July 2010 archive

Australia Needs More Free Wi-Fi

Throughout our travels during our holiday I have noticed that other countries tend to have far more generous coverage when it comes to Wi-Fi access. Many hotel lobbies and rooms will include some form of access (be it paid or free) and even trains and buses here in Europe have complimentary Wi-Fi. Airports are also …

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Denmark Trails Australia in iPhone Launch Festivities

Unfortunately, due to a fair bit of rain last night in Copenhagen and a lack of an umbrella I was not in a position to attend the launch. However, in the limited local coverage that I have been able to source, people waited up to 26 hours to get their hands on the device at …

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iPhone 4 Launch – Go, Go, Go!

In Australia, I attended the midnight launches of the iPhone 3G in 2008 and the iPhone 3GS in 2009. This year, I am overseas in Copenhagen which means I will miss out on experiencing the Australian launch in 2010. This year, all four mobile carriers are taking a lead from Optus and doing their own …

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Share Cabled Internet Over Wi-Fi

If you have been following the blog over the last few days you will know that I have made way way around the world to Denmark. Along the way, I have made some observations and also overcome common obstacles presented to travelers on longer journeys. Well, I have come across another issue that can affect …

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The Future is Metro Transport

About six hours ago I arrived in Denmark after going via Hong Kong and Helsinki. Needless to say I am a little frazzled but nothing insurmountable. Anyway, the missus came to meet me at the airport and instead of taking a car or taxi we hopped on the metro. The metro is a driverless train …

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Find a Tech Bargain on Your Travels

On my walk around Kowloon yesterday evening I noticed a lot of places selling all sorts of electronics, such as mobile phones (including the iPhone 4), the iPad (which I believe is on the verge of being released in Hong Kong), cameras, laptops and media players. Traveling is always a good opportunity to find a …

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In-Flight Power Makes a World of Difference

At the time of writing this article, I am somewhere over the Northern Territory near Darwin at 38000 feet with another 4620km to go before reaching Hong Kong. Since there is no in-flight access to the Internet this article would have been published some time after I landed. That’s not such a big deal for …

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Whilst Upgrades Are Convenient Clean Installs Are Better

A quick one for this evening before I fly out to Hong Kong tomorrow morning. For many years, there have been the concept of “upgrade versions” of software (i.e. a mechanism to move up a version usually with the prerequisite of a prior, eligible version) and “full versions” of software (which has no such prerequisite). …

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IPv4 Addresses: A Finite Resource

From time to time, you may have seen the newspapers (or their online counterparts) drag out a story about IP addresses running out accompanied by some sort of estimate as to when they will run out. It’s a cheap story to run and any non-technical journalist can get away with some basic coverage. Doing a …

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Microsoft Employees to get Windows Phone 7 Devices

Having worked with and been interested in technology for a while, I have always been a big fan of companies “eating their own dog food” . For those of you unfamiliar with this expression it basically refers to a company using the products that it creates.¬†Ironically, the expression was coined within Microsoft in the late …

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