I hope teqc is continued to
> be supported.
> Enjoy your retirement.
>
> Jennifer
>
> > On Feb 28, 2019, at 6:39 AM, Lou Estey <lou at unavco.org> wrote:
> >
> >
> >      Farewell!  Adieu!  Auf Wiedersehen!  Au revoir!  ??????!
> >     Adios!  ?????!  ??!  Tchau!  Ha det!  Farvel!  Ciao!
> >
> > Today is my last day at UNAVCO.  At long last, I'm retiring!
> >
> > Designing, developing, extending, and maintaining teqc (which didn't
> even have a real name
> > for most of its first year in 1996!) was only a part of my job, but even
> so it has been an
> > exceptional honor and privilege to provide support to a world-wide
> community of users for
> > over 23 years -- which, among other things, spanned two full Solar
> Cycles (23 and 24),
> > seven leap second insertions, and, after GPS, SBAS, and GLONASS, the
> addition of four more
> > GNSS constellations.  Talk about a wild ride.
> >
> > Although a few of its stars are now gone, this project of course would
> have been impossible
> > without another constellation -- that being one of people:
> >
> > at UNAVCO:
> > - Chuck Meertens -- who thought I might be able to "make life better"
> for the GPS user
> > community and hired me and then served as a vital "impedance to think
> into" over the years
> > as we pondered and ironed out ideas together;
> >
> > - Chris Rocken, Jim Johnson, John Braun -- the core of the original
> Fortran QC authors,
> > who provided much needed helpful feedback and constructive criticisms
> about the qc code
> > component during its initial transformation from their Fortran code to
> my C code;
> >
> > - Myron McCallum -- who understood that a universal tool that could read
> a wide suite
> > of raw GPS formats and write out RINEX as well (in addition to
> performing a quality
> > check on it all) would be a huge boon to the UNAVCO GPS archive project;
> >
> > - Stuart Wier -- who worked on the preliminary GLONASS orbit code and
> wrote the
> > bulk of the current PDF teqc tutorial;
> >
> > - Freddy Blume, Henry Berglund, and many other UNAVCO engineers -- who
> tested, suggested,
> > provided feedback, complained (?), etc. through the years;
> >
> > - Sarah Doelger -- who also provided the same great UNAVCO engineering
> support as above,
> > plus was of immense help in proofreading and improving the teqc 'tips of
> week' over the
> > past two years;
> >
> > - David Maggert, Fran Boler, and all the other members of our GPS/GNSS
> archiving team -- who
> > constantly suggested little extra needs or improvements, and did a huge
> amount of examination
> > of real data at it poured into the UNAVCO archive through teqc, then
> found and reported edge cases;
> >
> > plus immense support from GNSS equipment manufacturers, engineers and
> others, some of whom are:
> >
> > - Trimble: Brian Frohring, Keith Trider, Tim Peterson;
> >
> > - Septentrio: Jean-Marie Sleewaegen, Francesca Clemente, Thadeus Tuazon,
> David Mertens, Jan Leyssens;
> >
> > - Javad: Sergey Organov, Oleg Tulabin, Vladimir Yefriemov;
> >
> > - Topcon: Dmitry Kolosov, Tom Morris, Alexei Zinoviev;
> >
> > - Leica: Frank Pache, Neil Brown, Justin Walford, Youssef Tawk, Lienhart
> Troyer, James Stowell;
> >
> > - Navcom: Thadeus Tuazon, Kevin Dixon;
> >
> > - Magellan: Dmitriy Ivanov;
> >
> > - Ashtech: Robert Snow, Igor Artushkin, Dmitriy Ivanov, Dmitry Kozlov;
> >
> > plus major community supporters:
> >
> > - Jeff Freymueller, Mark Murray, Geoff Blewitt, Richard Langley, Jim
> Ray, Giovanni Sella,
> > Nacho Romero, Neville Palmer, Ted Zhou, Kristine Larson, Dave Stowers,
> Angie Moore,
> > Razmik Khachikyan, Bob King, Tom Herring, Carey Noll, David Sandwell,
> Markus Ramatschi,
> > Markus Bradke, Oliver Montenbruck, Matt King, Hans van der Marel,
> Ambrogio Maria Manzino,
> > Nobert Suard, Yuki Hatanaka, Hiromichi Tsuji, John Beavan, Herb Dragert,
> Michael Schmidt,
> > and many, many others;
> >
> > and a very special "thank you" to:
> >
> > - Werner Gurtner, Univ. of Berne -- who was very patient with me early
> on when I'd ask
> > questions or point out discrepancies in his mid-1990's RINEX
> documentation, and, later on,
> > became a friend engaging in many technical, philosophical, and personal
> discussions.
