Fairfax Tech Talk Column

Fairfax Tech Talk Column

31.5.2019 Fairfax Tech Talk Column 148


On 9 April 2013, then Federal opposition leader and eventual Prime Minister, Tony Abbott, made a broad statement referencing the NBN. “[We] are absolutely confident that 25 megs is going to be enough, more than enough, for the average household.” Further, “Do we really want to invest $50 billion of hard earned taxpayers money in what is essentially a video entertainment system?” We know that our NBN is not keeping pace (early pun this week) with the rest of the wo ..

24.5.2019 Fairfax Tech Talk Column 147


I have seen a total of approximately one minute of comedian Rick Mercer’s TV show and it was thirteen years ago – but that video clip has stuck with me since then. Wind the clock back to 2006. The world was yet to see the iPhone. 4G was still a couple of years away and some locations still didn’t have 3G. Users did not complain about slow download speeds though because the price of data was so incredibly high that you could go broke downloading a photo! And the king ..

17.5.2019 Fairfax Tech Talk Column 146


I recently wrote a poem called ‘Tomorrow’s Smartphone User’ and it focused on the fact that a modern smartphone has so many wonderful features that it may be easy for a smartphone user of the future to forget that it is still capable of actually making voice phone calls. In the 18-29 age bracket, 52 per cent of smartphone users make a phone call less often than weekly. That same age bracket has average usage of over four hours per day. There is no doubt that younger generat ..

10.5.2019 Fairfax Tech Talk Column 145


In my formative years, I learned that a true test of character is how someone behaves when no one is watching them. It would appear that lesson was not widely distributed because the latest data on dashcams is quite interesting. More on that in minute. As so often happens with technology, there was an appetite for dashcams well before the technology could support it. We first started seeing the concept of a dashcam during car races. The world famous Hardie-Ferodo 1000 at Mount Panora ..

03.5.2019 Fairfax Tech Talk Column 144


Well I have good news and bad news. In the lead-up to the 2007 Federal Election, we heard the vision to commence construction of a super-fast National Broadband Network (NBN) as Australia was lagging behind the rest of the world in Internet connectivity. The original plan was to have fibre to the premises (FTTP) technology for 98 per cent of Australian households. Finally some recognition that we need alternatives in this nation when we run out of metals and minerals to dig up. T ..