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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15 March 2006

Google Talk / GMail Chat

I saw a green dot next to Rowan's name in GMail today, and thought I'd try out the Chat/Talk feature. Works quite nicely, all within the browser, and working well in Firefox too.

The thing that I found was the most 'cute' was that when I put a smiley in, it turned it around and animated it - but not into some yellow thing like the MSN Msgr ones, but one that still looked like it had been typed. And if you did something like :-) or :^), it would leave the nose in there too, in the same way that it was typed. :)