Posts from the ‘IT’ Category
Thanks to iPhoneiNquisitor for the news that the new Mac Mini is now on sale – click the picture above for the Apple link and confirmation of the details, inclusing iLife ’09 being part of the deal.
There are more goodies too, but the Mini is an amazing little fella. Tell your business friends they can upgrade their PCs to Minis much more cheaply than a PC box.
The BYOKBAM ( Bring Your Own Keyboard And Mouse ) is cool, because it saves money.
The BBC reported this around 1700 GMT/UTC Saturday January 31st – it will be interesting to see what caused the problem.
If your service was affected or you can help with info please leave a comment
Fault hits Google search service
Users were warned that all search results were dangerous
Google’s search service has been hit by technical problems, with users unable to access search results.
For a period on Saturday, all search results were flagged as potentially harmful, with users warned that the site “may harm your computer”.
Users who clicked on their preferred search result were advised to pick another one.
Google says it is unclear what caused the problem, which is now resolved, but that it will make a statement later.
“There was a fault. We don’t know the nature of it yet. Everything has been solved. We are still making initial enquiries, ” a Google spokesperson told BBC News.
President Barack Obama blogs too! And America please remember he didn’t promise “he” can, he said “we” can – so don’t leave it all up to him.
THE BLOG: TUE, JANUARY 27, 9:48 AM EST
“My job is to communicate to the American people that the Muslim world is filled with extraordinary people who simply want to live their lives and see their children live better lives,” President Obama told Al Arabiya, an Arabic-language news channel based out of Dubai. “My job to the Muslim world is to communicate that the Americans are not your enemy.”
Apple iLife 09 is due out today – face recognition for iPhoto, guitar & piano lessons in Garage Band – bring it on!
Apple’s iLife ’09 is due out today. Some new features will make it even more useful than ever.
- face recognition and geolocation for pics in iPhoto
- guitar and piano lessons built into Garage Band
- iMovie getting picture in picture and other new elements, making a must have for video journalists
- other stuff I haven’t discovered yet.
let me know what you think of the new suite
I’ve found iWeb full of extraneous code that my webmaster mate says is a mess and doesn’t come up well on some PCs
After checking it out I’ll decide whether my Broadcast Journalism students ( University of Notre Dame Fremantle ) can save money by using the updated iMovie to edit news footage instead of the more challenging and fairly expensive Final Cut Pro.
The Transition from iMovie 07 to 08 was a little tricky for some users, but this rebirth looks extremely cool.
and as a long time Mac person – get well Steve Jobs!
Wired has more useful info on the web access problems caused by cable cuts in the Mediterranean -
Web access through and from the middle east is being heavily affected by a cable break offshore from Italy.
Australia’s ABC reports here that the outages have cut web access by 80 per cent to Egypt and traffic between the middle east and europe is being affected by either a loss or a slowing of service.
There’s no word yet of when the services my be restored or what effect the outage has had on security or business.
If you hear anything useful please post a comment.
Here in Australia the only tech hassle I have seen today is my gmail sending me a (#500) error when trying to access mail to or from the middle east – but it may be unrelated.
for more information on the cable problem click this link to the ISPCP which deals with the undersea cable network.
Crikey.com.au had this gem on censorship ( click link to the left for story “on site” or see text & links pasted below ) that not only covers material posted on this blog, but wraps up the nonsense that has led regulators down the wrong track. “the road to hell is paved with good intentions.”
Contact the Greens or GetUp to force a much needed reality check so the meagre resources put into child protection are not frittered away on a filter that will do more harm than good.
Note to regulators spend the money on targeting P2P nets, providing support for abused children, research on abusers – you know – something useful!
Gloves-off time. The purveyors of pervasive internet censorship – handful that they are – have burned their goodwill. It’s time to call them out on their lies and demand to know why they’re not advocating the real solutions to child s-xual abuse.
Bernadette McMenamin of ChildWise, you’ve crossed the line, defaming everyone who’s protested the government’s plans. “Most of these people are not fully aware of the facts and secondly, those who are aware are, in effect, advocating child p-rnography,” you said. How dare you!
Ms McMenamin, to really stop child abuse we need to spend our resources efficiently. Let’s run through it one more time. And let’s skip those hysterical, made-up “statistics” you still peddle. Child abuse is bad enough without heading into your paranoid fantasyland.
Kiddie-p-rn is hard to find. As Inspector John Rouse, former head of Queensland Police’s Taskforce Argos told the authors of The Porn Report, “the chances of stumbling across this material… are minimal as it isn’t really distributed on web pages.” P-dophiles use peer-to-peer software and, as Crikey reported six months ago, none of the filters can deal with P2P. The filter will not work. The. Filter. Will. Not. Work.
Every single dollar wasted on a demonstrably unworkable filter isn’t just wasting taxpayers’ money in tough times. It’s a dollar that hasn’t gone to the police so they can do what does work. Good old-fashioned policing and the kind of undercover sting that resulted in 19 arrests last week, including a retired QC and a NSW police officer.
But, as blogger Jon Seymour points out, Ms McMenamin has a vested interested in moral panic. “An ineffective filter is actually a very good thing, because it means the oxygen that sustains the flames of moral panic, and her organization ChildWise, will never disappear,” he writes.
“Perhaps McMenamin and ChildWise have done worthy work in the past. Perhaps they do some now. But why should anyone continue to be charitable about a person who unapologetically accuses her opponents of being witting or unwitting supporters of child p-rnography?”
