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posted by [personal profile] tobyaw at 05:21pm on 21/02/2012 under , , ,

Work has a 6-month full-time vacancy in the Dundee-based Customer Support Team.

The position provides telephone and email support to customers of family history websites including findmypast.co.uk, britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk and scotlandspeople.gov.uk, responding to questions, queries and complaints, assisting with quality checking of family history records, and interacting with customers. The salary for this role is £7.85 per hour.

CVs should be sent to recruitment@brightsolid.com. The closing date for applications is Friday 2 March 2012.

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location: St Andrews, Scotland
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posted by [personal profile] tobyaw at 12:23pm on 10/05/2011 under , , ,
The World Junior Curling Championships were held in Perth in March this year. As one of the sponsors of the event, my employer paid for some IT work, including web site design, implementation, and hosting. I spend some time working on the web site; I received payment for this work a couple of days ago. And it just happened to be about the same as the cost of an iPad 2.

When I got into work today, Alison showed me her brand-new iPad 2, and technological temptation overcame me. So my iPad 2 is now on order from Apple. (It will take a couple of weeks, but I thought it was worth ordering directly from Apple as they'll engrave my name on the back.)

The last new computer I bought for myself was my MacBook Pro, back in mid-2006. I'd thought about replacing it a few years ago, and for a while planned to get a MacBook Air like [livejournal.com profile] kateaw's, but the iPad looks like the perfect portable computer for me.
location: Dundee, Scotland
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posted by [personal profile] tobyaw at 12:23pm on 10/05/2011 under , , ,
The World Junior Curling Championships were held in Perth in March this year. As one of the sponsors of the event, my employer paid for some IT work, including web site design, implementation, and hosting. I spend some time working on the web site; I received payment for this work a couple of days ago. And it just happened to be about the same as the cost of an iPad 2.

When I got into work today, Alison showed me her brand-new iPad 2, and technological temptation overcame me. So my iPad 2 is now on order from Apple. (It will take a couple of weeks, but I thought it was worth ordering directly from Apple as they'll engrave my name on the back.)

The last new computer I bought for myself was my MacBook Pro, back in mid-2006. I'd thought about replacing it a few years ago, and for a while planned to get a MacBook Air like [livejournal.com profile] kateaw's, but the iPad looks like the perfect portable computer for me.
location: Dundee, Scotland
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posted by [personal profile] tobyaw at 02:13pm on 01/02/2011 under , ,
Does anyone have a good knowledge of Solr, the search platform from the Apache Lucene project?

If you'd like Solr-related work, let me know. My employer is interested.
location: St Andrews, Scotland
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posted by [personal profile] tobyaw at 02:13pm on 01/02/2011 under , ,
Does anyone have a good knowledge of Solr, the search platform from the Apache Lucene project?

If you'd like Solr-related work, let me know. My employer is interested.
location: St Andrews, Scotland
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posted by [personal profile] tobyaw at 09:20pm on 09/12/2010 under , , , ,
We had a project team Christmas lunch today, at Braes on the Perth Road. Good food and good company. I’m still wearing the paper hat that came out of my cracker at lunchtime.

Tomorrow evening we have the work Christmas night out; we’ve got a cocktail-making workshop as the entertainment, followed by a buffet, and an overnight stay at the Landmark Hotel. Wondering whether a combination of a kilt with my work polo shirt would make suitable cocktail-mixing apparel.
location: St Andrews, Scotland
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posted by [personal profile] tobyaw at 09:20pm on 09/12/2010 under , , , ,
We had a project team Christmas lunch today, at Braes on the Perth Road. Good food and good company. I’m still wearing the paper hat that came out of my cracker at lunchtime.

Tomorrow evening we have the work Christmas night out; we’ve got a cocktail-making workshop as the entertainment, followed by a buffet, and an overnight stay at the Landmark Hotel. Wondering whether a combination of a kilt with my work polo shirt would make suitable cocktail-mixing apparel.
location: St Andrews, Scotland
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posted by [personal profile] tobyaw at 04:28pm on 30/11/2010 under , , ,
Today Findmypast released a fully searchable index of marriages in England and Wales between 1837 and 2005. This is the first time a search can be made across the full year range, searching for the bride's and bridegroom's names together.

http://blog.findmypast.co.uk/2010/11/fully-name-searchable-marriage-records-1837-2005-on-findmypastcouk/

I've spent time over the past couple of months working on preparing the data for this. Good to see it launched. Family history researchers will find this very useful.
location: St Andrews, Scotland
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posted by [personal profile] tobyaw at 04:28pm on 30/11/2010 under , , ,
Today Findmypast released a fully searchable index of marriages in England and Wales between 1837 and 2005. This is the first time a search can be made across the full year range, searching for the bride's and bridegroom's names together.

http://blog.findmypast.co.uk/2010/11/fully-name-searchable-marriage-records-1837-2005-on-findmypastcouk/

I've spent time over the past couple of months working on preparing the data for this. Good to see it launched. Family history researchers will find this very useful.
location: St Andrews, Scotland
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The project I'm working on is recruiting a "Quality and Process Analyst". Based in Dundee, and working on our historical newspaper digitisation project for the British Library, the job will involve quality checking documents that have been digitised and OCRed. The salary is about £15k, and is initially a twelve-month fixed-term contract.

I can forward a copy of a role profile document if requested. More details at http://www.brightsolid.com/about-brightsolid/careers
location: St Andrews, Scotland

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