Monthly Archives: May 2007

My new friend

This is my new bunny:

My new bunny

She talks to me, tells me the time, tells me the weather forecast, reads messages to me, flashes her lights in pretty colours, and waggles her ears.

My Mum has a bunny too. Her bunny has married my bunny (fortunately about 250 miles apart) so when my Mum moves the ears on her bunny, the ears on my bunny move the same way.

If we were really sorted (or geeky, if you like), we’d arrange some kind of code. So far, the only meaning we’ve established is that ears down last thing at night means ‘good night’.

But it’s all fun. 😀

WebSphere Message Broker – verifying without the Toolkit

Well, as my first post in a while, I’m going to plug JT’s developerWorks article called Verifying WebSphere Message Broker V6 without using the toolkit. It’s an ace idea for an article.

If you happen to install WebSphere Message Broker, the product documentation typically instructs you to verify your installation using some of the samples (I know; I wrote some of it). But this method assumes that you have installed the Message Brokers Toolkit, the GUI development environment. While I think this is a fair assumption if you are coming new to the product to try it out or just have a play, if you’re more hardcore, you maybe just want to install the runtime (ie the bit that isn’t the Message Brokers Toolkit and that does the actual broker work).

JT’s article basically steps you through how to verify your installation without using the GUI.

I’m also happy to plug his article because he cites my IBM Redbooks publication WebSphere Message Broker Basics, as does (I just found) the Wikipedia article about the product.

Not that I’m easily flattered or anything… 😀

HCI 2007: Last chance to submit HCI Practice papers!

If you work in usability, accessibility, interaction design, technical writing, or you do exciting things with novel interfaces – or, in fact, you do anything related to human-computer interaction – consider writing about it and submitting an HCI Practice report for HCI 2007. An HCI Practice report is just two pages of your time and, if accepted, you will do a presentation at the conference in September.

HCI 2007 is a conference organised by the British HCI Group (the human-computer interaction specialist group of the British Computer Society). The conference is run annually and, this year, is hosted by Lancaster University, UK. The conference will run from 3rd-7th September, with Thursday 6th September as the day on which the HCI Practice presentations will take place.

The conference website is at, and instructions on how to submit an HCI Practice report are at

So contact me on if you need any more information or if you have any questions (put HCI2007 in the subject line so that you don’t end up in my Junk folder).

I look forward to hearing from you!