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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19 September 2006

Not what it says on the box

A few months ago, Roslyn noticed something on the TV she liked the look of. Not learning from last time, I decided to get it for her for her birthday (today). She likes it. So that's good. But it's still a kettle.

It's the Russell Hobbs Thermocolor Kettle. The slogan says "as the temperature changes, so does the colour!"

But it's not true.

Sadly, there are clearly those that do. But not this model. Not the one I bought Roslyn. This one only changes colour to let you know what you're doing with it. So it's purple while it's boiling, and as soon as it's done boiling, it switches back to blue. We had to specifically tell the kids "Just because it's blue, it doesn't mean it's cold."

She still likes it - but I'm going to call up Russell Hobbs and have a bit of a chat about it. It certainly doesn't do what it says on the box. It does look good though, and I'm not sure if I actually want a refund. It just doesn't have the massive safety feature associated with it.

Interestingly, when I do a search on the Argos site (shop by catalog place in the UK), I can find the kettle I bought, described not as a thermocolour one, but as a Glow Kettle.