Back to contracting

After a short misadventure as an employee I am back in the world of contracting.

I start a contract with Royal Bank of Scotland in a week or so.

Garden leave is such hard work.



New job

I am excited to be working at X Channel Marketing as a Lead Developer from May 12th, 2014

I am looking for a new contract!

My current SQL Developer contract is due to end on  16th May 2014.

I have been involved in migration from SQL 2008 R2 to SQL 2012.

CV and references on this site.


Have you just left college or sixth form with A-levels?

Are you a Microsoft .NET developer looking for a long term career?

I can vouch for Integrated Dental Holdings (IDH) as a very friendly, great place to work as I am currently contracting there.

They are based in Kearsley near Manchester on Europa Way, M26 1GG

They are recruiting now! See http://lnkd.in/djvKD89 and email your CV to gbradshaw@idhgroup.co.uk

As a contracting newbie this is the first time I have not been working for an extended time (3 weeks to date) and I am beginning to panic a little.

Aaaarghh!  Where’s my next contract coming from?


As you might have already read by now, TechNet subscriptions are going to disappear. For more info take a look at this blog post and the Subscriptions retirement FAQ.

The most important stuff:

  • TechNet Subscription are sold through the TechNet Subscriptions website until August 31, 2013.
  • Subscribers may activate purchased subscriptions through September 30, 2013.
  • The TechNet benefits portal and the subscriber downloads page will remain available for non-Volume Licensing subscribers through September 30, 2014.
  • Alternatives mentioned by Microsoft are:
    • MSDN subscriptions
    • Windows Azure.
    • Technet Evaluations (time limited).
    • Technet Virtual Labs.

I personally think this is not a good way to go because the TechNet software is used by many people to increase their skills (often even for a large part in their own time).  Microsoft products can add even more valuable for companies. Making it harder to get the required software and to keep it running for a longer time will probably scare people away or it will steer them towards hacked/cracked versions.

Basically if you want to have access to non time limited versions of enterprise products of Exchange, Lync, Sharepoint, System Center, etc. you need to take a MSDN subscription. Currently I’m paying for TechNet Pro myself and I will take a Technet Subscription for this last year. I hope that Microsoft will have come to its senses by then and has provided a proper alternative. For now I would like to ask everyone that feels the same to sign the petition to get a decent TechNet alternative.

You have to hand it to my talented sister on a plate.

She creates amazing cakes and has made a business out of it.

Visit Cake Daydreams @johnnyreaction #johnnyreaction #cake #HighIdealsUK

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