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Posted by Damien Biddulph on Wed 1st Apr 2009



Damien Biddulph to leave Discus Systems plc...
After 8 years of service and being an important part of the support team we’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.

April Fool!!!

Facebook...
Facebook Hey, you “old fogies.” 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 it’s rapidly being infiltrated by moms and dads. People between 35 and 54 are the fastest-growing group on Facebook—there are now 7 million of us, up 276 percent in the last half of 2008. Why are moms and dads following their kids’ lead? For us, the site acts as a magnet that finds “people you’ve lost track of,” and unlike teenagers, “we’ve gone through multiple schools, jobs, and marriages.” Fogies like me can reconnect with people from past lives, mist up over old summer camp and high school photos, and send friends—new and old—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. It’s one thing to network with old friends when you’re 40, and another when you’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. “Can you really do that with your 450 closest friends watching,” and reminding you every day—every hour—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 ages—a time waster that changes even the most likable people into “teenage girls,” 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 “steady, Chinese-water-torture drip of status updates,” as tedious people inundate their virtual “friends” with tedious details from tedious lives. Do you really want to know when your true love from grade school is cleaning up her cat’s hairballs, or that the balding guy you idolized in college is “glad it’s the weekend”? Down with Facebook, say I. It’s like the world’s worst high school reunion—a reunion you can never leave. - Most of the Discus staff are on Facebook.. Feel free to add us and we’ll be only more than happy to accept! 

Tip of the week: How to keep your job.

Regroup.
Find an excuse to “ask your boss for feedback.” See what your co-workers think of you, too. Then heed their advice,even if it’s difficult: “You (literally) can’t afford not to.”

Stand out.
Figure out what you can do to make yourself indispensable. Be enterprising and pitch new projects. “Companies need risk takers and innovators” now more than ever.

Plan for the worst.
Start expanding your skill set, “network” as much as you can, and seek out “potential employers.” If you’re in ahard-hit industry, start thinking about how you can “apply your experience” to a new field.

Don’t be stupid.
Even if you’re worried about your current position, don’t post a résumé online, unless the site has “airtight privacy.” If your employer gets wind of it, you could be automatically “kicked up to the top of the boot list.”

Getting to know us - Damien Edward Biddulph

Age: 25
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. He’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. 

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. 

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