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Melton: A Tech Hub

1/02/2017

The City of Melton is one of Australia's fastest growing areas. It also has a large area connected to fibre optic broadband. It's population currently sits just below the 140,000 mark. It is projected to be 315,000 in 20 years. That's bigger than Canberra. With that growth comes demand. Where there is demand you will get supply. In other words, a lot of potential.

Co-working

2/12/2016

I normally work at home. There are a lot of advantages. The main one being there is no commute to the office. There is a lot of freedom. I can work when I want. I could do a couple of hours in the morning, the go off and do something else and then come back and finish off in the evening.

End of Life for Old IE

13/01/2016

Today is the day that Microsoft ends support for older versions of Internet Explorer. If you have IE7, 8, 9 or 10 then it is time to upgrade. Explorer is not the behemoth it once was. These days IE7 accounts for 0.05% of the browser market. IE8 is 1.18, IE9 is 0.19% & IE10 0.87%. There is very little usage in the domestic sector. Many corporate environments still use IE8 because is ties in with their I.T. structures. IE11 takes up 6.45% of the browser market but is dwarfed my Chrome with 20.46%. What does this all mean?

End of flash?

16/07/2015

Flash has been around since the mid 1990's. When it came out it was the only way to put interactive animations on a website. Websites made from flash are not accessible to people with disabilities so I've never been a fan. Flash has mostly fallen out of use for websites now. It is primarily used as a platform for online games.

Thankyou jxeeno!

24/04/2014

Blogger jxeeno has been essential reading. His site mynbn.info has filled many gaps in information about the NBN.  This has been very useful as NBNco has steadily removed more and more data from its website. This is especially ironic as the Minister for Communications, Malcom Turnbull promised us greater transparency.

It is lamentable that data that was once public can now only be obtained by FOI requests. This is not greater transparency. Quite the opposite.

I want to publicy thank jxeeno for his efforts. Thank you. I hope you go far.

Submission to The Senate Select Committee on the National Broadband Network

16/01/2014

I have completed my submission to The Senate Select Committee on the National Broadband Network. I've put a link in below.

I believe it is important for all Australians to have access to fast broadband. The only way to do that is to have fibre everywhere it is practicable to do so.  Rural areas need fast broadband as it is a great leveller. It can bring services to the bush and also allow the bush to compete with the city on a level playing field.

We also need fast internet to compete on a global scale. Australia is in danger of being left behind.

NBN -2.0 not 2.0

13/12/2013

This is bad news for Australia. We are strong supporters of fibre. Fibre may be more expensive in the start with, but will be cheaper in the long run. In the long run, we will all be on fibre. Everybody recognises that.

Fibre is a lot easier to upgrade. In most cases an upgrade involves swapping over the equipment at the other end of the fibre. Upgrading to fibre from other technologies such as HFC & FTTN is not so easy.

Uploads have largely been missing from the debate.

NBN and Why Don't They Talk About Uploads?

10/11/2013

A lot has been said about downloads in the debate but virtually no focus has been put on uploads.  Uploads are becoming more and more important as the internet continues to evolve.

The web started out pretty much as a one way street. We looked up information and jumped from link to link.  That has changed.  The web runs 2 ways.  The same thing will happen to how we use broadband.

Sites like Facebook, YouTube & Twitter don’t create content. The users do.  At the moment, around 30 billion pieces of content are shared each month on Facebook. That includes news stories, photos, links, posts and notes etc.  The average user creates around 90 pieces of content each month.

Gigabit Internet and Chattanooga

26/09/2013

Chattanooga is probably better known from the song immortalised by Glenn Miller. Up until recently, that was probably it. Something else has happened in Chattanooga. It has become “Gig City”. A joint venture between the local city council and the electricity company has built a gigabit fibre optic network. The US has a patchwork of internet access. Areas where it is profitable are well connected. Others have adequate broadband and other a have practically none at all. Chattanooga boasts internet speeds 100 times the average. Fast broadband has had direct benefits for Chattanooga. This is a lesson the current government needs to heed as it considers the future of the NBN.

The People Have Spoken

8/09/2013

Australia went to the polls yesterday and gave the Coalition a thumping majority. That's democracy. What will happen to broadband?

The Abbott government policy of broadband simply cannot be installed as quickly as they say. It will take time and will be out-dated soon after it is completed. Is the being responsible to the taxpayer?

