Of course during the time all this skyrocketed I was out of the active development scene and was busy trying to build and run a small business. I just didn't have much time for doing any fun web work while trying to do sales calls, tech support, purchasing and HR all at the same time!
So now that I'm back in a semi-tech role - Sales for FGP Technology - I've had some time to start digging into languages again. I've been going through the Head First Labs C# book and have loved it so far. I'm learning all about namespaces, classes, methods and statements again. Hard to believe I used to know all that when I did some Java stuff back in the late 90's.
My goal is to learn C# and develop a couple of personal projects for the fun of it (maybe even create some PC based versions of some of my favorite board games). After C# I might jump into a web based language again - Ruby, AJAX, ActionScript. Not sure yet. Guess I need to conquer this mountain first!
It's much easier to learn and do programming at home then it is to learn networking and systems administration. Coding is cheaper than buying a Catalyst switch and playing with IOS at home!