Tracking the end of the world – the Doomsday Guide

This site is a real gem, at the Doomsday Guide you track doomsday in its many and varied forms. This site provides an “online link resource to the full spectrum of End of the World Scenarios” inlcuding Armageddon, the Apocalypse, End of Days, Doomsday. There are even categories to look under: Environmental Technology Extraterrestrial Religious Prophecy (western & eastern) Prophecy Global Conflict I’ve always had a … Continue reading Tracking the end of the world – the Doomsday Guide

Professionalism & IT (or not as the case may be)

Aaargh!! It is an unending source of amazement to me that our society will not let a hairdresser cut your hair or a mechanic fix your car unless they’ve done a multi-year apprenticeship BUT they will let any half-wit who thinks they have a clue play with mission critical computers. Since computers are now a central part of modern life this course of action seems … Continue reading Professionalism & IT (or not as the case may be)

Family Friendly or Punishing the Childless?

One thing that the big focus nowadays on so-called ‘family friendly’ workplaces (including maternity/paternity/parental leave) has overlooked is that this excludes the many people who for various reasons do not have children. The question is ‘what about us’? While parents are getting time off, more ‘family friendly’ rosters are implemented (etc.) who but the childless are left holding the fort in this 24×7 world of … Continue reading Family Friendly or Punishing the Childless?

Whirlpool News – Telstra to stop rolling out pair gain (2002-Oct-2)

This from 2002: Whirlpool News – Telstra to stop rolling out pair gain Many people (including me) are still suffering from this stupidity and cupidity of Telstra! They knew pair gain was a cheap but ineffective way to roll out phone lines but they did it anyway. I think this bolsters arguments not to privatise them. If this is how Telstra behaves when they are under government … Continue reading Whirlpool News – Telstra to stop rolling out pair gain (2002-Oct-2)

War of words erupts over Telstra service levels, pricing: ZDNet Australia (13 Mar 2002)

These issues with pair gain go way back and Telstra is still avoiding the problem! Here’s some more evidence: War of words erupts over Telstra service levels, pricing: ZDNet Australia: News: Communications By Rachel Lebihan, ZDNet Australia, 13 March 2002 Continue reading War of words erupts over Telstra service levels, pricing: ZDNet Australia (13 Mar 2002)

Death by PowerPoint – yet another perspective

Many people have noted how annoying it is to go to a meeting and experience the well-know ‘death by Powerpoint’ phenomenon. But one person who’s made the argument most excellently is Peter Norvig, when he put the Gettysburg Address on PowerPoint. This simple action encapsulates all of the arguments against Powerpoint so powerfully. How much less inspiring the Gettysburg Address is in this medium. How much less … Continue reading Death by PowerPoint – yet another perspective

2004 Commencement Yale Class Day Speech, by Ken Burns

Ken Burns makes some excellent points in this speech, I’ve picked out some highlights – click here to see the entire text (in PDF). Now more than ever we in the western world should heed speakers like this. Ken speaks of a United States that has inspired many over the years. It would be a pity to see the US become that which it hates, forgetting … Continue reading 2004 Commencement Yale Class Day Speech, by Ken Burns

Pair Gain Victims – Senator Kate Lundy’s website

Anyone who has a similar problem with pair gain should let Senator Lundy know, her website is at http://www.katelundy.com.au where she says: “Send me an email senator.lundy@aph.gov.au about your problems provides me with an insight into the level of impairment Telstra’s extensive use of ‘pair gains’ have on blocking broadband or limiting internet connection speeds.” Continue reading Pair Gain Victims – Senator Kate Lundy’s website