Changes under the Verandah

Friday, 1 December 2006

Some sad new from last night - Michael Boundy and Kathy Pike have decide to move on to other things.

I was sure I’d blogged about the band I’m in, but searching back I can’t find any posts - oh well.

I’ve known Kathy for a really long time. I can even remember her riding her bike in a CTA TV ad - that must have been late 1970’s/early 80’s! Anyway she’s going to explore other things.

Michael too, has decided that it’s time for him to leave. I remember being pleasantly surprised when I discovered that Michael is “The” Michael Boundy from late 80’s Adelaide band Seven Stories. They had some pretty good chart success - I can certainly remember hearing their songs being played on commercial radio around that time. And now I can say I’ve played in a band with him!

I know I’ll see Kathy around the place, and maybe bump into Michael along the way too. It’s also a chance for those of us left to rethink where and what we want from the group.

Inconsolata

Friday, 1 December 2006

Via Scott Hanselmann, Inconsolata is a promising new monospaced font that could be good for writing code in, apparently inspired by Consolas.

A HttpModule that moves ViewState to the bottom

Thursday, 30 November 2006

I came across this via LarkWare News - it’s a HttpModule that moves the ViewState data in the HTML down to the bottom of the page.

The idea of doing this is that the browser then gets to render all the regular page content before it hits the ViewState blob.

Looking at the comments, there appear to be a few small problems, but it could be a useful thing to use on ViewState-heavy pages once it is more robust.

New Vice Chancellor for UniSA

Wednesday, 29 November 2006

Professor Peter Høj will take over from Professor Denise Bradley next year as the new Vice Chancellor of The University of South Australia.

Yes, that isn’t a regular ‘o’ - it has a slash through it because Peter hails originally from Denmark, though he’s been in Australia since 1987.

I’ll link to the press release when it goes live.

Microsoft Ready Summit '06

Wednesday, 29 November 2006

I’ve managed to attend two of these events this year. The first was in Sydney as it coincided with family holidays in that state.

It was held at the Sydney Convention Centre (the same venue as Tech-Ed). I think there were more exhibitors in Sydney compared to Adelaide, but again the catering let Sydney down.

I didn’t get to see as many sessions in Adelaide yesterday, as I also needed to get back to work to oversee our building’s emergency evacuation drill (all went well I’m pleased to report).

I do think Adelaide does a much better job of putting on a seminar like this (really nice food for lunch, and they even know about dessert!) It isn’t the main point of a day like this, but I do think it reflects on the quality of the venue and location. Yay Adelaide.