Daily Archives: October 2, 2006

SOA, the Movie… (trailer)

This looks quite funky…

(good excuse for me to try out the YouTube embedding functionality in WordPress.com, too, since I hadn’t had the chance to do so yet… like so many other features on WP.com, it “just works”)

Adding a guestbook

One of the things I’ve noticed lately is that some visitors to my blog have wanted to leave a comment, and have ended up doing so on a random post. That’s great, I have no issue with it at all. I’m always delighted to have people leave a comment, and I’d love it if more people would do so. I’ve had a fair number of page hits, but a relatively small number of comments so far. It would be great to have more two-way communication with my readers.

WordPress.com allows the creation of pages that are outside of the blog posting chronology. I’ve had About, Photography and Writings pages for some time. During September the pages gained consistent commenting, so any visitor can comment on a page. I’ve turned this off for most of the pages on the site. However, this has also created a convenient new way to add a “guestbook” to the site.

So, if you want to comment on the site and don’t have a specific post in mind, then do feel free to use the new Guestbook page. Or you can continue to comment on my blog posts. In fact, do both 🙂

[ the one thing I haven’t been able to do to my satisfaction is to put the pages in the order I want them in the blog header – I’d like Guestbook to go last… ]

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Five years on

Yesterday marked my 5 year anniversary with IBM.

Previous to joining IBM, I spent 4 years with The Post Office IT Services in the UK, starting on their graduate training programme and progressing to a lead role in the Middleware Development Group there. During the summer of 2001, a friend at IBM introduced me to his manager. All of a sudden, I was being offered a role with the London practice of the IBM Software Services team, since they were looking for MQ experience.

So, here I am, and the past 5 years have been pretty amazing. I’ve picked up a huge number of new skills, and broadened my knowledge across the IBM portfolio. I’ve become a consultant. I’ve spoken at conferences, worked with our development labs, and written books and articles. I’ve had the opportunity to try out a management role. I’ve seen several people join our team through acquisitions or horizontal moves, and supported or mentored a number of them through the process.

Over the past five years, I’ve worked with a range of customers and gained valuable experience and insights into their respective industries in doing so. One of the best parts of working in the services business is the variety of work, and the fact that I am frequently at the leading edge of what customers are doing with our technology.

I’ve built a great network. Since I started blogging, that has just continued to grow, and I now have some amazing friends across the globe.

One other important point is that I got married since I joined IBM, and we celebrate our third anniversary on Thursday! 🙂 I remember meeting a fantastic woman at a garden party in Oxford in the summer of 2001 and mentioning to her how I’d just been offered a job with IBM… somehow the two things have overlapped.

A week of anniversaries and celebrations – time to think about what has changed, and how I’ve grown in the past five years. I’ll be taking a few days off later in the week, so that should be a good opportunity to do so.

Whilst you are contemplating this post, you may want to take a look at my About page to find out more about my background.

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New Windows Live Writer

There’s a new beta version of Windows Live Writer available. 

It still “just works”, and as far as I’m concerned the improvements in this version are just polish and shine… the only major change that I find useful is the in-built Tags plugin which enables me to add Technorati (or other) tags to a post, and I had a third-party plugin for that already. It still does not play nicely with Roller: it cannot auto-detect a Roller blog, nor can it get the list of tags / categories for my Roller blog, but it will let me post without problems. Works fine with WordPress.

If you need an offline blogging tool for Windows, give this a try. It has displaced w.bloggar for me.