Quite a few people that I know in real life actually read this blog now, well let me clarify that... if I'm talking about people I've actually met I could count them on one hand. To the best of my knowledge, until very recently there was only two. Just this week I believe I've picked up a third. The people I was referring to in my 'quite a few' are online friends, people who I would talk to every week but have never met. Amongst a few others, most of them are friends I made playing an online browser game called travian who congregate in a chatroom on skype and some of the others are people from an IRC channel on efnet called #eztv. (yes I know I'm a geek, but surely given the name of this blog that shouldn't come as a shock to you!)
Recently, readers who I know, from all three area's (real life, IRC, skype) have all been asking me why I haven't been posting, when someone pointed out to me that my last post was early May I thought "surely that isn't right!!" and had to come here to verify. The truth is I've had a bit of bloggers block. I've actually started three separate posts since my lenovo saga, but on re-reading the draft a day or so after writing, none of them have really cut the mustard. I don't see the point of posting just for the sake of putting anything up so these all ended up on the cutting room floor so to speak.
I do realize though that nothing will turn people off a blog quicker than extended periods of time without posts, I don't want this to happen to me. It still comes as a shock to me that I actually have regular readers and when I occasionally log in to check my stats it's always a pleasant surprise to see that not a day goes by without page views coming from all over the world. I don't want to squander that so I promise to make an effort to post more regularly (as long as I have something to say ;)
So, what's been going on in the life of The ITG? A bit has happened in the last month or so and I hope to write some detailed posts at some point about this stuff.
Firstly last week, due to a group of events that surrounded the birth of my second child, I went nearly 60 consecutive hours without sleep... This wasn't the best preparation for months of sleepless newborn baby nights. (you know what sucks more than having a new born baby spoil your night? a jealous 2.5 year old spoiling the day that follows said night!) I guess the important thing to take away from this is that my wife has just given birth to our second child, I'm all about me though.
Work has been a bit meh for me recently. I can't really put my finger on it but I'm really over it of late. Nothing has really changed but I'm hating every day more and more, As of August 23 I will have been there 7 years so perhaps the problem is this itch I've been hearing so much about. I've actually started to wonder if I'm on the right career path altogether. I don't mean to say that I want to get out of IT but just feel like I have more to offer than what I'm able to in my current role. Probably a bit deep for here at the moment, we might revisit this some other time.
On the IT/geek side of things, I went out and got myself a 7" Samsung galaxy tab. It's basically a Samsung Galaxy S (android phone) on steroids. The idea was for me to have a proper evaluation / everyday use test of an android device to help me decide if I could happily make the jump from apple iOS, which is something I've been wanting to do for a while. Android certainly hasn't disappointed me and I feel that some of the added 'out of the box' functionality more than makes up for the fact that it feels a little less polished than iOS. The real revelation for me though has been how much I've been enjoying using a tablet PC. A post I started on this blog a long time ago and never finished was a bit of a "why the hell are tablet PC's so popular, considering their lack of usefulness" This thing has had me eating my words! (if nothing else, I will definitely be doing a post about tablets/android/iOS soon)
Finally, as much as I hate to say it (and I vowed never to be sucked back in) I'm playing travian again. I blame the good doctor for this, she started the account and then hung me out to dry. I'm getting help from chuck though (shout out!) who has been a useful dual. I'm not sure exactly how far I'm going to go with this server (uk4) but at the moment it's occupying most of my ifk (in front of keyboard) time, read: most of my time in general. For those of you (and I'm guessing it's most) who have no idea what I'm talking about, consider yourself bloody lucky. I can't imagine why anyone's life is better with travian than without it!
Everyone caught up? good!
Cheers, The IT Guy