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I was mildly amused to see that open source analyst James Governor has put an SLA on his blogging activity.

In retrospect it is not such a bad thing. So here goes mine:

I will write at least one post a month on anything that mildly relates to SAP, PHP, Eclipse, Usability, Web Applications, HR, CRM, Cycling, Cricket or anything else under the banner of Life the Universe and Everything.

I am also over on twitter.

Thinking about Life, The Universe and Everything – this week is week 42 of the year.

Starting a blog

A friend is wanting to start to blog. It’s dead easy…

  1. Sign up at
  2. Sign up at
  3. Sign up at
  4. Sign up at
  5. If you have an account on SCN, put your shiny new url every where you can. Your business card profile, in the wiki and even in your forum posts. SCN has awesome google juice.
  6. Sign up at – this will remove your feed from your url if you ever want to move domains
  7. Have something to say and join the conversation.

Hope this helps you Cathy!

What other tips would you give a new blogger?

8 things you (probably) don’t know about me.

Ah the New Years meme. 8 things this year. It is remenisent of the price rise of the London congestion charge from £5 to £8. Anyway on with the meme.

I have been tagged by both Craig Cmehil and Thomas Otter and as I recall Thomas tagged me last year when the price of admission was a mere five things.

Here we go…

  1. I am a big big big Monty Python fan. I found a record (yes, a big black round thing) in my brothers collection when I was twelve and haven’t looked back since. Ni Ni.
  2. Of all the humour in the world I would put Australian first. I love the Working Dog films. The Castle and The Dish are two of my favourite films (or is that Nick?)
  3. Of all the things that are good and bad about SAP, being able to use the Control-Y combination to select data from across several fields and then paste it into several fields in another session is one of my biggest timesavers – or at least it was last week when I was copying data structures.
  4. The first swan I ever saw was black. There are white swans?
  5. I love really really like eclipse as an IDE. Sure it takes up a bit of memory and takes a while to load but it I have found to be great to work with and I only have to start it about once a week thanks to hibernation of my machine.
  6. Three to go … on the home straight.
    My first car was a Holden Commodore – except is was a 4 cylinder and therefore a tad under powered. In retrospect, that was probably a good thing.
  7. Having recently tasted these for the first time in a long time – Violet Crumble beats Crunchie any day of the week. A Violet Crumbe is a real treat.
  8. The longest distance I have driven in 24 hours is about 1000k from Halls Creek to Alice Springs via the Tanami (Tan-am-eye) Track.

Ok now for the tagging bit. So I am going to tag up. That is tag some of the best PHP bloggers that I have been following for the past year of so. So if you guys don’t want to play along that’s fine. I’ll still be reading your blogs.

Nick Halstead from,
Eli White from Digg,
Terry Chay from Tagged,
Chris Shifflet from Omniti,
Wez Furlong who is speaking at to the London Php Conference Friday Feb 29,
Cal Evans from Zend Devzone,
Sara Golemon from Yahoo,
Liz Naramore, PHPWomen‘s champion.

So, if you have the inclination, I’d love to learn a few more things about you guys.

#include std.disclaimer

There has been some words written recently about the partisanship or otherwise or certain bloggers if they are invited to tradeshows by large companies and have their travel and expenses paid for them.

Well, as I was recently invited to the SAP TechEd conference as a blogger, I thought I would lay out my affiliations for all to see. Yes my flights and part of my accommodation was paid for.

When I was invited to the event by Mark Finnern, I openly asked him (half jokingly) ‘Am I expected to be an SAP Stooge now?’. He laughed and made it quite clear that this was not the case. During the event we caught up to talk about many things one of which was this issue. I made it quite clear to him that although I appreciate the invitation to the event I certainly would not be completely one eyed about SAP. Yes, my company makes most of it revenue by assisting my clients with SAP implementations but if I see something which I think is a little odd I will not hesitate on calling SAP out on it. In my mind that would be like a grain of sand trying to get the beach to change colour but I have been pleasantly surprised how open SAP executives have been when listening to what I have to say.

For that I am thankful and am looking forward to the year ahead and even an invitation to the Berlin TechEd next October.

I have a whole stack of stuff to write up coming out of the conference so hang on to your hat. Hopefully I can get it out before the moment passes.

While we are on the subject of disclaiming I am also a customer of FreeAgentCentral and there is a nice win-win if you sign up from this link. If I am writing about FreeAgentCentral it is because it is great software that is saving many UK contractors time and money in producing their accounts.

Lastly, I am part of a team developing a product called ChurchWorks. Church managment software if you will. If you ever catch me writing about that it is because I am trying to raise it’s profile and make a few sales.

So I hope that lays a few things out in the open. if you have any questions you are always welcome to leave a comment or get in touch.

The blogger confessions meme

I found this meme on Charlotte’s Web and thought it would be a good way to summarise my approach to this blogging malarky.

1. Do you promote your blog?

Not really, I link to it a bit from here and there and a few others have included it on their blogrolls which is nice of them. I am just seeing how it grows from there.

2. How often do you check hits?

Maybe once or twice a week. I am not complusive about this but I do like to see what gets traction and what doesn’t.

3. Do you stick to one topic?

I try to stick to software related topics as much as possible. The title of the blog is ‘Getting Technical’ so I try an honour that. My other passions will leak out occasionally. No one listens to a radio station that plays everything so the people that tune into this blog can expect the topics to be loosely congregated around software.

4. Who knows that you have a blog?

Aparently a few guys at SAP do! Thanks for the invite to TechEd guys. I am looking forward to it.

5. How many blogs do you read?

Again I read mainly technical blogs for the improvement of my skills and staying in touch with the industry. I haven’t counted them, but it would be less that 200.

6. Are you a fast reader?

I could be faster but I am not slow. I do skim a lot and will often not ready past a title of a blog.

7. Do you customise your blog or do anything technical?

I changed the theme and I am on the prowl for a good picture I can use instead of the standard one but I am in no rush. I should install Oliver Kohl’s cool SDN WordPress widget.

8. Do you blog anonymously?

No and I like it like that. I understand why people do but that would waste a lot of google juice.

9. To what extent do you censor yourself?

I have written some things I haven’t published. Partly due to the answer to 8. and the fact that the internet never forgets.

10. The best thing about blogging?

Making connections around the world with a whole buncha great people. That rocks.

.blog extension

Quick question…

Who would vote for a .blog domain extension? We have a .mobi and .name and .info for goodness sake.

Ok, let’s see if this gets any traction… use ‘.blog’ as a technorati tag and see how deep the rabbit hole goes.

[Update] Use ‘dotblog’ as a technorati tag.

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Storm in a teacup

Like the snow that we have had in London for the last couple of days, I think the current storm happening over at SDN will blow over soon enough. The new growth will bud out, the dead wood will be taken to the recycling centre and the tree will blossom once again.

My Dad, wise old sage that he is, says that you would get bored of summer if that’s is all you ever experienced. A good storm every now and again not only makes the sun more appreciated but also washes away the dust making everything fresh.

Allow me another metaphore if you will. Fire. The great fire of London in 1666 devestated the city. It has been rebuilt and it thrives as great city and a great place to live. In fact look at the great things to come out of the fire. St Pauls for one. Christopher Wren was an amazing architect.

I have said all this to say that, ‘This too will pass and what is to come will be a whole lot better’.

And there is probably a whole lot of registered SDNers that haven’t even noticed! (Like 600 000)

Let’s move on, fix what needs to be fixed and have a good laugh.

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