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Dominic Smith
Works at Red Gate Software
Attended University of Birmingham
Lives in Milton, Cambridge, UK
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It needs some music adding to it .. I'm thinking Benny Hill sort of thing lol 
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It's that time of year when I review all of the ham radio activities I got up to in the last year. Now I see it all in a big list, I realise just how busy the hobby kept me in 2011, and I really enjoyed it. Thanks to everyone who helped make any of these things happen.
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Yes!, It's true!
Buddhini Samarasinghe originally shared:
 
THIS. IS. HILARIOUS.

Ow, my sides hurt from laughing. Seriously, you need to read this.

Very rapidly, things go wrong. First, Gandalf disappears and has no more interaction with Frodo until everything is over. (Frodo assumes his supervisor is dead: in fact, he's simply found a more interesting topic and is working on that instead.) At his first international conference in Lorien, Frodo is cross-questioned terrifyingly by Galadriel, and betrayed by Boromir, who is anxious to get the credit for the work himself.

h/t: +Bug G. Membracid
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If anyone in the Cambridge area is curious as to what I do for my day job, and wants to know how Red Gate approach adding embedded User Assistance to software, my colleague Roger Hart and I are presenting a workshop on that very topic this evening. Details at http://cambridgeoctober.eventbrite.com/
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Tu devrais en faire une en français aussi, Dom. ;)
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Gareth Marlow originally shared:
 
"I've been married eighteen years. My wife still doesn't understand what I do."

Would you like to go to space? I'll ask again. Would you like to go to space?

At Red Gate, we're running a competition to send a DBA into space, courtesy of Space Adventures (http://www.spaceadventures.com/). Anyone who works with relational databases such as SQL Server, Oracle or MySQL, whether you're a full-time DBA, an accidental DBA, a developer or a sysadmin is eligible.

We're doing this because we know that DBAs are the most important people you've never heard of - enabling medical records to be summoned in the blink of an eye, keeping transport running smoothly, managing the data beneath the electrical grid for billions of people and providing instant access to news, music, phone calls, money and an endless supply of entertainment.

To win, you need to correctly answer fourteen questions about space, and SQL Server, asked in a series of sci-fi webisodes on our DBA in Space website. You'll also need to let us know what you'd tweet from space if you won the prize.

The competition runs through to November 18, and you can enter any time at http://www.dbainspace.com/.

To warm you up, start here: DBA in Space Trailer

You can catch up with the first five questions here:

DBA in Space Question 1 - Identify a Country from Space
DBA in Space Question 2 - Secret SQL Task
DBA in Space Question 3 - Sci-Fi Film Knowledge
DBA in Space Question 4 - Computers in Space
DBA in Space Question 5 - The Interrogation

If you're not a DBA, send this to your IT people. And get ready to watch them cry tears of joy.

My God, it's full of stars
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Video launching the preparations for ham radio's Olympic games: WRTC 2014.
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My colleagues did this.
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Statistics, lies and correlation...
http://graphjam.files.wordpress.com/2011/12/etc_correlation50__01__960.jpg

Double-click on the graphic and then zoom. Sorry about that.
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It's the busiest weekend of the year at Cambridge University Wireless Society. We're competing in an annual ham radio competition to make as many contacts as possible with as many countries as possible in 48 hours.
To add to the pressure, this year we're defending both 1st place in our category in England, and the current English record that we set last year.
This is the equipment we're using inside the station. There are lots of antennas up outside too.
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Bonne chance et bon courage! :)
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The perils of being a radio ham: just discovered 246 $1 bills in my bedroom
back at my parents' house while clearing it. Nice surprise!
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I normally save them until my next trip to the US and then use them for paying restaurant tips, Jerry :)
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ARISSat-1, a new ham radio satellite, has been 'launched' (basically thrown out the window) from the International Space Station.
Only one minor problem: one of the antennas is missing. Oops.
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People are confirming you can still use the UHF uplink using as little as 5w and a 10 element beam so might not be so bad!
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Project Manager
Employment
  • Red Gate Software
    Project Manager, 2012 - present
  • Red Gate Software
    Technical Author, 2010 - present
  • Third Light Ltd
    Technical Writer, 2009 - 2009
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Currently
Milton, Cambridge, UK
Previously
Yelverton, Devon, UK - Girton, Cambridge, UK - Pau, France - Harborne, Birmingham, UK
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31 year old Agile project manager and former technical author at Red Gate Software. Amateur radio callsign M0BLF.
Introduction
31 years old. Started work as a technical author at Red Gate Software in Cambridge, UK and since moved into Agile project management. 
Has a PhD in the discourse of Hugo Chávez from the University of Birmingham.
Also interested in web development and ham radio (callsign: M0BLF)
Education
  • University of Birmingham
    PhD Hispanic Studies, 2006 - 2010
  • University of Birmingham
    MPhil Corpus Linguistics, 2005 - 2006
  • University of Cambridge
    Modern & Medieval Languages, 2000 - 2004
  • Devonport High School for Boys
    1992 - 1999
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