Happy New Year

It's a couple of days late, but I would like to take an opportunity to wish everyone a very happy 2007. Since it is customary to make a set of resolutions for the new year, I thought I would share a few of mine.
  1. Quality over quantity. In a field sales support organization, most of what you handle is outside your control, but that doesn't mean that you have to be completely interrupt driven and out of control yourself. Perhaps a few well placed "no" responses will help restore some balance and who knows, I might even get reacquainted with my family. I might even finish building the R/C buggy kit that I got last Christmas.....
  2. Community building. As far back as March 2006, Wences Michel and I talked about kicking off a Dallas area OpenSolaris User's Group. We sketched out some ideas, mostly trying to figure out how to work with the Dallas Sun User's Group. Taking a bite out of the procrastination resolution that I'm not going to talk about, a stake has been put in the ground and the Dallas/Ft. Worth OpenSolaris User's Group has been formed. We will hold our first meeting at the Sun office on January 16. The topic will be "What's new in Solaris 10 11/06".
  3. More blogging. Perhaps this is procrastination, part 2. A member of the Solaris Adoption practice noted that there was nothing worse than old information posted on a web site. Perhaps the blogging equivalent of this is the infrequent poster. I've been prodding other team members to share their notes and discoveries but I just noticed that I have more entries in my draft queue than in my last 6 months of postings. While I have been rather deliquent of late, Jeff Victor (aka the Zones FAQ man) has been blogging recently, so that's a good start.
  4. Having Fun. 2006 was a great year from a quality of work perspective. After all, evangelizing Solaris 10 is a lot of fun. And there's a lot more to do, so the outlook for 2007 is quite positive. But does that translate to fun without the qualifier "work". Not really. I have a garage of R/C projects that are still in boxes. And the last time I checked, R/C boxes aren't nearly as interesting as R/C cars and trucks. So more time on R/C and getting a few of those projects race ready.
That's enough for now. What are some of your resolutions for the new year ?

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