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Mobile Digital Systems, Inc.

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I am Angela Corrieri,

President of Mobile Digital Systems, Inc.


This is my Blog on issues that affect our Customers, our Partners, and our Business


Winning is a state of mind.  It could mean solving a problem.  It could mean offering and negotiating a fair deal so that everyone wins.  It could mean being early for an appointment, having done homework so that in the appointment, no one’s time is wasted.


It could mean that we get up again and again after setbacks.  It could mean finishing just one hundreds of a second before anyone else.  It could mean that after spending time and effort, a benefit comes about for people who are struggling or the environment.  Winning is Everyday.   Sustained winning means continually learning and improving on how we do things, and approaching everything in life by delivering, with honesty,  integrity, and fairness. 


This does not mean that we accept blindly.   Being honest and shrewd at the same time when others try to cheat or lie or steal from you can be a challenge.  Being honest and shrewd at the same time must be learned and practiced to the point that we do it with no hesitation.  Oh sure, its easier to cheat and lie and steal— or is it?  Is it easier to break things down, discourage people, tell people their contribution is bad, try to make people  feel like crap?   Or, is it easier to build people up?


I offer a few examples of winning:

Business:  The MDS Maryland MIPS Award Team.

                   The Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award.

Sports:  Winning the Gold.

Community:  The GM Award for Excellence:   The Award and shaking hands with former and late President of General                           Motors, Ed Cole.

Everyday:  Schwartzenegger Hands.


Send me your thoughts on Winning:


So— what does Cooking have to do with Systems and Software and Data Convergence and Communications?

Think about it a moment— the goal is defined ahead of time, with or without changes along the way-  the correct ingredients in the proper amount, with proper attention and service, developed and tested in the proper environments,

and it satisfies the Customer and End User’s need:  yield a quality product.


Developing, Integrating, Testing, and Deploying a product or a total system requires technical knowledge about bits and bytes, yes. 

It also requires a Scope of Vision from Design through Development, Integration, and Testing, to the End User actually using the product or system and relying on it to help them do their job.


Whether it is Systems, Products, or Cooking, the same dedication to quality should be devoted to any of our endeavors.


You may know that I like to cook.   And you may know that I like to cook food from all kinds of cuisines.  I make fairly good pierogi and golumpky, and beef and broccoli stir-fry, and some Persian dishes I learned while attending University, and crepes, and  some pretty decent Mongolian barbeque, and I love to grill outdoors.


I have always cooked for myself and sometimes for family and friends, but I really grew to immensely appreciate home cooking when I traveled on business about one week in four for about 6 years in the 1990s.  On travel, I would eat out or shop at a market and ask to use the hotel kitchen.  At home, it was Cooking 101 though 1010 and still is.


It helps me to relax in between technical activities, like a new faster more efficient chip design, or a more efficient system.

Cooking is like anything should be:  continually learning and applying the knowledge to make something good.


To catch up with my staff and contractors, I would have work sessions at my house.  My crew would come over, some flying into town, and we would go through items on our agenda while we cooked lunch or dinner, and many times, both meals.


When I lived in Michigan and bought my first propane fueled barbeque, I put it in the middle of the garage of my house so I could grill in winter.  (I parked my car in the driveway outdoors— snow, rain, didn't matter).  Some of my friends were perpetually invited to stop by no matter what hour, and we would pull steaks from my freezer and grill.


You may know that I am very Italian, and cook just about any Italian dish there is, although I learn new dishes all the time. 

From Pasta and Clam Sauce, to Neopolitan Pizza, to lamb, to roast suckling pig, to cioppino, and polenta, and tripa—

I have cooked it and love them all.


For the past year or more, I have been learning to bake bread.  I finally have the ‘secrets’ learned pretty darned well.

This week, I baked sandwich rolls— the Hoagie kind-  so I did a ‘walkabout’ on what I could cook to put inside those fresh-from-

-the- oven Hoagie rolls.  Below is what I came up with.  Enjoy.


Shrimp and Salmon Salad

You can use larger shrimp.  I made this recipe with those below and it turned out well.

