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  • Movember

    By Andrew Bennett | Tue 1st Mar 2011

    Big congratulations go out to the “hairy” boys at Mallon Technology, who swapped their peachy-skinned cheeks for a more hirsute look for the Movember battle against male cancers campaign. Amid raucous ridicule from colleagues and family, the boys took on the challenge and raised a whopping €1,543 for the worthy cause! The Mo, slang for moustache, and November come together each year for Movember. Movember challenges men to change

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  • Please help Christchurch IT companies

    By Andrew Bennett | Thu 24th Feb 2011

    In the aftermath of the Christchurch N.Z. earthquake, a website has been set up to help IT businesses in the city get back on their feet. The city has been destroyed and what people will need most of all is work to pay the bills. If you have any IT work of any size that you could outsource, please consider offering it to a Christchurch business Click on http://business.eq.org.nz to register your details.

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  • Trade Mission to Romania & Bulgaria

    By Andrew Bennett | Thu 24th Feb 2011

    Stephen Barker, Business Development Manager at Mallon Technology, has recently attended a trade mission to Romania and Bulgaria in November 2010. Accompanied by Invest NI, eight companies packed their bags to head off on the trade mission. Invest NI’s trade support consultancy helped set up face-to-face meetings with potential customers and partners, where translation services were provided as required. Setting out with a few sele

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  • CeBIT here we come

    By Andrew Bennett | Thu 24th Feb 2011

    I just got everything booked to go to CeBIT next week. Unfortunately I left the accommodation booking a little late, but I managed to secure a small garden shed no more than 50km from Hannover. A brisk walk never hurt anyone. But seriously, I am looking forward to this. Anthony and I have got 2 days of navigating the biggest computer industry trade show in Europe. If you’ve never been, the first time you go to CeBIT, the sheer scale of

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  • Casio Releases DT-X8 series

    By Andrew Bennett | Wed 23rd Feb 2011

    Casio Releases Compact, Highly Rugged Handheld Terminal that will Bridge Sectors with Durability and Adaptability - Withstands 3.0-Metre Drops, IP67 Dust/Splash-Proof Casio Electronics Co. Ltd. has announced that it plans to release the DT-X8 series of industrial handheld terminals from the end of February 2011. Both models in the DT-X8 series have been designed for increased toughness and durability. They can withstand a 3.0 met

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  • TestComplete Tip #1

    By Andrew Bennett | Wed 23rd Feb 2011

    I’ve been getting an error testing one of our applications written in Delphi 5 using SmartBear/AutomtedQA TestComplete. When working with an existing keyword test, I remapped a TDbGrid control and when I went to save it, I kept getting this error: Could not convert variant of type (Null) into type (Integer) Very frustrating, as I the script would not save because of the error, so I couldn’t even send an example of the problem to Tec

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  • iPhone App Development

    By Andrew Bennett | Mon 14th Feb 2011

    We’ve been working on our first iPhone app. I can’t say much about it yet, but it’s fair to say that as a Microsoft shop, we’re just dipping our toes in to see what the waters like. We’re not ready to make a big contribution to Steve Jobs retirement fund just yet. Seems you can’t develop for the iPhone without shelling out on an Intel based Mac. Our resident instant Apple expert has been hacking away on a VM installation of OS

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  • The Only Constant is Change

    By Andrew Bennett | Thu 10th Feb 2011

    Got another lesson today in how business requirements continue to change long after you thought the software that fulfilled those requirements was finished. I’ve been working on exporting some scanned images from our digitising department to plug into Diamond Fire for one of our customers. We have an in-house indexing system that the scanners use, and a front end tool to generate an import file in any format we need for the customer to

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  • Installing a New Generation of Scanners

    By Andrew Bennett | Thu 10th Feb 2011

    Document scanners have come so far in recent years, with image quality and speed improving fantastically. I was onsite with the Geological Survey of Ireland recently replacing their 10-year old model with a Colortrac SmartLF Gx+ 42 scanner and providing them with training on it. The team there were amazed at how much quicker the new scanner was. It’ll certainly make their job quicker and easier. There is a whole new generation of hig

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