The Allure of Kidmans

My esteemed brother is currently filling in as guest editor on Gizmodo, which maximises the already fairly high potential for people to get us confused. Indeed, we kicked off the week by both attending the same Telstra launch (you can read his take on it here).

For me, the Telstra launch of its Ultimate USB modem (read: high speed, high price, business users) was serendipitous on several levels. I wrote a consumer-slanted account of its launch for Lifehacker, and a story for iTnews about the introduction of unlimited plans for business users. Perhaps more importantly, Telstra also handed out loaner devices for people to test. Over the next week, I’m going to visit four states and six major cities, so the ability to test reception at a bunch of locations is going to be interesting and (eventually) informative.

The Tech Ed story well continued to drip, with a piece about Microsoft’s co-operation with the Samba team running on iTnews. This also included a video interview with Microsoft’s head open source dude. I’m quite happy with the questions, but the camera work is an object lesson in why I need to buy a tripod.

Tech Ed was also indirectly responsible for my review of the Jetstar lounge on the Gold Coast, which was this week’s Road Worrier column. As if this week’s manic travel wasn’t enough to be getting on with, it’s also Spring Cleaning Week on Lifehacker. That’s informed several of the lengthier pieces, including a Lifehacker Top 10 on how to deal with clutter and today’s Streaming column on keeping your physical media organised.

Over at Gizmodo, I had a photo tour of the Plantronics lab which I toured in California earlier this year. Despite the appearance of a photo story and a video story today, I’d much rather write. And that’s a segue into the rest of the Lifehacker pieces:

  • Must-Have In-Car Items For Lifehacker Readers (another Spring Cleaning Week piece)
  • Build An IKEA Laptop Stand From Handles And Brackets
  • Ensure Your Twitter Client Is Up-To-Date To Avoid Access Problems
  • Lunchtime Wrap: Spring Cleaning & Text Recognition
  • Ask Lifehacker: What’s The Best Scanning Software? (yet another Spring Cleaning Week piece)
  • Joss Whedon Can’t Write Until The Whole Idea Is Ready
  • Lunchtime Wrap: Per-Megabyte Plans & Hard Drives
  • Don’t Get Fooled Into Disabling Gmail’s Free Calls (which got a mention in Lifehacker US’s ‘Remains Of The Day’ roundup)
  • Welcome To Spring Cleaning Week On Lifehacker
  • Vodafone, 3 Increase Data Allowances On Contract Phone Plans
  • ATO Has Finalised 4.5 Million Tax Returns
  • Last Week’s Top Ten Posts
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