Nice Wig Fun Boi. OK, The last post generated quite a bit of interest from people at work and sparked off quite an embarrassing e-mail chain for me when people latched on to this text from the previous post: “…walking around on the arm of a man that has more hair on his upper lip than on his head.”

Some bright spark (David Doherty) came up with the picture you see to your left. He is a generous chap though and has offered to double his donation if I go through the shame of posting this picture on the internet for all to see.

I am a man who is as good as his word, so here we have it.

If you haven’t donated yet…..then you still can, the tash is on until sunday. Will post a couple of shaving pictures here next week.

Lovely.

How to Donate

Go here: http://uk.movember.com/donate/index.php

Enter my Registration ID: 1771846

Thanks everyone for making another Movember both embarrassing and profitable.


Matt.

Movember 2.0

November 18, 2008

Mov 17th Sadly it’s that time of year again, by sadly I mean well….sadly for my co-workers who have to put up with this horrible month, and sadly for Sam because she’s in Madrid and is missing out on the glorious pride she would normally feel walking around on the arm of a man that has more hair on his upper lip than on his head. Nevertheless we push on.

Movember is all about charity, and having to wash your face carefully after every meal. The charity in question is of course the Prostate Cancer Charity who use the proceeds from Movember (http://uk.movember.com/outcomes/content/Fundraising-Outcomes) to fund awareness and research around mens health. SO a good cause. OK so I’m not walking a marathon overnight with a bra on http://www.walkthewalk.org/Home, but I will be walking a Marathon of Shame through November with this hideous monstrosity on my upper lip so if you could see your way clear to donating that would be most appreciated. I’ll post more pictures as the month goes on.

How to Donate

Go here: http://uk.movember.com/donate/index.php
Enter my Registration ID: 1771846

Thanks for reading and expect more comedy pictues as the month draws to a close.

Astronomy Online.

May 17, 2008

WWTSam and I went to Iceland in January in search of the Northern Lights and had no luck unfortunately, but since then I’ve been looking around for astronomy stuff online, and have found a couple of really cool things, although I am sure there is much more out there. Here’s a little sample:

Google Sky: http://www.google.com/sky/ (OK for playing around)
Microsoft World Wide Telescope: http://www.worldwidetelescope.org/ (Much richer, but you need to download the client, pretty cool though as it uses Microsoft’s PhotoSynth Technology)
Stellarium: http://www.stellarium.org/ (Open Source, multi platform Planetarium)

Each have their own merits, WWT is great for exploring and has guided tours through the universe, but Stellarium is awesome for “What is that star I can see over there” type stuff, you can also look at the sky from 2000 cities in the world and look back over the history of the solar system “What did the night’s sky look like in the time of the Pharaohs?” for example.

I was going to say: “So get out there get exploring” but maybe it should be more “stay at home, get exploring”. Aalthough nothing beats seeing the real thing, this is great stuff if you don’t have a telescope or can’t see the sky past smoggy London lights.

 

Team City.

May 14, 2008

Team City LogoHey ho. So I thought I would throw up a quick blog about how good Team City is. What is it? It’s a Integrated Build Environment from Jetbrains, those people that lovingly bought you IDEA and Resharper. Go along to their site and check it out: Team City Site.

What’s good about it? Like all Jetbrains things it’s highly configurable, highly plugable and the Web-UI is also probably the slickest “Web 2.0” ajax application i’ve seen. If you are into Unit Testing (you should be) then it runs and records all your tests, how long they take, which ones fail more often etc. It’s basically a “Cruise Control” but done with some real love.

Something really cool we are about to do is integrate unit tests from VB and even VBA (not that VB or VBA is any way cool) as well; this is done using a nice little team city trick I found in the documentation: Integrate any testing framework.

Also it’s free for 20 projects, and 3 build agents. If you are a reader from “any particular organisation” where I work: Hey you’re in luck; we have an enterprise license, send me a mail and I can put you in touch with the right people.

Happy Integrating.

It’s a Snip!

March 11, 2008

Just a quick one: Back from the not so snowy Alps and into work mode. I have sent loads of people this utility in the past so thought I would quickly blog about it.

