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Age DiscriminationFriday 16th February 2007
We have recruited two trainee developers at work recently. When this was announced I thought there was something odd about the title they were given, but perhaps that was just because I've been working on a project where nobody uses their real job title...

No, that's it. Trainee means that they don't know how to program, I know at least one of them does. Shouldn't they be called junior developers? Ah yes, they were. But apparently our HR department in it's omniscience decided that calling somebody junior was against the recently introduced age discrimination act.

Although they are quite happy to call senior developers just that. And, in fact, the rest of the company with senior jobs... it drives me slightly mad that people are paid to come up with these things.

I expect the next move will be to change all the people with senior in the title to 'advanced' or something. Can't say experienced, as that's indicating that the person may have been in the job for some time. It's all along with the fact that interviewers are no longer allowed to ask how much experience somebody has in a roll, as it's discriminatory against young people.

So, I've started going about writing the proverbial "Hello World" application in every language I can think of, and putting it on my CV as working with that language.


IIS 6.0 64-bit modeWednesday 14th February 2007
Useful command to switch IIS 6.0 between 32-bit and 64-bit mode:

cscript %SYSTEMDRIVE%\inetpub\adminscripts\adsutil.vbs SET W3SVC/AppPools/Enable32bitAppOnWin64 X

Where X = 1 for 32-bit, 0 for 64-bit.


Road taxMonday 12th February 2007
It seems there is a lot of talk about this Road Tax that is wanting to be introduced. With a petition setup by the government on a web-site, and nobody told. One, which strains to take the load.

Pay as you go driving, seems a little strange, but there is method behind the madness. It makes sense, charging people for what they use, instead of blanket charging everybody tax.

But am I the only person who thinks this is going to have a devastating effect on the economy? With every delivery truck and postal van being charged. Suddenly nobody will be able to afford to post anything, and the cost of products is going to rocket. I can't imagine any business absorbing the price of road tax. They are simply going to pass that cost down to the consumer.

What international businesses are going to produce goods in the UK, if they have to pay a premium to get them out to the rest of the world. Cheaper to build elsewhere and only import the minimum.

If it does look like it's going ahead, I'll be out the job, as my company thrives on large numbers of vehicles being on the road at anyone time. Preferably crashing into each other.


House GallerySaturday 3rd February 2007
I've fixed one of the long-term links on my menu, under Media to go to my house gallery. Hardware, Vault, and Links still haven't been done, and I find it hard to believe they ever will be.


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