It's been over a month since I last blogged. Yesterday was the eight week anniversary of my open heart surgery and although my incisions have healed, my body and spirit are not yet operating at 100%. I was able to start driving a couple of weeks ago (a most welcome increase in my level of independence) and can now start lifting items heavier than a gallon of milk. While it no longer hurts to cough or sneeze (indicating that my sternum has healed), it's clear that my body chemistry is still wacky. Most days my blood pressure runs around 100/60, but some days it drops to 80/50 and on those days I feel like a lump of protoplasm. Most days I'm emotionally up, but as all the physicians and literature warned me, some days I just have to crawl into my cave where I sit inconsolable.
I'm not yet back on my work email and thus I expect I've got a backlog of messages numbering in the tens of thousands. Please pardon me if i've been ignoring you, but slogging through my email is not my highest priority right now. This week, I've begun to return to research for the Handbook. As August rolls around, I'll start planning - but not yet doing - any other work activities. I hope to resume some level of travel in September.
So much has gone on in the software biz these past eight weeks: BillG has announced his retirement; Myspace.com has gained critical mass; Google continues to innovate with elements such as their windowing toolkit; IBM posted a solid quarter; Apple posted an incredible quarter; software mashups al la Web 2.0 technologies have gained traction. Still, so much is the same: developing, deploying, and operating complex software-intensive systems is still fundamentally hard; the world's current economic conditions still means doing even more with even less.
Thanks again to the people who have emailed me and snail-mailed me their greetings. I do look forward to jumping back into the fray and fighting the good fight as soon as I can.