Fairfax Tech Column

Fairfax Tech Column

05.10.2018 Fairfax Tech Column 115


Ask any millennial and they will tell you that ALL sales are now online. It may seem that way – and there is incredible growth in online sales – but there is still some bite left in bricks and mortar. I recently delivered some presentations telling businesses how to make sure they are putting their organisation in the best possible position to compete against the online juggernaut and the secret is to flip the way you view online shopping. Before I give away those secrets, we ..

28.9.2018 Fairfax Tech Column 114


I am sure the major talking point in households around Australia last night was the impact that the removal of Dasha and Emily would have on the dynamic of The Honey Badger and his four remaining female suitors. Over a million metropolitan viewers tuned in to Channel Ten to see the next chapter unfold. I am not that big a fan of so-called reality shows. What I do find interesting is how people are viewing their television. Tablets are used in the kitchen to watch shows while cooking even ..

21.9.2018 Fairfax Tech Column 113


I attended a race meeting at the local Greyhound track last week. It was a track I was familiar with as I grew up with my Dad as President so I was often there helping out between meetings and attended most meetings. It was a real family affair with my Mum and siblings helping in the office or in the kennels or with photography and even some modelling! My childhood memory was one of a hive of activity in the betting ring with bookmakers plying their trade and I used to watch out for the  ..

14.9.2018 Fairfax Tech Column 112


You were probably doing the same thing as I was yesterday morning at 3am. Sitting at my desk with my iPad on one side and my computer in front of me ready to take notes on every new piece of information that was delivered during the annual Apple ‘Special Event.’ Since 2011, Apple has held a ‘Special Event’ in September where the latest iPhone is announced after a number of strategic leaks and rumours are circulated to build excitement for the latest product. In t ..

07.9.2018 Fairfax Tech Column 111


I love chatting to people so I was a little surprised when I read a recent survey that said the number one pet hate of people doing the groceries was the check out process. Maybe some people don’t see that small interaction with a stranger as being that interesting – or maybe the actual process of lining up was what particularly irked people – but this information from the major retailers across the world was what led to the current process we see in Australia of self-serve ..

31.8.2018 Fairfax Tech Column 110


I am going to utter three letters that cause a huge amount of elation and frustration and glee and anger among Australians. Sometimes all at the same time and all from the one person. It depends on where you live and what you do as to the level of which emotion is strongest. NBN. With premises receiving a variety of different technologies and some users not able to access the technology at all, it is no surprise that it has created a range of emotions. If we leave aside the diff ..

24.8.2018 Fairfax Tech Column 109


Today gives me the opportunity to talk about two of my favourite things. Technology and cycling. It is also a story about how the modern world of product development works so differently to how it did in the past. Go back before we had the Internet and almost unlimited sharing of information and if someone had an idea for a product, they would have to pitch the idea to an established manufacturer in the hope that someone would see the potential of the product – while at the same ti ..

17.8.2018 Fairfax Tech Column 108


Foxtel made a major announcement this week in relation to TV resolution. They will start broadcasting shows in 4K – or more accurately 3840 pixels wide by 2160 pixels high. It started me thinking about the progression of television broadcasting and the varying standards we have viewed over the sixty-two years since Bruce Gyngell uttered the famous words, “Good evening, and welcome to television.” That first official broadcast by TCN-9 Sydney on 16 September 1956 was in mono ..

10.8.2018 Fairfax Tech Column 107


As much as many great achievers throughout history might joke that the world would be better without their competition, the reality is that humans thrive on competition and rivalries to inspire improvement. Would John Landy and Roger Bannister both have run under 4 minutes for a mile at the 1954 Commonwealth Games without each other as competition? Would the Airbus A380 and Boeing Dreamliner both exist without the other driving the business to greater heights (sorry for the early pun). Would ..

03.8.2018 Fairfax Tech Column 106


We were extremely fortunate this week to have some of the largest technology companies in the world deliver presentations in our city at the inaugural diga.tech conference, organised by a very progressive Dubbo Chamber of Commerce. Speakers from Microsoft; NBN; Xero; CBA; Amazon and Telstra were at the conference with a view to tomorrow’s technology today. Many people may have viewed this type of conference as only for tech geeks but on the contrary – and I admit to a heavy b ..