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Next Gen Developer Web x.0, conferences and more... January 2006 Entries
10 Really Good Reasons to Become a Female in IT!
People who aren't in the IT industry quite often ask me as a female in the industry why I chose it. So here are my reasons as a female become a female in IT at the moment: 1. You are one of a relatively small population of female technologists at the moment so you will get noticed in the industry. 2. If you are competitive then you have all the guys to compete against to be the best! 3. You have a fantastically good male: female ratio if you are a single female and can cope with the techie guys(see ......

Posted On Monday, January 30, 2006 1:31 PM

Last week Helen Duguid, formerly of Microsoft now working as an independant consultant had a chat with me about a few things last week and one of the books that she recommended to me was Now Discover Your Strengths by Marcus Buckingham. To be totally honest I was a little scheptical at first. I thought, what can this book teach me that I don't already know, but then I decided that for Helen to recommend it so strongly that I should at least give it the benefit of the doubt, and I have to say I really ......

Posted On Monday, January 30, 2006 12:04 PM

Wiki Wednesday this Wed!
Just to let people know that Wiki Wednesday is this wednesday and for those of you who would like to attend you can find info and the sign up page here. I would recommend this evening to anyone who wants to know more about Wiki's and also to those who currently use them and want to find out more about how they can be appied and usefully used within businesses. I look forward to seeing some of you there ......

Posted On Monday, January 30, 2006 9:03 AM

Windows Live Meeting - What was it all about?
The Microsoft Windows Live team got a small number of developers, users and bloggers together to let them know about the latest and greatest developments along with a few details about their direction over the next few months. The basics of what they said were that they are looking to have a consistent interface between Messenger, Spaces, portal, search etc. This is so that people don't think they are all created by different teams etc. It will be interesting to see how they approach this. They are ......

Posted On Saturday, January 28, 2006 7:39 AM

Potential of Wiki
This is a post that I have been meaning to write for about 6 months now, but never quite got round to writing, and I think it is about time that I just get on and get it out there! So many times I hear people ask what in earth is a wiki? Why would i want to have one? Where would I use it? I am hoping to give just a little insight into why I like wiki's so much and where I can see some very valid uses for them. Just remember though that these are my personal reasons for liking & using wiki's and where ......

Posted On Wednesday, January 25, 2006 7:37 PM

London Girl Geek Dinner III Round-Up
Well I am finally getting round to writing about what happened at the third London Girl Geek Dinner. And I have to say it was really cool. I was a little worried at first about the slow sign-ups but in the end we made it to the 45 people that I had hoped would make it to the event. There were a few last minute sign-ups and a few last minute drop outs but all in all it was good. There were a few more guys at this event than I expected but they did all have invitations from girls. I think us girls ......

Posted On Monday, January 23, 2006 5:50 PM

Where to send feedback on MSN Messenger Live 8 beta

I couldn't find the Messenger Live 8 Beta feedback page so i got in touch with Eileen Brown to find out where it was. So for anyone else who can't find it: here it is!

Posted On Thursday, January 12, 2006 11:10 AM

10 Reasons NOT to date a Geek (unless they don't follow this pattern!)
Well I've seen so many 10 reasons to date a geek that I thought I would go with the opposite, having dated a few in the past! Share the knowledge so to speak! Bear in mind that I am also a geek so there will be clashes there! OK so here goes.... 1. They prefer to talk to you via the computer than directly to you. 2. If it were a choice between computer or female they will choose the computer. (Don't ask me why they just seem to! - Something to do with online gaming I believe!) 3. They actually think ......

Posted On Thursday, January 12, 2006 9:03 AM

London Girl Geek Dinners Website is Launched!

Well I finally got round to sorting out the website and getting the details of the London Girl Geek Dinner up on it. It's taken me a while to get round to it, and there are no links and very little info on it at the moment, but as time goes by information will get added to it so keep your eyes open. I hope everyone likes it!

Posted On Wednesday, January 11, 2006 5:11 PM

London 2.0 RC1 meetup (Django, Rails, Python, Ruby, TurboGears, Lisp...)
Tuesday, January 10, 2006 (6:00 PM - 11:30 PM) The Old Bank of England 194 Fleet Street, EC4 (Google Maps, Yahoo! Maps) London, London The second of the rebranded Django/Rails meetups, once again at the Olde Bank of England. Hopefully this time around we'll get the back room to make demos easier. We're actually piggybaking Simon's previously arranged Python meetup (http://www.brunningonline.... If you are a serious techie go... it's great fun and these guys and girls ......

Posted On Tuesday, January 10, 2006 12:09 PM

In Office Word Games
Do you ever play word games when you are bored at work and the phone rings? For example, at an "un-named" company (and not one I work for), a team of call centre staff used to play this game where each member of the team is given 10 really obscure words or phrases and has to try and fit them into conversations during the hour. They could only tick them off if someone else in the team overheard them say the word. One of the guys managed to get all 10 of his words into a 15 minute conversation. I think ......

Posted On Monday, January 9, 2006 7:05 PM

Medical Industry Concerned Over Windows OS Flaws!
My RSS feed picked up an article from Medical Connectivity Consulting today. The issues that this particular article raises have been felt throughout the medical industry. I found it rather ironic less than a month ago when a Microsoft employee asked me why the medical industry don't seem to be latching onto Microsoft products. The software is not been written to a high enough integrity level that the users or the developers can be confident in placing it in such a safety critical environment. The ......

Posted On Tuesday, January 3, 2006 12:07 PM

A very funky web desktop
Un-beknown to her until later! Adriana invited me to join this very funky new virtual web desktop called Goowy. I have to say I was a little sceptical at first because it is all flash! Not so good if you are on a low bandwidth pc I though... but it seems to be pretty good and easy to use interface wise on the high bandwidth version. The features on it at the moment are a little limited. They consist of search, blogs, e-mail sync, weather, shares... all those very web things that Google etc are trying ......

Posted On Tuesday, January 3, 2006 8:09 AM

Call for Speakers for London Girl Geek Dinner III
This is a call for 2 speakers for the London Girl Geek Dinner III. I am looking for 2 people, at least one female if possible, to speak on any technical subject to the girls. They are a friendly bunch and are very welcoming. If you are interested please leave a message here or e-mail me. The event will be held on the 19th January at the Texas Embassy Cantena from 7:30 pm. Talks start around 8:30(ish). I look forward to hearing from people soon. To sign up and attend the event please go to the wiki. ......

Posted On Tuesday, January 3, 2006 6:03 AM

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