Almost famous

Monday, 2 July 2007

This morning I had a phone call from an ABC TV journalist.

I gather he was doing a follow-up story on the Adelaide woman who has been arrested in the US allegedly trying to meet up with a 16 year old.

I'm not exactly sure how he contacted me, but I'm guessing it is related to the fact that I've done some presentations on Internet Safety for Children and that I work here at the University of South Australia.

Anyway, he rang back later and I got the impression he really wanted someone who was an 'expert in the field' - eg. had the IT experience but also direct Internet Safety experience with children too. I'm happy to be an IT expert, but internet safety isn't part of my day-to-day job, so I'm not willing to call myself an 'expert' for that.

Anyway, I'll try and watch the news tonight to see how the story ended up.

Seven Fold

Friday, 29 June 2007

The band, at various times known as Verandah and more recently Kaboodle is now known as Seven Fold.

Hoping that this name may last a bit longer than the others, I've taken the plunge and created a band blog.

I've also invited the other band members to contribute to the blog, so hopefully it starts to record a bit of the continuing history of what we're up to.

Clearing Your Inbox

Thursday, 28 June 2007

I read J.D. Meier's Clearing Your Inbox post a few weeks ago, and thought I'd give it a try.

I created two new sub-folders in my inbox - 'archive' and 'indirect', and added a rule for moving indirect emails:

Apply this rule after the message arrives
move it to the Indirect folder
except if my name is in the To or Cc box

I then moved all the items in my Inbox into the 'archive' folder, so that my Inbox is now empty.

I've found that this does make a difference to using Outlook. Items only stay around in the Inbox for a few hours, and are either

I'm applying the same criteria to items in the 'indirect' folder too. One benefit is that Indirect items are almost always less of a priority, so I don't need to check these as often.

I also decided that there was no point in keeping old copies of server log emails I receive - so rather than copy them to my PST file, I just set those folders to permanently delete items older than 2 weeks.

About the only downside was when I checked my inbox on my iPAQ, and got a shock that there were no emails at all. I thought something had gone horribly wrong until I remembered that this is how it should be now!

CodeCampSA Speakers

Tuesday, 26 June 2007

The list of speakers for Adelaide's first CodeCamp is now starting to take shape:

Some big names of the SQL and .NET worlds are there (and no, I don't put myself on that level!)

Aspect-oriented Programming in .NET

Thursday, 21 June 2007

I was listening to .NET Rocks! interviewing Mark Pollack about Spring.NET today.

The discussion about some of the features of Spring.NET that support Aspect Oriented Programming sounded very interesting.

Looking at their documentation, it appears that you can either do the AOP programmatically or via xml config files.

Neither approach really grabs me at the moment.

The Castle Project offers Aspect#, however I also came across PostSharp which does sound intriguing.

I think it would require decent testing as some people have not had 100% success with it, but I do like the approach of using .NET attributes to indicate the advice to apply.