I had another report today of a age discrimination and employment.
A industry mate went for a job interview today and he was notified not so long ago that he did not get the role. This in it self is not a problem, however it was the response he was given on why he did not get it.
The following was stated,
- They believed that he would not stay in the role long and would become disinterested in a short period of time.
- He was over qualified for the role.
He was suitably qualified and experienced for the role and have had only 4 jobs in his working life.
This even i have heard over the last couple of years when i have gone for senior roles.
There are a going number of us in the Australian Technology Industry that are starting to question the true motivations of some employers. Age discrimination is a hard one to prove however if you speak to any one over the age of 40 years and ask them about some of the interviews they have attended and the resultant outcome’s, it is becoming more a trend. This is happening more and more.
If the Australian technology industry is to survive and thrive then this attitude towards over 40′s employment HAS TO Change.
I am asked on a regular basis what free applications i use and have now complied a list. This is is for desktop/laptop based applications and does not include SAAS “online” Apps I use.
Open source and Freeware applications
Libre Office – Office productivity package
Firefox – Web Browser
7Zip - File Compression / Decompression tool
The Gimp – Graphics application
Inkscape – Graphics applications
NVU – Web page design application
Scribus – DTP application
FileZilla – FTP Client
PDF Creater – PDF File application
True Crypt – File Encryption
Gantt Project – GANTT Project sheets
Freemind – Mind Mapping
Notepad ++ – Versatile note pad
Hope this list helps.
If you like to know more or assistance with these applications drop me an email
The past weekends server weather on the central coast was not as a bad as forecast. There was some heavy rain and some wind however not a damaging as originally forecast. We got approximately 70mm of rain.
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The latest from the BOM.
We could be in for a wet and wild nite.
Australian Government Bureau of Meteorology
New South Wales
Severe Weather Warning
for damaging winds, heavy rain and damaging surf
for people in the Metropolitan, Hunter, Illawarra and South Coast forecast
Issued at 4:40 pm EST on Friday 19 April 2013.
DAMAGING WINDS AND SURF, AND HEAVY SHOWERS FOR SOUTHERN AND CENTRAL PARTS OF THE NSW COAST.
A low currently off the NSW south coast is expected to move slowly to the north
over the next 24 hours. A trough associated with the low is expected to pass
near the South coast and Illawarra districts this evening then move north
passing offshore of the Sydney Metropolitan and Hunter districts tomorrow
morning, bringing gale force winds and heavy showers to the coastal fringe and
a large southerly swell.
Damaging winds around 65 km/h with peak gusts of 100 km/h are forecast for
parts of the South Coast, Illawarra, Sydney Metropolitan and Hunter forecast
districts, chiefly along the coastal fringe. The warning for the Snowy
Mountains forecast district has been cancelled.
Heavy surf which may lead to localised damage and coastal erosion is forecast
for the South Coast, Illawarra and Hunter forecast districts and parts of the
Metropolitan forecast district. Beach conditions in these areas could be
dangerous and people should stay well away from the surf and surf exposed areas.
Heavy showers and thunderstorms which may lead to some local flooding are
forecast for parts of the Illawarra and South Coast forecast districts
overnight and Saturday morning.
Wind gusts of about 95 km/h have been reported today from Montague Island, just
offshore Narooma, and a gust of 90 km/h was reported from Point Perpendicular.
The Sydney, Port Kembla and Eden wave rider buoys are reporting significant
waves of 5 to 6 metres this afternoon.
The State Emergency Service advises that people should:
- Move vehicles under cover or away from trees.
- Secure or put away loose items around your house, yard and balcony.
- Keep clear of fallen power lines.
- Don’t drive, ride or walk through flood water.
- Keep clear of creeks and storm drains.
- If you are trapped by flash flooding, seek refuge in the highest available
place and ring 000 if you need rescue.
For emergency help in floods and storms, ring your local SES Unit on 132 500.
The next warning will be issued by 11:00 pm EST Friday.
This warning is also available through TV and Radio broadcasts; the Bureau’s
website at www.bom.gov.au or call 1300 659 218.
The Bureau and State Emergency Service would appreciate this warning being
It is Friday afternoon and there are two east coast lows (ECL) hanging “dancing” of the east coast of Australia. As the afternoon progresses the greyer the sky is getting.
We have forecasts for rain with strong winds.
Time to keep a weather eye open.
A common question i keep being asked about is How do i check my internet speed
The answer my friends is quite easy. I have on my business website links on the homepage to such sites.
They are safe to use and don’t go to bad places on the web. It can be found in the ‘Test Your Internet’ on the right handside of the home page
WA, VIC and QLD are booming in on Ch35….
Also some of shore stations are in the back ground…