Bloody hell! I’ve won a shuffle!!

I’ve not been online much over the last week or so. I’ve been off work prior to starting my new job on Monday, so I’ve not been keeping up to date with my usual feeds or reading any blogs.

A few minutes a go I decided to check my stats for this site & saw a few referrals from stuffandnonsense Andy Clarke’s blog. Intrigued, I decided to visit, and this is what I found.

As a result of this thread and possibly the link on my home page, I’ve ended up winning one of the shuffles Clarkey was offering up for grabs! I’m thrilled to bits.

The funny thing is I only just got round to ordering my copy of Transcending CSS on Friday last week & it arrived on Monday (I used some of the amazon voucher SSP gave me as my leaving pressie). I must confess I’m not very far through it, but so far it is every bit as good as I thought it’d be.

Some of the things I have learned from Andy over the past two or three years have helped me immensley in my career, and I’m sure I’ll get a lot more out of the book & the Ipod!

Moving on…

This Friday is going to be my last day with SSP. I’ve been with the company for over eight years so it’s a big change for me. It all seems very real now.

I am looking forward to starting my new job, it’s an exciting opportunity for me as I’ll be working on some pretty high profile stuff. However as the time draws nearer I’m feeling pretty nervous and I have a sneaky feeling I’m going to miss it here in a funny sort of way.

Make skype calls from your nokia mobile

Yesterday I discovered “Fring“. It’s an application that you install on your symbian powered mobile phone that allows you to make Skypeand Google talk calls over the GPRS, 3G & (if your phone supports it) Wi-Fi Networks.

Most nokia handsets run on the Symbian operating system, according to the Fring website you can download the application for the Nokia: 6630, 6680, 6681, 6682, N70, N72, N80, N90, N71, N73, N75, N91, N92, N93, E60, E61 & E70.

I gave fring it’s first proper test on my N70 this afternoon over Vodafone’s 3G network; I’m pleased to say it seemed to work. I could hear the person at the other end very well indeed although my voice was apparently a bit distorted (high pitched) and there was a bit of “satellite delay”.

If you have a skype account and a nokia mobile I’d reccomend giving Fring a try, espesially if your phone has Wi-fi. Fring was OK over the 3G network, but because I have free anytime minutes I don’t think that it would save me any money, unless I was talking to someone abroad.

Good golly miss Molly!

Molly E. Holzschlag knows her stuff; She’s been working in the webstandards arena since before there was even an arena to work in! I’ve seen her speak a couple of times, first at CSS for designers back in 2005 and then last year at @media 2006 where she spoke about internationalisation. Molly never fails to inspire with obvious passion for her subject. Molly has written several books on web technology & is the out going Group Lead for WaSP (the Web Standards Project). She also writes a popular blog.

Earlier this week Molly announced that she’s signed on with the Internet Explorer team on a contract basis to work on standards and interoperability issues.

I think this is excellent news, anything that sees MS developing with standards in mind and gets us closer a more interoberable web has got to be a good thing. As part of her work with Microsoft Molly has started a new blog “The Daily Molly“. I hope that it lives up to it’s name. Molly doesn’t post nearly as often as I’d like her to on, so knowing that there’s another place to tap into her knowledge is a good thing.

Molly’s announcement follows hot on the heels of news that Chris Wilson, Platform Architect of the Internet Explorer Platform team at Microsoft (and ex-Group Program Manager) is going to be the initial chair of the W3C’s new HTML Working Group. In some circles this new has been greeted with dismay. For the life of me I cannont understand why this should be. Microsoft may have been extremely slow to adopt W3C standards in the past, indeed the gap between IE6 & IE7 was far too long; however they are now working hard to comply with standards, Chris has shown that he personally is commited to the cause and I beleive that under his stewardhip the W3C WG will do the right thing for developers and end users.