Daily Archives: February 5, 2007

Hursley blogs on WMQ

Very glad to see that Dale has got the new blog up-and-running. A Hursley View on WMQ aims to provide an additional communications channel from the development team in the labs (IBM Hursley near Winchester in the UK, in the case of WebSphere MQ). Look out for tips, news on tools, and posts about “how it works”.

It is important to note that the blog doesn’t replace the existing newsgroups or unofficial third-party discussion sites, and it also doesn’t replace the formal product support process. However, I think it is going to be interesting to watch – there are already some interesting posts up which cover details that I was not aware of.

I’ve added it to my blogroll and feedreader already. If you’re a techie like me and work with WebSphere MQ, you should do the same.

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What’s my point?

I had lunch with a couple of friends at the Hursley club house on Friday, and spent much of the time discussing Second Life. Fridays seem to have become a day for me to play the role of “totally unofficial metaverse evangelist-lite” – in the past fortnight I’ve spent quite a lot of the time presenting on SL on Fridays, both formally and informally. This was one of the more informal sessions, and an interesting discussion… although I’m not sure either of my colleagues were convinced.

I was pleased to hear that both Lee and Rich are readers of my blog. One thing that they said that puzzled me slightly was when they made the point that “all you ever seem to post about is SL”. OK, so after some discussion they modified this to say that I must spend a lot of my time messing around in SL – or at least that’s the impression that comes across very strongly from my writing.

It’s a fair point that my writing hasn’t consistently focused in one particular area. If anything, the blog has probably tilted towards photography and away from technical WebSphere-related topics lately. I’m very excited by the possibilities presented by virtual worlds, but I’m involved in that area strictly as a volunteer, and I don’t intend to give the impression that all I do all day is run around a 3D environment getting excited by virtual musicians. My day job as a WebSphere consultant is my primary focus.

I’d already noticed that I hadn’t been posting quite so much about my day-to-day activities or the technologies I work with, so I’ll try to do some more of that. However, the tagline of the blog says it all, as does the About page – there is still going to be a mixture of topics to read about.