Fairfax Tech Column

Fairfax Tech Column

27.7.2018 Fairfax Tech Column 105


How many times a day do you say “Google it?” For those with kids, how many times do you instruct them to ‘Google it?” Across the world, there are 7.6 billion people but only about 4 billion have access to the Internet. Google, with a market share of 78 per cent, responds to 3.5 billion search queries every day. That is over 40,000 every single second! It also means that, across the entire Internet connected world, every single person is averaging at least one query pe ..

20.7.2018 Fairfax Tech Column 104


When I was growing up and I sat around and watched TV I used to complain to my Dad about the ads. Back when I was a boy growing up in regional Australia, we had two TV stations. The clumsily named CBN8/CWN6 station was the commercial station and we had ABC. ABC was good for the Test cricket so we had one station for everything else. My Dad took a different approach. He said I should watch the ads and be thankful that we had ads running because they allowed us to watch TV for free. Ads g ..

13.7.2018 Fairfax Tech Column 103


We had a frustrating incident this week. Our good business name was used by someone, somewhere in the world to try and fleece 45,000 people across the world of their hard-earned money. It is a common scenario that scamsters use – try and impersonate a reputable company and ask people for details or money. There are many examples we are seeing of this at the moment. I am sure most people have had a phone call from a ‘Telstra technician’ telling them they have a virus and the ..

06.7.2018 Fairfax Tech Column 102


It was the early eighties. The corner store at Boundary Road a few blocks from where I lived had Pinball machines – which I wasn’t very good at! We used to watch and marvel at the kids from other schools who were always winning free games with their incredible high scores. Then one day I walked in and there was a shiny new machine sitting in the corner. I had a few coins in my pocket from the fledgling screen printing business I had started. With some trepidation I walked ove ..