Where in the world have I been?

I know some of my readers have been asking that question, and I’m going to answer it – literally and figuratively. I’ve received email from some of you who have noticed that I haven’t been posting to this blog much lately.  I apologize for leaving you in the dark. There’s been a lot going on, some of it business and some of it pleasure.

First for the fun:  I took a cruise (my first) in August, sailing to the Bahamas with my cousin (a veteran cruiser) and getting my first taste of “the Internet at sea.”  I’d been prepared for connection withdrawal but got lucky and found myself on one of very few cruise ships that offers a new “high speed” Internet plan with unlimited access. “High speed” by ship standards is in no way equivalent to broadband speeds on land – I measured it at around 300 kbps – but it was adequate for keeping up with my email, surfing the web and sharing my vacation photos with my Facebook friends.

Then this month, on the week of my birthday, I visited New England with my husband and my little dog, Rolly, and we did a whirlwind tour that included northern Massachusetts, Cape Cod, New Hampshire wineries and cheese farm tastings, and a trek up the beautiful coast of Maine. Flying with a pup is a little stressful, especially when you have connecting flights, but he was perfectly behaved. And to bring this back to a techie subject, all four planes had wi-fi, which always helps to pass the flight time.

After spending more than a decade working 6-7 days a week, sometimes 12+ hours a day, to build a writing career, it has been wonderful to enjoy some of the fruits of that labor over these last two years by traveling to new places. I plan to continue that; Tom and I are planning a cruise (his first) to Cozumel next month and a longer one, either to the British Isles or Alaska, next summer.

Deb and Rolly at Nubble 2

Meanwhile, the bills still have to be paid – not to mention all those travel expenses. Tom’s doing well at Microsoft but I’m not quite ready to “retire.” So  I’m taking on not one but two new writing gigs and I’m excited about both of them. I’ve been writing forGFI’s Talk Tech to Me blog since the demise of WinNews, and now I have a new blogging site with them, as well. Check out the brand new Patch Central blog, where we address all things vulnerability and update-related (not just Microsoft Patch Tuesday, but third party vulnerabilities/patches as well). 

As many of you know, I also have a very longstanding writing relationship with TechGenix and have been contributing to their ISAServer.org, WindowsNetworking.com and Windowsecurity.com sites for more than ten years, as well as writing for their MSP Answers site for the last couple of years. Now they are going “to the cloud” in the next few weeks with a new site called CloudComputingAdmin.com and I expect to be heavily involved in that. It’s a great fit and I have a little bit of an “inside track” where Microsoft cloud technologies are concerned, with Tom working on the private cloud team. Of course, he can’t reveal NDA material, even to me, but he’s a great resource for double checking my facts and getting my technical facts right. I’ll post here, and on the social networks, when it goes live.

I’m very lucky to have found blogging “homes” with GFI and TechGenix, as the people I work with there are some of the best in the business. Both companies are based in Malta, and the time zone difference can present some challenges when it comes to communications and deadlines, but my contacts over there are wonderfully understanding and we are going to be producing some great content for IT pros in the upcoming year.

Home users, don’t worry – I’ll still be writing about consumer products here and there, and plan to pick back up with this blog and post more regularly here. So hang in there with me and check back here soon for more about my digital life.

deb@shinder.net www.debshinder.com

About debshinder

Technology analyst and author, specializing in enterprise security. Author of or contributor to over 25 books, including "Scene of the Cybercrime." Fourteen-year Microsoft MVP, married to Microsoft FTE Tom Shinder, and proud mom of two wonderful grown-up human children and three amazing Japanese Chin pups. In my spare time, I love to travel - especially on cruise ships - and write about my grand adventures.
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