Snippy: Great for highlighting and cutting and pasting screenshots.
Download him: http://www.bhelpuri.net/Snippy/
Example:

Snippy Example

Happy Highlighting.


Matt

No More Mr Nice Guy.

January 7, 2008

Ok, So I ran across this in the uber-hip Urban Junkies newsletter:

http://www.urbanjunkies.com/ln/07/1030.html 

I’m ashamed.

Once upon a time, in the lands before time, back when Apple was book the first time round I was once an English student. Long gone are those days, long gone indeed. I’m lost without spell-check and can barely work a pen. An ink pen is my hands looks like the paper has been left on the floor of a Tarantino film. “Calligraphy”; didn’t he used to play for Real Madrid in the 50’s?

Anyway, one of my New Years Resolutions is to try and emoticon less and use the English language more. Time will tell. If I can wean myself off saying “Dude” and “Whack Attack” at the same time that can only be a good thing. I’m 31 for heavens sakes.

Best software book ever.

January 2, 2008


Peopleware
Ok, it’s not got anything about Moustaches from what I can remember, but this is probably the best software book I have ever read.

It depresses me greatly that I am typing this post with headphones on because the people behind me are hellishly noisy. At least I have an Aeron Chair.

Sigh.

If you are a developer, project manager, ISV or just an average office worker, there’s some great stuff in this book. Do yourself a favour and buy a copy for yourself, and one for your boss.

Some Highlights:

  • Open Plan Offices are a disaster for developer productivity.
  • People work better in teams when they have scope to set their own agenda and are trusted.
  • Your job as a manager is to let people get on with their work and enable them to do the thing they do best. This is basically Joel’s “Abstraction Layer”.
  • You are more productive the quieter your surroundings and the more space you have. You should have an office all to yourself.
  • “Flow” is key, anything that disrupts a developers Flow is the Enemy. Everyone knows this one already though.
  • Methodology and Coding Guidelines are no replacement for quality people and jelled teams. Are you listening CMMI?
  • Putting on headphones and tuning everyone out isn’t the solution.
  • It’s all backed up by cold hard numbers.

The Final Push.

December 3, 2007

Despite Movember being officially over I’ve got 1 weeks pledge left in me. I was a late starter, a late developer if you will, so my final day, the day the tash dies is Saturday the 8th of December. It’s got to a rather festive stage now, as you can see below. For your viewing pleasure I’ve pinched a picture from another MoBro which shows a delectable range of specimens. Not sure who I most resemble?

Undercover Brother

The many flavours of “The Mo”:

 Mo Styles.

 This is my last week, so all those who haven’t sponsored, but have promised, there is still time to put your money where my mouth is. (Sorry I couldn’t resist that one). To sponsor me go http://www.movember.com/uk/donate, enter my registration number which is 175026.

Mo Tash No Problems

November 19, 2007

So far so good, mild itching sensations but otherwise plain sailing. Mixed reactions from workmates, mostly supportive, and since I work at a German bank, as some of you know, I am finding myself more and more esteemed by my German co-workers. Any minute I am expecting to be led away to be shown where the choicest cuts of bratwurst are stored. Excellent. I will keep you all posted.

Blonde Hedgerow

Thanks for all those who’ve contributed so far…if not…there is still plenty of month left: To sponsor me go tohttp://www.movember.com/uk/donate, enter my registration number which is 175026.

I will post more regularly now that I have something to show for my efforts.

Now Listening: // Rusted Wheel – Silversun Pickups.

Welcome to Movember

November 10, 2007

Movember_TheBeginning

So I got invloved in a dare and now find myself in the position of having to maintain a tash through this month. I intend to capture the dash over a series of posts….starting today.

It’s all for “charity”, check it out here: http://www.movember.com/. To sponsor me go tohttp://www.movember.com/uk/donate, enter my registration number which is 175026.

 Now Listening:// Radio 6 via Vista Gadget http://gallery.live.com/liveItemDetail.aspx?li=7e4ba3f8-29db-42db-8fb5-2ba61e67c08c&l=1