Happy New Year and thanks to ZDNet's readers

Happy New Year and thanks to ZDNet's readers

Summary: To all of you out there, thank you. Truly and sincerely, thank you.


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Hi everyone!

We're just about 12 hours away from 2012 here in Central Florida and I was thinking about the year that's just about passed.

I know it's been hard -- devastatingly hard -- for many Americans and our neighbors worldwide. I know how that feels. I've had some very, very difficult years myself. This last year though, personally speaking, it's been pretty good for me and my wife, and I'm very grateful for that. This has been one of the more physically tiring years I've ever had -- we bought and renovated a fixer-upper house -- but it's also been one of the most satisfying.

With your support, I've had the opportunity to expand from one blog here on ZDNet to two. That's also allowed me to keep ZDNet Government more purely govern-minty-fresh and have a place for my more tech-related adventures here in DIY-IT.

I also had the opportunity to give a whole boatload of webcasts for CBS Interactive, on topics ranging from cybersecurity to cloud computing to virtualization.

As I've been thinking about this past year, I realized I owed my general sense of well-being to all of you. I love working with the editors here on ZDNet, and brainstorming and collaborating with all my blogger colleagues, but the real thanks needs to go to all of you.

Without all of you, without your support, your feedback (and yes, even your more harsh comments), and your insights, we -- all of us here on ZDNet -- wouldn't have the great pleasure of doing this gig, bringing you the latest news, analysis, and commentary about the world of tech, culture, and society.

So, to all of you out there, thank you. Truly and sincerely, thank you.

No matter where you are or who you are -- whether you're Republican or Democrat, Linux, Mac, or Windows, Android, iOS, or even Windows Phone 7, American or a citizen of another country, chocolate lover or twisted vanilla fan -- have a Happy New Year and a great 2012.

Oh, and let's hope the Maya weren't right. Heh.

Topics: Linux, Apple, Virtualization, Software, Servers, Operating Systems, Open Source, Mobile OS, Hardware, Cloud, Windows


David Gewirtz, Distinguished Lecturer at CBS Interactive, is an author, U.S. policy advisor, and computer scientist. He is featured in the History Channel special The President's Book of Secrets and is a member of the National Press Club.

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  • Happy New Year to all at ZDNET.

  • You had your share of engaging articles across two columns

    Here's to another productive year.
  • RE: Happy New Year and thanks to ZDNet's readers

    May the New York New Year Ball never settle while your under it! Happy New Year, yourself (snow bird)
  • RE: Happy New Year and thanks to ZDNet's readers

    Your many insights and impressions gave us much to consider. May your 2012 prove to be a very good one.

    Oh, the Mayan calendar - either it will fizzle like Y2K, time will end, or something in between.
  • Maya

    The Maya didn't "say" that the world was going to end in 2012, any more than the authors of our present day calendars "say" that the world was going to end on New Year's Eve.
  • Let's also hope our crystal ball gazing proves a bit more accurate as well.

    New Year's Day thoughts while waiting for my beloved Lions to play on TV

    Larry Dignan's ZDNet's most popular posts included this February 2011 gem that landed in the number 5 spot, "11 reasons NOT to buy an iPad 2 (including 6 that haven't changed from the iPad 1)".

    Using my trusty 20-20 hindsight crystal ball, let's see how well you did, David, using your Nostradamus approved mystical orb - purchased on eBay from a seventh son of a seventh son.

    Reason 1: The iPad 3 is coming.

    "Mark my words: if you get an iPad 2 now, you'll be deeply disappointed when the iPad 3 comes out."

    Hmm. I did purchase the iPad 2 while retaining my iPad 1. (Unlike Jason, who sold his iPad 1) I wasn't disappointed. In fact, according to a quick internet search, Apple sold approximately 27 million iPads in 2011. I don't think the majority of these individuals were disappointed either. (That last part was just a guess, of course.) Rumor has it that Loverock Davidson actually bought an iPad 2; enjoys it immensely but can't tell anyone about it.

