Fairfax Tech Column

Fairfax Tech Column

29.3.2019 Fairfax Tech Column 139


Have you ever had that feeling of extreme excitement when you have some wonderful news to tell everyone – but it just doesn’t seem to register above zero on the excitement scale for anyone else? I suspect that Samsung are feeling that way right now. In my Tech Column 124 I wrote in detail about the limits of the human eye related to resolutions of TV screens. The summarised conclusion was that a 4K TV at 75” in size would require a human at closer than two metres t ..

15.3.2019 Fairfax Tech Column 138


How are those Russian election conspiracy theories going? First, in the middle of a NSW State election, the Electoral Commission computers go down which almost brought pre-polling to a shuddering halt. This computer network has some additional complexity due to the nature of building a huge network across the State for a short period once every couple of years but they know about the next election years in advance so there is really little excuse for not having it working and tested and read ..

08.3.2019 Fairfax Tech Column 137


The most exciting technological aspect of the 2007 election was the promise of a ‘super fast’ national broadband network (NBN). The initial proposal was to see 98 per cent of Australian households connected to the new technology. Over the last twelve years a lot has happened. One significant change in government saw a disappointing change in direction for the NBN with a hybrid model that was designed to save money. While we can argue the merits of this change, the latest repo ..

01.3.2019 Fairfax Tech Column 136


When I first started selling mobiles phones in 1990, there was no doubt about the number one brand. Motorola. If you wanted to sell mobiles but didn’t stock Motorola, then you weren’t serious. Motorola had a proud heritage in mobiles with the first ever mobile call made from a Motorola phone back in 1973 and the terms ‘brick phone’ and ‘bag phone’ referred specifically to two Motorola models. But the problem with being the incumbent leader is that market l ..