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Next Gen Developer Web x.0, conferences and more... February 2006 Entries
Update!!! Change of date! Wiki Wed - 8th March 2006
Wiki Wednesday in London are looking for speakers and things are hotting up on this front. They have a confirmed sponsor and the venue is all wifi enabled and ready to show off the latest and greatest in the wiki world. It is a great opportunity for individuals and companies alike to show off the best and most innovative products and for those who want to learn more about them, they can learn from the best! The full details of the event are being posted here. I have been about since the start of ......

Posted On Thursday, February 23, 2006 12:16 AM

What would I do if I weren't a techie!
I was thinking the other day, if I didn't chose to be a software engineer what would I do? I came up with a whole range of different things: - SME start-up - Lawyer - Professional Swimmer - Diving Instructor - New media technologies revolutionary - Cyber Model I guess there are no end of other possibilities, but these are just the few that I do sometimes wonder about. In amongst all of them are some common themes: Challenging, interesting, different, are areas that I love to dabble in at some point ......

Posted On Thursday, February 23, 2006 12:09 AM

Too Many New Products
I am having one of those months where I have so many different things that I want to investigate, play with and learn and so little time to dedicate to them that I feel like I am neglecting my technology roots! (Bad Sarah!) However as I did say a few days ago, I am going to be making a conscious effort this weekend to get back to some of it. So what is on my list of stuff to sit and play with: 1. Playing with Windows Mobile 2005 and interfacing to SQLMobile. 2. Reporting the many bugs that I seem ......

Posted On Thursday, February 16, 2006 8:59 PM

Developer Developer Developer Speakers Needed!
It is coming back to that time of the year where the developer developer developer day speakers can put themselves forward to talk on technical subjects. Now I am going to go out on a whim here and suggest specifically to the female technolgists and professionals out there with experience to come out and put themselves forward as speakers. Now the reason I say this is that at the last event there were very few female speakers and something that is apparent is that the females in IT are very good ......

Posted On Thursday, February 16, 2006 7:33 PM

Work for the Big Blog Company!

I was chatting to Adriana yesterday and she was telling me that she has a couple of roles to fill at the Big Blog Company. One is a communications and change management type of role and the other is more technical. If you want to know more about the roles the full descriptions can be found on the website here!

Posted On Thursday, February 16, 2006 5:37 PM

Female Role Models
I was talking with Sam Sethi yesterday about who the strong female role models are in the world and how many of them have a strong online presence. We came to the distinct conclusion between us that there isn't a single female that you can categorically say is the technical role model for men or women to look up to. I can think of a few key women that could have the potential to do this but I'm not sure that they realise that they have the potential to influence and encourage others to venture into ......

Posted On Thursday, February 16, 2006 1:52 PM

Women in Technology: Flexible Working
The theme for the Women in Technology event last night in London was all about flexible working. Now the first thing most people think about when talking about this sort of thing is children and families. However flexible working is much more than that. It is all about working the hours and in a manner that suits you and the team that you work with. For example think about co located teams... You need to have the flexibility to work late at night and early mornings in the UK to catch the US online. ......

Posted On Thursday, February 16, 2006 10:31 AM

March London Girl Geek Dinner Announced!
Well another month and another London Girl Geek Dinner has been organised, and this time the hostess is Katy Pearce! (Well done Katie for taking the initiative!) She has managed to get Cory Doctorow to come and do a talk on all things techie, sci-fi and geeky! There are already 25 people signed up to the event and it is looking like places are getting filled fast The rules of engagement for this event are the same as all the rest... guys, bring a girl with you (after all it is only polite considering ......

Posted On Tuesday, February 14, 2006 7:05 PM

Valentines Trouble!
Someone sent flowers to my office today for Valentines day with "if only..." on the attached card. Now I have no idea who on earth would send them to me?! If you have any clue I would love to know who you think they are from?! If you sent them I would like to know... I am curious! I also got a card but I don't know who that was from either, I am assuming that the two things are totally unconnected... Maybe I am wrong on that front. I have no idea. :S Usually my Valentine's days are really uneventful, ......

Posted On Tuesday, February 14, 2006 12:25 PM

Mobile Devs @MoMo = No (apparently!)
It became quite clear at Mobile Monday in London this week that the one group that aren't welcome at Mobile Mondays are the developers and from talking to the people who were there it has become obvious that they aren't seen as a welcome addition. Not to name names but one person said "Why would we want the developers there, all they do is moan about everything.". My response was that they could help to suggest solutions that aren't just purely software solutions. Once again this comment fell upon ......

Posted On Thursday, February 9, 2006 9:26 AM

RSS Has it hit the mainstream? I think not!
Robert Scoble has been arguing that RSS has hit the mainstream after attending LIFT conference and asking how many people use RSS there. I have to say he lives in a slightly skewed version of the world. Unlike the rest of us he lives towards the leading edge of technologies. Although I don't agree with everything that Dave Winer says about what needs to happen with RSS to make it mainstream, I do think he has a bit more of an idea of how it will need to be implemented to be used by the mainstream ......

Posted On Sunday, February 5, 2006 1:45 PM

Well we are all talking about wiki's for business but what happens when those business people aren't in their office... they need it on the move. What device do most business people have with them. That would be their mobile phone. So the question now is how do we manage to get wiki's on mobiles and get them to be mobile enabled? Once again when looking at this we get into all the same sort of issues that arise from the likes of Mobile Mondays on data accessing across different platforms and with ......

Posted On Thursday, February 2, 2006 10:42 AM

Four things... Blog Tag!
Thanks sooooo much Baz! Four jobs I've had: * Software Engineer * London Girl Geek Dinners Events Co-ordinator / Founder * Student (Honest it was a full time job being a student!) * Estate Agent Four movies I can watch over and over: * House of Flying Daggers * Cruel Intentions * ET * Minority Report Four places I've lived: * Basingstoke * Manchester * Alderley Edge * Harpenden Four TV shows I love: * The OC * Desperate Housewives * Coupling * Scrubs Four places I've vacationed * Egypt - Marsa Alam ......

Posted On Wednesday, February 1, 2006 11:31 AM

What makes a good IT consultant?
What do you think are the key values and skills that a good software consultant should have? How do you think they should act? What do you think the 10 basic rules of a good software consultant should be? The reason I ask is because I so often hear about bad consultants and consultancy firms failing to deliver products up to standard, on time and within budget. I am going to give my basic 10 tips for becoming a good software consultant based on the failures I have seen in consultants and consultancy ......

Posted On Wednesday, February 1, 2006 7:56 AM

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