Damien Biddulph to leave Discus Systems plc...
After 8 years of serviceÂ and being an important part of the support team weâ€™re very pleased to say that Damien now leaves Discus at a later time than before! - You may already be aware that Discus have extended their support times to 8am until 6pm Monday to Friday.
Facebook Hey, you â€œold fogies.â€ Are you on Facebook yet? asked Lev Grossman in Time.com. The popular social networking site started out five years ago as a way for college kids to hook up and swap party pictures, but itâ€™s rapidly being infiltrated by moms and dads. People between 35 and 54 are the fastest-growing group on Facebookâ€”there are now 7 million of us, up 276 percent in the last half of 2008. Why are moms and dads following their kidsâ€™ lead? For us, the site acts as a magnet that finds â€œpeople youâ€™ve lost track of,â€ and unlike teenagers, â€œweâ€™ve gone through multiple schools, jobs, and marriages.â€ Fogies like me can reconnect with people from past lives, mist up over old summer camp and high school photos, and send friendsâ€”new and oldâ€”photos of our kids. So what are you waiting for?
Facebook, in fact, may be better suited to adults than to teens, said Peggy Orenstein in The New York Times. Itâ€™s one thing to network with old friends when youâ€™re 40, and another when youâ€™re 18 and heading off to college, having been on Facebook or MySpace since you were 12. College has always been the place where young adults reinvent themselves and shed their old family and high school roles. â€œCan you really do that with your 450 closest friends watching,â€ and reminding you every dayâ€”every hourâ€”of your old self? Growth depends on introspection, which depends on loneliness. Transformation depends on experimentation, which depends on space. For young people trying to forge their own identities, Facebook may serve as a straitjacket.
I beg to differ, said Matt Labash in The Weekly Standard. Facebook is a straitjacket for people of all agesâ€”a time waster that changes even the most likable people into â€œteenage girls,â€ with nothing better to do than talk about themselves. All of a sudden, my grown-up friends have all joined; refusing to have a Facebook page has become an anti-social act. To hell with that. I despise Facebook for its â€œsteady, Chinese-water-torture drip of status updates,â€ as tedious people inundate their virtual â€œfriendsâ€ with tedious details from tedious lives. Do you really want to know when your true love from grade school is cleaning up her catâ€™s hairballs, or that the balding guy you idolized in college is â€œglad itâ€™s the weekendâ€? Down with Facebook, say I. Itâ€™s like the worldâ€™s worst high school reunionâ€”a reunion you can never leave. - Most of the Discus staff are on Facebook.. Feel free to add us and weâ€™ll be only more than happy to accept!Â
Tip of the week: How to keep your job.
Find an excuse to â€œask your boss for feedback.â€ See what your co-workers think of you, too. Then heed their advice,even if itâ€™s difficult: â€œYou (literally) canâ€™t afford not to.â€
Figure out what you can do to make yourself indispensable. Be enterprising and pitch new projects. â€œCompanies need risk takers and innovatorsâ€ now more than ever.
Plan for the worst.
Start expanding your skill set, â€œnetworkâ€ as much as you can, and seek out â€œpotential employers.â€ If youâ€™re in ahard-hit industry, start thinking about how you can â€œapply your experienceâ€ to a new field.
Donâ€™t be stupid.
Even if youâ€™re worried about your current position, donâ€™t post a rÃ©sumÃ© online, unless the site has â€œairtight privacy.â€ If your employer gets wind of it, you could be automatically â€œkicked up to the top of the boot list.â€
Getting to know us - Damien Edward Biddulph
Married: No not yet!
Children: Nope.. not yet
Hobbies: Damien enjoys various sporting activities. With circuit training and being a keen swimmer. He swims around one and a half miles a week. Heâ€™s reasonably fit!
What we do apart from lose at football..Discus systems plc was established in 1997 to provide independent business IT solutions in hardware, software and support.Â
Our services range from designing complete IT infrastructures, through to support and maintenance visits, helpdesk and remote support. We can provide complete outsourced IT function or complement existing IT resources.Â