Category Archives: Technology & Telco

Scott Carpenter RIP

Scott Carpenter (1 May 1925 – 10 October 2013) was the second American to orbit the Earth in the Mercury capsule Aurora died on Thursday from a stroke. His flight on 24 May 1962 achieved 3 orbits in just under … Continue reading

Posted in Technology & Telco | 27 Comments

World’s biggest cuckoo clock

I couldn’t let Sinc’s post go past without giving a plug for the world’s biggest cuckoo clock which I have had the privilege of visiting. Triberg is the centre for German cuckoo clocks and there is even a shop with over 1000 different cuckoo … Continue reading

Posted in Technology & Telco | 12 Comments

The NBN Board

Siobhan McKenna is getting worried. She is the part-time Chairman of the Government-owned NBN Co. receiving $209,630 per annum (plus superannuation and other benefits) of taxpayers’ money and is now using our money to employ a lobbying firm (Bespoke) and … Continue reading

Posted in Technology & Telco | 35 Comments

Individualised Transportation Modules (ITMs)

Back in 2010 I wrote about the concept of individualised transportation modules: self-piloting vehicles that can fly from point to point making road and rail redundant. Adrien – a public transport advocate – called this science fiction. Yet, self-driving vehicles seem just … Continue reading

Posted in Technology & Telco | 74 Comments

Coalition NBN policy

The official slogan of the Coalition NBN policy is Fast. Affordable. Sooner. But it should be Faster. Affordable. Sooner. Better. After all, the NBN is a pipe dream. It will never be – just like a Labor surplus. Conroy could have … Continue reading

Posted in Technology & Telco | 118 Comments

Techie toys

I am an early adopter or, as my family puts it, a sucker for new techie toys. I am currently using an iPod (well, several), an iPad and a Kindle. I don’t have an iPhone, mostly because I don’t like … Continue reading

Posted in Technology & Telco | Tagged , , , | 50 Comments

NBN Business Plan

The NBN business plan is here. The pricing section contains this table The following table describes wholesale access pricing for NBN Co services. Peak download speed (Mbps) Peak upload speed (Mbps) Fibre Wireless Satellite 12 1 $24 $24 $24 25 … Continue reading

Posted in Technology & Telco | Tagged | 92 Comments

Whether you like it or not.

There is a very old joke (from the 50s I think) about the Communist Party organiser telling the crowd  how wonderful it will be under Communism. “When the revolution comes comrades, you will have caviar for every meal” One fellow … Continue reading

Posted in Technology & Telco | Tagged , , | 5 Comments

Conroy v Google

Do you trust Conroy more than Google? “The Communications Minister, Stephen Conroy, has accused Google of launching “the single greatest breach in the history of privacy”.” No, me neither. Conroy is turning out to be one of those quite rare … Continue reading

Posted in Technology & Telco | Tagged , , , | 20 Comments

NBN Study: Were the right question asked?

Earlier this month, the Australian government released the implementation study for the National Broadband Network.  The scope of the study was to: “advise Government on how best to implement its stated policy objectives, not to evaluate those objectives, given that the … Continue reading

Posted in Technology & Telco | Comments Off on NBN Study: Were the right question asked?