Fairfax Tech Column

Fairfax Tech Column

25.1.2019 Fairfax Tech Column 131


If you have seen the comedy film, Why Him, you will remember the voice of Kaley Cuoco (famous for her role as Penny in The Big Bang Theory) as Justine, Laird’s in-home artificial intelligence. Justine is incredibly helpful – some might say a little too helpful – and is constantly listening and offering advice as you move throughout Laird’s house. This is a fictional movie so obviously nowhere near the truth. Hold on for just one second. Henn na Hotel in Ja ..

18.1.2019 Fairfax Tech Column 130


Trust in business is an interesting concept. Without thinking too hard about it, we inherently have different levels of trust expectations in various organisations we deal with. Often it comes down to the importance of what we are purchasing, the price and the length of time we will use it. When we see a five-dollar ornament at a weekend market, we probably don’t think too much about the trust factor. It isn’t a lot of money and if the ornament falls apart in a week, the wor ..

11.1.2019 Fairfax Tech Column 129


I did say in my column last week that you would think I would have learned by now that making predictions for the next year in the world of technology is somewhat foolhardy as the technology world changes so quickly. I also said that I expect some people to look back at my predictions in a year and have a chuckle about how far wrong some of my predictions were. It didn’t take a year. In comments received already, one particular prediction is being ridiculed without even a week passing. ..

04.1.2019 Fairfax Tech Column 128


You would think I would be old enough to know better. I have been writing and speaking about technology for over fifteen years and this year is my thirtieth involved in the technology industry yet I still don’t seem to have learned from the past. Every now and then I have a rush of blood after a wild New Year celebration and decide that it is a good idea to make some predictions about what the world of technology will bring this year. Inevitably when I look back at those prediction ..

28.12.2018 Fairfax Tech Column 127


For my last column of the year, I thought I would interrupt my relaxed watching of the Boxing Day Test and glance back at my previous fifty-two columns and pick the best bits from the year. It seemed simple and quick and would allow me to get back to watching Pat Cummins attempt to finally dislodge some Indians. I was wrong. Not so much about Pat Cummins but about reading over a few previous columns being a lazy option. In the hustle and bustle of day to day life, it is easy to forget ab ..

21.12.2018 Fairfax Tech Column 126


I was at Dundullimal on Wednesday night this week where the local Mountain Bike (MTB) Club raced for the last time for the year. In line with our annual tradition, pizzas were ordered so the riders could sit around at the end of the race and enjoy some camaraderie off the track. Ordering pizzas to be delivered to Dundullimal is a minor issue as it is a bit difficult to get to by car and it involves a detailed description to arrive at the exact location. The delivery driver made it there in t ..

14.12.2018 Fairfax Tech Column 125


Do you remember the major discussion point in September 2015? It was all anyone could talk about. Apple announced their new iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus – sans headphone jack. It was the death of the iPhone. It was the beginning of the end for Apple’s share price. It may even possibly be the end of civilisation. Maybe some pundits were a little extreme in their predictions but there was no doubt that it caused some heartache amongst consumers across the world and even led to custom ..

07.12.2018 Fairfax Tech Column 124


On 7 June 2010, Steve Jobs launched the latest and most advanced smartphone on the market. The iPhone 4. Apart from many features it had that were the ‘best ever’, one boast particularly caught my eye (pre-pun). Jobs introduced a new display called ‘Retina Display’ which was past the limit where the human eye could make out different pixels. The screen had 326 individual pixels for every square inch of the screen. Commonly known as ppi (pixels per inch). Jobs claimed  ..

30.11.2018 Fairfax Tech Column 123


I am an unabashed fan of electric cars. I also believe that if you talk the talk, you need to walk the walk. To that point, I am currently driving number seven electric or electric hybrid car since 2005. In order: Toyota Prius; Toyota Camry Hybrid; Holden Volt PHEV; Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV; Nissan Leaf; Lexus NX300h Hybrid and Tesla Model S (seven vehicles from six different manufacturers). In addition, my wife; daughter and business manager all currently drive hybrid vehicles. I won&rsquo ..

23.11.2018 Fairfax Tech Column 122


Look briefly at the following transcript of a recorded telephone conversation between someone wanting to book a table at a restaurant and the restaurant. Restaurant: Good evening. Caller: Hello? Restaurant: Hello. Caller: Hi, um, I'd like to reserve a table for Friday the third. Restaurant: OK, hold on one moment. Caller: Mm hmm. Restaurant: OK… hold on one second. Caller: Mm hmm. Restaurant: So Friday November third. How many people? Caller: Fo ..