Happy New Year

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To all of my friends, family, colleagues, clients, students and those who read what I write: thank you for helping to make this one of the best years of my life. Despite challenges (such as having my daughter halfway around the world, helping to rebuild a country ravaged by war), I have more blessings than I count and it all comes down to the wonderful people who have touched my life.

It’s amazing to realize that 2008 is already here. I’m not sure where 2007 went, but I know it went fast. In many ways, that’s a good thing, as it brings us that much closer to the day when my daughter will be coming home from Afghanistan (at present, she’s on course to return to the states in April).

I want to send special good wishes to all those I’ve met through the Internet over the last two decades. I’ve had the pleasure of meeting quite a few of you in person over the years and talking to others on the phone. This past summer, several members of mailing lists to which I belong did me the honor of visiting my home and we had a wonderful time. Others I’ve had the opportunity to get together with when I’ve traveled to their parts of the country. Several of my ‘Net friends who lived far away when I first became acquainted with them have moved to Texas and are now my neighbors.

We’ve grown old(er) together and shared one another’s joys and accomplishments: new jobs, promotions, businesses started, books published, new babies (or grandbabies), new houses, marriages, anniversaries and more. We’ve also felt one another’s pain, as some of us have lost parents, spouses or (worst of all) children.

I continue to be amazed and gratified by the wonders technology has brought into my life, not the least of which is the ability to reach out to people thousands of miles away and become close friends with people I would never have known existed but for the Internet. As this new year begins, my hope is that each of you will find your lives fuller and richer than ever before.

I wish you all the best year ever in 2008.



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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