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Gavin Bollard
Works at Australian Payments Clearing Association Limited
Attended St. Leo's College Wahroonga
Lives in Sydney, Australia
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The Difference Between IBM and Microsoft's Social Systems - An Analogy
We're currently in the process of trying to set up a Microsoft cloud environment. No, we're not giving up on Connections. We're straddling a couple of environments. The Microsoft experience hasn't been overwhelming so far but that's for another post. Right ...
We're currently in the process of trying to set up a Microsoft cloud environment. No, we're not giving up on Connections. We're straddling a couple of environments. The Microsoft experience hasn't been overwhelming so far but...
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w to help your stay-at-home adult with Asperger's syndrome to change their behaviour and get more out of life.
So, you've got a twenty-something year old with Asperger's syndrome and they're more or less, living on the couch, or on the computer or games console. Over my last couple of posts, I've covered some of the reasons why adults with Asperger's syndrome choose...
So, you've got a twenty-something year old with Asperger's syndrome and they're more or less, living on the couch, or on the computer or games console. Over my last couple of posts, I've covered some of the reasons why adults...
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IBM's Cloud takes the Pain out of Updates
I’ll admit that I'm generally not very kind to IBM on this blog. It's not that they're doing a worse job than their competitors, I'm still very impressed with some of the things they're doing.  It's just that after using Notes/Domino for over 20 years, I ho...
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Enabling Your children to be More Independent (Stay-at-home Adults Part 2)
Last time, I looked at adults with Asperger’s syndrome who had trouble leaving the house, and who were more often than not, video-game addicted.  In particular, I looked at the possible reasons that they could have for such behaviour. The aim of this series...
Last time, I looked at adults with Asperger’s syndrome who had trouble leaving the house, and who were more often than not, video-game addicted. In particular, I looked at the possible reasons that they could have for such b...
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Stay-At-Home Adults with Asperger's Syndrome - Part 1 Are there Any Excuses?
It's becoming an increasingly common story, a capable 20+ year old with Asperger's syndrome, living at home with their parents, unwilling to leave the comfort of the house - or their gaming console. There's a lot to discuss in this scenario but I want to br...
It's becoming an increasingly common story, a capable 20+ year old with Asperger's syndrome, living at home with their parents, unwilling to leave the comfort of the house - or their gaming console. There's a lot to discuss...
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Book Review: Edward Adrift by Craig Lancaster
Edward Adrift The Sequel to 600 Hours of Edward by Craig Lancaster A Review. It's been almost seven years since I reviewed 600 Hours of Edward on this blog. It was one of the first books I reviewed here. At the time, I said that I finished it and wanted mor...
Edward Adrift The Sequel to 600 Hours of Edward by Craig Lancaster A Review. It's been almost seven years since I reviewed 600 Hours of Edward on this blog. It was one of the first books I reviewed here. At the time, I sa...
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Making IBM Verse Easier to get to...
One of the most frustrating things about the whole IBM Verse experience is the difficulty in getting to the application. If you go through connections, you have to go through normal mail first. This ruins the experience because it isn't “seamless” to the us...
One of the most frustrating things about the whole IBM Verse experience is the difficulty in getting to the application. If you go through connections, you have to go through normal mail first. This ruins the experience becau...
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Looking at Cloud Licensing - Microsoft, IBM and Google
We live in interesting times and while I haven't changed jobs in years, I now do IT for several companies.  What makes this even more interesting is that some are on the IBM infrastructure, some are on Google and some are on Microsoft...   ...and of course,...
We live in interesting times and while I haven't changed jobs in years, I now do IT for several companies. What makes this even more interesting is that some are on the IBM infrastructure, some are on Google and some are on ...
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What's Wrong with the IBM Connections.Cloud Welcome Message (and what IBM Needs to do to fix it)
One of the interesting things about being in IT is that you're responsible for hundreds of "automated" messages each day but... as an IT person, who was already set up on the system from day one, you never actually get to see them - at least, not until some...
One of the interesting things about being in IT is that you're responsible for hundreds of "automated" messages each day but... as an IT person, who was already set up on the system from day one, you never actually get to see...
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Good Resources for Support with IBM Connections and Verse 2: Official Channel Web Sites
A couple of posts ago, I provided a list of LinkedIn Groups which I've found to be good sources of IBM Connections Information.  In this post, I aim to provide some "Official" web sites.  Needless to say, the majority of these will be IBM resources.  Of cou...
A couple of posts ago, I provided a list of LinkedIn Groups which I've found to be good sources of IBM Connections Information. In this post, I aim to provide some "Official" web sites. Needless to say, the majority of thes...
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The Importance of Email Retention, Journaling and Recoverability (and why Cloud Solutions Fail)
For most of us, email is simply a means of communicating work.  It's a glorified, bi-directional to-do list with comments. Emails come in, we read, do and delete. Once the work is done, there's usually no need to find the email again.  That's all very true ...
For most of us, email is simply a means of communicating work. It's a glorified, bi-directional to-do list with comments. Emails come in, we read, do and delete. Once the work is done, there's usually no need to find the ema...
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Book Review: Developing Leisure Time Skills for People with Autism Spectrum Disorders
Developing Leisure Time Skills for People with Autism Spectrum  Disorders: Practical Strategies for Home, School and Community. (Revised and Expanded Second Edition) (Revised and Expanded Second By Phyllis Coyne, Mary Lou Klagge and Colleen Nyberg. It's fai...
Developing Leisure Time Skills for People with Autism Spectrum Disorders: Practical Strategies for Home, School and Community. (Revised and Expanded Second Edition) (Revised and Expanded Second By Phyllis Coyne, Mary Lou Kla...
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Introduction
.I got my first computer in about 1985 and taught myself several variants of BASIC before moving onto Pascal and C.  I was on the Windows bandwagon from Windows /286 onwards but for some silly reason I started a degree in Civil Engineering rather than following my natural talents.  My initial results (a distinction in computing and failure in everything else) soon put me on the right path.

