The love of my life, may she finally rest in peace.
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The love of my life, may she finally rest in peace.
The desk you see in the above image was already old and definitely less than pristine condition when I got almost five or six years ago after someone left it behind when they moved out of the apartment building where we live. The chair was one that my wife bought for me from a local second hand store about three years ago now and it has served me well in that time.
But, as with all things there comes a point when you just need to replace the old and broken with something new and with the help of my great wife Kim we went shopping for a new desk and chair the other day. It took a little bit but following my wife’s excellent taste I ended up with a new desk and chair that I am more than happy with.
There is no denying that 2010 was an interesting year for me where a lot of things changed. For much of the first part of the year I was still caught up in the whole social media and did a lot of writing here about the subject.
Then at some point during the later part of the year I became very disillusioned with the endless cycle of back-patting and circle jerk atmosphere that existed around the social media blogging world. In a sense I found myself adrift and not sure of where I was heading. Granted I still have my writing gig at The Inquisitr (thanks Duncan for a great job) but there is part of me that still wanted to have my own ‘space’ however Shooting at Bubbles; and its concentration on social media, just wasn’t cutting it anymore.
During this period I started writing more at WinExtra and after a little while I realized just how much I missed writing about actual technology, and the Microsoft world that I had spent so many of my years working in.
So I made the decision to step away from S@B, and social media, for awhile and basically reboot WinExtra. As we start the new year of 2011 I realize that this is a decision that I am glad I made even though it is like starting over all over again and all that entails.
Along with that I started a new project with my good friend Sean P. Aune when I split off the Braindead Techcast to its own home on the web, as well as fine tuning the shows we are doing. Needless to say all this makes for a crowded day and as hectic as it might be I am loving it.
At this point I thought I would give bit of a round up of what my various projects are and what I am hoping for in the future.
Of course this isn’t my project but rather a great blog run by Duncan Riley where I have the freedom to write about anything that interests me whether it be tech related or not. For that I am grateful to Duncan for bringing me on board three years ago now.
This has been, and will continue to be my main project, since the reboot this year. It is where I; and some great writers like: Paul O’Flaherty, Pierre Szwarc, and Holden Page, write about Microsoft and Windows related stuff.
It is also the home of our video effort Daily Brief, which is the daily news type show that Paul and I do together where we discuss the Microsoft headlines of the day. You can also see the show, along with other videos done by us at WinExtra.tv
I have a lot of hopes for WinExtra even though I really suck at self-promotion. Heck I had to be talked into the new donation promotion by Paul, as well as getting him to write up the post about it. I realize this is a weakness of mine but I cringe even at the thought of auto tweeting new post announcements but I also know that this is something that has to change.
This project is a result of the podcast that started here with Sean P. Aune but I decided that it deserved it own home and brand. It hasn’t been an easy move and like WinExtra it is much like starting all over again.
While we started out with a full five shows a week both Sean and I came to the conclusion that this was going to be too heavy a workload, especially considering this was almost a whole new project, given our other obligations. so we decided to concentrate on the three most popular of the shows and to make them pretty well individual shows; with their own domains, under the Braindead Techcast Network banner.
These shows are:
Moronic Mondays – http://www.moronicmondays.com
Cool Stuff Wednesday – http://www.coolstuffwednesday.com
Techmeme Friday – http://www.techmemefriday.com
All the shows are also available at the main Braindead Techcast domain. It is still early days but both Sean and I are committed to the project and are working on a roadmap for the project.
Now this isn’t so much a project as it is a place to chill out with stuff that has nothing to do with tech. Besides tech, my other passion is beautiful artwork, photography and music and Braincell Soup is where I post stuff along those lines.
Unfortunately, due to my other projects and obligations, my updating the site has been sporadic at best but interestingly enough visitor counts have been increasing. As things settle down and WinExtra gains ground I fully plan on trying to get back into updating the site if for no other reason that to chill and enrich my soul.
And this brings me to where this all really started – this site.
I still don’t think much of social media, or rather social marketing, but I also realize that it isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. It is still a subject that interests me, and even though I am not overly positive about the whole space, I think there still needs to be a voice out there willing to question and call bullshit when need be.
This was my original intent with this site and one that will be the guiding principal of the site. While I won’t be jumping back in full force I will probably increase my posting – no promises though.
2010 was a hellva year and one I have no regrets about regardless of the decisions I have made. I have a lot of hopes for 2011 even though there are still changes, or improvements, I will have to make.
For those of you still hanging around you have my gratitude and as we go forward in 2011 I hope you check out my other projects and continue to read this blog.
Thanks everyone for a great 2010 and let’s have a great 2011 together.
Do we ever get what we are looking for?
For the next couple of days I will post a reminder that the Braindead TechCast now has a new home so if you want to hear tonight’s show head over to braindeadtechcast.com and get caught up.
We celebrate Sean’s return from holidays with an interesting discussion about all things TechCrunch.
As of tonight the podcast that I do with Sean every day has found itself a new home. While this blog has hosted Braindead TechCast since its inception it never felt right to me but as I was always busy with other projects, and earning a living, not much was done to fix the situation.
But for some time now the feeling that the podcast needed its own home has been building so last night I did some domain name checking and lo’ and behold Braindead TechCast was available. Needless to say I grabbed it immediately with the thought I would work on putting the pieces together over the weekend.
Well it turns out I had some time today that I wasn’t expecting to have so I decided to bite the bullet and get some work done. It turns out that everything went better than expected and for the most part the site is ready for the public.
There is still some tweaking and other related stuff to get done but from this point on you will be find all future episodes of Braindead TechCast, and possibly other tech related podcasts, at its new home.
You can also follow Braindead TechCast through its spanking new Twitter account – @braindead_tech.
See you all over there hopefully.
As some of you, the few and the proud, may have noticed, other than my nightly podcast with Sean I haven’t been posting much here. There are more than a few reasons why but primarily it is because I have decided to really concentrate on my Microsoft and Windows blog – WinExtra.
That doesn’t mean I won’t be posting a few smaller type things here every once in awhile; or at The Inquisitr, but this isn’t where my interests and passions are being met at this point in time. That said if you still want to keep up with what I am doing you can find me on Facebook or through my @WinExtra Twitter account.