Fairfax Tech Talk Column

Fairfax Tech Talk Column

03.4.2020 Fairfax Tech Talk Column 192


Do you remember the old days? The days when we could jump in a car and drive to a local tourist destination and gather with other people whilst viewing the attraction? Or cast your mind back further – when we could fly across the seas and visit a foreign land. Once at a faraway location, we had the pleasure of patiently standing in a line in the sun/rain/snow/heat/cold (insert applicable for your favourite destination) and paying good money to gather amongst the crowds and see a gl ..

27.3.2020 Fairfax Tech Talk Column 191


Many people talk about the pace of change ‘these days’ but I think it would be fair to say that COVID-19 has delivered a world where the pace of change is not measured in years or months but in hours and minutes. Just when we think we have somewhat of a handle on how the world will look going forward, the ground shifts from underneath us. From a technology perspective, I spend the majority of my days helping clients improve their remote connectivity to satisfy their requireme ..

20.3.2020 Fairfax Tech Talk Column 190


It was almost two years ago when I almost gave my daughter a heart attack. Our family was on an Easter holiday and one daughter was at University so she flew direct to our destination. We were about to prepare a meal in our apartment when I picked up my daughter’s phone – and realised that her short time at University had resulted in a phone covered with residual alcohol stickiness. So, as any good father with a knowledge of technology would do, I turned on the tap and placed ..

13.3.2020 Fairfax Tech Talk Column 189


If you were one of the tens of millions of people around the world who watched a day in the life of Jack Bauer unfold in the television series, ‘24’, then undoubtedly your highlight would have been similar to mine. Day Six, which aired through 2007, was the first time that most people saw the concept of sophisticated videoconferencing. Cisco paid a ridiculous amount of money for their technology to be used as part of the plot when Noah Daniels and his staff communicated with  ..

06.3.2020 Fairfax Tech Talk Column 188


I recently had an experience I would not wish upon my worst enemy (I don’t actually have enemies – but the expression sounds very dramatic!) My wife and I were sitting at home relaxing on a Saturday afternoon. Our four children were at various locations away from home including our youngest daughter on a student exchange in Japan. Our blissful peace was interrupted by our gate bell. We checked the video intercom and two uniformed officers were at our gate. The offic ..

28.2.2020 Fairfax Tech Talk Column 187


Many people would be familiar with the name Alan Turing from the 2014 historical drama, The Imitation Game, which was the highest grossing film of that year. Turing is widely considered to be the father of artificial intelligence and I remember studying one of his concepts at University. It was known as the Turing test. This is a test of a machine’s ability to exhibit intelligent behaviour indistinguishable from that of a human. The test came from his paper that posed the simple q ..

21.2.2020 Fairfax Tech Talk Column 186


Ahhhh – the thrill of attending a live sports match. Fighting my way through city traffic and lining up early to secure the best seats in the stadium. Lathering on sun screen throughout the day. Lining up to get a beer that is almost as good as one sitting at home in the fridge. Lining up in the food queues in the hope that my favourite version of Gozleme hasn’t sold out. Arguing with the slightly inebriated person who seems to have stolen my seat after lining up for my food. Mis ..

14.2.2020 Fairfax Tech Talk Column 185


What do you do when you manufacture a television with specifications so high that there isn’t content at the same level? The obvious answer is to manufacture a phone that can create content at the same level! Samsung has a range of 8K QLED televisions from 55” up to the $1K per inch 98” version. One of the problems I have discussed previously with 8K televisions is the lack of content. Most of the loungeroom viewing across the world at the moment is in HD with a smatte ..

07.2.2020 Fairfax Tech Talk Column 184


Do me a favour. Go to your desk or office or wherever it is that you keep your electronic goods. Open the bottom drawer. Move aside all the old mobiles and electronic devices you have tucked away in there. Now find the cables. How many do you have there and, more importantly, how many different connection types do you have? If the answer is less than four types, I will be surprised. Micro-USB; Lightning; USB-C; Mini-USB; USB-3; 30-pin and so many more including many proprietary connecto ..

31.1.2020 Fairfax Tech Talk Column 183


“Gentlemen, we can rebuild him. We have the technology. We have the capability to make the world’s first bionic man. Better than he was before. Better, stronger, faster.” And so began each weekly episode of the ‘Six Million Dollar Man’ which ran from 1973 to 1978. Steve Austin, the fictional bionic man, had his legs replaced to allow him to run at 60mph; one eye replaced to give him zoom level of 20.2 times and his right arm replaced with a unit that gave hi ..