The best brands in the world use Microsoft

There’s a great site about Vista/Office/Exchange/etc at, and I’m almost in one of the videos there! One of the articles shows a video about Arsenal Football Club, and about five seconds in it shows a goal from a match against Aston Villa (which we won 5-0), and I was there on April 1st. There’s another goal from this match right at the end, when Thierry Henry scored an exquisite goal. Both goals were at the end that I was at, but I’m not in the camera’s view.

Simulation questions in 70-431

Earlier this year I was one of four people who wrote a bunch of simulation questions for 70-431. Today I heard from someone who has sat the exam with that content in it. It’s great to get feedback on them, because it really helps Microsoft Learning work out how to improve the exams even more. If you’re reading this and have done the exam with the simulation content, please feel free to drop me a line (rob_farley at me what you thought of them. Don’t comment on my blog, because that’s public… but feel free to send me an … Continue reading Simulation questions in 70-431

MSDN and TechNet Australia blogs

So I was at the Ready Summit this week, and was amused to see that amongst the stuff in the ‘showbag’, there were a couple of pamphlets (which I should’ve kept, scanned and showed you for entertainment value) advertising MSDN and TechNet. At the bottom of them (which is where the entertainment factor came in), there was an advert for the blogs that the Australian team run for MSDN and TechNet. The MSDN one had a link to Scott Fletcher’s AusDev blog, and the TechNet one had a link to, umm… well, it didn’t. It mentioned a blog, but didn’t … Continue reading MSDN and TechNet Australia blogs

Oh, that’s how you do Whooiz with Community Server…

When I first put the link to the bit of script to list my Whooiz Friendz, it didn’t work. It would just display as the link. Seems <script would be replaced with &lt;script – but there’s an answer! shows you how to tell Community Server to allow things like this. A quick tweak to communityserver.config (or in my case, a quick email to the ever-helpful Susan Bradley), and hey presto! So now my friendz are listed nicely. 🙂

Whooiz my Friendz?

Observant people will have noticed a friend-list appear on the side of my blog. Changing my blog around is way overdue for me. I need to take a few hours out some time and work on the CSS. I still don’t have all the useful stuff that I had at my old blog site. One of those is a friend-list. I’ve never actually been a fan of friend-lists. I hate the idea of missing people out. And I think that’s where Whooiz can come in. Whooiz is a start-up by Clarke (I want to call him Monkey, but I won’t) … Continue reading Whooiz my Friendz?

ACS BEC meeting

Last night I attended my first ACS Branch Executive Committee (SA) meeting. It was certainly quite interesting. Great to meet the other people, even some of those who are stepping down from the committee now (presumably to be replaced by me!). The new chairman, Reg Coutts seems like a very interesting guy who has great ambition for the ACS to do a better job of all kinds of things. I will enjoy talking to him throughout the year and trying to help goals be scored. The outgoing chair, Brenda Aynsley has a lot of energy, and it will be interesting … Continue reading ACS BEC meeting

Wacom Tablet on multiple screens

I got a Wacom Tablet recently. One of those USB devices which lets you use a pen instead of a mouse. It’s really cool in all kinds of ways, but I typically use it in mouse-mode, not in pen-mode. In mouse-mode, I have to drag the cursor around with the pen, just like I would with a mouse. In pen-mode, each point of the tablet corresponds to a point on the screen, so you go straight to the right area of the screen. But there are issues with this. For starters, I’m part of the crowd that sees massive value … Continue reading Wacom Tablet on multiple screens

Evaluation forms

Evaluation forms are great. There’s something really nice about mulling through a pile of them after a meeting, having a look at what people wrote. It’s also good to have audio-only copies of your presentations, so you can listen back to them to see where you went wrong. And you can get friends to listen back to them as well to give you feedback. (I figure that if you can’t listen to the audio of a presentation and still get a lot out of it, then there are probably ways you could improve your presentation) But Mitch Denny recently blogged … Continue reading Evaluation forms

My brother – not quite a Hawk yet

Well, my brother hasn’t quite joined an AFL side yet, but maybe he’ll get in through the Rookie Draft on Dec 12. He’s not one of the big names expected, but then again, a few months ago he wasn’t expecting to even be training with Hawthorn.

Oracle has 3400% more vulnerabilities than SQL Server

There has been a lot of talk over the years about how Microsoft products are vulnerable to hacks. When I went through university many moons ago, Microsoft were certainly painted as the evil empire (not necessarily by individuals or as the university as a whole, more just an overall feeling), whilst we were the rebel alliance. We all had Linux boxes at home, running fvwm on X-Windows. And of course, one of the main arguments against Microsoft was that their products could be hacked. They were not secure, not reliable, not worth using in the real world. Of course, I … Continue reading Oracle has 3400% more vulnerabilities than SQL Server