Obviously, the event of the past month or two was the arrival of Jennifer Katharine Gates, weighing in at 8 pounds 6 ounces, on Friday, April 26. Not to be outdone, though, GUI has also produced a new arrival - Natasha Brennfleck. Congratulations to Tom and Ilonka to their new addition coming in at 6 pounds 14 ounces, on Tuesday, April 30.
Mobile Phones - The Adventure Continues! What is it about GUI's Sydney office? Latest phone-loss victim is GUI Online guru Gary Wisniewski. That makes 4 phones lost in Sydney in six months or so. As GUI bean counter Andrew Hession commented in email "Due to technological advances, mobile phones are now reusable and need not be disposed of after every call. Could someone please tell Sydney office?".
My favourite magazine (well, if you exclude AVDF) is back on the air. PC Developer is now weekly, under new management, about 16 pages, and has a new layout. Still, it is PC Developer, and ex-Editor Stephan Moignard still writes the odd article - only now he writes on legal issues in software development. In fact, the mag is worth the price of admission just on the basis of his contributions. Look for Stephen's legal thoughts on the Web soon...
GUI Tech Support head honcho John Mina is feeling, so I'm told, a significant hole in his wallet. A rabid North Melbourne supporter (or should that be Fitzroy supporter?), he was foolish enough to put $70 on North's Corey McKernan to win the Brownlow medal with GUI boss Mark Trescowthick and bean counter Andrew Hession. Foolish boy!
Micrografx' long-time Australian chief Felicity St John has moved on. Aside from taking Micrografx to the high position it richly deserves in this country, Felicity also added a dollop of glamour to the industry. Micrografx are the poorer...
GUI Melbourne's recent Paintball Skirmish outing left a few sore bodies, so the story goes. Most notably the two Andrews - Lockwood and Hession. And a much-annoyed Mark Trescowthick, so they say. Apparently, the teams were captained by Mark and wife Fiona, and the "wrong" team managed a clean sweep of all games...
GUI's new training offshoot (under the direction of Jim Karabatsos) is set to have its first intake within a few weeks, and I'm told that interest has been substantial. I wonder would it have been so keen had applicants known of the 'internal' working title : "The Jim Karabatsos Academy of COBOL and Table Dancing"?
Planet Internet founder Joe Barber won't be doing GUI Online's Gary Wisniewski any more favours for a while so I'm told. Seems Gary was pining for "Peet's Coffee" and asked Joe to pick up a few packs for him on a recent US trip. Joe obliged. And, while waiting for his baggage in Melbourne, decided to make a quick mobile call. Apparently, mobiles are illegal inside the customs area, as they're frequently used by drug runners to set up meetings. Joe was nabbed within 20 seconds. And when the sniffer dogs detected all that coffee (often used to cover the smell of other drugs) in his baggage, a major search ensued...
|Line of the Year?
Gary Wisniewski's comment must surely qualify... "I have no inhibitions when it comes to dogs". Well, as photographs below support his claim, he has this commentator's vote anyway...
And yet another contender. When asked at the recent TechEd '96 in Brisbane "would VB5 support polymorphic inheritance?", Microsoft's official answer was as follows : "We are attempting to include as many multisyllabic buzzwords as possible in the next release". Guess that says it all...
Editor's Note : Those unfamiliar with AVDF will wonder what a
dog is doing writing a gossip column. VB is a Heeler/Collie cross
owned by the Trescowthick Family. He was found after Visual Basic
Australia '94 and named by MicroHelp Supremo Mark Novisoff and VB/OLE
guru Keith Pleas. He is in touch with the gossip pulse of Australian
Development... well, maybe.