Category Archives: Round Rock

February 2017 IEEE Central Texas Section Newsletter Published


I finally wrapped up the February issue of the IEEE Central Texas Section newsletter and published it. If you live in Central Texas and are interested in Tech, you will find many meetings mentioned that you may be interested in.

All of our technical meetings are open to the public, so please join us. Take advantage of the technical discussion and add new members to your personal network.

IEEE Central Texas Section Newsletter Posted


I was running a little behind this month from our trip, but finally completed the IEEE Central Texas Section December newsletter, The Analog, and got it posted. You can read it here.

As always, the technical meetings sponsored by the various Chapters are open to all interested parties. If you are in the Central Texas area and are interested in technology, you might want to visit one of the scheduled meetings.

November IEEE Central Texas Section Newsletter Published

I finished compiling the November issue of the IEEE Central Texas Section newsletter, The Analog this morning and posted it to the Section web site.

The newsletter lists IEEE meetings in the Central Texas area, as we all as a few non-IEEE meetings that may be of interest to engineers.  All of the IEEE meetings are open to the public.

October IEEE Central Texas Section Newsletter Posted


The latest issue of the IEEE Central Texas Section newsletter, The Analog has been posted to the web.

Included in the newsletter are meeting announcements of the various IEEE Technical Society Chapters in Central Texas (Austin to San Antonio) as well as some other events of interest. All of these meetings are open to any interested parties.

July Issue of Newsletter Posted


I finished editing the July issue of the IEEE Central Texas Section newsletter this morning. It is posted to the Section web site and it can be read on-line now.

The newsletter contains a list of events scheduled for the month of July in the Austin/San Antonio area that may be of interest to the engineer or technologist. All IEEE meetings are open to the public.

IEEE Central Texas March Newsletter Published


I finished up the March issue of The Analog, the monthly newsletter of the Central Texas Section of IEEE. It has been posted on the Section web site and can be viewed here.

The news letter gives the schedule of IEEE and some other technical meetings in the Central Texas area for the coming month. If you are interested in technology and live in the area you might want to take a look. If you decide you want to get on the mailing list, the instructions are at the top just under the blue banner.


USA, Texas, Round Rock – Lamppost Coffee


Lamppost Coffee is a local, neighborhood coffee shop. Located a 1205 Round Rock Ave Ste 129 (Lake Creek Dr), Round Rock, TX  across the street from Round Rock High School, Lamppost Coffee has been open since December of 2014. I had been in a few months ago to
pick up a to-go cup of coffee. This morning, since I was out of my supply of coffee beans to grind, I decided to give Lamppost a try.

In addition to coffee drinks, they serve breakfast items which was perfect for my 0700 visit. Conveniently it opens at 6AM weekdays and 7AM weekends. It stays open till 9PM except for Friday and Saturday when it is open until 10PM.

This morning I tried one of their bacon, cheese and onion omelettes and while it was simple, it was good. So was their untained (i.e. black) medium roast coffee. The atmosphere was casual with several tables for dining and sofas for more relaxed chatting with friends. The price was reasonable at about $14 including breakfast, coffee and tip. An added benefit was the ability to use Apple Pay through my Apple Watch.

I am glad that I stopped in and plan to go back occasionally. I would recommend it for coffee or a quick, simple breakfast if you are on the west side of Round Rock.

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IEEE Innovators, Engineers & Entrepreneurs Workshop


Being involved in the activities of the IEEE Central Texas Section, I want to promote the workshop that we are hosting next Friday, February 26. The “Innovators, Engineers & Entrepreneurs” workshop, a full day at the AT&T Conference Center on the south side of the University of Texas at Austin campus. This will be our capstone event for Engineers Week.

The workshop will feature some well known speakers – Bob Metcalfe, co-inventor of Ethernet; Donna Wilkins, founder of Charity Dynamics; and Devon Ryan, founder, LION Mobile – among others. Please take a look at the program and see if the presentations are of interest.

Workshop topics include:

  • Power & Energy, Energy Storage, Photovoltaics, Water
  • Internet of Things
  • Privacy and Security
  • Incorporating Legal Organization, Intellectual Property
  • Robotics, 3-D Printing, Manufacturing Automation

If you are thinking of creating a start up, then this will be of great value. Among the presentations are:

  • startup funding
  • how to start a company
  • working with legal teams
  • dealing with security

The workshop is open to all interested parties. You can still register on-line or Friday at the door, though the cost jumps up to $125.

USA, Texas, Round Rock – La Margarita restaurant

I have been visiting the La Margarita restaurant since if first opened in 1988. My son
and I went there again this week for lunch and it was every bit as good as I remembered. It is located at 1530 on the west frontage road of Interstate 35 just north of Round Rock. The restaurant has had more than one location over the years, but they have been in their current location since 2002.

There is nothing special about La Margarita. But it does have consistently good food at reasonable prices. It has a family atmosphere and is a great place to go for dinner or lunch. The restaurant is open daily from 7AM until 10PM, 11PM on Friday and Saturday nights. On Tuesdays, kids eat free after 3PM with the purchase of an adult entree. They also host a Happy Hour M-F 2PM until 7PM if your are interested in ‘adult beverages’.

If you are in the Round Rock area and are feeling like Tex-Mex cuisine, La Margarita is a good choice.

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