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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14 February 2006

Kid-safe internet?

I saw this yesterday. It's a video of a kid doing that maze thing where the zombie jumps out at you. If you don't know what I mean - then check your junk mail folder, it's probably in there. Sorry if you haven't seen the original thing, there's a spoiler here: when the maze gets really hard, the screen suddenly changes to a close-up of a zombie, and a loud scream comes through your speakers. Designed to give heart-attacks to IT people who only get up from their desks to step onto a Segway on their way to get some Coke from the fridge. Perhaps it's a population-control device.

In this video, the kid is doing the maze, the zombie jumps out, and he freaks out. Hits the screen, and starts crying uncontrollably. I think his parents probably thought it would make a cool video, and probably didn't expect the sleepless nights that would follow.

It's exactly the type of thing that makes me not want to let my kids use the internet. I'm sure therapy is expensive...