I worked in a library for about five years while I did my degree part time and when a PC and AS/400 job became available in EDP (Electrical Data Processing), I took it.  In about 1993, my role expanded to include administration of a Novell Network but during the installation process, I took all the books home to read and I ended up installing and configuring most of it. This was also my first experience with Lotus (Version 3.0).  By the time I left, I'd become proficient in Macro Writing, and Visual Basic (I bought and learned version 1.0 in my own time and wrote some popular - at the time - games and utilities). I started writing my login scripts as Visual BASIC Applications.

The next place I worked was much larger with 300 PCs in Australia and a total of 750 worldwide.  I was mainly responsible for the Australian arm though I did have some dealings with some of the other countries.  I was responsible for the SOE and for all parts of our network, including servers, topologies and remote access.  I moved from simple Domino administration and development to writing larger Domino systems while still retaining my applications diversity.

My current position is in IT Management and while I'm still doing all of the things I used to do, I'm now mainly concerned with IT project management and higher level systems.  I still like to be hands on but have less time than I'd like to do so.  I'm also very much involved in Web development and have a passion for the implementation of Web 2.0 technologies.  I'm also still a great supporter of IBM Lotus Notes and Domino.

I'm married with two school aged boys and live in Sydney, Australia.  My biggest "hobby" is movies and I have a very large and very well organised dvd collection.  My favourite TV show is Doctor Who and I've been watching it since I was 4.  I've got every Doctor Who DVD and hundreds of books on the show.

In 2006, I discovered that my eldest son had Aspergers Syndrome and shortly afterward, I discovered that I did too.  I've therefore dedicated quite a bit of time to promoting and increasing understanding of the condition in the community.  It is my goal to see that my sons grow up in a world that not only accepts them for who they are but which also understands the strengths that can be drawn from such a condition.
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