Archive for November, 2006

VFP: Chris Sainty’s VFP UG presentation

Posted on November 30, 2006. Filed under: Visual FoxPro |

Sounds like Wednesday night’s Sydney VFP UG was a ripper! I’m disappointed I wasn’t able to be there.

Chris Sainty has a quick rundown of his topic on his blog here plus a link to the materials he presented.

There is also a link on the UG web site: http://www.svfpug.com.au/assets/2006/November2006ChrisPerformance.zip

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VFP: Chris Sainty’s VFP UG presentation

Posted on November 30, 2006. Filed under: Visual FoxPro |

Sounds like Wednesday night’s Sydney VFP UG was a ripper! I’m disappointed I wasn’t able to be there.

Chris Sainty has a quick rundown of his topic on his blog here plus a link to the materials he presented.

There is also a link on the UG web site: http://www.svfpug.com.au/assets/2006/November2006ChrisPerformance.zip

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VFP: Sydney VFP User Group on tonight

Posted on November 28, 2006. Filed under: Visual FoxPro |

Don’t miss our final VFP user group for the year.

Tonight Chris Sainty, Rahul Desai and Doug Bower will be presenting.

More details on the Sydney Visual FoxPro User Group web site.

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VFP: Sydney VFP User Group on tonight

Posted on November 28, 2006. Filed under: Visual FoxPro |

Don’t miss our final VFP user group for the year.

Tonight Chris Sainty, Rahul Desai and Doug Bower will be presenting.

More details on the Sydney Visual FoxPro User Group web site.

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PERSONAL: Congratulations to Michele

Posted on November 28, 2006. Filed under: Visual FoxPro |

The results came out on Monday, and I’m very proud to inform that Michele has been awarded First Class Honours in her Psychology degree.

Further, her thesis on Happiness has been recommended for publication (this is a big thing in psychology as it needs to be peer reviewed before any reputable psychology publication will even consider it – unlike say the IT field where publication is much easier). Once that is underway, she will then make it available on her Happiness web site.

She worked extremely hard on her thesis all year and is well deserving of the result.

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PERSONAL: Congratulations to Michele

Posted on November 28, 2006. Filed under: Visual FoxPro |

The results came out on Monday, and I’m very proud to inform that Michele has been awarded First Class Honours in her Psychology degree.

Further, her thesis on Happiness has been recommended for publication (this is a big thing in psychology as it needs to be peer reviewed before any reputable psychology publication will even consider it – unlike say the IT field where publication is much easier). Once that is underway, she will then make it available on her Happiness web site.

She worked extremely hard on her thesis all year and is well deserving of the result.

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PERSONAL: Twin Cities update

Posted on November 28, 2006. Filed under: Visual FoxPro |

So, life is interesting in Minneapolis currently. The last week has been very child focussed {g}. Jack (my newest nephew) and Jackie came home from hospital and are doing well.

I now have a great empathy for new parents. Not that I’ve had anywhere near the stress, joy, lack of sleep, concern, excitement and life that James and Jackie have had this last week, but I’ve certainly seen it first hand. What a rollcoaster ride of emotions they go through. The respect I have for them is very high.

We all got out of the apartment on Sunday afternoon and Michele and I spent a few hours shopping which was great (clothes and books). Not that we’ve been able to play Mall of America bingo yet, but we’ll be giving it good shot next weekend.

Myself, I had to get back to work on Sunday night (local time) and have an urgent quote to get finished by Wednesday, so there hasn’t been much more sight seeing as yet.

We’ve started putting some photo albums together on my Picasa site. Feel free to browse.

http://picasaweb.google.com/craigjamesbailey

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PERSONAL: Twin Cities update

Posted on November 28, 2006. Filed under: Visual FoxPro |

So, life is interesting in Minneapolis currently. The last week has been very child focussed {g}. Jack (my newest nephew) and Jackie came home from hospital and are doing well.