    Reason 2: Steve Jobs may not be hands-on.

    "For reasons far more than just Apple products, we hope Jobs gets well, soon."

    Sadly, we all know what happened to Steve last year. In retrospect, I believe the world wide display of a shared sense of loss over his passing was brought about, in no small part, by a universal human respect for persons of integrity. Not because of his morality necessarily but because we all sensed that his beliefs were genuine. That his spoken words, unlike so many examples from politicians and clergy, were truthfully what he believed in. That type of honesty will always be valued and mourned when it departs from this earth.

    Reason 3: No removable storage

    "Now, the rumoristas are reporting that there won't be an SD card slot, removing any practical, non-camera advantage of the iPad 2 over the original iPad."

    Hmm. I've successfully used an SD card to transfer photos from my iPad 1 and iPad 2 using the Apple SD adapter attached to the iPad UART serial port. But that was so "old fashion". I much prefer to wireless transfer photos via a free iOS app designed for this purpose.

    Then again, a little later on in the year, Seagate introduced it's GoFlex Satellite external 500 GB hard drive and WiFi transmitter which enabled more than jpegs to be transferred between an iPad and another device. (BTW, I purchased one of these gems and any talk of a lack of external storage availability for the iPad was rendered obsolete.) That device plus available cloud storage options put to bed all talk about a "lack" of removable storage, IMO.

    Reason 4: You already have an iPad

    "The iPad 2 is the same machine".

    No .. the iPad 2 was NOT the same as the iPad 1. (In much the same way that the any "286" class PC was not the same as the original IBM XT (086) computer.

    It's increase in hardware system performance (most noticeable in graphic screen updates), it's addition of FaceTime and camera support and, something that David couldn't foresee back in February of 2011, it's addition of iOS 5 made the iPad 2 a much more capable device. Amazing what a software and hardware upgrade can do!

    Reason 5: Competition

    "??? there will undoubtedly be interesting competitors, especially coming from the HP/Palm partnership and from the Adroid world."

    Even you have to chuckle over that prediction, David. Your old orb was just a bit cloudy on that one. If it wasn't for the Amazon Kindle Fire arriving in the nick of time, 2011 would have proved a disaster for non Apple tablet manufactures.

    For example, in the first 10 months of 2011 (prior to the Kindle Fire), just 1.2 million tablets were sold by companies not based in Cupertino, California. For comparison, Apple sold 11.1 million iPads in the fourth quarter of 2011 alone. (That bit of plagiarism came from comments in an article by Reggie Ugwu base upon a report in AllThingsD.)

    Reasons 6 - 11: The more things stay the same

    "I draw your attention back to my original 9 reasons article" Are you sure you wanted readers to do that, David? Grin. Anyway, from that original article you cited the following points.

    Reason 6: There's still no USB port.

    Yup, your right. It does have a UART port and several wireless options available to perform any task a user could wish from an iPad tablet. As it's short two year history has shown, the iPad does not need a USB port. (But it could use a floppy disk internal drive capability, sadly.)

    Reason 7: You still have to use iTunes

    iOS 5 -- no you don't have to use iTunes. Although there is nothing wrong about using the iPad iTunes app. Except those poor wretched souls with an incurable and irrational iTunes phobia.

    Reason 8: There's still no way to wirelessly synchronize your bookmarks.

    Hmm. iOS 5 once again.

    Reason 9: Kindles are still much less expensive

    True .. But they are still way below an iPad's capabilities, however.

    Reason 10: You can still only run software approved by Apple.

    OK .. your point? Or do you much prefer to run malware infested Android software.

    Reason 11: It still can't be used as a standalone computer

    Please read your fellow ZDNet blogger's reports by James Kendrick for a few dissenting opinions on that topic.

    So there you have it, David. For 2012, will your crystal ball recommend that owners of an iPad 2 hold off on purchasing an iPad 3 model? Or will you get a different eBay crystal ball for that prognostication? Enjoy the new year, my friend. And better luck with the tea leaves!