10 Things I’ve Done & Still Having Fun

1. Delegate Christmas Shopping

I know I haven’t been around much but seemed to run out of steam as the year comes to a close. I had a week of not being well and that just rounded it all off. I didn’t even get one Christmas present brought and had to send the family out to do it all on the Monday before Christmas. They did really well and only took 2 hours – maybe that would be a better plan for next year also. So after 25 years this year 2007 was the first time the hubby did the Christmas shopping 🙂

Presents

2. Created New Domains and Website for Software

So I am slowing getting back on board. I have set up a new site for my business software at http://redfrogsoftware.net and obtained a few new domain names for our EnviroHealthManager software, so watch out for envirohealthmanger.com.au

3. Created new Blog

When I created the new website http://redfrogsoftware.net I also learnt how to create a new blog using wordpress and even how to add new themes and customise. That was fun and new as when we using edublogs some wordpress features are locked down. I will use the new Red Frog Software blog for software updates and to keep clients informed of new developments etc.

Red Frog Software Website
4. Installed Snitter

After catching up with Sue Waters I have also installed and am running Snitter to view and use twitter – that is really fun and easy to use. Sue has written a create post about how you can get more out of Twitter go have a look.

5. Created an Elf or two

I had some fun after everyone disappeared from twitter tonight and got elfed – actually Sue and I got elfed. You can see all the action dancing and singing Frances and Sue elfs and even create your own.

Elfed

6. Train trip from Mandurah to Perth

Today we went on our first train ride from Mandurah to Perth, the service opened on 23rd December after a few delays. It was fantastic , I was so impressed its such an easy way to travel to Perth and the many stops in between. I went with my husband and our teenage daughter (she has never been to the city shops before, she had a ball) a all day family pass was $8.10 . We are going back on Monday for more shopping!!

The trip takes 48 minutes to Perth stopping at all stops and about 25 minutes from Mandurah to Murdoch. It will certainly make university, work and further education a lot easier for those living in Mandurah and mean that a lot of kids won’t have to move away from their families to go to university. And also for people who live in Perth it gives you a quick and easy way to come down and see us and the wonderful place where we live. Last train from Perth on Friday night leaves around 2am – cheaper than a speeding or DD fine and quicker too Whoo Hoo!!

Mandurah to Perth Train

Trainlines

7. Sunset Photos

Over the road from my house is land that was undeveloped bush when we brought our house two years ago. Since then it has been developed into tiny 300m2 blocks which after 12 months still remain empty – no houses. This creates a fair bit of dust that blows straight through our place but also means we have an unobscured view of the wonderful sunsets we get living so close to the Ocean. I noticed the great clouds formations on the way home from work last month and went in and got my camera. These photos are taken from the front of my house.

Sunset

Clouds

8. Discovered Fly Lady

Twitter is a truly wonderful thing. It can be a bit of a time waster if you let it but I have found that it has opened the world to me. I have many people in my twitter stream that I have never met but we have common interests. Tonight I was given a link to a website called Fly Lady – your Personal Online coach to help you gain control of your house and home. This is something that I definitely need and will be pursuing – thanks to Russell Montgomery

Fly Lady.net

9.Weather Watch

I found a great weather watch program that gives me a 10 day forecast Weather Watcher there is also a mobile version Weather Watcher Mobile for Pocket PC’s and Smartphones and the best part is that it is freeware.

Weather Watcher

10. Used Amazon

I used Amazon to order some books for the first time. I have used Amazon to search for books and reviews but have never purchased from them as I prefer to buy ‘local’. I decided to give it a go as the books I wanted were cheaper than I could get locally even with the shipping factored in. So I am eagerly awaiting my first order from Amazon, should be here in a couple of weeks.

So thats my quick warp up of some of the things I have been up to, see Sue I did get it done !! Now that it is 4am I think I will go off to bed . I have just realised that I could have added another one – made it through our sweltering 44c Boxing Day heat – so thankful we have air conditioning.

I hope to be back posting more regularly in 2008 see you then

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.

EHM

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.

Mobile Software Top Sellers

Handango is a site that sells 100’s of software applications for mobile technology and are a leading provider of mobile content.

They also have a quarterly report called Handango Yardstick that details statistics on:

“Top devices downloading applications and digital content
Top ten best-selling applications
Software sales by category (i.e. games, personal productivity, etc.)
Average selling price of applications by category
Most-searched for terms on more than 100 download stores
Average number of applications purchased
Much more!”

The latest report for the 2006 year end can be downloaded in pdf format.

While you may think that is is not really relevant to elearning and mlearning education blogs I find that this site holds a lot of content that supplies food for thought. You can have a wander through and see what is being developed. If you are considering having software developed your solution may already be available.

Currently I am involved in teaching Diploma student how to develop software for mobile devices and point them to this site for inspiration and as a starting point for possible sale of their software in the future if they decided to go ahead in this field when they have finished their studies.