I now have a great empathy for new parents. Not that I’ve had anywhere near the stress, joy, lack of sleep, concern, excitement and life that James and Jackie have had this last week, but I’ve certainly seen it first hand. What a rollcoaster ride of emotions they go through. The respect I have for them is very high.

We all got out of the apartment on Sunday afternoon and Michele and I spent a few hours shopping which was great (clothes and books). Not that we’ve been able to play Mall of America bingo yet, but we’ll be giving it good shot next weekend.

Myself, I had to get back to work on Sunday night (local time) and have an urgent quote to get finished by Wednesday, so there hasn’t been much more sight seeing as yet.

We’ve started putting some photo albums together on my Picasa site. Feel free to browse.

http://picasaweb.google.com/craigjamesbailey

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PERSONAL: Australia prominent in US news

Posted on November 23, 2006. Filed under: Visual FoxPro |

Great to see that Australia looms large on the global arena. After reading through USA Today, Investor’s Business Daily and The Wall Street Journal, here’s the sum total of the references to Australia (down the bottom of the screenshot).
Makes me proud.

Here’s the lame article it refers to in Sydney’s The Daily Telegraph.
No wonder many countries are bemused about us folks from down under. Posted by Picasa

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PERSONAL: Happy Turkey Day

Posted on November 23, 2006. Filed under: Visual FoxPro |

Today is Thanksgiving Day in the US. Being an ignorant Australian I knew very little about what the day celebrated. Wikipedia gives a decent overview here. See also the entry (some unverified) about Squanto.

Have a great day folks.

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PERSONAL: Happy Turkey Day

Posted on November 23, 2006. Filed under: Personal |

Today is Thanksgiving Day in the US. Being an ignorant Australian I knew very little about what the day celebrated. Wikipedia gives a decent overview here. See also the entry (some unverified) about Squanto.

Have a great day folks.

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PERSONAL: Minneapolis sunset

Posted on November 23, 2006. Filed under: Visual FoxPro |

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PERSONAL: Minneapolis update

Posted on November 21, 2006. Filed under: Visual FoxPro |

Note: This is a personal (and thus perhaps boring to many) post. A while back I combined all my blogs into one and simply prefixed each post title with a label.

So, if you are only interested in VFP then feel free to skip this and any other non-VFP related entries 🙂

But, to the readers who have stayed on (hi Mum) I hope you enjoy the update:

The last few days have been great. We started out sight seeing where all good tourists should: at the Mall of America. Australians would be overwhelmed by this place. It is massive. It has a 7 acre theme park in the middle of it for starters! I bought some shoes at Nordstrum Rack (you won’t believe how cheap stuff is here) and Michele bought some clothes.

By the way, be careful to leave those little ‘friends’ at home if you visit:

http://www.craigbailey.net/BlogImages/Banned.JPG

We took in the native cuisine of the area (including Johnny Rockets, Famous Dave’s, Olive Garden, California Pizza Kitchen, Starbucks, Bonfire Grill and Ben & Jerrys. Shops have inclued Gap, Barnes and Noble (this leaves Borders in Sydney for dead would you believe it!), Restoration Hardware, Macy’s and ofcourse Pottery Barn. Only Hardware Depot and Circuit City to go and I think we’ve covered off the major attractions.

On a more serious note, we did go for a drive around St Paul and checked out the cathedral, and some of massive houses on Grand Street. Very impressive.

Initial thoughts on the city are that everyone is very polite and helpful. This was the same reaction I had when visiting Vegas a few years back. I know there is a tip-for-good-service culture on the US ofcourse, but it seems to rub off on everyone. We’ve had nothing but warm, friendly vibes from every direction. Yeah, I know it has only been 5 days but that’s my initial impression.

