Mark Fowler (2shortplanks) wrote,

It's Been a While

It's been a while since I posted anything in here, hasn't it?

Well, there's been reasons.  By now you'll have all read the news released a couple of days ago about my previous pet project Zimki being shut down.  To be honest, there's been a list of things I've not been able to talk about related to that and that's left me feeling unlike blogging as a whole, leaving me to instead to result to short bursts of info via twitter.  140 characters isn't really enough to go into the depths of issues though.

I'm sad to see Zimki go - I'm still a believer in the technology, I still think JavaScript will make big inroads into the server-side sooner or later and I still think SaaS is going to be a growing force in the marketplace -  but it seems that neither I nor Fotango will be the ones to realise it.  On the other hand, this announcement does serve a kind of validation for my decision to quietly leave Fotango a few months back.

I started working at Photobox which has been a welcome change.  Unlike the Zimki project Photobox actually produces things - actual, real, products that are shipped to the users.  The first day of my new job they sent me down to work in the the factory for the day to learn how to make photos, t-shirts, posters and calendars.  I got to play with very big printers and laser-guided cutters that could (if not for the numerous safety features) easily chop your arm in two.

Another highlight since I left Fotango was going to YAPC::Europe in Vienna.  Over the last year or so I've been to a lot of other conferences as an exhibitor, and it felt good to head back to YAPC for a change and have a chance to learn a lot more stuff - things I'll be writing about here in further posts no doubt - rather than to shill.  I got to give a talk about some exciting Perl techniques, and I've found myself over the last few weeks actually feeling enthusiastic about technology for it's own sake again, now I'm not so caught up with the agenda of pushing a startup to be.

Of course, none of this comes near to the level of excitement I'm feeling about my next big personal project.  Rena and I are currently expecting our first child, a little baby girl, earmarked for arrival on the 15h December.  I can't say how much we're both looking forward to this.

Enough about me...how have you all been?

Tags: baby, fotango, photobox, yapceu07, yapceu2007, zimki
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