Raivo Laanemets. Software consultant.

Summary of 2015 and plans for 2016

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The end of the year 2015 was rather busy. I have been doing lots of paperwork, finishing up my old projects and preparing for my main computer hardware upgrade. The goal of these activities was to reduce possible non-productive work in the following year.

I got all things done from the year 2015 goals:

  • I'm still working as a freelancer.
  • Made lots of new connections on meetups.
  • Kept raising rates without losing clients.
  • Finished all side projects.
  • Started with cycling blog but I stopped writing at some time due to lack of time. I abandoned the idea of a gaming blog for the same reason. I killed the gaming blog so that's done. I will pick up the cycling blog writing during the first races in 2016 (somewhere around April).
  • Wrote many articles about technical issues and solutions. However, my most popular article was not on tech but on the EBN scam.
  • Released the Blog-Core framework version 1.0.0. I consider the framework done.

In 2016 I would like to:

  • Keep working as a freelancer.
  • Decrease the time spent on non-productive work as then I can finally spend more time on non-work things.
  • Keep sideprojects constrained to weekends only. Besides Open Sourcing some proprietary code (with permissions of course!) I do not see any side projects come up.
  • Do market research on frontend monitoring tools (ssl, ping, status 200). I have needed this on many projects but there seems to be a lack of solutions for less enterprisey customers (< 150$/month). A MVP for this could be a nice (multi)weekend side project.

Things I wait and expect to happen in 2016:

  • PhantomJS 2.x static binary release.
  • Slackware 14.2 release (whether I actually upgrade is another story).
  • Web-based Skype with audio support on non-MS systems.

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