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July 4th 2018 in General

After 19 years, my first award being in October 1999, I decided, this year, to not apply to renew my MVP status.

The computer world is very different to what it was back when I was first awarded. Back then, Windows 98 was the current operating system, and Internet Explorer was at version 5.  Internet Explorer hit its peak popularity around 2003’ish, but now it’s all Chrome, and Microsoft has moved on to Edge, anyway.  Browsers now give users much greater control over what web sites can do to our computers without notice and consent, HTTPS and ad-blockers have become ubiquitous, and Microsoft and Google have really stepped up and worked hard to confine malware / fraudware / spyware to the outer confines of the online ecosystem. And I can’t remember the last time that I saw a browser crash or blue screen caused by video drivers ;o)

I’ve moved on in many ways too. My interests and work have evolved to encompass Privacy Shield (which replaced Safe Harbor) and, now, the fundamental changes happening because of GDPR.  One day soon, as time allows, I will sit for my CIPP/US, and CIPP/T, and I intend to study for the Australian version once that certification commences.

I’ll still be around, and will write stuff on this blog as it catches my interest.

It’s been a blast!  Onwards and upwards!

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