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Thursday, March 25, 2010

Abuse of ABS?

Personally, I've never had a job application treated with absolute silence - I've always received at least a form letter or stock email response. Apparently this is not always the case, and if you believe this report ("'Rude' employers ignoring older workers"), it's because the applicant is an older worker.

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Tuesday, March 02, 2010

"Stress-free billing"

Synergy has launched their "stress-free billing" web site, purporting to offer direct debit and paperless bills. All great in my book - except that the site doesn't work. I managed to login but the page that takes my direct debit details won't submit - it just keeps going back to the same page. It offers no error messages or any explanation about what's wrong.

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Thursday, February 25, 2010

The Tardis room

At 11am today I attended a work meeting in a room designated the "Tardis" room. Upon entering the room I noticed the clock said it was 1:30pm. Then the meeting organiser entered the room, noticed that there weren't enough chairs for everyone and said "oh, I thought the room would be bigger".

Monday, February 08, 2010

Quadruple-negative

I must be lazy. I tried parsing this headline for about half a minute before giving up and deciding it wasn't worth the effort.

"...if the Federal Government fails to reverse a decision to lift anti-dumping duties..."
(from ABC News: Jobs warning over cheap toilet paper)

Monday, January 25, 2010

My work desk.


Finally got it set up how I want, almost - got my doco reading screen on the left (portrait mode), main working screen in the middle, various utils on the right (email, Toad session watcher, MP3 player).
All I need now is to get Synergy working so that I can move one set of keyboard+mouse out of the way. A bigger desk, a proper chair and my own office would be nice but contractors can't be choosers :)

Thursday, October 15, 2009

The True Expert Sees All, Knows All

Doctor: "How can I help you?"

Patient: "I felt unwell."

Doctor: "When was that?"

Patient: "I don't know - sometime last week maybe?"

Doctor: "Ok. What symptoms did you experience?"

Patient: "Sorry, I forgot. Come to think of it, I did feel some pain."

Doctor: "Where did you experience the pain?"

Patient: "I don't remember! You're the expert - just fix it so I don't feel unwell again."

Sunday, September 06, 2009

Never go back to square one

Seth Godin says, Square one is underrated. I agree, kind of - but I think there's actually no such thing as "going back to square one".

If your project is going in the wrong direction, you can go back and start over, but at this point you're not really at square one - hopefully you know where you went before, you remember most of the decisions (good or bad) that you made, and what their consequences were. You'll do better because you'll benefit from your own experience.

Think of it this way - even if you throw away everything you've written so far, you haven't thrown away all that time and work you put into it - as long as you don't take too long to get back into it, you'll soon be ahead again.