Free Book: The Past, Present, and Future of JavaScript

Anyone doing web development these days knows the importance of JavaScript.  Those that know me, also know that JavaScript is one of my least-liked languages, and my opinion is well summed-up by my favourite Javascript quote: Develop by Netscape over a weekend. And it shows! Nevertheless Javascript marches on and is now also becoming used …

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Qantas phone customer put on hold – for 15 hours

It took him 15 hours to think about hanging up and calling back again? Why is the SMH bagging Qantas instead of calling this guy an idiot? http://www.smh.com.au/travel/travel-news/qantas-phone-customer-put-on-hold–for-15-hours-20120802-23id8.html Another example of the degradation of SMH’s journalism standards. The guy’s call got lost in the phone queue.  Technology, like life, is not perfect. Hardly cause for a front …

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Stem Cells in Medicine: Opportunities and Challenges

I recently attended a lecture on Stem Cells in Medicine: Opportunities and Challenges at the University of New South Wales. The main presenter was Professor Alan Trounson, President of the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine in San Francisco, California, the state’s $3billion stem cell agency. Dr Bernadette Tobin,  Director of the Plunkett Centre for Ethics at St Vincent’s Hospital, also spoke …

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Copying a Windows XP machine with VMWare vCenter Converter

I’ve been consolidating the number of computers I have by moving them with VMWare vCenter Converter to a server running vSphere Hypervisor.  I ran into some issue when trying to copy an old Windows XP machine and I’m posting this here in case anyone else runs into the same issues. In general I found this guide useful. Issue 1. …

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