Fairfax Tech Column

Fairfax Tech Column

25.5.2018 Fairfax Tech Column 96


It was way back in April 2009 that I had finished talking at a seminar in Copenhagen and was due to fly out to my next stop in Amsterdam but I took a slight detour. While at the conference I was told by a local about a fascinating piece of infrastructure called the Öresund Bridge. To demonstrate that people the world over are not terribly creative at naming things, this ‘bridge’ connects Sweden and Denmark across the Øresund strait. The reason I found it fascinating w ..

18.5.2018 Fairfax Tech Column 95


Despite the variety of NBN access methods I have previously written about in this column (FTTP; FTTN; FTTB; FTTC; FW; HFC…you get the picture) and the relative merits of the different technologies, all of these are significantly better than the runt of the NBN family. In fact, the last connection method is so poor I don’t believe it should even come under the umbrella of the NBN. I have met with three of our last four Federal Communications Ministers and implored them to leave t ..

11.5.2018 Fairfax Tech Column 94


Well another federal budget announcement has come and gone and pundits are still poring over the papers to see what devils lurk in the detail for different groups and sectors. From a pure technology perspective, there wasn’t a lot to get overly excited about and one part to be very disappointed about. The announcement that Mobile Black Spot Program (MBSP) will cease. This program has been effective in delivering improved communications to many people across regional Australia and the h ..

04.5.2018 Fairfax Tech Column 93


On the day affectionately known across the geek world as Star Wars Day (May the 4th be with you) I thought about the seemingly never-ending series of movies we have seen so far – and continue to see – and how that same concept often applies in the technological world. I am sure when we first went to cinemas after the release of Star Wars on 25 May 1977, not even George Lucas was thinking about Episode IX being released in 2019. I am quite certain that absolutely no one was thinki ..