For the record, just in case you are using the new cuil search engine, I do not look like this:
Linked in Search Result
The text is right but it is from my start of my career, nothing recent. I have no idea where it is getting that photo from.
Oh well everyone’s gotta start somewhere.
At least for the search ‘Nigel James’ it put me front and centre.
It seems they cant even find themselves!
Everybody and his dog has had a comment about cuil in the blogo–echo–chamber.
While now you think I only search for myself – it was promted by a tweet from Elizabeth Naramore.
She doesn’t look like Sebastian Bergmann at all.
I am all for competition to Google but at this stage Cuil have a way to travel.
Published Wednesday, 23 July 2008
ABAP , Life , London , SAP , Software
Tags: Business, clients, recruiting
For a while back there I was “out of work” which means my company was short of a client to invoice. Not the best situation.
Long story short is that I have remedied that predicament and it all worked out very well given the current economic climate etc etc.
I have been meaning to blog a little about recruiting 2.0 or recruiters or that sort of thing as we all have a love hate relationship with that. We need to recruiters to find people but they can, on occassion be annoying. I tend to take the good with the bad and forge direct relationships with clients where possible. I can usually pick a bad recruiter as he has no idea what he is talking about when he reads a spec to me. It usually his first day and I am flexible and usually tell them to go to SDN to learn the lingo.
Anyway thanks to all the people who provided me with leads and support recently. While blogging or twittering didn’t directly to an offer it sure didn’t harm my cause.
My new gig – well I can’t tell you. I have signed an NDA which prevents me from telling you, dear reader, in this public forum. No matter – that’s how some big companies operate so I will happily toe the line.
[It is a great project though]
Published Thursday, 17 July 2008
Tags: citizenship, dual citizen, passport, travel
I don’t think there is anything more I need to add – this picture says it all.
Published Tuesday, 15 July 2008
Tags: Blackberry, Humour, iPhone
originally uploaded by SeanOsteen.
Great work from Sean Osteen. Need I say more.
Well I know I have a BlackBerry bias but I am not against iPhone. They are awesome but I just found this tickled my funny bone.
Published Tuesday, 15 July 2008
Software , Usability
Tags: Blackberry, Delivery, email
Whilst on the phone with Vodafone sorting our some email delivery issues with my BlackBerry I learned a new trick.
If you put ‘<confirm>‘ in the header line of an email you send to a BlackBerry you will get a delivery confirmation when it has been delivered to the BlackBerry.
Of course you can send PIN message to a BlackBerry as well which is an ‘instant’ way to communicate with other BlackBerry users. They always get a delivery receipt – a second tick appears next to the message. The only downside it that the PIN is the handset ID which will change when you change handset. This means you have to update everyone. This is easy because there is a handy shortcut to generate the pin in a message. Type mypin and it gets replaced with a link that is another BlackBerry user can pin you with directly.
What other BlackBerry hacks do you know?
Photo credit BBCool_Wes – Thanks.
Published Friday, 4 July 2008
Development , London , PHP , Software
Tags: Agavi, bluHalo, Doctrine, Ian Christian, iBuildings, Markus Baker, PHP, PHPLondon, SAP, SAP Blogger, Simple Test, TDD
As always the London PHP meetup last night went off.
I met a whole buncha new people. Some of whom were from bluhalo.com and others were from iBuildings.
Ian Christian presented a great talk on doctrine (rhymes with whine not win apparently but I guess that depends on what school you went to or what country you were born in)
Doctrine is a ORM tool for mapping your classes into databases tables. His presentation went well even with offline google docs!
I later got into all sorts of conversations with the afore mentioned new iBuildings guys and aparently the are an international company now because they are in two countries. Well judging by the nationality of them they are a global company! Other people drifed into the conversation and I mentioned I was a SAP consultant by day and someone (not the iBuildings guys FTR) had decided that SAP was all proprietory and was not into open standards blah blah blah. I tried to press him for evidence for his assertions but none came and someone else conventiently came along to rescue him.
I could go on here about how you could connect with SAP dozens of ways including SOAP, REST, Java, .Net, PHP, Python, Perl, Ruby with connectors some official and some open source (how’s Zend Core for SAP coming along guys 😉 hint hint ) but if you have decided that SAP is not open then I guess your mind is in a similar state.
A small group of Symfony guys found a table and started doing the symfony thing and I managed to see Ian was getting prepared for the Agavi presentation next month. (Backstory here)
At the end of the evening I saw Marcus giving a one-on-one with someone so I came over to see what was happening and ended up getting a personal tour through simpletest and intro to TDD.