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Gavin Bollard
Works at Australian Payments Clearing Association Limited
Attended St. Leo's College Wahroonga
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A Run-in with Cryptolocker
A Little History Over the years, we've had a fairly good run when it comes to viruses and malware. Much of that I can put down to the fact that we've always used IBM Notes as our mail system and it's less susceptible to hijacking. Of course, notes only slow...
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Book Review: The Spectraland Saga 2: The Mystery of the Moonfire by Brian Tashima
Back in September 2012, I reviewed book one of the Spectraland Saga, The Secret of the Songshell  and now, after about 3 years, the sequel is finally out and I'm pleased to bring you a review of it.  The Spectraland Saga is a young adult series by Brian Tas...
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Book Review: "Temple did it, and I can Too: Seven Simple Life Rules" by Jennifer Gilpin Yacio
"Temple did it, and I can Too: Seven Simple Life Rules" by Jennifer Gilpin Yacio is a children’s picture book based on Temple Grandin’s seven life rules for growing up with autism. If you don't know who Dr Temple Grandin's is, she's arguably the leading aut...
"Temple did it, and I can Too: Seven Simple Life Rules" by Jennifer Gilpin Yacio is a children’s picture book based on Temple Grandin’s seven life rules for growing up with autism. If you don't know who Dr Temple Grandin's ...
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Book Review: "The Saga Of Santa Claus" by M. D. Couturier
It's probably still a little early for Christmas but it's not too early to start doing a little shopping preparation. Today, I want to review a book written by Mark Couturier who was diagnosed with Asperger's syndrome at 19 years. Mark was born in Seoul, Ko...
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Book Review: Building Bridges through Sensory Integration (Third Edition)
Building Bridges through Sensory Integration (Third Edition) is a book written by occupational therapists, for occupational therapists, parents and carers. It deals primarily with children with Autism spectrum disorders but includes a lot of material on Sen...
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When Your Child Keeps Making a big deal out of Injuries
Some people with Asperger's syndrome are actually quite good at shutting out pain while others seem to feel every single cut, bruise or scrape in the most traumatic way.  It's also not unusual for a person with Asperger's syndrome to sit at both ends of the...
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Book Review: The Loving Push by Temple Grandin and Debra Moore
The Loving Push: How Parents and Professionals can help Spectrum Kids become Successful Adults By Temple Grandin Ph.D and Debra Moore Ph.D. Future Horizons 2015. The Loving Push is a very different type of autism book. It's aimed at the parents of teens and...
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Why Do I Allow Offensive Comments on this Blog?
I'm often asked, since I moderate comments on this blog (require approval before posting), why I allow comments which are harmful but block some comments which fight back. Surely here, of all places, I should be standing up for people, like myself who are o...
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Conversations with People with Asperger's Syndrome can leave you with a Wrong Impression
People with Asperger's Syndrome often come across in conversations as very self-obsessed and this is reflected in “Aspie-type” personalities in the media, such as “ Doc Martin ” in the British TV show of the same name and “Sheldon Cooper” from the “ Big Ban...
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Why are Schools so Unprepared for Autism?
In Australian news this week, there was a story about a school principal who was fired for attempting to use a cage to restrain a child on the autism spectrum who was experiencing meltdowns. You can read about that story here and here . Why This is Wrong Th...
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Movie Review: Eagle vs Shark (2007)
Eagle vs Shark is a film which never actually mentions the words "Asperger's syndrome" but is clearly about two individuals with Asperger's meeting and and falling in love. In fact, it takes the whole genetics thing so far that at times, it feels like nearl...
Eagle vs Shark is a film which never actually mentions the words "Asperger's syndrome" but is clearly about two individuals with Asperger's meeting and and falling in love. In fact, it takes the whole genetics thing so far th...
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Woohoo ... at last...  I'm teased and I'm ready for that final episode.
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  • Warman International Limited
  • Ku-ring-gai Municipal Council
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.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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