Fairfax Tech Talk Column

Fairfax Tech Talk Column

25.10.2019 Fairfax Tech Talk Column 169


I would argue that I have a desire for extremely accurate data on which to make decisions but some may argue that I have OCD (obsessive-compulsive disorder) tendencies, either way I remember growing up and utilising the services of Australia’s version of the ‘talking clock’. Starting in 1953, Australians could ring 1194 (originally B074) and hear the voice of ‘George’ announce the precise time. The voice was originally provided by Gordon Gow and later by Richard ..

18.10.2019 Fairfax Tech Talk Column 168


Not only does the world we live in change around us but our knowledge of that world also changes. It took until 1543 when Copernicus published his planetary model with the sun at the centre for people to start viewing the planets differently. JJ Thomson proposed a plum pudding model of the atom in 1904. As a physics student, I chuckled at the silly idea as we knew so much better that atoms consisted of protons, neutrons and electrons. A modern physics student would chuckle at that descriptio ..

11.10.2019 Fairfax Tech Talk Column 167


Since 1768, a small group of people had a very prestigious job. They held a University degree – sometimes plural - and were regarded as the wisest in the land. Parents were filled with pride when they told their friends that one of their children had this particular job. As with so many careers that change over time, this role in this format has all but vanished, replaced by a technical solution that would have been nigh on impossible to predict in 1768. The last print edition ..

04.10.2019 Fairfax Tech Talk Column 166


For the sake of the technical discussion, assume for a moment that I particularly dislike the CEO of a fictional company, Blue Widgets Galore (BWG), and also assume I have a very nasty vindictive streak (this is hypothetical remember!). If I have some time and a little money on my hands, I could quite easily type a letter purporting to be from the CEO. I could create a fake letterhead with all the correct details. On the outside of the envelope, I can print the ‘from’ address and ..