Fairfax Tech Column

Fairfax Tech Column

22.2.2019 Fairfax Tech Column 135


Back in my days of running my Managed Service IT business where we managed hundreds of computer networks for clients across the nation, I used to tell a story of the importance of holistic security. We would setup servers and routers behind firewalls and keep the systems updated and patched and as secure as possible within the budget of the client. All of this was to protect client networks from attacks via the Internet or internally or with spoofed Wi-Fi. But then I read about an incid ..

15.2.2019 Fairfax Tech Column 134


In my youth growing up in Dubbo, one of my favourite pursuits was motocross racing at Morris Park – and other venues around the State. I remember one particular rider who was an exceptional racer. The story around the track was that he honed his skills during the week doing his day job. He was a postie. He had his faithful Honda CT90 that he would ride up gutters and weave in and out of trees and the occasional traffic. At the time I thought it sounded like a great job. Ride a motorbik ..

08.2.2019 Fairfax Tech Column 133


Those of you of a similar vintage to myself may remember Richard Pryor acting in Superman III. I remember Richard Pryor more for being a stand-up comedian than an actor in a series of movies starring Christopher Reeve, but I do remember his role in this movie. Pryor plays the part of Gus Gorman, a computer programmer who embezzled money from his employer using a technique known as salami slicing. The concept is that if you take a very small amount (say, one cent) from a lot of accounts o ..

01.2.2019 Fairfax Tech Column 132


A few years ago I was speaking at a conference near Colombo in Sri Lanka and the conference organiser had booked accommodation for me at the Taj Exotica in Bentota. This was about a thirty-minute drive from the conference centre and each day of the conference the organisers had arranged a car to collect me from my accommodation and drive me to the conference. The road was supposedly a two-lane road in each direction but the locals had not been informed of this simple fact. Lines on the road  ..