Eric D. Schabell: Year in review 2007!

Monday, December 31, 2007

Year in review 2007!

As 2007 is almost over, I look back and see not only exciting family events, but a new job, an excellent year of cycling, and a very productive year in my open source projects.

The year started with my sister visiting our newly born son (Dec 2007). She dropped in with her son and they spent a lovely week here playing and visiting. I also got my first Daddy Prize this year and even a repeat!

I continued to teach freelance for IBM Netherlands Learning Services. This time for and external customer in Rijswijk, the European Patent Office. Another amazing event was that my site was Dugg, someone found my online Linux courseware and the server was severely challenged. I moved over to Blogger after that to evade. One think that came out of it all was that I took some time to update the courseware and provide distance learning solutions to all my courses.

AbTLinux project progressed well this year, I got the package manager to install its first package and much more. Another project, the Baby Game was re-released and used by three different families to run their own baby games (results: a girl and two boys). I decided to stop my work on eGroupware and the Publication Management System, just focusing on AbTLinux. I continued to post Linux and Macbook solutions on this blog (over 55), see Software category.

In April I started the application for Dutch citizenship, finally getting my first Dutch passport this year! Just in time too, as the Queen stopped in at my work to open our new building.

Cycling this year included my last trips to Nijmegen as I started a new job at the SNS Bank in s-Hertogenbosch. I also cycled in the Veluwe, Normandy (Pointe du Hoc, Utah, Omaha, Port Bassin), and Limburg. I booked over 3000 km's and the best part is that I did not fall down once! ;-)

We closed out the year by purchasing a new house and selling our current house. This brings many new plans for the beginning of 2008 when we have to paint, modify, and then move into our new home.

Wishing you all the very best for the New Year and a happy and healthy 2008!