Yesterday I had to get back to work (I can log in remotely from here) and continue working on a proposal for a client. Sadly I spent most of the day getting through my email backlog. I’ve really got to do something about this millstone called email. Its been less than a week and I had 781 emails to get through. A few were spam etc, but when you wade through all the demands on you, there is still a hundred or so emails that need attending to. Tried to attend to most of them, and then dump the rest in Pending folder I guess {g}…

http://www.craigbailey.net/BlogImages/Email2.jpg

I worked all day and much of the night getting that under control. Around 1am (Minnesota time) Jackie woke with the inevitable. It was time. Jackie and James headed off to the hospital! It was time for Jackie to go into labour. (Jackie is my wife’s sister in case you missed my earlier posts. We are here primarily to help them with the new baby.)

Btw, here’s a picture of Jemma (our niece) – she’s 2 years 8 months.

http://www.craigbailey.net/BlogImages/Jemma3.jpg

And as I close off this post (at around 4:20pm on Tuesday 21 November) it is with much excitement that I can relay the news that Jackie gave birth to a very healthy boy an hour or two ago. Jemma now has a baby brother named Jack.

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PERSONAL: Minneapolis update

Posted on November 21, 2006. Filed under: Visual FoxPro |

Note: This is a personal (and thus perhaps boring to many) post. A while back I combined all my blogs into one and simply prefixed each post title with a label.

So, if you are only interested in VFP then feel free to skip this and any other non-VFP related entries 🙂

But, to the readers who have stayed on (hi Mum) I hope you enjoy the update:

The last few days have been great. We started out sight seeing where all good tourists should: at the Mall of America. Australians would be overwhelmed by this place. It is massive. It has a 7 acre theme park in the middle of it for starters! I bought some shoes at Nordstrum Rack (you won’t believe how cheap stuff is here) and Michele bought some clothes.

By the way, be careful to leave those little ‘friends’ at home if you visit:

We took in the native cuisine of the area (including Johnny Rockets, Famous Dave’s, Olive Garden, California Pizza Kitchen, Starbucks, Bonfire Grill and Ben & Jerrys. Shops have inclued Gap, Barnes and Noble (this leaves Borders in Sydney for dead would you believe it!), Restoration Hardware, Macey’s and ofcourse Pottery Barn. Only Hardware Depot and Circuit City to go and I think we’ve covered off the major attractions.

On a more serious note, we did go for a drive around St Paul and checked out the cathedral, and some of massive houses on Grand Street. Very impressive.

Initial thoughts on the city are that everyone is very polite and helpful. This was the same reaction I had when visiting Vegas a few years back. I know there is a tip-for-good-service culture on the US ofcourse, but it seems to rub off on everyone. We’ve had nothing but warm, friendly vibes from every direction. Yeah, I know it has only been 5 days but that’s my initial impression.

Yesterday I had to get back to work (I can log in remotely from here) and continue working on a proposal for a client. Sadly I spent most of the day getting through my email backlog. I’ve really got to do something about this millstone called email. Its been less than a week and I had 781 emails to get through. A few were spam etc, but when you wade through all the demands on you, there is still a hundred or so emails that need attending to. Tried to attend to most of them, and then dump the rest in Pending folder I guess {g}…

I worked all day and much of the night getting that under control. Around 1am (Minnesota time) Jackie woke with the inevitable. It was time. Jackie and James headed off to the hospital! It was time for Jackie to go into labour. (Jackie is my wife’s sister in case you missed my earlier posts. We are here primarily to help them with the new baby.)

Btw, here’s a picture of Jemma (our niece) – she’s 2 years 8 months.

And as I close off this post (at around 4:20pm on Tuesday 21 November) it is with much excitement that I can relay the news that Jackie gave birth to a very healthy boy an hour or two ago. Jemma now has a baby brother named Jack. 

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PERSONAL: Made it to Minneapolis

Posted on November 17, 2006. Filed under: Visual FoxPro |

What a pleasant trip to Minnesota we’ve had.

