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VFP: OzFox 2007 update – Rick Schummer joins as a speaker

Posted on January 30, 2007. Filed under: Visual FoxPro |

This post has both good and bad news…

Firstly, we regret to report that Craig Boyd has had to withdraw from OzFox due to a family emergency. This is a sad turn of events, and we wish Craig and his family all the best during this difficult time.

Secondly however, we are very pleased to advise that we have secured Rick Schummer to take Craig’s place. This is exciting news, as Rick (a Fox MVP) is a highly respected and very experienced VFP presenter.

I am especially thankful to Rick and Doug who have undertaken to present the entire opening keynote presentation that Craig was scheduled to give. Rick and Doug will be working closely with Craig to gather all details, materials and demos that Craig was to present. This is yet again one of the wonderful things I love about the VFP community. Even though both Doug and Rick are extremely busy, and attending a number of conferences around that time, they have jumped in to organise this extra session (in addition to their own 3 sessions each) – all so that the conference will continue to be a big success. My heartfelt thanks to both of them.

So, that’s the latest news on OzFox 2007.

The full list of sessions is available on the web site here.

There is still a day or two left to take advantage of the January early bird special, so don’t delay folks.

And, if you missed the newsletter from a week ago (sign up on the home page if interested), then check out the first of our local speakers being announced.

There’ll be a second local speaker announced in a week’s time, and a few other surprises in store after that.

Please spread the word to any VFP developers you know. We’ll see you all in just 3 weeks time!

www.ozfox.com.au

 

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VFP: OzFox 2007 update – Rick Schummer joins as a speaker

Posted on January 30, 2007. Filed under: Visual FoxPro |

This post has both good and bad news…

Firstly, we regret to report that Craig Boyd has had to withdraw from OzFox due to a family emergency. This is a sad turn of events, and we wish Craig and his family all the best during this difficult time.

Secondly however, we are very pleased to advise that we have secured Rick Schummer to take Craig’s place. This is exciting news, as Rick (a Fox MVP) is a highly respected and very experienced VFP presenter.

I am especially thankful to Rick and Doug who have undertaken to present the entire opening keynote presentation that Craig was scheduled to give. Rick and Doug will be working closely with Craig to gather all details, materials and demos that Craig was to present. This is yet again one of the wonderful things I love about the VFP community. Even though both Doug and Rick are extremely busy, and attending a number of conferences around that time, they have jumped in to organise this extra session (in addition to their own 3 sessions each) – all so that the conference will continue to be a big success. My heartfelt thanks to both of them.

So, that’s the latest news on OzFox 2007.

The full list of sessions is available on the web site here.

There is still a day or two left to take advantage of the January early bird special, so don’t delay folks.

And, if you missed the newsletter from a week ago (sign up on the home page if interested), then check out the first of our local speakers being announced.

There’ll be a second local speaker announced in a week’s time, and a few other surprises in store after that.

Please spread the word to any VFP developers you know. We’ll see you all in just 3 weeks time!

www.ozfox.com.au

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VFP: Sydney VFP User Group this Wed

Posted on January 29, 2007. Filed under: Visual FoxPro |

Yes, we start 2007 with a great meeting.

Make sure you are there early (first 10 in the door get a prize).

There’ll be other prizes throughout the night as well.

We’ll review last year and find out what you liked, and then open the floor for your thoughts on the year ahead. Best suggestions win a prize.

Next there will be news on VFP, including OzFox 2007.

Then I’ll be preseting my Top 10s (blogs, tools, web sites, wish-list) and we’ll finish with our regular Q+A time.

See you at Microsoft at 6:30pm this Wednesday 31 January 2007.

www.svfpug.com.au

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VFP: Sydney VFP User Group this Wed

Posted on January 29, 2007. Filed under: Visual FoxPro |

Yes, we start 2007 with a great meeting.

Make sure you are there early (first 10 in the door get a prize).

There’ll be other prizes throughout the night as well.

We’ll review last year and find out what you liked, and then open the floor for your thoughts on the year ahead. Best suggestions win a prize.

