• Dell Studio XPS 1645 System BIOS A10

    I see that Dell have released an updated BIOS version A10.

    Good to see that my experience trying to upgrade to A9 hasn’t been in vain – some of the fixes sound like they specifically address the problem I (and presumably others) had. eg.

    1. Prevent potential risk of BIOS crash during WIN-FLASH
      1. Disable USB device during WIN-FLASH.
      2. It will skip to flash un-used ME block during WIN-FLASH

    I’m not going to be in any rush to install this update however – I’ve learned my lesson on messing with things that are essential for my work!

  • Passed 70-452

    Today I passed the exam 70-452 - “Designing a Business Intelligence Infrastructure Using Microsoft SQL Server 2008” with a score of 752.

    This means I now am a Microsoft Certified IT Professional (MCITP): Business Intelligence Developer 2008, and also will contribute toward LobsterPot Solutions attaining ‘Advanced Competency’ status as a Microsoft Partner in Business Intelligence.

  • What makes a workplace (part 6)

    Professional development

    • Career path
    • Training/Learning opportunities
    • Conference/seminar attendance

    A chance to learn and develop new skills, being given opportunity to use those skills, and being valued appropriately.

    You do want to get paid your worth, but often your financial rewards are enhanced by other means. eg. conference attendance, salary sacrifice opportunities, stylish work shirts etc. I remember one of the places Narelle worked at had a monthly prize (she won a night for two at a fancy hotel – and yes I got to go with her!)

    My UniSA and ABB colleagues will surely remember I always wanted to get team t-shirts. One thing I like about working for LobsterPot Solutions is that that idea has finally been realised :-)


    I’m sure I’ve overlooked some things. What do you think is important?

    Having considered all that, it is sobering to realise that for probably millions of people, workplace choice isn’t even an option – they just do what they can to survive. I am conscious of the privilege I have had in where and how I was brought up, the education I was given and the opportunities that have been presented to me.