Fairfax Tech Talk Column

Fairfax Tech Talk Column

28.6.2019 Fairfax Tech Talk Column 152


I remember growing up playing the board game Monopoly. It was as much a psychological experiment with family and friends as it was a game. The analysis started when the tokens were chosen. Battleship – cutthroat. Boot – grudge. Car – outgoing and passionate. Hat – introverted and strategic. The Iron – toilers. Dog – trustworthy. Thimble – practical and sensitive. Wheelbarrow – tough. The next step was the selection of the banker – the con ..

21.6.2019 Fairfax Tech Talk Column 151


I am sure you remember the old trick question that your science teacher gave you at some stage during your high school education. Which has more mass - a kilogram of feathers or a kilogram of lead? Along those same lines, which is of more value – a GB of data in Australia or a GB of data in Bali? Using the same logic as the science question, the answer should be that a GB of data is the same anywhere. Tell that to a family who recently returned from Bali to be met with a $30,00 ..

14.6.2019 Fairfax Tech Talk Column 150


Look! Up in the sky! It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s…my taxi! We haven’t noticed any people from Krypton flying around our skies but we are certainly closer to the world depicted in The Jetsons, the animated sitcom that originally aired in 1962. This cartoon was remarkably good at predicting the world of the future. We now communicate via video calls; we watch flat screen televisions; electronic sliding doors are commonplace; we have vending machines for f ..

07.6.2019 Fairfax Tech Talk Column 149


iTunes is dead! Long live iTunes. Apple recently made the announcement that they are killing off iTunes. Oh no! What will happen to all my downloaded music? What about the songs I copied from CDs onto iTunes? My playlists!!! Firstly, we should look at the history of iTunes. Many people think that the iPod changed the way we listened to music forever. Well, that is only partly true. The iPod is just a nicely packaged MP3 player. The first iPod was released on 23 October 2001. It had a ..