Archive for the ‘Media’ Category

Linux is too hard for my mum

Note: I wrote this in response to an idle challenge on a journalist mailing list . . . Linux is too hard for my mum Ubuntu is a good product, but don’t try saying that it is a good option on a laptop for my mum. It would work OK for mail and writing and […]

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Great things to do with Lego

For the next three weeks, the team from BRAN are doing the editing on the local version of Gizmodo. There’s loads of great stuff coming through the Gizmodo feed, but I was especially impressed today with this interview with a guy who makes custom replica weapons for Lego figurines. Insane fandom at its finest.

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A brief ethical moment

At the end of this morning’s linux.conf.au keynote, a bunch of prizes from various sponsors were handed out to names randomly drawn from a hat. One of the names was mine. While the organisers were keen to get some prizes handed out — as is always the case, some of the winners weren’t actually present […]

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Slithering to success at the Lizzies

At last year’s Sun Microsystems IT Journalism Awards, I was so drunk I don’t remember anything after 7:30pm. This year, I took a vow of sobriety, which means not only did I not cause major headaches for the organisers and my brother, I also remember who won. The most pleasing result of the night for […]

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Looking to the Lizzies

The most prominent media awards for technology writers in Australia are the Media Connect Sun Microsystems IT Journalism Awards, generally referred to with the more friendly nickname The Lizzies. I’ve involved with a nice swag of nominations this year, having scored a finalist berth for The Helen Dancer Best Consumer Technology Journalist category, while BRAN […]

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Calm down there, people

Apple’s planned for a phone and iPod combination has predictably excited lots of hyperbole, with bloggers and reporters competing to see who can make the most gushing remarks about a product that is, at this stage, still effectively a concept. Despite the fact that the US commercial release is six months away, people are acting […]

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A thought for Naomi Robson

Reading Eric Idle’s The Greedy Bastard’s Diary en route to California, I came across a quote that instantly put me in mind of scandal-ridden current affairs presenter Naomi Robson: I think you should never trust newsreaders who are wearing makeup and wigs. If they’re lying about their appearance, why would you trust what they say?

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One letter makes all the difference

Last week, Tom Cruise was the recipient of an Ernie Award, handed out by a clique of powerful Australian women to acknowledge the most sexist remarks of the previous year. Cruise scored for this comment about his then-pregnant partner Katie Holmes: “I’ve got Katie tucked away so no one will get to us until my […]

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The ultimate proof of a Google outage

Let’s face it, if that search doesn’t work, then nothing will. As of this writing, google.com.au is reporting no results for any Web searches at all, though it’s most likely only a temporary outage (news searches work OK). Note, however, that the ad serving continues unabated — more evidence of where Google’s ultimate priorities lie. […]

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Foreign correspondent?

IT Journo summarised my recent trip to the US as follows: If the IT Journo community has a foreign correspondent, his name is Angus Kidman. Going well beyond the title of “junketeerâ€?, the globe-trotting Kidman regularly pops up at overseas events but always feeds valuable news stories back to whichever head office is willing to […]

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