Posts from June 2006.

Out of the office for the next two weeks.

I’ll be out of the office for the next two weeks, which unfortunately means much reduced support during this time.

I should be back in the office and answering email etc by the 4th of July.

Back from the abyss

The last week or so has been pretty exhausting for two reasons.

First was the release of CaseDetective 1.1.1, 1.1.2 and 1.1.3 to fix up little problems found in CaseDetective 1.1. There’s still one user with a problem that I simply can not decipher, it makes absolutely no sense and no one else has seen it. I’ll maybe have to see if I can get a CoPilot session going to fathom it out.

The second is that since Tuesday last week I’ve been getting steadily more and more ill until Friday I finally came down with a really nasty cold. I was totally wiped out all day Saturday and Sunday and then started to feel better and better yesterday as the day wore on. I missed all the really nice weather we’ve had over the weekend, but at least I didn’t miss the football!

Today I feel much much better, still full of gunk, but should be OK for doing my first day of consultancy at the new contract tomorrow.

My new client wants me to go in for a day to meet various people and generally settle in so that I can hit the road running when I come back off of holiday.

Bit of a shame that it’s tomorrow they picked as it’s Mandy’s birthday and we’d planned on going out for the day, but she’s going to see her Mum and sister instead and we’ll do something on Thursday if it’s OK out. So hopefully it’s going to all work out well.

It’s taking me ages to write this as my attention keeps veering off to the Brazil vs Croatia match on my second monitor (got to love EyeTV), so I’ll stop fighting the temptation and wrap up this little update post. Speak to you soon.

CaseDetective 1.1.2 Released, Oops!

CaseDetective 1.1.2 is just a little update to make sure Attachments are sync’d before Bugs and BugEvents to ensure referential consistency, particularly if the app is quit before the sync completes. This was broken by today’s v1.1.1 release.

Should have known better than to release software on the 6th day of the 6 month in the year 06! :-)

Maybe the fact that this is build 222 will help?

CaseDetective 1.1.1 Released.

CaseDetective 1.1.1 has been released, should fix the connection problems some people were having.

Hi ho, hi ho, it's back to contracting I go!

On Friday I had an interview for a year long contract (240 days over 52 weeks). To be honest I didn’t think I had any chance as I knew I was the third candidate to be interviewed and was being interviewed on the Friday afternoon before the Monday that they had to have their decision made (so the agent told me).

Guess what, I only went and got the bloomin’ job!

It was the most relaxed and low key interview I’ve been to, although that doesn’t mean much as I’ve only been to a couple of interviews in my entire working life, and only one for a contract, usually I get my jobs through recommendations.

The two guys that interviewed me were really nice, friendly and easy to talk to, in fact I thought I’d blown it because I rambled on too much a couple of times. The whole thing was more like having a chat about this and that to do with what they do, what I’ve done, what I thought about methodologies and so on.

Anyway, to cut a long story short, I left the office at about 3:30pm and drove home. When I got in I started telling Mandy about the interview, how nice the people and their new offices were, that the project sounded really interesting … when she cut me off and said “have you not listened to your messages?”

“No”, says I, “I’ve been driving.”

“Your agent called, you’ve got the job! He called your mobile, left a message and then called the house.”

Turns out my agent left the message on my mobile at 3:45, just fifteen minutes after I left the interview. Now that’s a quick decision!

I won’t say where I’ll be working, I’ve never talked about clients on my blog, probably never will, plus I have no idea whether they have any policies about that kind of thing.

I’ll be starting on July 3rd, which gives me two weeks to get the wrinkles ironed out of CaseDetective 1.1, and then I’m off on holiday for a couple of weeks.

It’s a real relief to know I’ve got the job, one of the worst things about the last few months has been not having the disposable income I’ve become accustomed to.

Finally I can satisfy my iTunes addiction again! :-)