Salt is not used in this recipe. Soy sauce provides the needed saltiness and adds a

wonderful complex and gently robust flavor.



1/4 lb medium raw shrimp  (31-35), peeled

1/4 lb salmon filet

2 tsp soy sauce

2 tbl  butter

1 clove garlic sliced very thin (or 1 tsp garlic powder)

1/2 tsp fresh dill, chopped (or 1/4 tsp dry dill)

1/2 tsp black pepper, separated

2 tbl good mayonnaise

1 tsp lemon juice

1 green onion, chopped

1 tbl celery, chopped   (optional)

1 Sandwich or Hoagie roll

Heat broiler



1) In a small broiler pan, place the salmon filet.  Sprinkle with the soy sauce.

       Turn the salmon to make sure that the soy sauce covers the filet well.

2) Sprinkle 1/4 tsp black pepper and the dill on salmon, putting some on each side.

3) Place salmon filet in broiler about 3 inches from the heat,

       and cook until the salmon is firm but not hard,

       about 3 – 4 minutes on each side.

4) When salmon is cooked, take out of small broiler pan and place in a

       stoneware bowl like a soup bowl (not metal or plastic) to cool.

       Pour any juices with it.

5) Use the same small broiler pan to cook the shrimp.

6) The pan will be hot– be careful.  Place 2 tbl butter in small broiler pan.  Use a wooden spoon to stir

       the butter in the remains of the juices and bits of the salmon until it has melted.

7) Place the shrimp in the pan.  Move and stir the shrimp so they are coated with butter and juices.

       Place in one layer, close together, but not on top of each other. 

8) Sprinkle the 1/4 tsp black pepper and the garlic or garlic powder on the shrimp.

9) Place the pan containing the shrimp under the broiler and

       cook for 3 minutes.  Turn each shrimp over and broil another 2 minutes.

       Shrimp should be pink on both sides.

       If its not, place under broiler another few minutes.

10) Take shrimp out of small broiler pan and place in the bowl with the salmon to cool. 

       Pour any butter or juices on top.

11) When the fish has cooled, flake the salmon to 1/4 inch square pieces.  Doesn’t have to be exact– close is good.

       You can leave the shrimp whole or cut in half.

12) Put the mayonnaise, lemon juice, and chopped green onion into the bowl with the salmon and shrimp.

       Gently stir with a fork until all is blended.

13) Split the sandwich roll.

       Spoon this Shrimp and Salmon Salad onto the sandwich roll.



Serves 1.

Multiply this recipe for the number of people you are cooking for.

Cover and Refrigerate any left over Salad.




What is education?

Thoughts of a formal education brings to mind sitting in lecture halls, reading books, writing papers, producing projects, and earning a diploma— oh yes, and other fun activities.


How about the thought that education is any experience where we learn something? 

Something useful to us so that we may solve problems or build something.

Anytime we gain a skill or add to a skill.


How about that a formal education is learning how to learn?

Do we need a formal education?  Do we need a diploma?   Many times we do, especially when we first start out.   There are needs of society that sometimes we must meet in order to place ourselves in better position.  Earning a diploma is a measurement of our achievement, and which meets some of society’s needs.


In some cultures, including mine, education is held in high regard.  Everyone in the family is encouraged to obtain as much education as possible.


So where does this “learning how to learn” fit in?

It should fit into our lives ….always— throughout our lives.

The reason is that conditions and needs around us constantly change.

To equip ourselves with the skills and capabilities to meet those conditions and needs…

we must constantly learn.


Ø New techniques and technologies in teaching—improved ways to present topics so that students can relate, absorb, and produce.

Ø New technology in electronics, communications, software.  Technology changes constantly— faster, smaller, improved and increasing number of functions.

Ø New discoveries in medicine and chemistry improving our health and our lives.

Ø New perspectives in viewing historic events to better understand those around us and ourselves.


The more we learn, the better we are able to improve our lives, improve others’ lives, produce improved products, provide improved services, use new and more effective ways to work together collaboratively.


