Fairfax Tech Talk Column

Fairfax Tech Talk Column

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 ..

16.11.2018 Fairfax Tech Column 121


When you walk around an office building, you can easily spot all the people that have watched the movie, Snowden. They are the ones with items stuck over the camera on their PC to block the NSA (or other agencies and individuals) from spying on their activities. We might think this only applies to the particularly paranoid in our society but there is a murderer in the New Hampshire area who wishes that it was only science fiction. Two women were murdered in a Farmington home where an Am ..

09.11.2018 Fairfax Tech Column 120


The very first phone I sold – way back in 1990 – was an NEC P3 but the most popular handheld mobile I sold around that time was the Motorola 8000. In much the same way that Apple started the smartphone revolution, the Motorola ‘brick phone’ started the mobile revolution. It was big. 330mm tall by 90mm deep and 45mm wide and, by mobile standards, a massive 784 grams. A 10-hour battery charge would result in a phone that you could use for a total of 30 minutes of talk t ..

02.11.2018 Fairfax Tech Column 119


When a young person with a clipboard approaches you on the street to ask a survey question, the researchers think they are obtaining the true thoughts of a randomised sample. That may well be the case – but it does depend on the question and the person’s thoughts. For example, if a survey question was, “Are you racist?” then I guarantee very few people would respond in the affirmative. Even though some of those people may be racist, they recognise that they probab ..