Posts in ‘IT’

Census fail

Wednesday, August 10th, 2016

The failure of the online census software carries multiple lessons for Australian democracy, but also Australian defence. It demonstrates our toxic culture, where many will burn the town down to save it, and it gives a glimpse into how vulnerable our infrastructure could be in the event of international hostilities. First some clarification, and for […]

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Survey on innovation

Sunday, July 19th, 2015

Jamile Sabatini Marques is doing a PhD at QUT. She is from Brazil where she has held senior positions in the IT industry. As part of her study Jamile is surveying entrepreneurs in the IT sector to see how aware they are of government innovation policies. If you fit this description, then you might be […]

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Minor parties plan assault on political duopoly

Friday, October 4th, 2013

The election of Cathy McGowan in Indi has energised some minor and micro party supporters to become more professional. Whether they can have the same success remains to be seen, but they’re getting together to discuss how to use existing organisations and new technology to take on the major party duopoly. Calling themselves the Heart […]

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The future of retail Gerry Harvey

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2011

I recently asked Gerry Harvey to “phone me” because I had some free advice for him about his campaign against GST free online purchases. Now I have some more free advice from him sourced from Minyanville, who provided the handy info-graphic at the end of this post. The graphic compares Amazon and WalMart – two […]

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CSIRO to NBN – just watch us innovate

Wednesday, November 3rd, 2010

Today CSIRO announced that it had developed new wireless technology that allowed multiple users to download data at 12 Mbps without any reduction in the data transfer rate.

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MSN Messenger on auto-pilot with phishing site

Tuesday, October 20th, 2009

In my position you’ve got to know more than the average bear about the Internet, so I try to keep all my social networking applications on as open a setting as possible – it adds to my store of experience. That means the scam merchants are often hitting on me. I amused myself with this […]

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A “Nigerian” scam you could almost fall for

Tuesday, December 9th, 2008

The story looks like the same every time. Someone you “know” because they are a Facebook friend, or because you have exchanged emails, is in London and they’ve been robbed. You’re the only one they can turn to for a loan to tide them over so they can come home. The first time it happened […]

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Gone digitally native

Tuesday, August 19th, 2008

I couldn’t resist this post. I’ve just invested in a broadband Optus modem that can put me on the Internet just about anywhere, including in this instance Hyde Park in Sydney from where I have a good view of St Mary’s cathedral. Sitting here I feel like an intellectual knight errant with nothing to my […]

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John Howard on Climate Change on YouTube

Wednesday, July 18th, 2007

John Howard seems to at last be getting the hang of new technology. Last election he was spamming voters, with the assistance and advice of son Tim. This election he is mixing it with all the coolest of us on YouTube. One of the things with a YouTube video is that you can’t pick how […]

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History will be unkind to those who do not write it

Wednesday, July 19th, 2006

Winston Churchill is supposed to have said: “History will be kind to me for I intend to write it.”. But when and where did he say it? Without knowing that, do we really know he said it? This is a lesson Australian historians may not have learnt.

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