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How Long Have I Been Doing This?
January 14, 2009 07:35
This, while perhaps not the most frequently asked question, is certainly in the top 5. I'm not sure that people are really interested in the answer, but more likely they feel compelled to ask me SOMETHING and that seems like a safe, non-offensive question with a potentially interesting answer. However, the question is extremely vague and yet they want a specific answer.
The answer I typically provide is "11 years." I base that from the point in August of 1997 when I first set up a webcam. However, a more important date would be December 22, 1998. That is the date I set up the first controllable lamp. I had the doorbell interface functional several months prior, but that wasn't interactive from the webpage like the lamp was. So the 10 year anniversary of this truely epic event has passed us by and I didn't even realize it until now. Of course, I don't tend to harp on these things, but I figured it was noteworthy enough to mention, even if it's a bit belated.
In light of this historic occasion, I'm going to spend some time discussing various events of the past 10 years, as well as feelings, motivations, and future outlook.