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Went a saw the movie swordfish last night. Rating: 5 (out of 10)


Just a quick update. My java-script to import images into different styles when you click a style button (see previous diary entry) is working. Things just keep getting better!


oo la la.... today I managed to get my diary that I'm developing from the mainframe into a web interface to change to 4 different styles/themes by a click of a button. Hmmm.... this is very cool indeed! What I wanted to achieve for the users that will be using the diary, is for them to be able to choose a particular style/theme that they prefer from any page and then store their choice into a cookie so that the next time they use the diary it will default to that particular style/theme. All the java-script and different styles sheets work perfectly. The only thing left to do is to import the correct graphics into each style/theme which shouldn't be to hard to do with a bit more java-script code. Hopefully by the end of next week, Lito and myself will have the prototype of the diary up and running and we will get some users to do some test on it. This is all very exciting and like I mentioned below, I will have some screenshots soon :)

In the meantime, if you like art, take a look at some of my work on my personal page and feel free to let me know if you like it or think its rather crappy... click here


19 Jul 2001 (updated 19 Jul 2001 at 12:54 UTC) »

You know.... some people are good, some are nice and some just always think of others and don't really care much about themselves or their own status. ncm is one of those people.

Today (yesterday to some of you) ncm gave me a bit of a boost in relation to my certification. It wasn't a big boost (apprentice level) but one I probably rightly deserve. Now the reason why I mention ncm, is the fact that I decided to take a look at his page and I noticed that he is certified at "Master" level. He has been the second at that level to visit my little section, and actually certify me. Thanks ncm! :)

The other thing I do admire about this chap is the fact that he himself considers that he should only be at "Journeyer" level and has actually asked people to withdraw their certifications on him so that he can drop to that level. Christ!! most people (99%) would want to retain that level of status! Another thing he also does, is to withdraw certifications on certain people and then certifies others he thinks deserves to be certified.

There should be more people like him, unselfish and fair.

Oh... and thanks to arozell to. I didn't forget you either ;)


18 Jul 2001 (updated 18 Jul 2001 at 12:12 UTC) »

Jesus, whats going on here? I was at "Journeyer" level now I'm back to nothing? What gives?

Wow, just when I thought things couldn't get any better, I'm now part of a great team that is currently doing some bleeding edge stuff in terms of web development.

What we have managed to do in the Northern Territory of Australia is to get mainframe applications such as IJIS (integrated justice information system) converted to a web interface which basically means no more terminal screens!

Ok maybe this isn't such a new idea, but getting this to work using a combination of IBM's Visual Age Generator (VAG), Websphere and Macromedia's Ultra Dev, does make it quite unique. Not to mention most of the web design has been created using a combination of Java, Java-script and CSS (Cascading Style Sheets).

Now, whats a little different and apparently quite bleeding edge by IBM's observations, is the fact that the mainframe still runs as the backend but is now transparent to the users as they do all their work via a web browser interface.

IBM visited the N.T. and were very impressed with the work that has already been undertaken. Special notice must be given to Julius Marbella and Joanne Napier for their current and continuos efforts thus far and helping to place the N.T. on the world map.

I am very honoured to be part of this team as IBM have gone back to the US and made special mention about what is happening here in the N.T. There has also been many calls and emails from around the world by programmers and web designers querying how we have acheived this.

In my gov agency, myself and Angelito Lontoc have already created a working web diary that has all the functionality of the diary system available on the mainframe. When I get time I will post some screen shots. It's still currently in development but is looking very promising indeed.


Well, I haven't written anything for a while so I thought I'd better make some kind of an effort. Of course there is a hidden agenda behind my posting this diary entry today.

1. I have some new art work on my site which you can take a look at by clicking [here].

2. Work has commenced on the Magistrate Court website and I anticipate that it should be up by the end of August.

3. Got me a grouse new chair to sit on while I'm at my computer at home. It's all leather, swivels, has a high back and rocks back and forth so that I can go to sleep hehe....All I need now is a bar fridge and I'll bet set for life.

4. I ended up buying a new computer whilst on holidays in March. I bought a Gateway P3 850 which boots into either ME or RedHat 7.1. The whole system cost me only $2000aus which I though was quite reasonable at the time.

Other than that, nothing else is new so I think I'll just nickoff for tonight and who knows, maybe if I get some time I'll post another diary entry again soon! don't hold your breath though : )


24 Feb 2001 (updated 24 Feb 2001 at 14:07 UTC) »

Sat my RHCE300 (Red Hat Certified Engineers) course a couple of weeks ago and thoroughly enjoyed it. The course was one of the best courses I have ever undertaken, and the lecturer (Peter Davies) was simply outstanding. I will be sitting for my exam in April at a cost of $900... Not Cheap!! but I figure this will hopefully open a window of opportunity for me therefore it will be worth every cent.

So what else has happened?

  • Applied for the position I was acting in and was successful in winning the position!! :-)

  • Upgraded my linux box to RedHat 7.0 and really like it! (don't know what everyone whinges about)

  • My Pentium 120 box died on me two days ago... *sob* Good excuse to go shopping though

  • and kicked my friends ass in a game of pool the other day. Must be all the games I play during lunch time at work. Yes I am fortunate to have a pool table right outside my office where I play with my boss and some of the other staff. Hard life huh!! hehe.

    At the end of next week I will be on leave again. Heading down to Sydney, Melbourne and then Canberra. Sydney should be great fun because the IT Expo, Networld Interop, COMDEX and Linux Business Expo will be held together at the Sydney Convetion Centre from 7-9 March. Anyone heading that way and wants to catchup, let me know!


  • 31 Jan 2001 (updated 31 Jan 2001 at 10:34 UTC) »

    Hoorah! The Northern Territory Supreme Court web site has officially been launched! To have a gander at it, click the following link;


    I am pleased to say that all went well during the launch, and I recieved a lot of praise for the work that went into developing the site. Positive comments were recieved by not only the judiciary staff, but also from the legal profession and the general public.

    When things go right it always makes things seem worth the time and effort. I think I'll have a few drinks this weekend!! *grin*


    Well its not long to go before the Supreme Court website is launched. Next Wednesday infact!

    What I would like is for some people to take a look at the beta version of the [site] and make any suggestions that could and would improve it. Please bear in mind that I had to be quite conservative with this site when it came to graphics. The Judges did not want this site to have bells and whistles. On many occasions I was asked to tone it down a little and even remove some of the images created *sigh*. To best view the site, use I.E. or Netscape in Windows or if you are using Linux, use Galeon or Mozilla. Don't waste your time looking at it with Netscape because the borders around the menus will be out of alignment which is caused by the font issue within Netscape for Linux. I haven't tried it with Netscape 6, so it may be ok. The Virtual Tour will need a java-enabled browser.

    Anyway, the main thing is, I hope it's easy to navigate and find what you are looking for. It is aimed for the general public more so than for solicitors or staff, and since most of you probaby have little or no knowledge of the Court system, I would appreciate some feedback from you. You can use the feedback form on the site (which I will recieve) or send me an email:


    Thanks and hope to read some comments soon.


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