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* Posts by Simon Sharwood, Reg APAC Editor

320 posts • joined 5 May 2013

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National Broadband Network (NBN)

Simon Sharwood, Reg APAC Editor

National Broadband Network (NBN)

This was always going to happen so here it is.

Let's try not to go over the same old ground here with "but fibre is better and good things might not happen if we don't build the NBN with fibre" arguments.

Having said that, anyone out there on fibre? What's it like? Does it really make a difference once you cram it down consumer-grade WiFi around your house?

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New Zealand

Simon Sharwood, Reg APAC Editor

Re: Oh yeah, a famous blogger here has had a DOS attack on his website for 3 days now

Thanks for the tip OzBob. We'll see how this one develops.

Oh and let it be noted: Kiwis are currently KILLING Australians here. KILLING.

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Simon Sharwood, Reg APAC Editor
(Written by Reg staff)

Let us Aussies wake up, willya?

Seriously, though, Kiwi friends - whassup in tech down there? Other than Kim Dotcom self-promoting?

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Simon Sharwood, Reg APAC Editor
(Written by Reg staff)

New Zealand

Hello Kiwi readers. You haven't been (entirely) forgotten. This thread is for you!

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SAGE-AU IPv6 roadshow

Simon Sharwood, Reg APAC Editor
(Written by Reg staff)
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SAGE-AU IPv6 roadshow

The System Administrators Guild of Australia - SAGE-AU - is throwing an IPv6 roadshow across this wide brown land. Registration details here.

The good news: this one is going to every state or territory capital city bar Darwin. The fun kicks off on March 13 in Brisbane and winds up on the 14th in Canberra.

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Australian VMware user group events in february

Simon Sharwood, Reg APAC Editor
(Written by Reg staff)

Australian VMware user group events in february

VMware user groups are among the more vigorous such organisations in Australia and their annual conferences attract hundreds of IT pros.

The next round take place next week!

VMUG Melbourne kicks things off on February 4th at the Hilton on the Park. Details at this link.

Sydney is on February 6th, details here.

Vulture South will be at both days. Tap Simon on the shoulder and he may favour you with one of our special antipodean fridge magnets, the ultimate in sticky content!

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Data.gov.au 'getting somewhere' says Australia's CTO

Simon Sharwood, Reg APAC Editor
(Written by Reg staff)

Re: What the officer meant to say ...

John,

thanks for reading. Your subtlety eluded me.

Have cleaned the lenses of my glasses and removed some cynical grime.

Simon.

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Curiosity gets an OS upgrade, plans new round of selfies

Simon Sharwood, Reg APAC Editor
(Written by Reg staff)

Re: Editorial Conventions

Seeing as NASA has just cut back its budget for planetary science, I'll forgive them some sub-editing foibles. Whaddyareckon?

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The right time to drink coffee

Simon Sharwood, Reg APAC Editor
(Written by Reg staff)

10:00AM +/- 60 minutes. Must be espresso-derived. The rest of you are doing it wrong.

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Oh Mr Darcy! You're PRESSING MY BUTTONS

Simon Sharwood, Reg APAC Editor
(Written by Reg staff)

Re: Could be a promising start to a whole new genre

Well played, Sir. Well played.

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The Reg explores technology in a remote aboriginal community

Simon Sharwood, Reg APAC Editor
(Written by Reg staff)

Re: not quite on topic but

Thanks for the thoughtful comments, Denarius.

I wasn't trying to suggest that integration causes problems, just to very quickly provide some context for readers around the world.

As I say later on, I've no particular insight into how these communities can thrive. But the presence of some connectivity there certainly looks to have promising potential.

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Microsoft cans three 'pinnacle' certifications, sparking user fury

Simon Sharwood, Reg APAC Editor
(Written by Reg staff)

Re: Does El Reg really think they will get a reply

FWIW, Microsoft does reply to inquiries on most topics. Apple hardly ever replies to inquiries regarding anything other than products that are already on the market.

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BYOD is boring - how about working on a games console instead?

Simon Sharwood, Reg APAC Editor
(Written by Reg staff)
FAIL

Re: BYOD - A dead end street

No-one's paying us to do anything regarding BYOD. Sheesh!

BYOD is an idea. It's out there. Vendors are catering to it and telling us hacks it's impossible to hire anyone under 30 without it.

My intent here was to look at it from a different view: would the concept be so viable if people wanted a games console?

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Free cloud server self-destructs in 35 minutes

Simon Sharwood, Reg APAC Editor
(Written by Reg staff)

Move along, nothing to see here except typos.

I'm blaming the back-to-back VMUG and AOSUG meetings last night. And my fat fingers.

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Reg to Australia: Here's your chance to find NBN answers

Simon Sharwood, Reg APAC Editor
(Written by Reg staff)

Re: What's your planned outcome ?

The outcome is simple: get the study into the debate. Distribute it widely. Make sure all media that report NBN-related matters get the study, understand its key points and use it to further their work.

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'Catastrophic failure' of 3D-printed gun in Oz Police test

Simon Sharwood, Reg APAC Editor
(Written by Reg staff)
Meh

Re: Australia's largest state?

Fair call. Changed to "most populous".

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Bureau of Stats releases educational SimClone game

Simon Sharwood, Reg APAC Editor
(Written by Reg staff)
IT Angle

Re: "Approve proposals that more locals love"

There's only one Victoria Yeeros, and thank goodness for that. Bloody expensive there these days. IMHO The Sultan's Table in Enmore destroys it for value and taste.

Disclaimer: I have no affiliation with either.

Double disclaimer: We're arguing about kebab shops? I'd better move this to Bootnotes before this gets out of hand.

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Budget could mean more paperwork for contractors

Simon Sharwood, Reg APAC Editor
(Written by Reg staff)
Happy

Gray Ham, I'm sure. Follow the link in the story and search on "sole trader". You'll find the bit we've referred to there.

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FTTN cabinet survives Kiwi car crash

Simon Sharwood, Reg APAC Editor
(Written by Reg staff)
Pint

Re: I know it's petty...

MR, my decision to mention the 4WD wasn't a "4WDs are inappropriate urban behemoths" thang. Instead, it was included to give readers a chance to understand the size of vehicle that did the damage. It seemed worthy of inclusion to me to give a little extra information to help readers evoke just what happened.

Beer cos I'll happily buy you one.

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Monitor-makers ponder Android-powered touch screens

Simon Sharwood, Reg APAC Editor
(Written by Reg staff)
Happy

And the name for Android monitors is ....

"Pokemon". The idea came to me on the train this morning. A bit miffed I didn't think of it while writing the story, actually, but better late etc.

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