One of the issues that I have been concerned with is the National Broadband Network. I have made no secret of what I think is in this country's best interests. The National Broadband Network is an import issue. Broadband is already starting to be seen as an important utility along with telephone, electricity, gas and water.

Competing In An International Market.

4/06/2013

I've spent some time looking at some of the freelance sites out there. The competition is huge. And it is global. Most of the projects being put out to tender aren't worth bidding on. I see numerous requests for projects at $10-$15 per hour. Those tenders get picked up.

Code houses in India and Russia can hire graduates for far less than our minimum wage. They seem to work on the principle of churning out the projects and then moving on to the next. That model works fine if everything goes according to plan. If things go wrong, then they can go horribly wrong. You have not only the tyranny of distance against you. You have the issue of trying to get support from a vastly different timezone. Compounding that can also be the language barrier. A case in point is an ad I saw the other day.

Adobe Creative Cloud

19/05/2013

First off. Cloud is a misnomer. Adobe's Creative Cloud works like this. You subscribe to their service. While your subscription is active, you can use their software. You can subscribe to one app or the lot.

Subscription software is not new. Anybody who uses anti virus software will know this well. Norton went subscription a long time ago. With the retiring of the creative suite (CS) line, Adobe is also retiring the perpetual licence. This has caused quite a stir in the Adobe community. There is a petition circulating against the move which has garnered nearly 16,000 signatures.

End Discriminatory Pricing Now!

18/05/2013

I have been a critic of Adobe in the past. My experience has been they make fantastic software but their customer relations leave a lot to be desired.

I have on the odd occasion had to contact their support. Fortunately, not too often. My experience I have found them to be slow and often unresponsive. I don't think that is something I can solely call Adobe on. I think it is more to to with big businesses. In a big corporation, nobody seems to take responsibility.

The Coalition Releases its Broadband Policy

9/04/2013

We've heard a lot of criticism from the Coalition on Labor's NBN but no mention of what they might do themselves. Today we got some details.

Cost. The Coalition's plan is forecast to cost $20.4 billion vs Labour's forecast of $37.4 billion.

Mozilla Turns 15

3/04/2013

The NBN

29/03/2013

Rudd Government Propose Mandatory Filtering for ISPs

4/06/2008

The Federal government has come good with one of the promises that is to introduce mandatory Internet filtering. They want to introduce what's called a "clean" feed. People will be able to opt out. But will it actually solve the problem?

We would not disagree with the proposition that there is a lot of nasty content out there on the Internet. The question is what we do about it? Content filtering is an old-style method to deal with the problem. The thing is the world has changed. A lot of our life has moved from the real lives there into the virtual realm and this requires a new paradigm, a new way of thinking. In real life can't always avoid the nasties, so we use strategies to deal with them. The same applies to the virtual world.

11 Spammers Indicted in a US Court

10/01/2008

A US federal grand jury in Detroit on the 3rd of January, 2008, indicted 11 people over a wide ranging international fraud. The people included: several Americans, a Russian and a man with Canadian and Hong Kong citizenship. The fraud involved spamming, sending out millions of messages in a "pump and dump" scheme.

The end of the line for Netscape

30/12/2007

In a historic move, AOL has announced the end of the line for Netscape. Support for the browser will cease from the 1st of Feb, 2008.

Netscape began in beta form in 1994 under the name of Mosaic. It's name changed to Mosaic Netscape but a legal challenge from the National Center for Supercomputing Applications meant a name change to Netscape Navigator.

Firefox 2

20/12/2007

Firefox 2, the latest from Mozilla has been released. There is a lot happening in the arena of the "browser wars".

On the surface, not much appears to have changed. Firefox 2 is skinned slightly differently. The tabs have a glassy look about them.

Internet Explorer 7

20/10/2006

Internet Explorer 7 marks the first major update to Internet Explorer in several years. Explorer 6 has been a bane to us as a web developer. We've been forced to compromise a standards compliant design in order to accommodate an aging browser. IE7 marks some considerable improvements

First off is tabbed browsing. Here, Explorer is playing catch up to Firefox which in turn borrowed from the underrated browser, Opera.

Firefox vs Explorer

9/09/2003

We've been testing some of the new crop of web browsers lately. The results seem to be point one way... Firefox.

In case you haven't heard, Firefox is a stand alone web brower that is part of the Mozilla stable. It has a number of advantages over the dominant Internet Explorer:

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