Monthly Archives: August 2012

Another Turnbull Conflict Of Interest?

Hot on the heels of a potential conflict of interest from opposition communications spokesman, Malcolm Turnbull, and his investments in France Telecom, another possible conflict of interest investment has risen. It is apparent that Turnbull’s wife Lucy has a shareholding in Vodafone, in information taken from a register of poltical interests published by the Sydney […]

Rail Failures: A Question of Protocol

Last night, both V/Line and Metro Trains Melbourne (MTM) commuters were delayed due to various problems with the rail network in Melbourne. Some V/Line customers were heavily affected by a points failure at Southern Cross Station which prevented some trains from getting out of their platforms to start their journeys. On the Frankston line, an […]

Windows 8 Committing Suicide?

I had a small chuckle to myself the other day, when Windows 8 threw this status message at me: Note that the title of the application it is complaining about is “Microsoft Windows” and it is asking if it should just end it all! Euthanasia or suicide? You be the judge.

Turnbull’s French (Internet) Connection

Despite his constant opposition to the government’s FTTP National Broadband Network (NBN) policy, it seems that Malcolm Turnbull isn’t being totally upfront with Australians with regards to his alternative plan. Not that this is much of a surprise. Turnbull Likes Fibre to the Home – in France “Opposition communications spokesman Malcolm Turnbull is opposed to […]

Please Secure Your Pets

Yesterday morning, I had the misfortune to having to confront two roaming “pitbull-style” dogs, who attacked a defenseless little dog being walked by a distraught little girl, outside our home. I was in time to save the dog’s life, but only just. A few more seconds, and I’m certain that little Annie would no longer […]

So Hockey Loves The NBN Then?

Despite his constant disapproval for the National Broadband Network, Shadow Treasurer Joe Hockey, when discussing the so-called ”gold plating” of electricity infrastructure, was heard today to say: “Never heard before the argument that too much infrastructure in essential infrastructure is a bad thing.” Dooesn’t Joe tell us that the government shouldn’t be building the NBN? […]

Thoughts On New NBN Corporate Plan

With the release today of the Corporate Plan 2012 – 2015 for the National Broadband Network (NBN), we’ve already seen the mainstream media trumpeting of failure, and cost overruns, and delays. This is of course not unexpected, with much of the media having it in for the project from day one. While there has been […]

Why Apple And Samsung Should Just Grow Up

While the are several possible examples of the first “automobile”, it is generally accepted that Karl Benz invented the modern automobile in 1885, and patented it in 1886 – 126 years ago. As described on Wikipedia: “An automobile powered by his own four-stroke cycle gasoline engine was built in Mannheim, Germany by Karl Benz in […]

Taking News Limited Seriously?

Bill Shorten has copped a bit today – (rightly or wrongly) – about what has already become known as “PieGate”, where an alleged confrontation occurred in a shop over the availability of a meat pie. I wasn’t there, I don’t know what happened. But should a major news outlet – (News Limited) – be declaring […]

Broadcast Television Missing The Message

Television viewers are complaining about poor coverage of the London Olympics. The television networks are complaining that people are using the internet to get better coverage, by circumventing geo-blocking systems to view coverage from other countries. In the US, NBC is copping plenty of flack for poor and delayed coverage – (delayed to move events […]