I started on this blog, a nervous and precarious young man, and remain somewhat a young man. To be honest, I'm surprised I've been here this long, let alone seconded onto another blog. Still, it's been an interesting year and I'll run through some of them in a minute. So far, this year has shown us:
Facebook is becoming such a huge part of our lives, that even students are trying to kill it;
Not really that interesting to be honest. I started writing, but it wasn't exactly my best material. I got all of 11 TalkBacks and a handful of emails telling me to "fudge off, you're useless." Nice to get off on the right foot with you lot.
By running your life in a VHD (virtual hard drive) and synching that file to the cloud, you can in theory access your computer from anywhere, as if you were really there. Sure, you could just use LogMeIn like I actually do, but it was an interesting thought.
With nothing more than my depressive stories, dial-up Internet which was still being charged to the previous owner, and Tammy Cavadias, who pretty much runs behind-the-scenes and pretty much posted everything I had for that month, acting as my proxy. If it wasn't for her, it would have been one hell of a crap paycheque for July.
And here we are at December; month of Christmas, thanksgiving just gone, left-overs in the fridge, and more of my crap to put up with. I had a minor scheduled breakdown at the start of the month, which is where my best friend Elliot Harrison took over. He posted a fewposts which gotsome interesting commentsback from people. Still, he's more qualified to write on here than me.
For legal reasons, I can't go into the amount of people who have been on here, reading or visiting. However, some of the stats are incredibly interesting.
From looking behind the scenes in the ZDNet looking glass, some of the visitors over the past year have come from, or at least visited from:
Michigan Technological University, Ohio State University, the University of Washington, the University of California, Oregon State University, West Virgina University, Colombia University, Harvard University, the College of New Jersey, Flinders University, Stonybrook University, Princeton University, Pittsburg University, Savannah College of Art and Design, Stanford University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), the University of Oxford, the University of Cambridge, and my own lovely little home, the University of Kent.
Others who have visited also include:
South Australian Central Government, Microsoft Corporation, British Columbia Government, Google Corporation, USDepartment for Homeland Security, California State Government, and no less, the Royal Family... ma'am.
Considering it was only a few days ago, I got my highest visitor recording on the 15th December 2008, and more people use Windows (87.53%) and Internet Explorer (46.31%) to read the blog, with Firefox only a few percent down at 42.66%.
I know this will sound corny, and I have no need to suck up to anyone, so I won't. I would like to thank my senior editors, David Grober, Larry Dignan and Sam Diaz; especially Larry who had the faith in me to write on here in the first place, and David for putting up with the incessant emails about... crap basically. Emailing less is on my resolution list.
I've never had a better bunch of colleagues on ZDNet; I can genuinely say, even though being over in the UK, I haven't met a great portion of them, but they're the best bunch of guys and girls to work with. Thank you, to all my colleagues.
And you. Thanks for the views and thanks for the arguments; it's been fun and I'll carry on as per usual into the new year. Even though I'll be posting more over the next few days; season's greetings to you all, whatever your religion, faith, belief or banana.