Community Server and Feedburner

The discussion about knowing how many people read your blog was started the other day by James Green. I quite like the idea of waiting for people to tell me they’ve read my blog, or referring to it in their own blogs, or posting a comment on my own one. But feedburner can be useful too. If you’re using Community Server as your blog engine (as I am), there’s a trick to this. First, you need to go to the Syndication Settings page and look to see what the private RSS feed is. This is the one you tell feedburner … Continue reading Community Server and Feedburner

Ok, who didn’t get an Acer laptop?

I was just looking at the list of some of the people who got these things. In no particular order: Robert Scoble, Craig Pringle, Mitch Denny, Brandon LeBlanc, Scott Beale, Joey deVilla, Mauricio Freitas, plus a heap of others I’m sure. Naturally I went to Wally McClure‘s blog, expecting to see that he got one too, but no! Jay Furr, a friend of mine who was very much an A-list tech-community person way back also missed out. Jay is famous for being the person who first called unsolicited email ‘spam’. Presumably anyone who’s employed by Microsoft is ineligible, so maybe His … Continue reading Ok, who didn’t get an Acer laptop?

The only way to do a handover

Over the years I’ve seen a few people quit their job, and typically as soon as they hand in their notice, panic sets in as the person’s replacement is identified and a handover is done. And how is a handover done? Essentially by pair programming. It doesn’t matter whether it’s a role that involves writing code or whether it’s a role that involves handling clients, or even making coffee. The handover is done by having two people sit at one desk for a period of time. I say typically, because of course there are times when it’s handled differently. I’m … Continue reading The only way to do a handover

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

On learning (Calvin and Hobbes, the ACS and digital natives)

Digital natives learn differently. How do we take advantage of that? The funny thing is that right away, I’ve written this from an external perspective, when I’m probably in a mixture of both camps. Feel free to consider me in either camp as you read this. At TechEd Australia this year, the keynote was from Anne Kirah. She talked about the concept of the digital native. That’s someone who has grown up in a technology culture, and therefore thinks differently to someone who has grown up in a non-technology culture and come into it. I was born in late 1974, … Continue reading On learning (Calvin and Hobbes, the ACS and digital natives)

What’s wrong with IT?

To a large degree, it's the perception of experience. The IT industry has so many things wrong with it. It tends to be 'governed' (I don't know of a better word for what I mean there, 'run' would be wrong) by people in their 50s. It's also full of Cowboys and Indians (and I don't mean 'people from India' here, I mean 'people who will work for a pittance'), and this means that some degree of governance is actually quite important. My blog post about "How they know you know" really is a much bigger factor than assessing a candidate … Continue reading What’s wrong with IT?

ACS SA Branch Committee

I've been nominated for the ACS SA Branch Committee. I've been a member of the ACS for a few months now – a Senior Member even. But it hasn't really meant a lot so far. As I want to be an influencer, particularly in regards to promoting IT in Adelaide (it's where I live, and I figure that if I can help develop IT as an industry here, then that's good for both me and anyone else who lives here), I had toyed with the idea of joining the committee. Nominations close this Friday, and after checking with Roslyn about … Continue reading ACS SA Branch Committee

Developing presenters with an open mic night

In August I ran a tag-team user-group meeting. The idea was that people within the group would get up and give a really short presentation about something which they thought was cool. I had a few people put their hands up, and I prompted a few more people as well. All in all, the meeting was really good. Numbers were down, but I think this comes down to people not really knowing what to expect (but let's face it, numbers are down when I'm listed as the speaker – I think it's the familiarity thing). Since then, I've noticed some … Continue reading Developing presenters with an open mic night