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

Latest stories

Gotta love libraries


I’ve been looking forward to this book The Historian for a while.Dymocks and other stores advised me I wouldn’t be able to get my hands on it until July 4. But my wife suggested I place a hold on it at the library. The library web site advises me yesterday it is ready for collection. So I picked it up today (July 2) even though it is not available in the stores until Monday. Love it...

.Net Return on Complexity (ROC)

I’m concerned about the lack of return on investment our continuning involvement with .net is going to produce. I guess I’ve bored enough people with my views on this over the past few months to warrant a blog about it (that way I can just point people here, they can smile politely and ignore it :-)) In a nutshell my train of thought is this:1. Developers are not only victims of hype...

Google Paper Advertising


I received some direct mail from Google yesterday. Now, I know I shouldn’t be surprised (I mean, Google must be closest thing to Big Brother so far) but frankly it did come as a surprise. I guess I never really thought Google would stray from their online model.I wonder how successful this move (ie to paper advertising) will be. Obviously direct marketing is a lot more expensive than online...

Ken’s Channel 9 video


I’m not one for just adding links to stuff that has already been blogged by others, but this one by Ken is recommended watching. Ken Levy takes us through some of the ideas going into Sedna. Its a big download (113 MB) and goes for close to half an hour so its not a quick offering, but well worth it.One of the (many) things I like about Ken is how enthusiastic he is about Fox and technology...

More on MSXML sniffing


Following on from the VFP code for checking this in my last post, here’s a link to some code Scott converted for quickly checking a client’s machine for MSXML parser installs. (and Scott, you really should start a blog and begin pushing out your great ideas.)It is a simple VB script file that will run on any machine with W2K or XP installed, ie you don’t need VFP installed...

MSXML sniffing in VFP


Seeing Rino’s blog entry on XML Sniffing reminded me of how common this little gotcha is.So you might find the following handy. When our apps start up we just run a checkdependencies(bCheckXML3, bCheckXML4, etc) method with something like the following (and can someone tell me how to get code samples looking good on blogger please): LOCAL cSaveErrorLOCAL oObject3, oObject4, cMessagecMessage...



We’ve been playing with DNN the last few months and so far it is proving to be worth the effort.On the good side it is reasonably straight forward to get up and running, has all the basic building blocks we need in a content management system including security and simple workflow, and is reasonably easy to customise.On the bad side, it is free (ie support is difficult) and documentation is...

Currently residing in the ‘Where are they now?’ file


It has been a really tiring year so far (good for Talman though) with so much work on.So it was a welcome phone call a few weeks back from my good friend Greg calling to say he wanted to get the band back together (sorry).Many years ago a bunch of us were in a band called Kaos Theory (we were crap) and then later formed a studio band called Sexagesima (look it up – it’s not what you...