Fairfax Tech Talk Column

Fairfax Tech Talk Column

31.7.2020 Fairfax Tech Talk Column 209


Now normally I don’t like to blow my own trumpet but…Toot Toot! This week saw the thirtieth anniversary of the mobile phone network being switched on in my home city. My business had the privilege of enabling the very first connection in that city. I had started my first electronics business the previous year but it was on a trip to the Adelaide Grand Prix in November 1989 that school friend, Daryl Coxon, told me all about this new concept of mobiles. He said there was probably  ..

24.7.2020 Fairfax Tech Talk Column 208


A decade ago I was privileged to have a tour through a new $18 million tiered theatre that was nearing completion. What most impressed me was the acoustic performance of the theatre. Sitting in the audience in any seat a person on stage could be heard clearly with no amplification necessary but then when the half million dollar sound system was fired up, the acoustics were even more impressive. At least I thought so. One of the other people in the tour group was a self-confessed audi ..

17.7.2020 Fairfax Tech Talk Column 207


Way back in those crazed eighties when most kids were watching a Steven Spielberg movie on their Betamax or learning to moonwalk like Michael Jackson, I was doing my best impression of emulating the stars of BMX Bandits - although I never could find a girl that looked like Nicole Kidman collecting trolleys at the local supermarket. We would visit Tom Dawson at his cycle shop and marvel at the latest Mongoose and Quicksilver BMX bikes – in sizes small and large - and Tom would look  ..

10.7.2020 Fairfax Tech Talk Column 206


“According to most studies, people’s number-one fear is public speaking. Number two is death…Now this means to the average person, if you have to go to a funeral, you’re better off in the casket than doing the eulogy.” Jerry Seinfeld, in his introduction to Episode 63 of his popular sitcom series, noted there are seemingly endless surveys and studies of everything from, well, your number-one fear to whether a good playlist will help you work out harder (apparen ..

03.7.2020 Fairfax Tech Talk Column 205


It was the night before my twenty-first birthday party and I was in high spirits. For some inexplicable reason, it was decided we should test the idiom of “zìxīang máodùn” or more simply put, what happens when an unstoppable force meets an immovable object? In this case the unstoppable force was my V8 253 Holden HZ Ute and the immovable object was a 6.5m Ironbark pole with a 300mm radius that was buried 2m into the ground. As any good scientist w ..