Archive for the 'Life' Category

My last post at this domain

This site is now no longer being updated. It will remain here as part of the wonderful history of the internet as there are a few links that will resolve here and will remain here. New non-technical blogging will now be at and all new posts will happen there.

Other technical blogging can be found on SCN or at my company SquareCloud

Google has now completed the assimilation of Feedburner and so you can get my feed for the new domain at . If my subscribers got every post reposted to this feed as I changed the domain over, please accept my apologies. I will be doing a little webhousework at both domains in the next day or so so if you have something to add or a suggestion or just want to say ‘hi’ then my contact details are here.

Thanks for reading,


(Oh and I know it not quite as short as but I think my new virtual home is pretty cool)

Happy New Year

Happy New Year

Happy New Year

Wishing my readers a Happy New Year.
I trust that this year brings you all you dream of and plan for.

Photo credit: Chanc

Be part of the solution

It really doesn’t take much to change the world and today as part of blog action day I am going to challenge you to do something that will help someone out of poverty and maintain it.

Maybe you are already doing something to make poverty history. Fantastic – keep it up.

If you are reading this post you have the resources to make a difference in someone’s life.

I am not going to prescribe that you support the organisations that I support but I have found that Compassion is a champion of those in poverty and works well with children, their families and the whole community to bring change in a region.

Having supported and sponsored kids over several years it is evident to me that they do excellent work at getting families out of poverty by supporting education and health of kids and supporting whole regions where they operate.

So on this blog action day focussed on poverty give a thought to making a difference in a childs life. It really will make a difference. You can’t do everything, but you can do something.

Cycling to work

Bicycle Belles,
originally uploaded by

This week I have started to cycle to work again. My monthly train ticket had expired and at my clients office there is ample bike parking and showers. I had no excuse.

So last Monday I got my bike out, packed my bag, planned a route and went for it.

Seeing it was about 3 months since I had pulled my bike from storage and at that time I was only cycling a mere 3.5 miles to my client I wasn’t sure how I would find the new 8 mile trip.

I shouldn’t have worried. It is taking me about 35 minutes on the bike which is a good enough pace. I would like to get that under 30 minutes but the goal is to get to work not to beat Chris Hoy in 2012.

There is a great feel riding on the road in London. There are lots of people out there and while there is a little argy bargy most of the people I have seen have been pretty safe especially all the cyclists passing me. If there is anything that get my competitive edge going it is having someone pass me. I always want to jump on their wheel but most of the time they are much fitter than me and they leave me in their dust.

I am not sure how long I am going to be able to keep on cycling with the darkness and winter approaching but in the mean time when you are driving your car – watch for cyclists.

Thanks to Alastair Humphreys for his great shot of the woman cycling entered in a competition to make cycling more accessable to women.

Have a great 08 day

This moment was just ripe with opportunity and I didn’t want to miss it.

This post has been published at 08/08/08 08:08:08.

Enjoy the moment.

(Also enjoy the Olympics and enjoy the fact that PHP4 is no longer being supported – upgrade to 5!)

A new gig and a gag

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]

Not Dual Fuel, Dual Citizen!

I don’t think there is anything more I need to add – this picture says it all.

Have two passport can travel, can work.

A new way of looking at that tired old resume

When Roo Reynolds blogged about his CV as a tag cloud recently I was intrigued. Not just because it was a tag cloud but because it looked really good.

I thought I would have a go and this is what I came up with.

Nigel James - a wordle tag cloud

Given that Nick Halstead hates recruitment agents – could this be a new way to present a CV?

A pleasant LHR T5 experience

xp_on_ad_screensWhen I first knew that I would be flying out of London Heathrow Terminal 5 to SAPPHIRE, I was a little concerned. All I wanted was to get to Berlin but I had images of delays and cancellations which wasn’t helped last Thursday when popey was twittering about cancellations to most of the known universe. Yesterday morning however, I was early for an early flight and on arrival at T5 I used one of the self check in machines and was then through security in about 5 minutes. The only thing that I noticed that was not working was one of the large screen TV advertisements. It seems like they haven’t upgraded to Vista either! You will be pleased to know however that there were many many other advertisement screens working so Accenture had plenty of time and space to get their ‘Tiger’ message into my brain.

I would like to see the airport under strain as turning up for one of the first flights for the day is not a basis to cast a full report but so far I am one happy customer.

Today is good people day

pass it on…


Let me talk quickly about one of the most awesome poeple in my virtual world.

Craig Cmehil is the community evangelist over at the SAP Developer Network. He is awesome because he is always out there on the cutting edge pushing the community trying new things. Thinking of new ways to make the SAP Developer Community rock. Introducing new services like twitter and kyte and ustream to take the community events to the next level.

Like eventtrack – tracking people in the moment,  like helping out Chris Dalby (Microsoft MVP) with Chinposin – ambient avatars, like creating a twitter clone for inside the firewall. I could go on.

Craig you rock.

So it’s good people day – who are you going to talk up, praise, shout out?

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