It all started when we logged onto Qantas the night before our flight and discovered our Frequent Flyer points upgrade had come through – we were upgraded to Business class.

So as you can imagine, the flight over was fantastic. In fact everything about our trip, starting from the taxi ride to the airport, to the great staff in the Qantas Club, to the extremely pleasant flight attendants was a pleasure. The flight was delayed so we were a little worried about our changeover in LA given that we were down to just over an hour to make it through immigration and transfer over to Terminal 2 and check-in with Northwest.

Not that we should have worried. The ground staff were fantastic and practically walked us through immigration (max 10 minutes to get through) and then almost walked us over to Terminal 2. The Northwest staff helped us with the self-checkin (even though it is supposed to be self checkin 🙂 and found our luggage which we’d Re-checked over at Terminal 1. The nice guy at the checkin counter got us seats together (even though most of the people were already on the plane and it was about to take off…) and we made it through to Minneapolis no probs.

Although I hadn’t mentioned my fears to Michele, I was quietly preparing myself in case our luggage hadn’t made it onto the plane. Again, not to worry, our luggage came out almost immediately, courtesy of the priority tags (that I assume Qantas had put on them).

Now, I know they probably handle this situation all the time, so it is most likely a normal day for them, but I feel compelled to say how pleasant the whole experience was. So often, we only write about things when it has been a bad experience, so what a joy to write about great service all the way through.

James, Jackie and Jemma (or 3Js as we call them) picked us up at the airport and took us home via the local mall (we had to get in some early Mallage) to pick up dinner. The biggest shock was ofcourse the overwhelming choice on offer (even at a local ‘small’ mall). There must have been over 50 different brands of chips for starters, and the range of Coke flavours will be best discovered one a day (we’re here for 7 weeks…)

3Js’ place is great. Nice and spacious, with a great view out their windows of non stop Oak trees. Reminds me of the opening scene in ‘The Silence of the Lambs’ where Jodie Foster is running through the forest at Quantico (although Virginia is a little south east of here ofcourse).

Since we arrived at night, we stayed up for a few hours and then went to bed, had a great sleep and woke up the next morning. It’s early afternoon as I write this now and I feel great. I’m not a great traveller, so jet lag will most likely hit in the next day or so, but for now I feel full of energy (and slightly euphoric – this often happens just before jet lag hits). Also, since I’m not ‘connected’ as yet I haven’t been able to log into work and check emails – there’s a wonderful feeling of freedom at this point. New country, new place, new climate {s}, no email, no work. Holiday. I’m the luckiest guy I know.

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PERSONAL: Made it to Minneapolis

Posted on November 17, 2006. Filed under: Visual FoxPro |

What a pleasant trip to Minnesota we’ve had.

It all started when we logged onto Qantas the night before our flight and discovered our Frequent Flyer points upgrade had come through – we were upgraded to Business class.

So as you can imagine, the flight over was fantastic. In fact everything about our trip, starting from the taxi ride to the airport, to the great staff in the Qantas Club, to the extremely pleasant flight attendants was a pleasure. The flight was delayed so we were a little worried about our changeover in LA given that we were down to just over an hour to make it through immigration and transfer over to Terminal 2 and check-in with Northwest.

Not that we should have worried. The ground staff were fantastic and practically walked us through immigration (max 10 minutes to get through) and then almost walked us over to Terminal 2. The Northwest staff helped us with the self-checkin (even though it is supposed to be self checkin 🙂 and found our luggage which we’d Re-checked over at Terminal 1. The nice guy at the checkin counter got us seats together (even though most of the people were already on the plane and it was about to take off…) and we made it through to Minneapolis no probs.

Although I hadn’t mentioned my fears to Michele, I was quietly preparing myself in case our luggage hadn’t made it onto the plane. Again, not to worry, our luggage came out almost immediately, courtesy of the priority tags (that I assume Qantas had put on them).

