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JPODJoint Point of Diversion
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JPod is an island of cubicles at a big computer company where the novel's main characters are toiling away at a skateboard video game that their bosses seem intent on ruining--first the hapless geeks are forced to add a "hip and edgy" turtle character, and then a new regime of management wants to turn the whole thing into a fantasy adventure involving flying carpets and magical sprites.
Video game programmer Ethan Jarlewski and five of his colleagues are stuck in the JPod, a dead zone outpost of a mindless technology corporation.
When it's not being potently atmospheric to the point of annoyance, JPod is light, readable and very funny.
Programs can be downloaded to the board using the Philips flash utility or alternatively via Crossware's Jpod USB debugging interface, which facilitates super fast download via the JTAG port.
Jpods LLC and Taxi 2000 are Minnesota-based companies, which specialize in the technology, and the committee was also able to learn first-hand by getting to ride in a Jpods vehicle and simulating scenarios where they would travel short distances.
An advocate of solar powered machinery, JPODS CEO Bill James is trying his best to get away from big oil.