Category: General

Tax Breaks with Store Vouchers and Gift Cards

Here’s a quick tip. In Australia, the end of financial year is almost upon us and people would be looking to get organised in order to submit their tax claims shortly after the month clicks over. Usually, this might involve buying new equipment or devices whose value can be depreciated over several years as a …

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Keep Informed on Cyclone Yasi

Down under, it’s fairly well known that a mammoth cyclone in the form of Tropical Cyclone Yasi is heading for far north Queensland (FNQ). The international coverage on this natural event has been phenomenal which has been great in creating awareness of this impending disaster but what is more important is keeping those affected informed. …

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Reverse Engineering the Coles Fuel Voucher Barcodes

Expired Special Offer Voucher

Sometimes when you are dealing with technology you come across things with little documentation and the source code is not commented. In such cases it can take a significant investment of time and effort to work out how something works before modifications and improvements can be designed and implemented. The ability to reverse engineer and …

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Check Naming Conventions for Consistency

Just a quick blog before I hop on a flight back to Helsinki. One thing I noticed in Denmark was how they labelled floors in buildings, particularly when it came to labels in elevators and around escalators. Unlike what www expect in Australia, the ground floor is marked as “zero” with floor above it incrementing …

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100th Blog – Roll the Highlights Reel!

Today marks the 100th post on my blog and of course, no significant celebration of a milestone would not be complete without looking over some of highlights since the beginning. I’ve written some informative pieces looking at ways to improve the accessibility and reliability of the technology that we use in our everyday lives. In …

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Daylight Saving – A Necessary Inconvenience?

As we prepare to wind back the clocks, I started to think about the whole concept of daylight saving and how it impacts technology. Particularly, in Australia, governments at the state and federal level have caused problems and support budget implications for IT staff across the nation by moving daylight savings from its usual spot. …

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PowerPoint – The Root of all Evil

A few weeks ago, I was asked to come up with a strategy for departmental reporting and dashboards.I’ve let it simmer in my head for a while until it was thought through before knocking up a presentation. At my place of work, the default presentation tool is the cursed Microsoft PowerPoint. Why cursed, you might …

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Brand Loyalty in the Digital Age

Deviating slightly from a pure tech focus, I got thinking about whether or not brand loyalty still exists today as a result of digital advancements over the past decade. Online shopping has certainly taken off and one of the big sites that comes to mind is eBay. I’ve bought a stack of stuff off eBay …

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Resuming normal blogging…

I’ve decided to go back to my blog as Facebook is nice for short things but my stuff gets lost in the sea of CafeTown achievements, FarmTown gifts and Bejewled high scores. I’d like to have a dedicated spot for my meaningful reflections, thoughts and reviews/ I’ll fiddle around with this blog (now hosted on …

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