Rob Farley

Rob Rob Farley has been consulting in IT since completing a Computer Science degree with first class honours in 1997. Before moving to Adelaide, he worked in consultancies in Melbourne and London. He runs the development department in one of Australia's leading IT firms, as well as doing database application consultancy and training. He heads up the Adelaide SQL Server User Group, and holds several Microsoft certifications.

Rob has been involved with Microsoft technologies for most of his career, but has also done significant work with Oracle and Unix systems. His preferred database is SQL Server and his preferred language is C#. Recently he has been involved with Microsoft Learning in the US, creating and reviewing new content for the next generation of Microsoft exams.

Over the years, Rob's clients have included BP Oil, OneLink Transit, Accenture, Avanade, Australian Electorial Commission, the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, the Royal Borough of Kingston, Help The Aged, Unisys, Department of Treasury and Finance (Vic), National Mutual, the Bible Society and others.

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24 October 2005

Value of a cheap car

When we moved from London to Adelaide, Roslyn moved a few weeks before I did. She bought an old Camira just to get around, we didn't expect to keep it all that long.

We still have it, I've been using it to get to work, as it's been fairly reliable and we've seen no real need to replace it. It probably wasn't even worth $1000, and so long as I was happy to be seen in it, it would do the job. Also... a car worth less than $1000 isn't worth putting fire 'n theft insurance on. After all, you figure that no-one's going to bother stealing it...

Over the weekend, it went missing from outside our house. We reported it gone, and this morning we got a call to say it had turned up, with no visible damage. Yeah, except for a missing indicator, missing mud flaps, that type of thing. Oh, and the dirt. Stupid amounts of it.

It didn't start either. We would've used the jumper leads in the boot, except that they'd been nicked. So we borrowed some from my mother-in-law, and have added them to the list of things to get. Managed to start it, and hoped to get back to work in it. Didn't. Tried to drive it home... but it really doesn't go. We ended up towing it home, and we'll work out what to do next later.

My practice amp was in the boot, and Joel's booster-seat is gone. And I had a bible in there (hope they read it!). So it wasn't just the jumper-leads that got stolen.

I called this post 'Value of a cheap car', because until I get a replacement, we'll be inconvenienced in the school-run and getting to work. Can't be helped I suppose, but it's definitely annoying.