Hi, I’m Craig Bailey and this is my personal blog where I write about technology, business systems, HubSpot and general life experiences. You can read my posts here.

(If you are looking for the Content is King post by Bill Gates it is here)

I’m involved with three agencies in Sydney:

  • The first is XEN Systems. We help government departments and mid-large B2B technology companies with their sales and marketing strategy, including implementation and training in HubSpot¬†
  • The second is XEN Create. We provide premium graphic design services to companies, with a focus on using the latest AI tools, including Midjourney
  • The third is XEN Solar, where we help high quality solar companies (dealers, installers) with their sales and marketing processes.

I also co-host HubShots, the podcast and YouTube show focussed on getting the most out of HubSpot. We are the creators of the HubShots Framework.

Craig Bailey presenting

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Tristan writes about Serentity and his Firefly experience. I totally agree. We are long time fans of Josh Whedon (yes, we own all the Buffys, and Michele has a poster of Angel hanging behind the office door…) and we are now totally hooked on Firefly. I’ve been totally hooked on Tristan’s blog for ages – one of my faves is here.

PERSONAL: Back from holidays


Back from holidays and feeling great. Spent close to two weeks with my sister-in-law’s family (my wife’s sister and her husband and their 17 month year daughter who is soooo cute). I get on really well with my brother-in-law so it was a great time. They are visiting from Zurich (you may remeber we stayed with them for 6 weeks at the start of the year). And, by some divine...

LINKS: Channel 9 videos – Eric Rudder


I know the Scoble interview with Bill G has been getting heaps of links (and is very interesting), but I reckon the pick of late has to be the Eric Rudder video (the direct download link is here). He even mentions FoxPro in passing (around the 4:25 mark). (The comments have June 2004 datestamps, so I must have missed this when it was first loaded – but it seems to have been reposted this...

OPINION: Skype – this is it


Skype’s new beta adds call forwarding. This is the kicker I’ve been waiting for. It finally positions Skype as a ‘serious’ phone system for any company. Sure you had all the easy conferencing options and the ability to take your number with you anyware your notebook went. But there were two things I wanted: Call forwarding and Skype groups. And it seems that...

VFP: Please keep VFP a secret


I’d like to request that Microsoft keep VFP a secret. Unfortunately it has been getting a little bit of press with a mention in this eWeek article. The danger I see is that more and more developers may start using VFP for its great data handling features (to name but one). And with that, we existing VFP developers will lose a significant competitive advantage.No, I’d prefer VFP was...

VFP: Visual FoxPro 9 for Developers by Michael Cummings


Drew mentioned this over a month ago, but it has taken that long for our copy to arrive (that’s what you get for living down under) I’ve posted a review about the book on the Lulu site here In short: this is an excellent, very user-friendly read that will serve as a great training manual for beginner to intermediate developers. Especially ideal for developers moving from earlier...

VFP: VFP Runtime


A few weeks back there was discussion on Universal Thread requesting that Microsoft make the VFP Runtime a free download from their web site. The argument goes a bit like this: The VB runtime is distributed to all Windows machines, so are key Visual C and C++ runtimes. The .Net runtime is a free download. Visual Studio Express, MSDE and now SQL 2005 Express are free downloads, so why isn’t...