RIP WE, Hello WD

Web Essentials have held conferences in Sydney for the last 2 years – but sadly 2005 was the last.

Fear not! Web Directions is on in late September – and is the child of 2 of those responsible for Web Essentials – Maxine Sherrin and John Allsopp. No particular details released as yet, but hopefully it will live up to it’s predecessor – and I have every reason to believe it will.

They also have a few workshops planned for around the same time, so I’m hoping we’ll have enough notice this time. Last year I had already booked and arranged everything before the Veen workshop was announced. That would have been pretty good, I expect.

A New NetOffice?

There has been no activity on Netoffice for some time now. I contacted the current admins about taking it over some time ago but received no reply. So I’m thinking it might be about time to fork and start doing my own thing with it. I have a couple of thoughts:

  1. I’d like to redo the header/footer and remove all presentational HTML so the look can be customised easier with CSS
  2. Delete the ‘Client Site’ facility. None of my clients actually use it – it just gets in the way
  3. Delete the ‘Support Requests’ for the same reason
  4. Streamline the workflow – make it simpler to update a task and log time in the one step
  5. Add project & task templates – make creating a new project simpler
  6. Improve Milestone handling
  7. Improve some of the reports
  8. Add RSS feeds for project/task updates

Yep… that’s a bit of work. I know these posts are being read… Are there any other thoughts out there?

Fuji Digital Camera – No Fault Found?

FujiFilm Digital Camera Purchased this FujiFilm FinePix S3000 probably 18 months ago now (maybe a bit more). Initially, it was great. The second Fuji digital camera we have purchased.

But then after about 9 months it started chewing through batteries. I’d put a fresh set in on Friday for the weekend, take maybe a dozen photos over the weekend, and then go to use it again early the following week and they’d be dead!

We have about 4 sets of NiMH batteries that we cycle through 2 cameras and a few other things, and the batteries last fine in everything else so it’s safe to say it’s not the batteries.

Took the thing back to Harvey Norman (where I purchased it) and they sent it back to Fuji under warranty.

About 3 weeks later, it came back with the message “no fault found”.

Apparently you’re not supposed to leave your batteries in this thing over the weekend? Which means that when you do want to take a photo, you have to put the batteries in, reset the date and time, and adjust all your settings again as it defaults to 1 megapixel when you take the batteries out!

Is this normal? I don’t think so!

So what can I say about this camera? When you first put the batteries in it’s great. Good lens, nice quality photos, easy to use.

What can I say about Fuji’s after sales service? Well, pretty lame. If they think that this camera’s behaviour is “normal” – that there’s nothing wrong with it – well…

It’s pretty safe to say I won’t every buy a Fuji digital camera again, that’s for sure!