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 … 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 … Continue reading What’s wrong with IT?

“Blog” misspelled!!?

I have Firefox 2.0 installed, with its built-in spell-checker. Now apparently when I say 'blog', it thinks I must've meant one of log, bog, slog, clog or flog. I've added it to my dictionary (which is "English (Australian)", by the way). I also have American and British installed, just like I have the English keyboard … Continue reading “Blog” misspelled!!?

Javascript’s getYear() function, and other IE headaches

Someone I know came across this gem. I guess it's well publicised, but if you haven't come across it before, it could easily catch you out. The interesting thing is that IE will give you 2006 for getYear(). That's wrong. It should give 106 (as per http://www.w3schools.com/jsref/jsref_getYear.asp). The correct function to use is getFullYear(). But … Continue reading Javascript’s getYear() function, and other IE headaches

ACS SA Branch Committee member now

I am now a member of the ACS Branch Executive Committee for South Australia. Hopefully I can influence things in some way, for the good of IT, the ACS and Adelaide. Of course, I have a few thoughts on what needs to be done… but I won't list them here (at least, not yet).

The horror of daylight savings (sorry Perth)

I have friends in Perth, who I have always envied for the fact that they don't apply daylight savings there. For anyone who somehow has no idea what I'm talking about… because the days are long in the summer, many countries in the world apply 'daylight savings', to effectively shift an hour of daylight from … Continue reading The horror of daylight savings (sorry Perth)

Faster binary converter – where do your solutions come from?

Mitch Wheat is a great guy. He really is. And he's clearly a mathematician. I mean, I did a half-major as part of my BSc, doing a handful of 3rd year Pure Maths subjects (which I got HDs in too – I wasn't just sleeping during class), but Mitch… he thinks like a mathematician. You … Continue reading Faster binary converter – where do your solutions come from?

Simple recursive CTE

I like CTEs. Mostly because it lets me have a derived table that I can refer to multiple times. I don't often use the recursive features of it. But when I do, I repeatedly feel amazed at the power available. Today I had a challenge to produce a nice SQL way of converting integers to … Continue reading Simple recursive CTE

ActiveSync to a new Exchange Server

This week we had a few hassles with our Exchange Server. I don't know the details, but I know that we moved to a new Exchange Server. From an Outlook perspective, this was fine. From a Windows Mobile perspective, it wasn't so great. The new Exchange Server is in a different domain, so I had … Continue reading ActiveSync to a new Exchange Server

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 … Continue reading ACS SA Branch Committee