Next there will be news on VFP, including OzFox 2007.

Then I’ll be preseting my Top 10s (blogs, tools, web sites, wish-list) and we’ll finish with our regular Q+A time.

See you at Microsoft at 6:30pm this Wednesday 31 January 2007.

www.svfpug.com.au

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PERSONAL: Back in Sydney

Posted on January 7, 2007. Filed under: Visual FoxPro |

As I write this on the plane flight home I am a mix of emotions…

On one hand I am really glad to be home. It is difficult living in someone else’s place for 6 weeks (and trying to work remotely at the same time), especially when you need to get everywhere by car (and I don’t need to remind myself of how that turned out {g}). The weather is cold and you can’t really go outside for a walk for anymore than 15-20 minutes. I’m difficult to live with at the best of times (just ask Michele), so I have nothing but respect and admiration for James and Jackie for putting up with us (well me mainly) all that time. Can you imaging having someone stay in your place for 6 weeks? It’s difficult right?

But on the other hand, I am quite sad. I’m not a great fan of kids, but Jemma just won me over. She is a wonderful, beautiful, intelligent, loving little girl and I miss her. Michele is ofcourse pretty sad (distraught is probably too strong a word, but getting close) having bonded with Jemma very closely. James and Jackie are incredible parents – we know a lot of parents (we’re at that stage in life where most of our friends are parents) and James and Jackie are leagues ahead – perhaps better even than Andrew and Sam Coates (but don’t tell him I said that!) but then again I haven’t had the opportunity to spend 6 weeks at Andrew’s house…

And now to the trip back. We seem to be very lucky people. From the moment we arrived at Minneapolis airport to head home we were looked after. We again managed to completely botch up the self-service checkin at Northwest (yes, not giving Aussies a good reputation there), but the guy there was fantastic. I wish I’d taken his name because he was so kind. One of our bags was overweight, but he put it through without a fine and then ensured they went right through to Sydney (we’d managed to organise for them to be offloaded in LAX for some reason). He was patient and sooo helpful. Thanks Northwest.
But then we got the news that we’d been upgraded to Business class (again!) on our Qantas flight from LA to Sydney. We couldn’t believe it. Now, perhaps I should point out that the only times I’ve been upgraded to Business class has been when travelling with Michele. She’s my lucky charm. In fact, without getting to mushy it’d probably be true to say that my life changed from average to lucky when I met her (just over 10 years ago now), but that’s a blog post for another day (probably mid February).
The flight back has been extremely comfortable. We had some minor excitement at LAX when taxiing for takeoff. The plane had to return to the terminal to offload a troublesome passanger. Michele got the goss from one of the flight crew that a woman had become irate and broken her seat in an angry tantrum. We’re wondering if that will be in the news when we get on the ground. Anyway, we were happy for the 2 hour delay, because the excellent Qantas Business class crew took great care of us. They have been so helpful.

A final good item is that we arrive back in Sydney on a morning. I always find this the easiest for overcoming jet lag. So, what will our weekend be like? Good question. It will be nice to go for a walk in the outdoors (not in a mall) and feel the sunshine (I hope) and then get started unpacking and commencing our annual clean out. Michele likes to have a big clean out once a year. We tend to get rid of any clothes that we haven’t worn in the last 12 months (and amazingly there is usually heaps) as well as CDs and books that are old. After being away for 6 weeks you realise that you can live without a lot of stuff.

In closing I wanted to re-state how blessed we think we are. How many people have the opportunities Michele and I have had to visit and stay with family, see other cities and travel in comfort?

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PERSONAL: Back in Sydney

Posted on January 7, 2007. Filed under: Visual FoxPro |

As I write this on the plane flight home I am a mix of emotions…

On one hand I am really glad to be home. It is difficult living in someone else’s place for 6 weeks (and trying to work remotely at the same time), especially when you need to get everywhere by car (and I don’t need to remind myself of how that turned out {g}). The weather is cold and you can’t really go outside for a walk for anymore than 15-20 minutes. I’m difficult to live with at the best of times (just ask Michele), so I have nothing but respect and admiration for James and Jackie for putting up with us (well me mainly) all that time. Can you imaging having someone stay in your place for 6 weeks? It’s difficult right?