Now, I know they probably handle this situation all the time, so it is most likely a normal day for them, but I feel compelled to say how pleasant the whole experience was. So often, we only write about things when it has been a bad experience, so what a joy to write about great service all the way through.

James, Jackie and Jemma (or 3Js as we call them) picked us up at the airport and took us home via the local mall (we had to get in some early Mallage) to pick up dinner. The biggest shock was ofcourse the overwhelming choice on offer (even at a local ‘small’ mall). There must have been over 50 different brands of chips for starters, and the range of Coke flavours will be best discovered one a day (we’re here for 7 weeks…)

3Js’ place is great. Nice and spacious, with a great view out their windows of non stop Oak trees. Reminds me of the opening scene in ‘The Silence of the Lambs’ where Jodie Foster is running through the forest at Quantico (although Virginia is a little south east of here ofcourse).

Since we arrived at night, we stayed up for a few hours and then went to bed, had a great sleep and woke up the next morning. It’s early afternoon as I write this now and I feel great. I’m not a great traveller, so jet lag will most likely hit in the next day or so, but for now I feel full of energy (and slightly euphoric – this often happens just before jet lag hits). Also, since I’m not ‘connected’ as yet I haven’t been able to log into work and check emails – there’s a wonderful feeling of freedom at this point. New country, new place, new climate {s}, no email, no work. Holiday. I’m the luckiest guy I know.

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MUSIC: Judges – the next demo track

Posted on November 14, 2006. Filed under: Visual FoxPro |

Thought a few people might be interested in this demo track. You might know I’ve been playing with a bunch of guys for years now, and we’ve been (very slowly) getting some more songs together. Here’s a very rough demo (without any vocals) of one of our songs. I think it works well as an instrumental, and might even use it on a future OzFoxRocks.

http://www.craigbailey.net/downloads/JudgesNoVocals.mp3

For the record, I play drums in a band called Sexagesima. All our songs so far have been based on the book of Judges (in the bible). Being a drummer I typically just turn up and pretend to be useful whilst the other guys do all the clever stuff. The main talent, driver and musician in the band is Greg Smith. He is amazing. 

Disclaimer: This track (and a few more I’ll announce in the future) are very rough demos. We basically use these to lay down song structure and general ideas. So they haven’t been properly mixed and have had no production as yet. But since I am away on holidays for 7 weeks now, I wanted to get atleast one out there…

If anyone likes it and wants to use it as a backing track on something, just shoot me a line – we’d be more than happy for it to get used.

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MUSIC: Judges – the next demo track

Posted on November 14, 2006. Filed under: Visual FoxPro |

Thought a few people might be interested in this demo track. You might know I’ve been playing with a bunch of guys for years now, and we’ve been (very slowly) getting some more songs together. Here’s a very rough demo (without any vocals) of one of our songs. I think it works well as an instrumental, and might even use it on a future OzFoxRocks.

http://www.craigbailey.net/downloads/JudgesNoVocals.mp3

For the record, I play drums in a band called Sexagesima. All our songs so far have been based on the book of Judges (in the bible). Being a drummer I typically just turn up and pretend to be useful whilst the other guys do all the clever stuff. The main talent, driver and musician in the band is Greg Smith. He is amazing. 

Disclaimer: This track (and a few more I’ll announce in the future) are very rough demos. We basically use these to lay down song structure and general ideas. So they haven’t been properly mixed and have had no production as yet. But since I am away on holidays for 7 weeks now, I wanted to get atleast one out there…

If anyone likes it and wants to use it as a backing track on something, just shoot me a line – we’d be more than happy for it to get used.

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PERSONAL: Off to Minnesota

Posted on November 14, 2006. Filed under: Visual FoxPro |

Michele and I leave for Minnesota tomorrow for 7 weeks.

