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Dave Hall
Works at Pfizer
Attends Swinburne University of Technology
Lives in Newstead, Victoria, Australia
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Chicken man #selfie!
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That's why they pay him the big clucks.
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I would like to take this opportunity to thank the Newstead +CFA (Country Fire Authority) and (some of) my neighbours .  For the second time in less than a year they've had to deal with a fire that started in our neighbour's yard.  This time it was a smouldering burn off from the weekend that flared up.

Earlier today I was at a performance at my son's school. After the performance I went to check my email.  I noticed an alert from the CFA Fire Ready App.  I zoomed in on the location for the alert to see the pin was in my backyard.

I told +Julie Tisdale what was happening and sprinted the car.  I drove home "as quickly as I safely could" - it is best that I don't discuss my speed here.

I arrived home to the scene in the photo.  2 trucks and about 10 guys from the local volunteer fire brigade still wetting things down.  They put close to a tanker load of water into the pit where the fire was.

One of our neighbours had noticed that the burn off had flared up and called 000.  Another neighbours smelt the smoke and raced over to start wetting down the fence line to stop the fire entering our property.  Thanks to their quick reactions the only damage on our side is some burnt grass and sticks.

I am very grateful to live in a community where people are so willing to jump in and help.  Without their actions we would have lost sheds and possibly the house - twice in a year.

If you start a fire it is your responsibility to make sure it is fully out before you leave it unattended.  If you live in a rural area install the CFA Fire Ready smartphone app and setup notifications.  Be nice to your neighbours, you never know when you'll need them.

Finally, I hope the boys at the fire brigade enjoy the coldies I dropped off.
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Photos from our Hamilton island holiday.
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Nice. But if you moved there and got used to it you'd end up 'whatever'.
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only $5995  :D
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The slides from my #WFTools presentation delivered to the #drupal Sydney meet up last night it's available at http://skwashd.github.io/drupal-syd-aug2013

The video will be out in a week or 3. I really enjoyed doing the talk, it was a new version of it.
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My presentation will be streaming live at https://youtu.be/f48VfoVrW5k  We're close to kicking off.
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IT Consultant
Skills
PHP, Drupal, Linux, Open Source, DevOps
Employment
  • Pfizer
    Web Platform Strategist, 2013 - present
    I make awesome stuff.
  • Dave Hall Consulting
    Managing Director, 2000 - present
    Dave Hall Consulting is an Australian based free / open source solutions provider. DHC has been providing IT services to a global client base for over a decade. We have an extensive a network of partners and contacts who we collaborate with and a wealth of knowledge and experience which we leverage to deliver quality free / open source solutions.
  • Technocrat
    Drupal Architect, 2010 - 2012
    I was hired by Technocrat to create a team of Drupal developers to rebuild the NRMA Insurance website. The project involved replacing Autonomy Interwoven Teamsite with Drupal. The client wanted to retain the deployment and multiple environment management tools of Teamsite, while taking advantage of the flexibility offered by Drupal. The deployment system designed and overseen by me is the first enterprise grade deployment tool for Drupal that supports multiple environments and allows coordinated deployment of code, configuration and content. Much of this work is available as open source code on drupal.org I educated Technocrat about open source development and gained support from the company to share useful components with the Drupal community. These are available today as patches and modules on drupal.org. We built a globally distributed team of developers to work on the project. I selected many of the tools for managing the project including Pivotal Tracker, github and Harvest and educated the company on the benefits of Agile and SCRUM. Part of my role was liaising with other suppliers to ensure their tools would handle the new IAG website. I was responsible for specifying the hosting platform and ensuring it was built correctly. I also worked closely with IAG's security teams to ensure the site complied with company security policies.
  • Four Kitchens
    Developer and System Administrator, 2010 - 2011
    I helped make BIG web sites. During my time at Four Kitchens I worked on various client projects. The most notable was performance tuning Al Jazeera's blog site to cope with high volumes of traffic it was receiving during the height of the Arab Spring.
  • BLands Consulting
    IT Consultant, 2009 - 2010
    Implemented and maintained an open source platform to manage the EU ECHA REACH process for B-Lands and their clients. The platform consisted of over 2000 Drupal 6 sites.
  • Technocrat
    Principal Engineer, 2012 - 2013
    In my role as Principal Engineer at Technocrat I was the senior executive responsible for Drupal strategy. My responsibilities included setting standards, documenting processes and educating and mentoring teams about best practices for building quality Drupal solutions. In the Drupal community I was the public face of Technocrat and the primary interface between the company and the open source community. A significant focus of my work was preparing and reviewing solution architecture designs for client projects. This required me to work closely with key client stakeholders to ensure that I understood their needs and existing environments. I was responsible for ensuring solutions complied with Drupal best practice in all areas including security, performance and configuration management. I also worked with third party vendors to make sure our solutions would integrate with their platforms. Technocrat's FLOWER product is based on the deployment tools I created. I worked with Acquia to make Technocrat an accredited Acquia Training Partner. I was the primary trainer and worked with clients to identify training requirements.
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Newstead, Victoria, Australia
Previously
Green Gully, Victoria, Australia - Tecoma, Victoria, Australia - Footscray, Victoria, Australia - Northcote, Victoria, Australia
Story
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IT Consultant, Drupalista, webapp coder, geek, slacker, father of 2, fat opinionated bastard. These are ramblings of a madman, not my clients.
Introduction
Dave is the Managing Director of Dave Hall Consulting. When he isn't working with clients to build high quality web applications, he is working with them to improve their infrastructure and business processes. Dave lives less than 2 hours drive from Melbourne, Australia in the bush near Newstead with his partner and 2 boys.
Education
  • Swinburne University of Technology
    Information Technology, 2001 - present
  • Victoria University
    Bachelor of Arts (Urban & Regional Planning), 1998 - 2001
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skwashd, David Hall