Archive for the ‘Media’ Category

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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Going large

So I’m in my hotel room, watching Dynasty Reunion: Catfights And Caviar. Laugh all you want; I was a huge Dynasty fan back in the day, and this was a fun special, albeit somewhat slim on content (the bloopers were fun) and missing a few key returning faces (Jeff and Sammy Jo in particular; presumably […]

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ActiveSync, airlines and accolades

Belated note of another Big Deal rant, this time about the horrors of ActiveSync. That this posting is so late can be attributed your preferred combination of (a) my currently being in Washington DC or (b) having far too good a time at the Lizzies on Friday. Take your pick.

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The ins and outs of Skype

I’ve just finished a radio interview with Richard Glover on the ABC in Sydney, talking about Skype and other VOIP services. It went pretty well, even though the alleged news event that triggered it (Skype’s launch of a SkypeIn service for Australia) is, in the grand scheme of things, not that big a story. The […]

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Contradictory texts for the Queen

Queen Elizabeth II is about to turn 80, so New Idea decided to celebrate by publishing a list of “80 little-known facts” about Britain’s fourth-longest-serving monarch. Leaving aside that one of these allegedly rare facts is her birth date, there’s also another impressive contradiction: Fact 27: Her Majesty is up to date with modern technology […]

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