Today in history

August 17, 2014 by · Comments Off on Today in history
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It’s a bit hard for me to comprehend that 20 years ago today I started my second post-graduation job, joining Uniplex as a team leader. As I noted on my résumé site, my team had the fun task of porting Hewlett-Packard’s X.400 email server (OpenMail) to 25 flavours of UNIX as part of an office application suite (similar to MS-Office).

platespinner When I say it was fun, I mean it – it was like spinning plates, trying to keep all the systems running as we brought on new environments and having to make changes as we discovered how different they can be whilst still being standards compliant. For me it was a great combination of technical challenge and leadership role.

Sadly I was only there 2 years before the company was sold and stripped right down (almost everyone was laid off) but from there I went on to join Systematic and really get into Agile, so it’s not all bad. :)

How not to go agile

September 18, 2010 by · Comments Off on How not to go agile
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Spotted on The Daily WTF:

Busy week

May 17, 2009 by · 1 Comment
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I haven’t blogged since last weekend’s Grand Prix, or even posted any photos, because it’s been a busy week. We visited Kerri’s family last weekend and I’m still working on those photos. Since then the phone has been ringing almost non-stop with recruiters wanting to talk to me about a few opportunities – there was quite a bit of repetition (different agencies but same job), but a few interesting possibilities have come out of it. Interviews with one company are progressing well; it’s heartening to see some large companies that are committed to Agile, as well as the smaller organisations that more naturally adopt it.

Hopefully I can post some new photos tomorrow, but in the meantime check out my most viewed photos (which Flickr calls the “most interesting” set) and the other albums @; since April (summary post) I’ve posted a few new sets.

If you’ve only got time to look at one or two photos, check out my “best of” photoblog @ – I only post one picture per week, give or take, so I try to pick a recent shot that I really like.

Bring on the weekend

August 10, 2007 by · Comments Off on Bring on the weekend
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Home. Tired. 44 hours in one meeting! And it was only a 4-day week.

It’s not going to be a restful weekend though: there’s the Beer Festival, Taste Of The Danforth, the Hot & Spicy Food Festival … oh, and finding somewhere to live!

Excuse me while I whine

June 16, 2007 by · 2 Comments
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There’s the Distillery District blues festival this weekend, as well as the Toronto dragon boat festival at Centre Island, a friend’s party tonight and another friend has tickets for tomorrow’s baseball game … but I’ve got a heap of work to get done. I’m not giving up my Formula One, but I don’t have time to do everything else. :( Hopefully it’s only going to be this insanely busy for the next couple of weeks … because if it keeps going like this, I can’t!

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