But on the other hand, I am quite sad. I’m not a great fan of kids, but Jemma just won me over. She is a wonderful, beautiful, intelligent, loving little girl and I miss her. Michele is ofcourse pretty sad (distraught is probably too strong a word, but getting close) having bonded with Jemma very closely. James and Jackie are incredible parents – we know a lot of parents (we’re at that stage in life where most of our friends are parents) and James and Jackie are leagues ahead – perhaps better even than Andrew and Sam Coates (but don’t tell him I said that!) but then again I haven’t had the opportunity to spend 6 weeks at Andrew’s house…

And now to the trip back. We seem to be very lucky people. From the moment we arrived at Minneapolis airport to head home we were looked after. We again managed to completely botch up the self-service checkin at Northwest (yes, not giving Aussies a good reputation there), but the guy there was fantastic. I wish I’d taken his name because he was so kind. One of our bags was overweight, but he put it through without a fine and then ensured they went right through to Sydney (we’d managed to organise for them to be offloaded in LAX for some reason). He was patient and sooo helpful. Thanks Northwest.
But then we got the news that we’d been upgraded to Business class (again!) on our Qantas flight from LA to Sydney. We couldn’t believe it. Now, perhaps I should point out that the only times I’ve been upgraded to Business class has been when travelling with Michele. She’s my lucky charm. In fact, without getting to mushy it’d probably be true to say that my life changed from average to lucky when I met her (just over 10 years ago now), but that’s a blog post for another day (probably mid February).
The flight back has been extremely comfortable. We had some minor excitement at LAX when taxiing for takeoff. The plane had to return to the terminal to offload a troublesome passanger. Michele got the goss from one of the flight crew that a woman had become irate and broken her seat in an angry tantrum. We’re wondering if that will be in the news when we get on the ground. Anyway, we were happy for the 2 hour delay, because the excellent Qantas Business class crew took great care of us. They have been so helpful.

A final good item is that we arrive back in Sydney on a morning. I always find this the easiest for overcoming jet lag. So, what will our weekend be like? Good question. It will be nice to go for a walk in the outdoors (not in a mall) and feel the sunshine (I hope) and then get started unpacking and commencing our annual clean out. Michele likes to have a big clean out once a year. We tend to get rid of any clothes that we haven’t worn in the last 12 months (and amazingly there is usually heaps) as well as CDs and books that are old. After being away for 6 weeks you realise that you can live without a lot of stuff.

In closing I wanted to re-state how blessed we think we are. How many people have the opportunities Michele and I have had to visit and stay with family, see other cities and travel in comfort?

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PERSONAL: Getting ready to leave

Posted on January 3, 2007. Filed under: Visual FoxPro |

Wow, those 6 weeks have flown by. Sadly, Michele and I are leaving Minneapolis tomorrow, returning home to Sydney.

It has been a fantastic time here, and although the time has gone quickly, so much has happened. When we arrived Jackie was very pregnant, and a week later she gave birth to a super healthy boy they named Jack. Jemma (Jack’s big 2.5 yo sister) has been an absolute joy, and it is heart-breaking to leave her.

We also managed to get a few days in New York, visited some sites around Eagan and downtown Minneapoolis, spent ‘days’ in Mall of America, and enjoyed a traditional Thanksgiving meal with locals and family. Oh and I also managed to damage both of James and Jackie’s cars (btw we got a quote to fix the latest scratch – it came in at $944.17 – I felt like crying…). One of my highlights was meeting Craig Boyd last Saturday (I haven’t quite finished my blog post about this – so you’ll have to wait until next week for details) which was a great time. How inspiring is that guy? He’s amazing. 

And to top off our visit we had a lovely white New Year. Are we lucky or what?