> > (We miss you, Werner.)
> >
> > Anyone who has been on this list for awhile needs no reminding that you
> are part of
> > a large world-wide group of teqc users (including a couple dozen
> engineers here at UNAVCO)
> > with which to confer, plus there are the on-line teqc resources at
> > https://www.unavco.org/software/data-processing/teqc/teqc.html
> > and past emails at https://postal.unavco.org//pipermail/teqc/ which now
> includes over 100
> > 'tips of the week'.  And just running `teqc +help` outputs the various
> command line options.
> >
> > A separate email from UNAVCO management will follow describing what the
> path forward is going
> > to be.  (In the meantime you can execute `teqc +patton` for some humor
> and/or inspiration --
> > an option which has been around since almost the beginning and has been
> periodically updated;
> > it's in every version of teqc that you have and is perfectly safe: you
> just execute teqc with
> > that one option ... or '-patton', whichever.)
> >
> > Hopefully, I've at least demonstrated the art of the possible, including
> wrangling (*) all
> > GPS/GNSS formats that came into the UNAVCO archive (covering data going
> back to 1986) with
> > a single, unified command line interface, providing simple ways of
> examining that data, and
> > making that same interface available on a wide variety of operating
> systems (which included
> > both big-endian and little-endian processors -- for those of you who
> know what that means).
> > You've also benefited from my being a physicist and geophysicist, having
> actually done field
> > work (including geodetic field work: GPS ground and helicopter campaign
> work in and around
> > Yellowstone, and even helping to install a few PBO permanent sites,
> including P197; see
> > tip of week 2025,
> https://postal.unavco.org/pipermail/teqc/2018/002558.html), being
> comfortable
> > with (and usually insisting upon) talking directly with engineers, and
> essentially being
> > an interface that you could directly contact any time, any day, with
> questions about teqc
> > and this whole complex GPS/GNSS technological rodeo -- for over two
> decades.
> >
> > Here at the end, I thought perhaps a funny historical side note may be
> of interest.  In the
> > fall of 1996 the first version of what was going to become known as
> 'teqc' (which I coined
> > for 'translate, edit, quality check') was nearing a first limited
> release, a name was yet to
> > be decided for it.  Up to that point I had been just referring to it
> internally as 'rt' for
> > 'RINEX Tool' -- or, in my more cynical moments, as 'RINEX Analysis Tool'
> or 'rat' -- but it
> > was increasingly clear that 'rt' didn't really capture what it was all
> about.  Given that
> > the core quality check algorithms in it had come from the earlier UNAVCO
> code 'QC' (for
> > 'quality check'), which itself was quite well known in the early and
> mid-1990's, and given
> > that Chuck had first hired me to replace 'QC' with a more stable and
> portable C or C++ code
> > base, Chuck suggested naming it 'QCplus'.  However, as you all should
> know by now, the default
> > behaviour with no options is to try to read some input and output RINEX,
> and in order to do a
> > quality check on the input you need to use the '+qc' option.  After
> thinking about this
> > suggestion for about two seconds, I told Chuck there was no way in hell
> I was going to spend
> > years explaining to people that in order to do a quality check one would
> have to execute
> > the command `QCplus +qc ...` -- so then I came up with the 'teqc'
> acronym.  (All true.)
> >
> > Well, partners, it's now time for me to saddle up and take off in search
> of new adventures,
> > new challenges, and new horizons ...  Gotta ride.  Daylight's burning.
> >
> > cheers,
> > --lou
> >
> > ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
> > Louis H. Estey, Ph.D.                                 (retired)
> >
> > "If the universe is the answer, what is the question?"
> >                                               -- Leon Lederman
> > ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
> >
> > * That's the North American western use of the word 'wrangle'.
> >
> > _______________________________________________
> > teqc mailing list
> > teqc at postal.unavco.org
> > https://postal.unavco.org/mailman/listinfo/teqc
>
> -------------------------------------------------
> Jennifer S Haase
> Research Geophysicist
> Scripps Institution of Oceanography
> University of California, San Diego
> 9500 Gilman Dr.
> La Jolla, CA 92093-0225
> jhaase at ucsd.edu
> Office: +1-858-534-8771  Lab: +1-858-246-5953
> Fax: +1-858-534-9833
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