Some New Years Thoughts
Everyone else is wishing you Happy New Year by now, so why not me?
I think this year is going to test my patience. Professionally, I see many challenges ahead that began in the past couple of months of 2005. Some things that happened at work that are basically changing the direction my job is heading, and not necessarily for the better. It’s going to be challenging to work through the transition. Even my wife is a bit concerned about this.
One personal challenge I am working through in 2006 is finding the motivation to continue losing weight. I’ve hit a bit of a rough patch as I’ve stopped losing and even gained a few pounds back. I’m exercising about 25 minutes a day about 5-6 times a week (more if I can), though I think I’m having problems watching how much I eat. I’ve been pretty good at avoiding sugar and bread-type things, though I did partake of both things during the holidays more than usual. I managed to stay off caffinated drinks, though I do have them from time to time. Of the foods I do eat, mostly fruits, nuts, cheese, and meat, I probably just eat too much. Sounds like I need to “do more with less” in the food department just like I’m having to do at work. Any hints here are appreciated.
In the land of VoIP, I think I’m going to see a lot of the same–more “me too” than “me different.” Oh sure, new products are coming out–a couple of the ones I am privvy to are gonna be nice–but in general, I’m not seeing a whole lot more than just “me too.” A lot more arbitrage is taking place, especially as Yahoo and other big-names get involved. The cost of VoIP calls continues to drop. In fact, for many destinations, it’s already free (aside from a small startup fee). Expect prices to continue to approach free, though I do not expect we will see that aside from these isolated examples I liked to (which are all owned by Switzerland-based Finarea SA). I would, of course, love to be proven wrong on this one.