Education and Learning allow us Choices for Reinventing ourselves.

If today I am a carpenter, tomorrow I can be a doctor.

If today I am a taxi driver, tomorrow I can be a lawyer.

If today I am an administrative assistant, tomorrow, I can be a scientist.

If today, I work in the field harvesting lettuce, tomorrow I can be an owner of a business.


It is our choice.

And, we can Reinvent ourselves more than once.


All of the above are honorable professions.

Some require long hours for little pay.  Others give us the opportunity to choose how long we work and how much pay we take home.  It doesn't matter what we do— as long as we enjoy what we do— and as long as it is our choice.


We can choose.   And the increasing number of choices we have improves our lives.


The following men and women have achieved greatly.  They didn’t have much when they started out.

They Chose to learn and increase their choices.

There are many men and women who have achieved greatly.  Read about them and how they started and kept trying….they didn’t give up.


If they can do it—so can you.



Example 1:   Dr. Alfredo Quinones, Director– Brain Tumor Program, Johns Hopkins-Bayview

Alfredo Quinones was a migrant worker in Fresno, California, pulling weeds in the cotton and tomato fields.  He spoke no English.  One day he told his cousin that he wanted to go to school, learn English and leave the farms.  His cousin looked at him and said, “are you crazy?  This is your future.”


Alfredo took English classes at a community college.  He worked hard to learn English, and even tutored other students who were also learning English.  From there, Alfredo’s life turned around.  Alfredo eventually won a scholarship to the University of California at Berkeley.  While there, Alfredo considered several choices of study and decided on Medicine.  He worked tirelessly and excelled in his work there.


After Berkeley, Alfredo earned a position at Harvard’s Neurobiology Lab, and distinguished himself for successes in his research by working hard and working smart.


Today, Dr. Alfredo Quinones is a Neurosurgeon—the Director of the Brain Tumor Program at Johns Hopkins Bayview.   Dr. Alfredo Quinones lives in Bel Air, MD.



Example 2:  Ann Windblad, Entrepreneur, Venture Capitalist, Partner in Hummer-Winblad

Ann Winblad was born in Red Wing, Minnesota, one of six children.  Her father was a high school basketball coach, her mother was a nurse.   At the age of 7, Ann earned her first dollar picking strawberries in Minnesota, at 10 cents per pint.  Ann earned all A’s in school, was a cheerleader, was named class valedictorian in high school, wanted to be a biochemist when she grew up. 


Ann attended a small college in Minnesota, and was in an experimental program where the students could choose the classes they wanted — without having to take any pre-requisites.  She chose Math and Business courses, and computer programming, which she enjoyed and excelled at.   On graduation, Ann received several job offers, and accepted a computer programmer position from the Federal Reserve Bank in Minneapolis. 


At the Federal Reserve, Ann had a tough time with the 9-to-5 routine.    There seemed no commitment to building something,  there was no pride in what was being accomplished.   The final straw was a situation where Ann noticed that every day around 10:30am, the main frame computer system they were all working on would slow to a crawl since everyone was working the 9-to-5 schedule.  Ann suggested to her supervisor that a flex-work-schedule would reduce the slowdown.  Her boss was a timid fellow, so she did it in such a way that suggested the idea came from his boss– the department head.  


When the changes were put into place, productivity sky rocketed— and the department head took all the credit for it.   Not only that, the department head wasn't going to honor his commitment to pay for the advanced degree coursework Ann was taking since women didn't need advanced degrees.


Ann decided that she had to get out of there— and took three of the top programmers with her.

With $500, Ann and the three programmers started a company with the trademarked name, ‘Open Systems’, and developed the first PC  general accounting system.  It was 1975, and there were no dot-com millionaires to emulate, no high-tech venture capital to seek out.   They sold this Accounting system nationwide.

Six years later, they sold the company for $15.5 million in cash.


