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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13 June 2006

Australia v England

No, they're not playing each other - at least not in football but I wanted to quickly write something about the two teams.

England played Paraguay on Saturday, and looked remarkably ordinary. Many times teams play against weaker opposition, and really don't perform. I consider it like my youngest son Joel, who draws good pictures at home, but at school tends to draw stuff that is much lower quality. You put him around kids that aren't as good, and he drops off too. I think this is what England did against Paraguay. They started well, got an early goal, and then drifted off. Paraguay never really looked like scoring, and I think the highlight of the match was when Paul Robinson (the England goalie) kicked the ball so high that it hit the video screen that was suspended over the pitch.

Yesterday, Australia played Japan. It was a must-win match for both teams, as the countries likely to progress from the group are Brazil and Croatia. Australia flooded the midfield, and had most of the possession. Japan looked chances in the counter-attack. But all too often, you heard "And Kewell fails to find Viduka again" Was Kewell just having a boy-look? Was Viduka down at the pie-shop? It was good that Australia managed to get a few goals in the end, but I think they need to sort out both their attack and defence.

Both sides picked up three valuable points in matches that should've been easier work than they actually were. It will be interesting to see what happens from here.