News and events, Working life

Why today is a holiday

It's Labour Day today in Victoria, marking the reduction in working hours during the 19th century to 8 hours, and the relaxation of working conditions, which in the 1840s were strict: Conditions of the time were governed by the Master and Servant Act. Employees in Australia in 1840 who left their employment without permission were subject to being hunted down under the Bushrangers Act. As littl

Geek, Working life

The lifts

The other day some colleagues were having a little rant about the lifts, which in recent weeks have been performing badly. I blogged about this ages ago -- in many buildings the problem is not the position or size of the lifts, but how they're programmed. Evidently in 13 years, not much has changed. Apart from simply responding to the call button, lifts should have a few basic assumptions pr

Working life

Boredom

Those people selling The Big Issue can be quite innovative. It's a wonder some of them aren't earning large amounts of money in advertising. On the steps of the GPO today at lunchtime, I found a skinhead selling it doing the Macarena to attract attention. If I'd had $2 in change, I would have bought one, honestly! And if I'd had a camera with me, I would have preserved the moment for prosperity.