Jim Webber’s Sydney ACS Web Services Special Interest Group Talk

Jim is presenting on “Message-oriented Web Services” tonight at the ACS Web Services SIG. He’ll be using WCF as the demonstrator technology, and knowing Jim as a great presenter, this should be a great evening! ps. I’m sure the ‘toutology in the presentation title’ is necessary for making the point clear! 🙂


Nerds FC – Audition for Season II

I received an email from my cousin Johnny Truong – his claim to fame is as the Astro Nerd on Nerds FC. “Hey all, Thankyou all for your support for me on Nerds FC. It was absolutely fantastic! And if it were not for you guys, there would be no way for the show to be…


My 100th Blog Post

I guess a compilation of the ‘Most’ list would be appropriate to celebrate my 100th Blog Post! So, here it is: – Most commented blog: Buy versus Build   – Most thumbs up on Techtalkblogs: Frank Arrigo’s new Girl – Most controversial blog: The end of the ‘Enterprise’ as we know it – attracted the…


Where are the Girlie Gadgets?

As a mother with 2 young children who is also not all that into sport, I really don’t care much for the various Sports scoreboard gadgets, nor do I have time for many of the games gadgets. There are however two gadgets from the Gallery that I absolutely love: Today Show Recipe Search Fetalculator So where are the gadgets for…


My Visited Countries

via Bernard, this is a cool little thing that shows which countries I’ve visited.create your own visited countries map not much coverage in South America and Africa yet, must work on that one!


Architecting CommSee – Commonwealth Bank of Australia SOA and UX Project Lessons Learnt

Finally, the long awaited indepth case studies and interviews of the various architects/developers/testers on the CommSee team. Find out from then directly how they designed and implemented service oriented architecture and great user experience for all Commonwealth Bank Branch tellers across the country, and in turn improving bank customer experience. Ron’s interviews of the key personnel goes into…


X Factor or Geek Factor

I finally met up with Yuhong in person today. We collaborated through John Grundy years ago, and produced an ASE2001 best paper on “Generation of Distributed System Test-beds from High-level Software Architecture Descriptions“. Half way through our conversation reminiscing the research days, Yuhong said that I was totally not what she had expected, ie. a ‘geek…


Presenting at OZCHI 2006 in Sydney

Looks like I’ll be presenting at this year’s OZCHI conference. Especially excited since it’s in my hometown this year. An extract from the conference program: thursday november 239.30 – 10.40industry case studies: managing large organisations (1): lecture theatre 3Architecting Good User Experiences: Common Pitfalls and Good PracticesAnna LiuSeven News Websites in Six Months – the…


Holding Crucial Conversations – when stakes and emotions are high

I just completed the training course “Crucial Conversations” last week, and thoroughly enjoyed it!  What did I learn? – Get Unstuck: how to spot the conversations that are keeping us from results, and get unstuck with not only changing the content, but also address the recurring problem pattern and work on the relationship – Start with Heart:…