Time to drop your prices

Banks are often criticised for being super-responsive when interest rates go up, wasting no time in passing on these rises to customers, while being considerably more tardy and relaxed about lowering their rates when the Reserve Bank does. Technology vendors aren’t hugely worried about interest rates, but most tech is bought and sold in US…

BigPond messes with DNS: fair or unethical?

Another yarn I wrote for CRN, this time on Telstra’s consumer ISP BigPond redirecting mistyped domain name queries to a branded error page. In other words, you type google.coj in your browser and rather than receiving your browser’s standard error page, you get redirected to a BigPond page that gives you helpful suggestions – maybe…

Abandon Twitter – the shonks and bogans are coming

The delightful Things Bogans Like blog recently went out on a limb and suggested a number of things bogans will like in the near future, and number one was Twitter. In the past 18 months, the new bogan has belatedly made the switch from MySpace to Facebook as its social networking website of choice. This…

Home-grown iPhone and more mobile moolah

Here’s a write-up I did for CRN on six leading iPhone apps developed by Australian companies. Mobile apps are a booming area worldwide and, without resorting to parochialism, Australians are doing some really good work and in some cases leading their fields. Speaking of mobile, here’s a quick story I wrote for iTnews about local…

Nett wins Custom Magazine of the Year

Nett magazine was awarded Custom Magazine of the Year at the 2009 Publishers Australia Bell Awards. Ding dong! Nett was also runner-up in the B2B Magazine of the Year category. Reactions in the Twitterverse were mostly positive with one or two exceptions.

Twitter phishers get cleverer

There’s a range of Twitter phishing scams doing the rounds currently. You don’t have to tell me – I get at least one scam-tastic direct message every day! Lord knows how many you’d get if you had thousands of followers. How it works The mechanism is pretty simple. You get a direct message from someone…

First channel story: Data #3 and NBN Co

It seems there’s always a story if you scratch the surface. Yesterday systems integrator Data #3 had its Annual General Meeting and MD John Grant announced – among other client wins – that the company had won four contracts with NBN Co, the company set up by the Federal Government to manage the rollout of…

It begins… Government on track to save $1bn on tech

OK, that was quick! I’ve posted my first freelance story for iTnews: Government on track for $1bn ICT savings: Tanner. Soon after it was elected the Rudd Government asked UK public-sector efficiency expert Sir Peter Gershon to examine how the government and public service used information technology. This review, completed in August 2008, estimated the…

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