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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06 March 2006


Unbelievable. On Friday afternoon, my XDA IIs stopped responding to screen taps. It still worked, but obviously it was hard to do stuff. Today, I trustingly called support, and was advised that a hard-reset would fix it. I was suspicious, and questioned it, but in the end, succumbed and tried it. So now my phone doesn't work at all, because I can't set it up.

I've found an old phone, so that I can still take calls... but oh my goodness it's painful! I've been told I have to post it to Queensland, and that it'll be at least two weeks before I get it back again. I'm seriously unimpressed, and I know it's going to feel like I'm limping without it.