What a week.

Last Monday and Tuesday I was out meeting with clients and prospects and was totally psyched at all the cool opportunities coming up. I was a bit ragged on Wednesday, but figured it was the lack of sleep.

Nope. It was the flu. The big FLU, not its little cousin the cold. I was laid up in bed for 4 days, alternating between shivering and sweating. I missed our annual Turkey Trot 10K, Thanksgiving, and a charity dinner at our zoo I’ve been looking forward to all year.

Then a bronchial infection set in, resulting in a chest x-ray and my taking (at one point) five different meds. Today (Thursday) is probably my first almost-normal day of work since this started. Those of you in startups know the joy that is missing unexpected time.

But all is not lost. We are in the midst of some great projects we’ll be able to provide more detail on in the coming months. We are partnering with the Cloud Security Alliance on a couple things, and finally building out our first product. I’m actually getting to do some application design work again, and I forgot how much I miss it. I really enjoy research, but even though the writing and presenting portion is a creative act, it isn’t the same as building something.

Not that I’m doing much of the coding. No one needs a new “Hello World” web app, no matter how cleverly I can use the <BLINK> tag.

On a different note, we are starting (yes, already) to put together our 2011 Guide to RSA. We think we have the trends we will cover nailed, but if you have something you’d like in the guide please let us know. And don’t forget to reserve Thursday morning for the Disaster Recovery Breakfast.

On to the Summary:

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Blog Comment of the Week

Remember, for every comment selected, Securosis makes a $25 donation to Hackers for Charity. This week is a bit different – we had a ton of amazing comments on Firestarter: A Is Not for Availability and Counterpoint: Availability Is Job #1. Far too many to choose just one, so this is a group award that goes to:

Somebloke Mark Wallace endo Steve Paul ds Dean Matt Franz Lubinski LonerVamp Franc mokum von Amsterdam TL sark Andrew Yeomans

And of course, Adrian, Mike, Gunnar, and Mortman.