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PERSONAL: Getting ready to leave

Posted on January 3, 2007. Filed under: Visual FoxPro |

Wow, those 6 weeks have flown by. Sadly, Michele and I are leaving Minneapolis tomorrow, returning home to Sydney.

It has been a fantastic time here, and although the time has gone quickly, so much has happened. When we arrived Jackie was very pregnant, and a week later she gave birth to a super healthy boy they named Jack. Jemma (Jack’s big 2.5 yo sister) has been an absolute joy, and it is heart-breaking to leave her.

We also managed to get a few days in New York, visited some sites around Eagan and downtown Minneapoolis, spent ‘days’ in Mall of America, and enjoyed a traditional Thanksgiving meal with locals and family. Oh and I also managed to damage both of James and Jackie’s cars (btw we got a quote to fix the latest scratch – it came in at $944.17 – I felt like crying…). One of my highlights was meeting Craig Boyd last Saturday (I haven’t quite finished my blog post about this – so you’ll have to wait until next week for details) which was a great time. How inspiring is that guy? He’s amazing. 

And to top off our visit we had a lovely white New Year. Are we lucky or what?

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PERSONAL: Spreading car joy

Posted on January 2, 2007. Filed under: Visual FoxPro |

I’m feeling pretty bad tonight. Tonight I scraped the side of one of James and Jackie’s cars against a concrete pillar. But in order to appreciate the ‘specialness’ of this event you need to know that a few weeks ago I scraped the side of their other car (against a neighbour’s car). Yep, in under 4 weeks I’ve managed to damage both of their cars.

They have been extremely understanding of both events and in practical terms the damage is minimal (photos here, and we’re off to the body shop tomorrow to determine the extent of the paint (and wallet) damage). But I’m feeling really bad. It’s not the money, or even the inconvenience. Rather, its the shake-up I’ve given myself. I’ve always thought of myself as an excellent driver (and not in the Rain Man way). I’ve only ever had one minor accident and that was over a decade ago. So, I just don’t consider myself to be the kind of driver that has the odd bingle. But here I am, and after a few weeks I’ve notched up two separate incidents. Sure, I’m driving on the other side of the road here, but that has only meant that I’ve been extra careful. Maybe I’ve been tooo careful? Maybe I’m trying tooooo hard. Anyways I’m sure it will all be forgotten in a week or so, but for tonight atleast I’m feeling a bit down.

http://picasaweb.google.com/craigjamesbailey/CarScratch

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PERSONAL: Spreading car joy

Posted on January 2, 2007. Filed under: Visual FoxPro |

I’m feeling pretty bad tonight. Tonight I scraped the side of one of James and Jackie’s cars against a concrete pillar. But in order to appreciate the ‘specialness’ of this event you need to know that a few weeks ago I scraped the side of their other car (against a neighbour’s car). Yep, in under 4 weeks I’ve managed to damage both of their cars.

They have been extremely understanding of both events and in practical terms the damage is minimal (photos here, and we’re off to the body shop tomorrow to determine the extent of the paint (and wallet) damage). But I’m feeling really bad. It’s not the money, or even the inconvenience. Rather, its the shake-up I’ve given myself. I’ve always thought of myself as an excellent driver (and not in the Rain Man way). I’ve only ever had one minor accident and that was over a decade ago. So, I just don’t consider myself to be the kind of driver that has the odd bingle. But here I am, and after a few weeks I’ve notched up two separate incidents. Sure, I’m driving on the other side of the road here, but that has only meant that I’ve been extra careful. Maybe I’ve been tooo careful? Maybe I’m trying tooooo hard. Anyways I’m sure it will all be forgotten in a week or so, but for tonight atleast I’m feeling a bit down.

http://picasaweb.google.com/craigjamesbailey/CarScratch

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OPINION: Minnesota driving rules

Posted on January 1, 2007. Filed under: Visual FoxPro |

There are two road rules in Minnesota (and probably most of the US) that I really like.

The first is that U Turns are legal everywhere. In Sydney (and most of Australia) they are illegal (you cop a fine and lose points).

