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NicF last won the day on January 26 2013

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  1. NicF

    Adelaide Job Hunting Tips

    I think the best way to describe state government IT departments is incompetent. It isn't so much that individuals are incompetent but rather the organisation and procedures and there is no real drive to change and improve. People tend to be settled in for life, don't get exposure to best practice elsewhere and are reluctant to change so nothing really changes. Even if you seem to be in a position to change things there are always obstacles in the way. If you are happy to just fit in and do whatever you are asked it probably doesn't matter too much but if you want to improve things or do things better it can be a demoralising experience. Ask @deryans. IT management of what? Networks, systems, development? Organisations will expect you to have experience of managing what they are actually looking for. Unisa currenlty have a vacancy for a manager in there IT department, see here => https://workingatunisa.nga.net.au/cp/index.cfm?event=jobs.checkJobDetailsNewApplication&returnToEvent=jobs.listJobs&jobid=A2413B14-7F5D-C31A-FA8E-ACE7004F4720&CurATC=External&CurBID=62AFB35D-9273-4A11-8DCC-9DB401354197&JobListID=6197ee04-5be0-8ea1-d1b8-88a13d6e592b&jobsListKey=26ddba18-69ca-4a2e-9184-8240c71ad921&persistVariables=CurATC,CurBID,JobListID,jobsListKey,JobID&lid=27860120078 I happen to know there is someone in the position at the moment but IT have form for appointing an external candidate over the internal person doing the job. Other places that come to mind that you could look at for work are places such as NCVER, Technology One, RAA, SA Water. I suspect most of these would advertise positions on Seek but it never hurts to research the organisations and make a direct approach if you think you have skills they can use. Be prepared to start out as casual or on a short term contract. These can often lead to permanent work or more contacts for future postions.
  2. NicF

    Adelaide Job Hunting Tips

    Not entirely true, at least not in Adelaide. The state government has it's own job vacancy site and not all the jobs on there make it to seek. Same with all three Universities. Although I will say if it's not on Seek it may be they are expecting to fill the job vacancy with an internal candidate. Often there will be someone doing the job already on a casual or fixed term basis but they can't give them a continuing position unless they have been merit selected. In these instances they have to advertise the job and go through the process of recruiting even though they know exactly who they want to give the job to. It's all a bit of a farce if you ask me and completely unfair on the people who apply for the job. @JetBlast what area of IT do you work in? It's worth checking out the University website's for jobs (unisa.edu.au, adelaide.edu.au and flinders.edu.au). Also see if you can find the state government job website, although I don't particularly recommend working for the state government. If you say what kind of IT jobs you are looking for I might be able to point you in the direction of a few other places to try (or not depending on the skills).
  3. NicF

    New York Abortion Law

    There are some (rare) conditions where the feotus is alive and well inside the womb but has no chance of surviving once born. The womb is basically life support for the baby and once it's gone there is no life. In these circumstances it should be up to the parents to make the decision about whether to continue with the pregnancy until 'normal' birth or to abort. If the baby has no signs of life (ie is actually dead inside the womb) then there is no need for an abortion as such and if the woman does not go in to labor naturally then medical professionals will usually be induced to deliver the baby as a still born.
  4. NicF

    New York Abortion Law

    Important words from the article 'and the procedure could be done until the mother's due date if the woman's health is endangered or if the fetus is not viable. The previous law only allowed abortions after 24 weeks of pregnancy if a woman's life was at risk.' I haven't read the actual law but this seems to imply that abortions after 24 weeks can be performed if the woman's health is at risk or the fetus is not viable, in other words, if the baby would not be able to survive outside the womb. I'm not sure an abortion after 24 weeks is appropriate just because a woman's health is at risk - I would expect that in most cases the baby could and would just be delivered as a pre term baby and given the special care that any pre term baby would receive. However I can understand why an abortion may be performed late in pregnancy if it was found that a baby could not survive once born.
  5. To be fair the previous all time high in Adelaide was 46.1, so it wasn’t like it hasn’t been really hot before. We had one year when we had 5 days of 40 plus temperatures. We were in the UK at the time so missed out on that one. It does get up to 40 plus quite often over summer here but the frequency of heatwaves is increasing and the cool changes are becoming less cool.
  6. NicF

