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PPJWT Five insights into why I chose IT contracting? Why not? (FINAL)

21 January 2021 Comments off

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Today, I uploaded to YouTube a long form video (00:25:27 duration). In this long-form video presentation, I discuss my personal choice of why I chose contracting over permanent opportunities in my career. I share my feelings and historic decisions of why I got into contracting, why I found it beneficial and why it can be […]

Where Are All The Black People in IT?

05 July 2014 3 comments

4 minutes

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Recently, I flicked through the faces of all of the presentations titles from Google I/O 2014 videos, I saw only one person who was black. She was from Ethiopia and was talking about a very worthy cause, solving the food shortage in Africa and making the cost of food production cheaper so that everyone could […]

Reprise CON4279 Test-Driven Development with Java EE 7 Talk

30 October 2013 Comments off

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At last, I have the October screencast, as I promised weeks ago whilst in the USA. This is a reprisal of my JavaOne 2013 talk, which was called Test-Driven Development with Java EE 7, Arquillian and Enterprise Containers. The conference id was CON4279. As I reprised this JavaOne talk, I actually then realised that it […]

My First Technical Book

29 October 2013 1 comment

1 minute

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I arrived back in the UK after a trip to JavaOne and a tour of California. After hugs and kisses from family and dealing with other matter, there was package waiting in the hallway. I finally saw three copies of the Java EE 7 Developer Handbook. This is what crossing the finishing looks like in […]

I am an IT contractor

25 June 2013 6 comments

5 minutes

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This is a disturbing post for me, and probably for you.  I am an IT contractor in 2013, at least. It was not always that way, because I worked in long term permanent positions before now. I have said many times before I did not aim to be an IT contractor: it just fell in […]

2011 The Year of Chasing Pavements

15 January 2012 6 comments

12 minutes

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I remember the year 2010 for the FIFA World Cup Final in South Africa watching the amazing tournament matches on BBC TV. Sadly, 2010 marked end of the JAVAWUG, I stopped leading the Java User Group, because attendance to the monthly talks nosedived in the summer mouths. I had had enough of running a user […]

Money

24 June 2011 Comments off

2 minutes

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Prince And The New Generation – Don’t Matter 2 Nite – One of the Purple Man’s very best songs that he has ever written, sung and performed. I remember listening to this sound way back in the 1990s. The first time was during my time beating the recession in the 1990s. There was no Euro. […]

Black People Will Never Be Promoted (Audio Boo Rough 174)

01 February 2011 1 comment

5 minutes

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As I write this early in the morning I am really tired on being on the back side of what counts as information technology. Recently a friend asked me to simple two questions. I could not give a satisfactory answer.  The questions were why are you (as in me) not yet a manager of a […]

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