I am a seasoned software designer, developer and consultant. In business since 1998. Having worked for many years in public and private sectors in different countries, I have gained deep understanding of various approaches to software development processes. Exposure to multiple cultures, work with demanding clients in fast paced environments developed my communication and business skills. My approach is result-oriented, constructive and pragmatic.
A friend of mine told me an interesting story. A trader in bank X tried to make a profit, building a private portfolio with some new financial product and using bank's money. Apparently, he abused his position and connections within the firm in order to do so. The sad part of the story is, that he ended up playing against bank Y and loosing half of the cash. Obviously, he wasn't an exceptionally bright trader and also no proper pricing model was available for that particular product/portfolio.
Some time ago Microsoft released a free sample - an HTTP server, written completely in .NET and able to host ASP.NET applications. It has been extended and improved by some other company, which now makes it available for download.
Heiko Ebens, a Merrill Lynch director, claimed, that hedge fund industry has ceased to deliver higher than average returns and can be mostly replaced by index trackers. Merrill Lynch's trackers, for instance.
There is an interesting review of the upcoming Windows Server. The OS seems to be full of goodies to simplify daily administration tasks and to improve security. It is nice to see, that PowerShell is finally making it into the OS - Microsoft keep on learning fron Uni
I have been using Tiscali (now TalkTalk) broadband services for more than 4 months. At the beginning everything was fine - I even was quite pleased with them, since they promised to connect me within 10 business days, but in fact I was on the Internet after just one week.
As some of you probably know, Google provides an "on-line office" - AJAX-based web application, which allows you to edit formatted text and spreadsheets on-line, storing them on Google's servers. There are some extra features, including change tracking, sharing of the same document with other Google users etc.
The chances for another interest rate rise this month are not very high, but still possible, according to Reuters. The house prices are growing, and even if we are spared this month, before the end of the summer the interest will almost definitely go up. It is hard to say whether this will actually cause the prices to go down - the rate has already been increased a few times, but it seems to have very little effect on the market.