Friday, July 04, 2014
Saturday, September 22, 2012
- 14 years
- 1 wife
- 2 kids
- 9 jobs
- 1 limited company
- inestimable number of kebabs
After 14 years living in the UK, I thought I'd never leave. But I am, with mixed feelings.
Our possessions are currently on a container ship in Antwerp, en route to New Zealand.
Tomorrow, my family and I fly to NZ. I'll be back in a few weeks to complete my work obligations in the UK, flying back to NZ before Christmas. Now's a good time to organise catching up.
Friday, June 10, 2011
On Thursday evening, further major signalling problems in the Waterloo and Woking areas resulted in a significant amount of delays. We are aware that many of you will have spent several hours on trains last night while Network Rail engineers worked hard to rectify these major signalling faults.
As you may already be aware, the cause of the major signalling problems last night have now been confirmed by Network Rail as a deliberate act of attempted cable theft. We are extremely angry and frustrated that mindless and irresponsible vandalism meant that many of our passengers had a terrible journey last night.
- People who use Twitter were more informed than your staff. For about two hours the guard on my train had no information for us. What ancient technology do you use to communicate with the on-train staff?
- People left trains because they were afraid of spending the night on a train. People needed food (and in some cases, insulin). Do you have a contingency plan in place to distribute food and water to people stranded on trains? What if people had been stuck overnight? We were lucky enough to have a canteen on our train, but that emptied fast.
- The response of your staff to the threat of people leaving the train was to threaten them with arrest by the British Transport Police. Nice one. They left the train because they were concerned about spending the night on a crammed train (like the pregnant lady). Do you have contingency plans to evacuate vulnerable passengers? Do you expect people to remain on a train when you can't keep them informed of the situation?
- At the end of a four-and-a-half hour train journey that should have taken thirty minutes, your station staff were outnumbered by police - and there weren't many police. Your people should be handing out refund forms and making sure that there was medical attention for those who needed it, like the guy who needed insulin, or the pregnant women who had to endure this journey.
Sunday, September 12, 2010
It's time to shed stuff. I'm experimenting with ways to do this.
There's 5 or 6 security books here. The oldest one I bought was in 1996, when I was joyfully discovering TCP/IP and Unix. I could give them to our local charity (Woking Hospice), but I thought I'd see if I could shift them direct to the geeks. If you want them, you're welcome to them (each of them is available for a penny on Amazon.co.uk, plus P+P). Here's the rules:
- Winner takes them all
- That person collects them in person, arranges to meet me somewhere, or pays for postage
- You have to at least pretend (to me and yourself) that you'll read some
- Leave a comment if you want them. Thanks!
Friday, March 12, 2010
- I no longer work for Enrich Social Productions Ltd or any of it's subsidiary companies (in the Republic of Ireland or the UK).
- I do work for my own company, The Build Doctor Limited.
- While I can work with Ruby, .NET and other technologies, I'm loving my return to Java projects.
- I really enjoy helping people deliver software projects more effectively. It's worthwhile and fun.
Tuesday, February 02, 2010
I'm notoriously bad at getting my kids to school on time. It's an ongoing gag that you're only late to school if you're after me. My eldest daughter had suggested a checklist to help get get organised; so this morning we made one. So here it is. Most of the bad handwriting is mine. The kids added an item to the bottom of the list; and they scrupulously ticked each item off.
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
I'm running a give-away on my other blog. Atlassian are giving away a license for the Bamboo Continuous Integration server. There's also 10 Bamboo T-shirts up for grabs. Just write a few paragraphs about your best or worst build experiences ...