The last few weeks have been hectic for both of us. Michele finished her final Honours year exams last week and handed in her thesis on Happiness (you might remember this post earlier in the year). I’ve been finishing a few projects and preparing to leave the office for an extended break. (I’ll actually be working remotely for most of the time away, but it is nice to leave the office for once with an empty Outlook Inbox!). Plus we’ve had to pack up the place (my brother-in-law and family will be living here for a few weeks whilst we are away).

We’ll be in Minneapolis, staying with Michele’s sister’s family. They have just moved there (from Zurich) and are expecting their second baby. Our aim is to help them out as much as possible. But we’ll get out and travel for a week or two aswell.

I’ll be on the lookout for a VFP group… and Craig Boyd lives there too I understand (I need to convince him that Australia isn’t such a scary place to visit … except for the Drop Bears ofcourse 🙂

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PERSONAL: Off to Minnesota

Posted on November 14, 2006. Filed under: Visual FoxPro |

Michele and I leave for Minnesota tomorrow for 7 weeks.

The last few weeks have been hectic for both of us. Michele finished her final Honours year exams last week and handed in her thesis on Happiness (you might remember this post earlier in the year). I’ve been finishing a few projects and preparing to leave the office for an extended break. (I’ll actually be working remotely for most of the time away, but it is nice to leave the office for once with an empty Outlook Inbox!). Plus we’ve had to pack up the place (my brother-in-law and family will be living here for a few weeks whilst we are away).

We’ll be in Minneapolis, staying with Michele’s sister’s family. They have just moved there (from Zurich) and are expecting their second baby. Our aim is to help them out as much as possible. But we’ll get out and travel for a week or two aswell.

I’ll be on the lookout for a VFP group… and Craig Boyd lives there too I understand (I need to convince him that Australia isn’t such a scary place to visit … except for the Drop Bears ofcourse 🙂

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VFP: Register now for OzFox 2007

Posted on November 14, 2006. Filed under: Visual FoxPro |

Registrations for OzFox 2007 have opened.

Join us in February 2007 for 2.5 days of FoxPro madness.

Craig Boyd, Lisa Slater Nicholls, Colin Nicholls and Doug Hennig will be there. Will you?

Register during November for our opening month special rate of $1200.

www.ozfox.com.au

Registration form:

http://www.ozfox.com.au/assets/OzFox 2007 Registration Colour.pdf

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VFP: Register now for OzFox 2007

Posted on November 14, 2006. Filed under: Visual FoxPro |

Registrations for OzFox 2007 have opened.

Join us in February 2007 for 2.5 days of FoxPro madness.

Craig Boyd, Lisa Slater Nicholls, Colin Nicholls and Doug Hennig will be there. Will you?

Register during November for our opening month special rate of $1200.

www.ozfox.com.au

Registration form:

http://www.ozfox.com.au/assets/OzFox 2007 Registration Colour.pdf

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VFP: OzFox Rocks Episode 5

Posted on November 6, 2006. Filed under: Visual FoxPro |

Its been far too long I know, but we’ve finally got around to recording the next episode of OzFox Rocks.

It’s only a short episode, but it returns to our original format with Tips, Links, News and an Opinion piece. Who will be our OzFoxRocker this episode?

Main site: http://www.ozfoxrocks.com/

Episode 5: http://www.ozfoxrocks.com/Default.aspx?tabid=60

(btw we haven’t updated the podcast RSS feed as yet – will do that tomorrow…)

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VFP: OzFox Rocks Episode 5

Posted on November 6, 2006. Filed under: Visual FoxPro |

Its been far too long I know, but we’ve finally got around to recording the next episode of OzFox Rocks.

It’s only a short episode, but it returns to our original format with Tips, Links, News and an Opinion piece. Who will be our OzFoxRocker this episode?

Main site: http://www.ozfoxrocks.com/

Episode 5: http://www.ozfoxrocks.com/Default.aspx?tabid=60

(btw we haven’t updated the podcast RSS feed as yet – will do that tomorrow…)

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