Archive for October, 2007

Rightmove to use Exalead

October 25, 2007

According to an email I received yesterday Rightmove is to use Exalead to power their next generation of its website. Funny thing is if you use www.exalead.co.uk to try and find the article you can’t.

A CTOs first impression of MySQL

October 20, 2007

MySQL 5 has been out quite a while now and I thought it was about time I took a look. At the time of writing http://www.mysql.com states “Smart CIOs choose MySQL”.

I downloaded mysql-5.0.45-win32.zip. The installation was even more simple than that for SQL Server 2000/2005.

After I installed the software I launched MySQL Command Line Client. I typed help and my Dell Inspiron 9300 laptop crashed. Windows XP did not hang or blue screen. The machine turned itself off. This seemed a little odd. I restarted my laptop. I repeated the same steps. This time the help displayed OK. I ran a few basic SQL commands, e.g. select 1 as ‘field1’. After doing this 3 times it crashed my laptop again!

This CTO won’t be chosing MySQL to run his business!

Dell laptop order delayed yet again

October 20, 2007

Just before I started at eCommera I ordered a new Dell laptop. A few days before it was due to arrive I received an email saying it had been delayed by over a month! It turns out the particular model I had selected was not made by Dell and failed their testing when it had arrived.

Dell kindly offered an equivalent although more expensive model which I was told Dell actually made for the same price although I would have to wait two more weeks to receive it. They eventually placed the order after getting the spec wrong several times.

I have just received yet another email from Dell saying that the new laptop has also been delayed by another month!

If they make the new delivery date I will have waited approximately two months in total for a laptop. Clearly this is not a good customer experience!

Wal-Mart’s Faltering RFID Initiative

October 5, 2007

I like the idea of RFID. I think the technology is cool. However, I always thought Wal-Mart would not meet its goals for adopting RFID.

I don’t know what made them think that all 60,000-odd suppliers would think it was a good idea and implement it within the timeframes Wal-Mart was proposing.

I have no doubt they will eventually roll it out to all of their stores and distribution centres but it will take much longer, cost more and the benefits will be less than predicted.

My last day at…

October 2, 2007

Monday 1st October 2007 was my last day as CTO and Head Of Product at fish4. I wish fish4 the best of luck for the future.

I start work for Ecommera on Monday 8th October. At the time of writing there is no website but there will be soon.

Ecommera developed the new House Of Fraser website which was launched in September. The House Of Fraser website utilises Demandware, Scene7, etc.