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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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The nick of time

Last night, I was finishing up an article about Wikipedia, which, inevitably, involved lots of referring to the site itself. I’m glad I did it last night and not this morning, because for the past few hours the site has been “experiencing technical difficulties” and completely unavailable. Such outages are far from Wikipedia’s exclusive preserve, […]

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It’s a thrill just to be nominated . . .

I’ve scored a couple of nominations in the Sun Microsystems IT Journalism Awards, otherwise known as The Lizzies. I’m a finalist for the Helen Dancer Best Consumer Technology Journalist gong, and also the Best Features Journalist category. I’ll be rocking along to the awards dinner on April 28, although I don’t rate my chances of […]

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Sub-fab

It’s no real news that online publications don’t devote enough resources to sub-editing, and this appears to be true even in the largest of titles. Take this example from UK uber-tabloid The Sun. The teaser for a minor story about Jane Horrocks proclaims unambiguously: “BRIT actress Jane Horrocks reveals her weaver great-gran was reason she […]

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