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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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It would be really cool to have a shot of the hand of Omega following the doctor into the Tardis.
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Article: Detect and Deal with Anxiety (on Special-ism)
My latest article on Special-ism which went live about a week or two ago (I've been very busy, sorry) is all about Anxiety.   Following my review of Dr Edward Aull's book " The Parent's Guide to the Medical World of Autism ", last month, I turned my thought...
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Well done, very impressive indeed.  I was expecting something from Genesis of the Daleks but I can't remember if there are any useful lines there. 
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I used a little bit of Genesis but most of that leans towards the Daleks and I was keen to avoid making it all about them
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Aspergers and Bumping into Things.
I'm constantly bumping into things and I often have scrapes and bumps and bruises on my body but can't remember how they got there. It's the same for my kids and it's all to do with spatial awareness. Spatial awareness, which is often also referred to as mo...
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When being part of the solution IS being part of the problem.
One of the most common issues in the world of autism is the perception of Autism itself as a problem - or even worse, as the personification of a problem. It's fairly common in the early days of diagnosis when parents simply aren't handling the changes to t...
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How to do more for families with autism than just being "aware" of it.
The idea of an Autism "Awareness" day is fraught with problems. It suggests that people aren't even aware that autism exists, It's a very scary thought. It puts autism far behind most other forms of  disability.  There is no problem with the acceptance of b...
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Book Review: The Parent's Guide to the Medical World of Autism by Edward Aull, MD
The Parent's Guide to the Medical World of Autism: A Physician Explains Diagnosis, Medications and Treatments by Edward Aull, MD Behavioral Pediatrician. It was with great trepidation that I approached this book. I knew that it was an important topic but bo...
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Article: From Fish to Dogs – Selecting a Therapeutic Pet (at Special-ism)
When I was four, my parents got me a border collie cross something (Labrador, I think). It was an inspired decision. Spot became my "everywhere friend" and we had lots of adventures together. In fact, we became inseparable for the next eighteen years. In th...
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How to do Bullets and Numbering in IBM Notes
I forgot the F8 shortcut key today and I looked it up via google. On the way I found a post about colouring text white to hide bullets in notes.  Crazy.  In any case, I wrote these instructions for my people and thought it was worth sharing on the blog; How...
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Awesome.
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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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  • St. Leo's College Wahroonga
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