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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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Getting Started with IBM Connections Sametime Cloud (Chat) - PART 2
In my last post , I went through the initial setup of Sametime (from Creating a user to getting to a logon in the cloud). I promised that I'd be back with information on getting Sametime (IBM Chat) working on other devices and away from the web browser.  So...
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Changing Yourself - Part 1 Be Adventurous, Become Independent
I often find myself writing articles aimed at promoting understanding between people with Asperger's syndrome and people without. Usually my posts explain a particular reaction or an expression and nearly always, I'm asking for partners to be more understan...
I often find myself writing articles aimed at promoting understanding between people with Asperger's syndrome and people without. Usually my posts explain a particular reaction or an expression and nearly always, I'm asking f...
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Getting Started with IBM Connections Smartcloud
Last September, when renewing our Notes and Domino Licences, IBM offered us a trade-up to IBM Connections SmartCloud.  Essentially, there we were presented with two options; 1.  50%  of our licenses upgraded to the full services (S1) 2.  100% of our license...
Last September, when renewing our Notes and Domino Licences, IBM offered us a trade-up to IBM Connections SmartCloud.  Essentially, there we were presented with two options; 1. 50%  of our licenses upgraded to the full serv...
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How to Stop Youtube's new AutoPlay feature from Eating all of your Bandwidth...
I've noticed a rather annoying trend recently where youtube starts a countdown to the next video at the end of our current viewing and starts playing it automatically.  Sure, you can click cancel but what happens if you're not there? What happens if you're ...
I've noticed a rather annoying trend recently where youtube starts a countdown to the next video at the end of our current viewing and starts playing it automatically.  Sure, you can click cancel but what happens if you're no...
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Honestly, while this is very good work, I can't see Disney going for it because it's simply too violent. I'm pretty sure that they're aiming Star Wars right back down to kiddie level (compare the complexity of Rebels vs Clone Wars). Once I've seen The Force Awakens, I'll know for sure.
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Taking Ownership of Problems in Your Relationship
Taking ownership of problems is something that is important in every relationship but it's especially important in a  relationship  where one or more partners have Autism Spectrum Disorders, including Asperger's syndrome. This is because partners with ASDs ...
Taking ownership of problems is something that is important in every relationship but it's especially important in a relationship where one or more partners have Autism Spectrum Disorders, including Asperger's syndrome. This ...
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So funny, it made me snort at my desk at work.
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Book Review: Temple Talks... about Autism and Sensory Issues by Temple Grandin
Temple Grandin is essentially the "mother" of modern autism. She's arguably the person most responsible for the recognition of autism as a condition which can not only be "lived with" but which provides benefits not otherwise found in society. Who is Temple...
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Cloud Services and the Business
It wasn't all that long ago that cloud services were frowned upon in business circles but 2015 looks like being the year of cloud adoption. So far, I've personally signed up for three major options, Google Apps for Business Microsoft Office 365 IBM Smartclo...
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It's like watching a train wreck....  awful but for some reason, I can't look away.
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Restarting Agent Manager on Domino 9.0.1 may crash your server....
KILLER AGENTS !  Just a fun tidbit we discovered today (fortunately on the test, rather than the production server). It seems that bug has been introduced in from Domino 9.0.1 which doesn't like having the agent manager restarted.  Specifically, via the com...
KILLER AGENTS !  Just a fun tidbit we discovered today (fortunately on the test, rather than the production server). It seems that bug has been introduced in from Domino 9.0.1 which doesn't like having the agent manager r...
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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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