Ann could have retired, but “I loved building systems…besides, I was too young”.   Ann began doing consulting work for Microsoft, IBM, and Price Waterhouse.  The whole technology world was growing exponentially.   John Hummer approached Ann about starting a venture capital firm for high-tech startups.  They raised $35 million in 18 months, and began investing in software startups.   In 1989, there were no other venture capital firms that focused on high-tech startups.    Hummer-Winblad has made a significant return for its funds by making the right choices of high-tech companies to invest in.  


Today, Ann Winblad is one of 20 Most Influential people in Silicon Valley.




Example 3:    Dr. Andrew Grove, Co-Founder and former Chairman, Intel Corporation

Andrew S. Grove escaped from Hungary to the United States in 1956 at age 20. He graduated from the City College of New York in 1960 with a Bachelor of Chemical Engineering degree, and received his PhD from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1963.

After 5 years as a researcher at Fairchild Semiconductor, Dr. Grove participated in the founding of Intel Corporation in 1968, where he became, in succession, Chief Operating Officer, Chief Executive Officer and, finally, Chairman. He stepped down as Chairman in 2005, and remains a Senior Advisor.


There are many contributions Andy Grove has made, some are not well known.  One of them is that when Dr. Grove heard that the renowned Physicist, Stephen Hawking could no longer speak.  Andy turned to his staff at the Intel Research Laboratory, and asked them to develop a voice synthesizer for Dr. Hawking.   It was successful, and Dr. Hawking has been able to communicate through that device since 1985.


Dr. Grove has written three books.  Read them to learn about how Andy Grove did it:

“High Output Management”, August, 1995

“Only the Paranoid Survive”, April, 1998

“Swimming Across: A Memoir”, November, 2001




Example 4:   Hillary Rodham Clinton, Secretary of State of the United States of America

Secretary of State and former First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton was born in Park Ridge, Illinois.  Her father was an entrepreneur, owned his own small business, and with hard work and persistence became successful.  Secretary Clinton’s mother helped with the family business and raised three children, instilling in all three,  the importance of independence, pursuing their goals, speaking their minds, and to keep an emotional equilibrium.  


Secretary Clinton worked very hard at school studies, and was active in student government and school newspaper.  At Wellesley College, Secretary Clinton was out of place — a Midwest entrepreneur’s daughter in an Ivy League school.  No matter, she excelled in her studies, was elected President of the Student Body, and became the only student to deliver the commencement address.  In 1969, Secretary Clinton became one of only 27 women at Yale Law School among 235 law students.   Secretary Clinton gained valuable perspectives on how the law could be used to help people, especially children, and has carried these perspectives in all of her work.   At Yale, Secretary Clinton met Bill Clinton.  After graduating Yale and working in Washington, DC for a year, Secretary Clinton said yes to Bill Clinton’s proposal to marry, and moved to Arkansas.


In Arkansas, Secretary Clinton worked as an attorney at a law firm becoming the first female partner, devoted her time to advocacy including co-founding the Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families, and as First Lady of Arkansas when Bill Clinton served as Governor, she led or participated in many initiatives to improve conditions in Arkansas, including leading a task force to reform Arkansas’ education system.


In 1992, Secretary Clinton became First Lady of the United States, and immediately became involved in improving many programs including health care, children’s health insurance programs, adoption and safe families, and foster care programs.  After serving two terms the President, First Lady and daughter moved to New York.


In New York, Secretary Clinton was the first woman elected U.S. Senator in a statewide election in 2000, and re-elected in 2006.  Senator Clinton continued her hard work and used her perspectives in making decisions on  engrossing issues including the Iraq War. 


In 2008, the new President Barack Obama, appointed Hillary Rodham Clinton to be Secretary of State.  As Secretary of State, Hillary Rodham Clinton has brought all of her learning, experience, and perspectives to advise and guide not only our President, but also many leaders of other countries.  Secretary Clinton has put into place institutional changes seeking to maximize departmental effectiveness at the State Department, and also promote empowerment of women worldwide.     


Hillary Rodham Clinton, born in Illinois, the granddaughter of immigrants, was refused when she applied to NASA to be an astronaut because women were not accepted in the program, is one of the most powerful women in the world, and a tremendous role model for young women everywhere.