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1 year anniversary as a blogger

Hard to imagine that a web site (this one) that I decided to put together is now 1-year-old.

On December 6, 2011, I wrote my first article, which was called a Brief Introduction to Windows Azure and I was exposed to the world. After that first blog post, I continued to write many more articles with topics ranging from SQL to Windows to Cloud computing and even an article about the loss of life while celebrate the impact of a great man named Tom Phillips.

As I read that first article today, I am amazed at how much has changed this year. Please keep in mind that things have not changed only for me, but a lot has also happened in the computing world.

This time last year, I was only one year into the greater Seattle area and was an employee of Amazon Web Services. 4 months after my first article, I would take a risk by becoming a vendor (contractor) at Microsoft Corporation, instead of playing it safe by staying as a full-time employee with benefits. Today, I am at Microsoft as a blue badge (FTE or full-time employee) and am grateful for my past growth that has helped me get where I am today.

Looking at my first article, I see that some of that information is out of date now, i.e. prices, offerings, etc. That is the challenge with the “cloud” or IT in general, it is always in constant change and motion. One way of doing, installing or administrating a server has now been replaced with a better and more efficient manner.

Looking back this past year at technology, it is not hard to notice that Steve Jobs is no longer with us. I still remember some very powerful words of wisdom that he shared with Stanford graduates in 2005. It hit me when he passed away and again reminded me how precious this journey of life is meant to be fully embraced.

Here are his words that have been burned into my brain:

No one wants to die. Even people who want to go to heaven don’t want to die to get there. And yet death is the destination we all share. No one has ever escaped it. And that is as it should be, because Death is very likely the single best invention of Life. It is Life’s change agent. It clears out the old to make way for the new. Right now the new is you, but someday not too long from now, you will gradually become the old and be cleared away. Sorry to be so dramatic, but it is quite true.

Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.

Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish. And I have always wished that for myself. And now, as you graduate to begin anew, I wish that for you.

For more information on the full speech, please read the following article.

Most of the things in life that I have paid attention to this past year… has been all about change. Amazon’s offering in the cloud has changed to include dropping prices to help companies make a better investment to offering many more products or improving products to have more functionality. Again, nothing remain the way it was a year ago.

It is really encouraging to see things get better and be a part of this change to make a difference. It is amazing to see how no job or product is really ever done. I used to think that we could get one thing done and keep it that way to improve it, but that is not the case today. Today, we are seeing more people replace hardware out in 3-4 years, instead of 5-6. Software upgrades are way more common. Past 4 years has seen 3 versions of SQL Server, from 2008 to 2008 R2 to 2012. Database mirroring, which was introduced in SQL Server 2005 SP1, is now on the deprecation feature list to be replaced by a new feature in SQL Server 2012 called AlwaysOn!

So what in the world am I talking about it? Nothing really, I am just rambling and reflecting on how fast this past year went by, while also trying to figure out where the time went! 😉

As I wind down my thoughts, I want to say how grateful for all of you that are either following my blog or used it to fix an issue. I want to say thank you for allowing me to give back to you as many others have given to me.

As the years come to a close, I wish all of us a great year in 2013!

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