Journal | Christofer Sandin

Happy Holidays

I’ve been thinking about writing something here for a while, but as you clearly can see, that rarely happens.

Usually, I’m pretty creative in the evenings and I used to stay up tinkering with new things, looking at new technology or trying out something that I hadn’t had a chance to look at before. Having a soon to be two-year-old is great, and I truly mean that, but it do have impact on things like sleep, so lately those creative evenings have been pretty limited and the time have been spent trying to catch up on sleep instead.

A lot of people say that these things usually change after the first two years, and that you actually get to experience a night or two in a non-zombie mode again once in a while, so I’m looking forward to that and keeping my fingers crossed…

Summarizing 2011, I must say that we’ve had a great year at Republic with a lot of interesting projects and that I still enjoy going to work in the mornings. Since we’re a small company that also means that you have to work quite a lot from time to time, but I’m proud of the fact that we have been able to keep ourselves working normal hours more or less the whole year.

The digital world changes from day to day and it’s a lot of things you need to keep up with, but at the same time this means that there are plenty of opportunities where you can utilize your skills and experience and help people out. The way we use our phones, tablets and computers are changing rapidly, and being a small company also means we can be pretty agile. Agile equals fun and interesting.

On a personal note we’re really looking forward to Christmas this year since this is the first time in quite a while that Felicia will be able to spend some time with her relatives that usually lives in USA and Hong Kong (amongst others).

You can’t replace meeting people in person, but when that’s not an option Skype works wonders. It’s amazing that it’s completely normal for Felicia, soon two years old, to use my iPhone or the computer to call someone half a world away and have a video session. She can even tell us to “call my aunt on the computer” when she wants to see her…

Thinking that I grew up with a 286 and Space Invaders, before getting a 386 where I had to learn how to load the mouse driver high, amongst other things, in autoexec.bat and config.sys to free up some of the first 640 kb of internal memory to be able to play SimCity (in splendid EGA 640x350 pixels and 16 colors) at the age of 10, I’d say we at least managed to make technology more accessible in the last 20 years…

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Here’s to 2012, hope it will be the best year so far for all of you.

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