Happy Birthday, MrCeri!
Today this website celebrates a decade on the interwebs - that's longer than Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and MySpace combined! (OK, maybe not combined, but certainly one at a time). If you'll indulge me, I'd like to take a little trip down memory lane and reminisce about how it all began...
In the beginning, there was the Salary Timer
Our story begins 10 years ago, when I was working as a consultant software developer in the City of London. My first project was based at the Royal Bank of Scotland, babysitting a foreign exchange trading system that my company had built the previous year. I was hard working and enthusiastic, but the project was undemanding, to put it mildly. Rather than bury my head in the newspaper (the choice of certain colleagues), I decided to take the opportunity to improve my C++ and Win32 GUI programming skills.
I built a number of experimental applications, mostly concerned with cryptography (which I was learning about at the time), but one of my more frivolous creations was an app that let you calculate how much you earned while visiting the toilet at work. The Salary Timer
I emailed the Salary Timer to all my friends, and before long it took off in quite a viral manner (back when "going viral" was still a novelty). I was receiving email from all over the world, and quickly realised I needed a web presence for my new creation - welcome to MrCeri.co.uk!
Thou shalt not blog
For a while MrCeri.co.uk was a home for my various home-brew software projects, nothing more than a simple introduction page and a bunch of download links. Blogging was all the rage at the time, and was seen as trendy and cutting edge - I naturally took an instant dislike. But as the years went by, I added fewer and fewer projects to the site. Not only did my successive day jobs become more demanding, but they increasingly allowed me to "scratch my programming itch" during office hours, leaving me less inclined to work on my own projects in the evening. The site slowly morphed into a run-of-the-mill personal blog, which, now that traditional blogging seems to have fallen out of fashion, is fine with me :o)
I still have plenty of personal projects on the go
, and someday they might find a home on this site. But in the meantime I'll just continue rambling on. Oh, and pictures of robots. Never forget the robots!