Wow. It's been nearly a year hasn't it?
2010 has been a very busy year for me as many of you know. Those of you that follow me on Twitter and Facebook have been getting the play by play while the blog has sat dormant for most of 2010 until now. But there was a lot that kept me away.
I found out I was going to be a father and then in August of last year, my beautiful baby daughter, Alexis, came into the world. Yes, she does have a Twitter Account, naturally. I'm changing a lot of diapers these days and that's in addition to my day to day duties running Futurelooks. Around the same time she came into the world, we also had to deal with the tragic loss of her grandmother, her mom's mom, who finally succumbed to cancer.
Before that, I was leaving my pregnant wife, who at the time, could have actually popped at anytime, and headed off to COMPUTEX in Taipei. Thankfully, Alexis didn't pop out while I was in Taipei. Those of you on Twitter seemed to enjoy my never ending stream of pics and short messages about where I was and what I was seeing in one of the coolest cities in the world.
After COMPUTEX, came the worst time in Futurelooks' history as our hosting solution through Amazon failed miserably. Despite some conjecture that we may have been "mismanaging" our instances, the company eventually took the blame for the issues, admitted the fault was with them, but refused to compensate for losses. To those that blame mismanagement, I'd like to know how you manage server instances that simply disappear? Amazon EC2 is a horrible service that has oversold itself and was the root cause of a 50% drop in traffic for an otherwise thriving site. It was a very rough time indeed.
Luckily, we've been taken care of by a company called EZP.NET that specializes in FAST, FINELY TUNED and RELIABLE web hosting. The best part of this is that he's basically my neighbour. I really owe Shane and his team for bailing us out.
Yes, this past year has been full of life altering experiences. And for 2011 I'm hoping that I'll be able to share a lot more as I've made a promise to start updating my blog again right after CES 2011 which I can't believe ended just a little over a week ago. It was definitely something to blog about as I won the Build Your Own PC Race for Charity which takes place every year. I've come in second and fourth before but I've never won. What a GREAT way to kick off 2011. The best part is that the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children will get $10,000 US and 30 computers. I've got a post coming with some more pics and vids for you to enjoy a bit later.
I really hope the momentum keeps going for the rest of 2011 as I work on bringing Futurelooks back to its former glory and begin plans to kick MEGATechNews into high gear. My little side project will finally get the funding it needs and will have the talents of the formerly non-committal, freelancing writer, Michael Kwan, at the helm. Yes, his life is about to change too in 2011. Let's just say he liked it so he put a ring on it 🙂
Well, enough rambling from me. What's up with everyone for 2011? Let me know what's happening!