Thank you for 2008 – Happy New Year!
The end of 2008 is near, and I felt it was time to summarize the passed year.
As with every year, lots of things happened, so I’ve struggled a bit with the things I’d like to mention and which ones I think will follow (or haunt?) us in 2009. Prepare for some very varying topics as well as a link-o-rama. 🙂
Google releasing Google Chrome
In september, Google outed their contribution to the web browser world: Google Chrome. It has some interesting features with separate processes and very fast rendering, and even though it was officially released in December, I think it still has a far way to go with extensibility, cross-platform support etc.
In October, one of the most interesting services out there, Spotify, launched and I wrote a little about it
and gave away some invites (and attended a lovely Spotify party). And, to today’s date I’ve shared a total of about 150 Spotify invites – oh my, ain’t I generous? 🙂
Anyway, if you get the chance, you should really try it out!
Microsoft bidding on Yahoo!
As I’m sure everyone knows, Microsoft put a bid on Yahoo!, and after that it was a circus with speculations and opinions. Currently, as far as I know, Yahoo!’s value has sunk far below the initial biddding, and Microsoft claim they’re no longer interested. I guess we just have to wait and see…
Adobe launched Photoshop online
I must say that I never ever thought Photoshop would be an application available online, and for free at that! But lo and behold, with the launch of Adobe Photoshop Express, that’s just what we got.
At the time it happened, I really wanted to write a blog post about Barack Obama being elected. I mean, an eloquent and colored president of the United States? For real? I think I, and lots of others with me, still have a problem to fathom what has actually happened.
“Stop going on about his color”, some people say, but that’s just the thing here: he being able to get elected just shows that we finally have passed the line where race doesn’t matter anymore, and with the history of US and the slavery, I’m very very happy that this happened! And his victory speech: oh my God, that’s talent!
Everyone keep mentioning at what a tough time he will come to the presidency and how hard it will be, but look at it like this instead: with the state George W. Bush has left the country, whatever Obama does, it can only go uphill, right?
My brother getting married!
In September my kid brother got married! Congratulations Martin & Karolina!
Happenings, reflections and change of paths
Some reflections and mentioning a few decisions I made:
December 4th, Geek Meet had a staggering amount of 150 people attending Geek Meet with Chris Heilmann – I’m really happy and proud to see how the event has taken off!
I also had the opportunity to show Stockholm to Chris and get to know him a little better – I think we had a special moment, but I’ll let you judge for yourselves 🙂 :
For some unknown reason, Tim and Chris got into some groin-touching fixation, so I just helped documenting it… 🙂
This year, I decided to leave the DOMAssistant project. It was extremely good and helped me evolve to create and run something like that, but it was time to move on to other challenges, and so far I haven’t regretted it.
Number of readers
Since some time during the fall, I have steadily had over 3000 readers to my RSS feed. As long as the number of followers increase, I must be doing something right, right? 🙂
MVB for DZone
In November, I was asked to become an MVB for DZone, which I was proud for. Also, getting the possibility to reach out to even more readers should never be overlooked. 🙂
Owning an iPhone
After bitching and moaning, I eventually got an iPhone, and I have to say that it has drastically improved my cell phone/device usage. And when one’s past all the flashy fish ponds, guitar and flute playing etc, it’s actually very easy to get dramatically more productive with it.
So yeah, I love it, although it hasn’t improved my sex life (just yet, at least)… 🙂
I might be partial here, but I was very satisfied with my song rewrites in Behind Blue Es and A CSS class hero. 🙂
Most interesting blog posts
Let’s start the link listing frenzy with the posts I think shaped and/or helped me, my development style or opinions, and hopefully made the largest impact with you as well. I strongly recommend reading these, and shaping your opinion and takes on these topics:
- Improve your web site performance – tips & tricks to get a good YSlow rating
- Internet Explorer 8 – fix event handling, or donâ€™t release it
- Flickr vs. SmugMug – a comparison of the picture services
- IE 6: now coming to a cell phone near you
Looking back at 2008, I was pretty productive in terms of releasing code for you. Here’s a list of the most interesting things I brought you:
This fall I finally started developing Firefox extensions, and overall it has been a very pleasurable experience (I’ll try and write a post about soon). Trying to help myself as well as a lot of other developers out, I put a lot of effort into Inline Code Finder (Inline Code Finder release post), and released it at the end of the year. Available downloads are:
Some time during the summer, I got into a badge-developing mode, and came up with two useful scripts:
When I develop things for other services, it is always interesting to see how they handle that. The nice Tumblr people liked, told me so and kindly listed it amongst the Tumblr Developer Resources. The FriendFeed people? Never heard from them…
- getElementsByClassName, anno 2008
- PictureSlides – slideshow plugin for jQuery and DOMAssistant
Adobe AIR applications
During spring, I played around with the Adobe AIR framework, and produced a few applications. At the moment, I feel too restrained by some of its shortcomings (perhaps I’ll go into that another day), so currently I don’t do any further development with it.
The interest in GMDesk, though, has been overwhelming (which also resulted in a visitor record), so I hope people who downloaded it have use for it, and at the same time I feel a bit saddened that I couldn’t make it out to be all that I wanted.
People who died in 2008
Perhaps a bit morbid, but I have a strange fascination with knowing which well-known people passed away in the year that went. Some noteworthy names for 2008 are:
- Heath Ledger
- Roy Scheider
- Charlton Heston
- Isaac Hayes
- Paul Newman
- Arthur C. Clarke
- Eartha Kitt
- Sir Edmund Hillary
- Sydney Pollack
- Yves Saint-Laurent
- Bo Diddley
- Michael Crichton
- Robert Prosky
On a personal level
In the spring of 2008, I lost my grandfather. I would just like to express my sadness for him leaving us, and for anyone else who have lost a loved one – life can be extremely cruel.
Thank you everyone for reading, for being there for me, for helping me out when I constantly harass you! I love writing, and I hope you love reading!
Thank you for 2008 and Happy New Year!
Happy New Year Robert! 🙂
Are you sure that’s your kid brother? He has hair! 😉
Happy new year to you too, Robert. 2009 will be an interesting one for sure.
Well, man. What a year we soon have behind us. Thanks for 2008 and happy new year!
Have a great one Robert!!!
I still really searching for a Spotify invite…so if you can!!
Have a really nice 2009, best wishes from Spain
Aye, it's been a good year. Love the TumblrBadge.
And about Obama — no, it can definitely get worse. Just like Shakespeare said: "The evil that men do live after them." The horrors of the Bush presidency are going to be felt for a long, long time, they may not be able to be fixed in the next four or even eight years.
Happy New Year!
Happy New Year, Robert! Keep up the good work on your great blog!
Happy new year Robert!!! And to everyone else the same. Let's hope 2009 will be as interesting and productive as 2008 was (quite a list Robert 😉 )
Yeah, amazing, but true! 🙂
Glad you like the badge!
And yeah, good point about Obama: I hope you're not right, but there's certainly a risk.
Yeah, I was as surprised myself when I wrote it. 🙂
God fortsÃ¤ttning Robert 🙂
The same to you!
Yes, robert, this has been a great year! I hope you publish similar high quality content you have published in 2008.
Thank you! And yeah, I'll try! 🙂