The second is the ‘Turn right on red’ anywhere rule. This is similar to the ‘Left run on red’ allowance that used to be common in Sydney but has been gradually removed (Chatswood, for example, where we live, used to have many of these, but now hardly any any – for reasons I don’t understand). The great thing about Minnesota is that it is allowable anywhere (ie no signage required), whereas in the Sydney it is only allowable in the few remaining places that have the sign.

Part of the reason that these rules are fine here (warning: completely unsubstantiated opinion ahead) is because of the general attitude of Minnesotans to giving way to pedestrians. This caught us by surprise at first, but I think it is a good attitude. In parking lots, suburban roads and even the streets in downtown Minneapolis, we found that people on foot have right of way. And with no agro from drivers. So, just step out on to the road in a mall car park and cars will stop for you. And they’ll patiently wait. In Sydney, by way of contrast, you’d likely get abused by the driver, or at best a blast from the horn. I like it here better.

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OPINION: Minnesota driving rules

Posted on January 1, 2007. Filed under: Visual FoxPro |

There are two road rules in Minnesota (and probably most of the US) that I really like.

The first is that U Turns are legal everywhere. In Sydney (and most of Australia) they are illegal (you cop a fine and lose points).

The second is the ‘Turn right on red’ anywhere rule. This is similar to the ‘Left run on red’ allowance that used to be common in Sydney but has been gradually removed (Chatswood, for example, where we live, used to have many of these, but now hardly any any – for reasons I don’t understand). The great thing about Minnesota is that it is allowable anywhere (ie no signage required), whereas in the Sydney it is only allowable in the few remaining places that have the sign.

Part of the reason that these rules are fine here (warning: completely unsubstantiated opinion ahead) is because of the general attitude of Minnesotans to giving way to pedestrians. This caught us by surprise at first, but I think it is a good attitude. In parking lots, suburban roads and even the streets in downtown Minneapolis, we found that people on foot have right of way. And with no agro from drivers. So, just step out on to the road in a mall car park and cars will stop for you. And they’ll patiently wait. In Sydney, by way of contrast, you’d likely get abused by the driver, or at best a blast from the horn. I like it here better.

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PERSONAL: Updated photos

Posted on January 1, 2007. Filed under: Visual FoxPro |

To family and friends interested in our travels, I’ve been updating our photos albums here:

http://picasaweb.google.com/craigjamesbailey

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PERSONAL: Updated photos

Posted on January 1, 2007. Filed under: Visual FoxPro |

To family and friends interested in our travels, I’ve been updating our photos albums here:

http://picasaweb.google.com/craigjamesbailey

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PERSONAL: A White New Year

Posted on January 1, 2007. Filed under: Visual FoxPro |

Happy New Year everyone!

Finally we get to see some great snow. We were hoping for a white Christmas last week (and missed out) but this morning all we can see is white (pictures here). It all started last night when we were out shopping (at yet another mall…) and it started piling down.

This morning we awoke to a white blanket all over the surrounding woods. Beautiful. Thank you Minnesota – it’s great to be here.

(Aside: one of the cable channels – Encore – started a 007 marathon at 11pm New Year’s Eve. 17 Bond films in a row, in order, commercial free. James and I watched Dr No, then started on From Russia with Love. When I came out this morning he was half way through On Her Majesty’s Secret Service… how good is this place?)

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PERSONAL: A White New Year

Posted on January 1, 2007. Filed under: Visual FoxPro |

Happy New Year everyone!

Finally we get to see some great snow. We were hoping for a white Christmas last week (and missed out) but this morning all we can see is white (pictures here). It all started last night when we were out shopping (at yet another mall…) and it started piling down.

This morning we awoke to a white blanket all over the surrounding woods. Beautiful. Thank you Minnesota – it’s great to be here.

(Aside: one of the cable channels – Encore – started a 007 marathon at 11pm New Year’s Eve. 17 Bond films in a row, in order, commercial free. James and I watched Dr No, then started on From Russia with Love. When I came out this morning he was half way through On Her Majesty’s Secret Service… how good is this place?)

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