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Mountain-to-Valley (Har Le-Emek) 2016

Posted by Avital Pinnick on May 31, 2016


Har Le-Emek is a 215-kilometer relay race that I ran on May 18-19 with the Cisco Cloud Runners, an 8-man team (yes, that’s correct; you have to have 2 women and 6 men to be considered a “mixed” team). I ran 25 kilometers total in three segments. The route began in Tel Hai and ended in Timrat. We ran around the clock, for nearly 24 hours. In the photo above, I’m smiling because I’m nearly at the end of my final segment! I tend to feel a bit fed up at the end of a relay race because it’s tough to run all day and night with almost no sleep and hardly any food. I’ve got my GPS watch (Garmin Forerunner 220) on my left wrist and the magnetic chip on my right. I was finishing close to Gevat.

Here’s the finish line at Timrat:


My first segment, from Netura, was bloody hot! I started around 12:30 p.m., there was no shade, and the sun was bouncing off the dusty roads (below). I had a water backpack but I still suffered from the heat and had to walk a little bit.

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The scenery is beautiful up north. That’s the main reason I do these runs, to see parts of the country I’ve never seen before, running through fields and forests.


Here are my two team-mates who work in the Netanya office–Golan on the left in the red and Eyal on the right. Although we’ve been on the same team for a year, this was the first time I met them. We were in a car of four for the run. They were great company! I always tell people that we’ve never met before because by the time I cross the finish line, they’re already home and sitting down to lunch. 🙂  Golan is a strong and fast runner. Eyal is good with long distances (he runs ~50 km a week).


Here’s a video of last year’s race. I ran last year but I’m not in the video (hey, there were some 8,000 runners!) It gives you an idea of the scenery and terrain.

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On-Boarding the Satellite Dishes: Day Two

Posted by Avital Pinnick on June 3, 2013


I only went up to the roof for about half an hour on Thursday, just to see what was going on.

The dish at the front of the building, the second largest dish on the building, was on-boarded. I was able to get a better shot of the activity (such as it was) by standing on the large satellite dish platform. Yes, that meant climbing up the ladder again, and it was very hot and windy.


They appear to be taping paper letters to the dish and then applying plastic stickers.


This is the small dish that faces the driveway. I call it “Gone but Not Forgotten” because you can still see the NDS logo clearly.


View of the ladder to the roof of pier D, this time looking up.


I couldn’t get in from the roof right away because the men were davening mincha (afternoon prayer) in the room at the top of the stairwell, which doubles as a small synagogue, so I had 15 minutes to kill on the roof. I took a few more photos.


View over the courtyard, towards Ramot.


View of the roof from the front of the building, facing Golda Meir Blvd.


Looking down into the courtyard.


Another shot towards Ramot, over the parking lot.


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Oh the Signs, They Are A-Changing….

Posted by Avital Pinnick on May 28, 2013

NDS becomes Cisco

The end of an era…. The NDS sign came down and the Cisco sign went up. The full photoset is on Flickr.

The process took a lot longer than I expected. The guy who was directing the crew said it would take about an hour. In reality, it took most of the day, starting at 10:30 and finishing around 5:30.

NDS becomes Cisco

NDS becomes Cisco

The man standing on the van in the background is one of the workmen. The one in front works in maintenance and phoned me during the day to let me know when new things were being done on the sign.

NDS becomes Cisco

The old logo looks rather sad and weatherbeaten!

NDS becomes Cisco

NDS becomes Cisco

The sign is being installed just below the 6th floor balcony.

NDS becomes Cisco

I held my camera over the railing to get this shot.

NDS becomes Cisco

NDS becomes Cisco

Three hands are better than two. (I never ceased to be amazed by the quality of digital cameras these days. This photo was taken six floors below and cropped.)

NDS becomes Cisco

Connecting the electrical wires:

NDS becomes Cisco

NDS becomes Cisco

At the end of the day:

NDS becomes Cisco

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Goodbye, VideoGuard – Hello, Videoscape

Posted by Avital Pinnick on March 18, 2012

Goodbye, VideoGuard - Hello Videoscape?

Cisco is purchasing NDS for 5 billion dollars. John Chambers, Cisco CEO, quipped, “That’s one million dollars for each one of you!” Not that it will reach our pockets… It will be about six months, after the various anti-trust/regulatory hurdles have been cleared, before we start to see serious changes. We don’t know what will happen. We hope we will have jobs a year from now. In case you’re puzzled by the title of this posting, VideoGuard is NDS’s conditional access system. Videoscape is Cisco’s product. According to the Jerusalem Post, Cisco sees this acquisition as an opportunity to expand its deployment of Videoscape. No surprises there.

At 2:30 last Thursday we received an email inviting us to the official announcement of the Cisco takeover at the Dan Panorama hotel on Mt. Scopus (formerly the Hyatt), via live video from the UK. In the photo below, Abe Peled, NDS CEO (soon to be a Cisco Sr VP), walking across the stage. Seated, from left to right, John Chambers (Cisco CEO), Marthin de Beer (Cisco Sr VP, Video & Collaboration Group), and Dave Habinger (outgoing NDS CEO). The announcement was chaotic because we’re located in so many different time zones, so Israel heard before the UK and India, China heard but not Australia, and so on and so forth.

Announcement of Cisco Buyout

Announcement of Cisco Buyout

Several hundred of us were crowded into a hotel ballroom. I was lucky to get a seat in the pit at the front.

Announcement of Cisco Buyout

Announcement of Cisco Buyout

At least they fed us well. Roast beef, sushi, salmon, pasta, egg rolls, and fancy desserts.

You never starve at NDS

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