Sunday, January 01, 2012

What a year

2011 has been amazing. There were a lot of firsts and a few big changes in my life :

I bought a house. One of my resolutions for 2011 was to find a new place to live and I managed to do this. This time last year I had no idea I would now be sitting in the living room of my own house, writing this post.
It all went rather quick, first looking for a new apartment/house to rent, then deciding to buy one, followed by the search, finding one, and then all the administration and negotiating with the bank and finally, moving in and doing small construction works.

In the mean time I was a first time mentor for phpMyAdmin in the Google Summer of Code (GSoC) program. My student made phpMyAdmin compliant with Drizzle database, a MySQL fork.

Because of this mentoring, I was invited by Google to attend the GSoC Mentor Summit, which was a great experience, meeting a lot of interesting people and discussing FOSS and GSoC related issues at Google Headquarters.

This also meant I got to travel to the US, another first, and visit San Francisco and a part of California. This was an amazing experience.

For 2012 I have some goals and resolutions :

  • continue contributing to Open Source
  • be a GSoC mentor again
  • write an extensive article/blogpost about good passwords practices, or set up a website/wiki dedicated to it.
  • build a homemade transistor using ice (solid water), or write about the theoretical possibility
  • start reading again and keep a steady reading pace. I didn't manage to keep up reading in 2011.
  • further improve my house

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