10 Days a Week

Enviro Health Manager

We were all told that as technology advanced we would have more leisure time, time to spend with loved ones and pursuing our recreational desires. So why do I now find that I need a 10 day week so that I can get through all my work and still end up working most weekend?

Well in my case I can’t really blame anyone else for my need of more days in the week or working through the weekend. I have been in the last stages of software development for the Mobile Audits program that I have developed in my business About Data to be used by Environmental Health Officers of Local Governments.

This enables them to complete audits of Food Premises, Lodging Houses, Public Buildings and General Premises all through a PDA. The information is collected in the field and then on return to the office the PDA is connected to the desktop computer and then all data is synchronized to a SQL Server database.


My business partner Sandra Morley from Sanmor Computing has developed the desktop component of the software. The Enviro Health Manager system that is on the desktop is very complex and includes, Health Notice, Pest Management, Unit Cost and Waste Management.

The software with the PDA component has been tested in the field by the City of Kalgoorlie Boulder over the past two years.

On October 4th and 5th we visited the City of Kalgoorlie Boulder and installed the latest version of the software. It has been upgraded to now include:

: Property based data

: SQL Server data file

: PDA component to manage in the field audits

: Proprietor/manager signature capture

: Fully compliant with the new legislation

: Health Notice, Pest Management, Unit Cost and Waste Management

: Onsite Training

: Ability to integrate the EHM application with LGA’s financial management system

It has been a massive project, and we encountered several hurdles but in the end we have come through it all with a solid product that allows Local Government to manage their data in an efficient and effective manner.

So now all the hard work is done we are on the marketing trail, flyer’s have been produced and are in the process of being sent to all Local Governments in Western Australia. This will be followed by information packs to be delivered in early 2008.

So now you know why I haven’t been around online, and may not be around much in the nest few months. I will now start working on Swimming Pool audits and the list goes on, but I do really enjoy my work so it is all worth it in the long run.

31 Days to a Better Blog – Day 6

emailSand Email an Old Timer Reader

I am now about a week behind posting about my 31 Days to a Better Blog tasks but have been quietly getting them done in the background. This blog is reasonably new and has not hade many visitors (until recently) so the task of emailing an old time reader was not to difficult to under take.  Sue is my longest and most supportive reader so this is who I have sent an email to thanking her for her continued support and encouragement. Sue was the one who encouraged (nagged) me to become more involved in the online communities and create a blog and it has been a wonderful learning experience. Thanks to all who have come and visited and left comments, it is great to know that others are reading what I have written.


Thank You


I would like to say thank you to Michele Martin for her article  Why Frances McLean Rocks and How You Can Score Some Chocolate! where she details how the Chocolate Box are now sponsoring the chocolate challenge and I would also like to add that Sue Waters also Rocks and she negotiated with James Farmer for the donation from edublogs

So that means that Frances McLean and Sue Waters both Rock and make a pretty good team I think don’t you?


31 Days to a Better Blog – Day 5

787433_why Conduct an About Page Audit

The fact that I have been a few days behind doing my tasks has meant that I have been able to see what tasks are coming up. This task of Conducting an About Page Audit has been looming for a while and something I have been putting off even before the 31 day project.

Evidently the About page is one that is regularly visited by new readers and I must admit that I do have a look when visiting a new blog to find who is behind it all.

So this is what I have so far and I will just keep building on it as I go through the rest of the 31 days. I will also have to dig out a photo to add.

Hi my name is Frances McLean  and I write My Technology Addictions. This is just a place where I can write about the things that I am interested in in the wide realm of technology.

I’m am Australian and live in Western Australia. I am married and have 3 teenage children. I work as a Information Technology lecturer at TAFE in Western Australia where I teach a wide range of subjects and levels. I also deliver PD(Professional Development) for staff members and have recently been involved in developing Assessment tools for staff to use on PDA’s(Portable Digital Assistants)

I have always dabbled in things related to IT from web development in the late 1990’s to software development. Over the past few years I have started developing software for mobile devices, specifically Windows based PDA’s (Portable Digital Assistants). This has lead to delivering this content to programming students at Diploma level at TAFE.

One of the best things that I have found with being involved in a blog is the feeling of community and the people you meet as I keep posting different articles. I decided early on that I was not going to try and post every day as it would be too much but on occasions you will see that I have done this. it is all a matter of when it suits I will post, if family or work commitments get in the way then so be it.

I have started a What’s That? page to help new visitors and people who are new to blogs. At the moment it has a few videos but will be building on this.


31 Days to a Better Blog – Day 4

622738_paper_chain_v_2 Interlinking Post

Day 4 and still about 4 day’s behind but catching up slowly. Today I had to go back through some of my older posts , (which aren’t really that old as I haven’t been doing this long) and interlink posts. The idea is that as I add more content to my blog there will be more opportunity to link posts together. I already do this with new posts link back to previous articles but hadn’t thought of doing it the other way around. I can go to older posts and link to newer articles. This gives the reader updated information about the article they are reading. As I have changed my theme over the past few days when working through the changes that I made after the First Time Reader Audit it was a good exercise to look at older posts and make sure that all images still fitted and that all looked ok.

So I have been and added new links to the following posts:

Windows Mobile 6 Phone Launched

Googleless = the act of not using Google for a day

Challenged in more ways than one


31 Day Challenge Sweeter Still

chocswirlsml Sponsors come on board for Chocolate Challenge

We have passed the 1st week of the 31 Days to a Better Blog even if all of us are not quiet up to date and we have some great news. We have two sponsors who have come on board to offer chocolate vouchers for the best comment and the blog that has benefited the most from the exercise. You can vote for the best blog and we will look at all comments and vote for that prize.

So make sure you visit all the Members of the Chocolate Challenge – the list is growing and growing Cammy Bean Tim Davies Eklavya Kate Foy Michelle Martin Alex Miller Kate Quinn Sue Waters Laura Whitehead

Just to recap how we ended up with the added chocolate challenge. My girlfriend Sue challenged me to take part in Darren Rowse’s 31 days to a Better Blog project. I thought it would be fun to had the wager of the loser had to buy the winner 1kg of chocolate. Then Sue opened the Chocolate challenge to the world, and the more we talked and marveled over all our new visitors and comments we thought we would also like to offer a prize to the reader with the best comments. As more people came on board we started to wonder about having to send chocolate overseas, so I checked out online chocolate stores.

Sponsors – Chocolate Box & edublogs

I found the Chocolate Box and fired off an email to Marion Adler Bishop. I gave her a bit of back ground on what was going on and links to our blogs. She called me the next day and said that she would like to offer $25.00 voucher to the reader with the best comments. So now all the readers to all the above blogs can be in the running for a prize for your comments.


James Farmer from edublogs as also come on board to help us with the 1kg wager and has offered a $25.00 voucher from the Chocolate Box. This is for the blog that the readers think has gained the most from the challenge,. voted for by the readers.  Any short fall in the 1kg will be met by Sue and myself.


You can still join in to be part of the Chocolate challenge just contact me Frances (f.mclean[at]gmail[dot]com) or Sue (suewater [at] gmail [dot] com). And make sure you visit our sponsors please.

You can see all the rules set out on Sues post How Our Readers Can Win Chocolate in 31 Days Challenge!