    Heatwave in oZ

    According to my thermometer it is currently 48.2C in the shade of my orange tree in the front garden. I’ve just been out to water the lime tree that looks very droopy. Hoping I’ve caught it in time and it doesn’t die off. The lemon and orange trees are much more established and seem to be coping okay. The dog is coping with the heat just fine. He gets to stay inside in the air conditioning but still chooses to go out and lie in the sun in the back garden. Not for too long usually but he has a dog door so can come and go when he wants. He would have come out with me to water the tree if I had let him but I kept him inside. Not because of the heat but because our garden isn’t secure and he would be off if he saw something interesting. He had a walk this morning but won’t get one this evening. I’ll probably get the hose pipe out and water the back lawn and the dog later.
  7. NicF

    What you wish you would have brought...

    You are being a bit unfair there - it’s more like balsa wood and cardboard. Definitely bring warm things and warm blankets. We brought pretty much everything so very little we wished we had brought that we didn’t.
  8. Most of the QROPS funds that show up for Australia are Self Managed Super Funds (SMSFs).
  9. NicF

    Why are British trains so bad?

    London is pretty much the only place in the UK where I would use public transport. The tube system is excellent, if getting to a point where there are just too many people for it at peak times. I use the buses here in Adelaide all the time. Easy and cheap - much cheaper than parking all day in the city.
  10. NicF

    Anyone ever wear 'thongs?'

    Thongs is shorter and easier to say than flip flops so I’ve adopted it as my preferred word. Never needed to use the word thongs in relation to underwear - far too much of a comfort over style kind of gal, so thongs for footwear hasn’t been an issue for me.
  11. NicF

    Anyone ever wear 'thongs?'

    My OH wears thongs around the house when it's warm. He can't cope with going barefoot as it makes his legs ache. He had a pair of orthopedic thongs for a few years but wore them so much he's worn down all the support and they aren't working for him like they did. He's now bought a pair of Crocs thongs to try instead. Personally I can't stand thongs as I can't stand the plastic thing between my toes.
  12. Normally but I’m not sure how the dog might react so we will probably put them on a table this year instead.
  13. I have two trees, a large one in our living room and a smaller one in the family room.
  14. NicF

    Summer is coming - are you a fan of the heat?

    I think you will find having air con a game changer. I walk a lot, whatever the weather. I find in summer that the air con at work keeps me that cold that it takes a good 15 minutes walking at lunch time before I even begin to feel warm. I catch the bus to and from work as well so I am walking to the bus stop at just before 4pm and usually am still warming up by the time the bus gets there. The only time I really feel the heat is if the air con on the bus is nonexistent and then I do get warm by the time I’ve walked home from the bus stop. Soon cool down in the air at home though. We have the thermostat at home set much warmer than the office (26 or 27 most of the time) but I still find I’m happy to go for a walk in an evening. I try and leave it later when it’s really hot so I don’t melt the dog but we walk most evenings (slow, short walk with lots of sniffing and water stops and no running allowed on hot days for those worried about the dog). While I probably prefer spring and autumn I don’t mind summer and the really hot days. They aren’t good for doing anything too energetic outside but are great for getting the washing dry. They are also pretty good for heading to the outdoor pool (has to be at least 40 before I will even contemplate getting in the outdoor pool). I struggle a bit with humidity but fortunately we don’t get too much of that here in Adelaide.
  15. NicF

    How does the UK compete?

    In 2017 England had a population of over 55 million and South Africa had a population of over 56 million. I'm not sure that classifies South Africa as having a much bigger population than England.