Perhaps hard to believe but the blog has been up and running for a full year and many things have happened over the course of the last twelve months. At times, it has been a bit of a challenge to do a daily entry particularly with the demands of full time work as well as completing my university degree via correspondence in addition to logistical challenges associated with being on the other side of the world on holiday and keeping to schedule.
Anyway, some of the notable events of the last year include:
- ongoing pressure on state and federal governments to agree upon and ratify the R18+ classification for video games,
- the failure of the legal challenge launched by AFACT against iiNet for the copyright infringements incurred by customers of iiNet,
- the Prius brake recall saga,
- the freak storm down in Melbourne in March 2010 that turned the CBD into a swimming pool,
- the toxic subject of the net filter that seems to have fallen off the radar,
- Google caught capturing Wi-Fi network information whilst capturing data for its Street View service,
- the release of the Apple iPad and iPhone 4,
- the Microsoft KIN being withdrawn seven weeks after launch (and then relaunched and recancelled),
- the public release of the Firefox 4.0 Beta (now in its tenth beta since then),
- introduction of 1TB and unlimited internet plans (AAPT didn’t last long after its customers were acquired by iiNet),
- the cliff hanger of the Australian Federal Election and the unprecedented level of online coverage,
- Xmarks declaring their forthcoming closure (but later saved by LastPass who bought them out),
- the iPhone 4 antenna saga,
- ongoing scams involving people posing as Microsoft and other companies under the guise of helping to fix non-existent computer problems,
- FireSheep and its security implications on open Wi-Fi networks,
- Google changing its policy on automatic refunds for applications bought through the Android Market.
I’ve also had opportunities to get hands on with a stack of gadgets including the Panasonic Viera Plasma 3DTV, Blu-ray player and home theatre system over the year and hope that I will be able to continue doing so for the year ahead. For those of you patiently waiting for the review I am releasing my review of the 3DTV tomorrow.
As always, thanks for your support of the blog!