April 25, 2006
Vacation Time!!

We're finally going on vacation tomorrow. Maui for 6 days is a well-deserved and overdue break from the hustle and hurry of the constant grind that is work. SCUBA diving, snorkeling, sunning, and general relaxation are all on tap for the week.

The interesting part is that we won't be alone for this trip. The first part of our trip overlaps with my parents trip (funny... I have to travel 4000 miles to see my parents when they live only 2000 miles away), and the latter half will feature a visit from Shawn. No better place than Maui for a meet-up!

Oh, as for the job stuff... I'm still employed and working, and the current plans have me still employed and staying put in my building. The sale isn't closed and done yet, but the goal is to complete everything by mid-summer. I'll keep you posted on any juicy tid-bits.

Posted by Austin at 09:28 AM
April 05, 2006

As of this week, I have a price on my head.

The announcement came at 7:30am Monday morning.

Motorola Sells Automotive Electronics Unit.

The lump sum of the story is this: There's an agreement to sell the automotive division of Motorola to Continental AG, based in Germany, for $1 Billion. Continental is mostly known for tires, but they do have some automotive components they're well known for in Europe - primarily brakes and safety systems. The purchase gives them a foot in to the North American market they didn't have before, and introduces them to the world of Telematics (OnStar, Bluetooth Car Kits, and the like), which is the world I currently live in.

The good news is that I am still employed, and my job isn't moving anywhere as Continental is buying the building I work in and making it the home base for Telematics.

So far the feeling 'round the office is positive with an air of concern - which is to be expected. Now we just have to wait for the deal to close and see what happens next.

Posted by Austin at 01:31 AM