Rob Farley

Rob Rob Farley has been consulting in IT since completing a Computer Science degree with first class honours in 1997. Before moving to Adelaide, he worked in consultancies in Melbourne and London. He runs the development department in one of Australia's leading IT firms, as well as doing database application consultancy and training. He heads up the Adelaide SQL Server User Group, and holds several Microsoft certifications.

Rob has been involved with Microsoft technologies for most of his career, but has also done significant work with Oracle and Unix systems. His preferred database is SQL Server and his preferred language is C#. Recently he has been involved with Microsoft Learning in the US, creating and reviewing new content for the next generation of Microsoft exams.

Over the years, Rob's clients have included BP Oil, OneLink Transit, Accenture, Avanade, Australian Electorial Commission, the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, the Royal Borough of Kingston, Help The Aged, Unisys, Department of Treasury and Finance (Vic), National Mutual, the Bible Society and others.

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10 January 2006

Hotmail beta

Today I got an email saying "You signed up for the hotmail beta (sorry - 'Windows Live Mail') - try it now at..."

So now my hotmail account (which I use all the time) is in a nice Atlas-style environment, with all kinds of new features. I love the drag-n-drop, and the useful right-click, the shift-click to multi-select, all that stuff.

But there are a couple of things that are driving me crazy.

1/ In Firefox it says "Some things aren't done yet". But instead of just giving me the old interface, it gives me the new one, with "New" and "Delete" buttons, but no Reply, or anything useful.

2/ I can't sent PlainText email at all. There are all kinds of times when I want to be able to send PlainText email, but it seems to be forcing me to use HTML. I'm going to write to them about it, and hopefully post something here when I know how to do it.

Hopefully I'll get some invites to send out at some point. When that happens, I'll ask wants one.