Fairfax Tech Talk Column

Fairfax Tech Talk Column

26.6.2020 Fairfax Tech Talk Column 204


I was a car thief once. OK, so not actually a car thief, but I remember the day when I certainly looked like a car thief. I didn’t have a dark hoodie and gloves that seem important for car thieves in the movies but I did have the one piece of equipment that was important. Blue packing tape…and I was also caught in the act of breaking in to a locked car. The major difference between myself and a car thief, and what I had to explain to my new friends in blue, was that the car  ..

19.6.2020 Fairfax Tech Talk Column 203


Way back in 2009 I was writing columns for a computer magazine and I was discussing some concepts to reduce our carbon emissions. One of my speculative ideas was to produce all of Australia’s power via solar panels. My rudimentary calculations at the time showed that we would only need about one thousand square kilometres of solar panels to power this nation. That could be in one location (think of our Simpson Desert) or distributed (think of rooftop solar) but that was the total area  ..

11.6.2020 Fairfax Tech Talk Column 202


As I walked through my local supermarket this week, I performed one simple action that reminded me of the incredibly opulent society we live in. I checked the time on my watch and noticed that it was a little chilly outside. I removed my phone from my pocket and opened my car’s app. I turned on the artificial climate inside my car and cranked it up to a comfortable 23 and turned the seat heater on. When I arrived at my car it would then already be at my preferred temperature and hence  ..

05.6.2020 Fairfax Tech Talk Column 201


I have often mused about the lack of intellectual discourse and logical debate around election time. Three-word catchphrases and headlines seem to dominate the landscape which doesn’t leave a lot of room to demonstrate the development of an idea or a plan. Maybe that suits some political parties who would be exposed if more than a three-word catchphrase was required – but I digress. Electricity has been a recent election battleground where philosophically opposing views have  ..