“Public intellectual” Clive Hamilton has been the other public face of censorship since 2003. In Crikey last week he deconstructed Paul Kelly’s writing about emissions trading, saying “Kelly’s spray could be used as an exemplar in a course on how to use debating tricks to try to win a losing argument.” The same could be said for Hamilton’s own writing in support of censorship.
In a piece for ABC News, Hamilton cherry-picks blog comments to construct an anti-censorship straw man of such awesome proportions his hay fever will last a century. He fails to even mention the rational arguments he should be addressing, and then admits, “I have deliberately not considered the question of whether it is feasible to effectively filter extreme and violent p-rnography on the internet.” Let’s not let reality get in the way, shall we Clive? Fortunately the post’s 275 comments re-introduce that reality.
And finally the minister, Hamilton claims Senator Stephen Conroy is boldly going ahead with filtering trials billed as a “live test”. But no, it’s another closed network test and won’t involve actual customers. Even the list of “10,000 sites” is a made-up number.
Opposing the filter are the Opposition, The Greens, Save the Children (who’ve rolled up their sleeves and done the dirty work of protecting kids since 1919), the National Children’s and Youth Law Centre and even ultra-conservative Liberal Senator Cory Bernardi and Glenn Milne.
Why is taxpayers’ money still being spent on this farce?
Well-meaning official moves to filter the internet as it’s received in Australia are set to cause major problems without achieving very much at all.
The Social Activism site GetUp is leading a push to get the regulators to do what is effective and not what may seem politically expedient.
Meanwhile Greens Senator Scott Ludlum is trying tol get some sense from the Government on the Broadband Fiasco after Telstra only threw half a hat in the ring and Optus cried foul.
Broadband tenders must put public interest first
The Australian Greens are concerned the public may be the real losers under the new National Broadband Network and are calling on the federal government to explain how it will protect end-users from price hikes, as tenders for the project close today.
“Privatisation of essential public services is not the answer when you want the public interest to take precedence over shareholders. Broadband is an essential service that should be run for the public, by the public and it is a key plank in delivering Green collar jobs and the green economy.” said Greens Communications Spokesperson Senator Ludlam.
“Telstra is demanding an eighteen per cent return on investment to operate a natural monopoly – consequently some analysts are saying there’s potential for broadband prices to increase by 50%.”
“That would be a slap in the face to consumers who were promised an accessible and affordable broadband network at last year’s election,” said Senator Scott Ludlam.
“During the course of Senate hearings into the NBN tender process, we heard from virtually the entire telecommunications industry that Telstra has behaved aggressively and litigiously in its incumbent position, and the NBN process must not entrench this behaviour.”
Senator Ludlam raised the issues with Communications Minister Stephen Conroy in Senate Question Time today. He asked how consumers would be protected from price gouging and whether the new Communications Consumer Action Network had been involved in the tender process.
Minister Conroy declined to answer the question directly.
For more information or media enquiries please call Robert Simms on 0417 174 302
Perth has some great internet/comms companies ( the recent success of “Buzzbox” cheap VoIP from a normal phone line for example see http://WWW.thebuzzcorp.com/ ) and now Vistime has something cool and productive to offer global business – see below for a basic idea and weblink to 21 day free trial.
I hope to interview the team from Firmware Technologies and will post the audio ( possibly video as well) in the near future
Vistime is a software product that allows a licenced user anywhere in the world to invite colleagues, clients or any number of nominated participants into a secure interactive online conference.
The application allows all involved to simultaneously view and interact with documents and images through a simple and common interface whilst maintaining control and security.
Vistime enables all users to share and interact with more than 50 industry standard file formats including 3D models, images and PDF documents.
If you have products or services that are really useful – please contact me if you’d like an interview. I’m not interested in being a PR conduit, but if your work is of general interest or helps bring people together, let’s talk. ( email, voicemail & Skype contact details in sidebar bottom left )
The Google Voice Search mentioned here last week still hasn’t appeared in Apple’s iPhone Apps store ( A place I love )
Wired worked out why as you’ll see by clicking below
I do like the Apps store more than I should – and some of it is really useful, not just fun – I highly recommend iTalk and it’s computer companion iTalk Sync for recording quality audio on iPhone and wifi’ing it to your PC/Mac.
I often check http://www.macdailynews.com/ and today found the following New York Times story
Brings the welcome news of voice recognition on the iPhone through new Google technology.
Yahoo & Microsoft also provide voice recognition, and this story of Google’s big move suggests that the technology exists now to make devices more accessible to people with visual or other disabilities.
All we need is to let developers know their work is needed to create programmes for those missing out on the new abilities provided by technology to connect network and seek fellowship.
Great to see bionic limbs and a camera for the visually impaired featured in last week’s Time review of techno breakthroughs.
Please let me know any info or links you may find on devices that provide accessibility for the visually impaired or with other disabilities.
I hope to have the “Ethnic Ability” radio Blog up and running soon and it would be great to have contributors of links, info, articles, audio,video etc to share with people globally. ( see EDAC link in sidebar )
Sorry the Blog’s been blank for bit – assignmments to mark, practising new programmes, hosting and family have let you enjoy a break from my rants
And all the best to friends and family of Matt and Stacey who’ve enjoyed the iPhone slideshow ( password protected, sorry ) of the best wedding I’ve been to in decades.
check this out for how new technology affects “ordinary” people