Chris Duckett

Chris started his journalistic adventure in 2006 as the Editor of Builder AU after originally joining CBS as a programmer. After a Canadian sojourn, he returned in 2011 as the Editor of TechRepublic Australia, and is now the Australian Editor of ZDNet.

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No paper, no promotion

No paper, no promotion

It comes at no surprise to learn that HR people use IT certifications to choose between candidates when hiring, but in some organisations it can also inhibit career advancement.

published September 7, 2009 by

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Is Google asking for antitrust?

Is Google asking for antitrust?

Google has announced a new Chrome Operating System, designed for the web and with a browser baked directly into it — so much so that the entire OS is named after it. But the search giant should watch out: this decision seems designed to attract antitrust attention.

published July 7, 2009 by

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Microsoft misses the Outlook point

Microsoft misses the Outlook point

Ask designers which mail program is the bane of their existence, and you'll find that Outlook tops the list. The reason why the most popular email reader is also the most painful is simple: it uses Word to render HTML emails.

published June 24, 2009 by

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Flash tools hit beta

The next iteration of Adobe's Flash tools have reached beta status and provide some concrete evidence of what Adobe was going on about with its prognostications of Thermo and changing workflow over the past year.

published June 1, 2009 by

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Google Wave to miss IE6

Google Wave to miss IE6

Turns out that the "developer preview" of Google's latest creation, Google Wave, is not as open as one would expect, with the preview only being open to attendees of Google's I/O conference — but there is another way to see it in action. And forget wanting to use IE6 with it.

published May 28, 2009 by

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YouTube demos HTML 5

YouTube demos HTML 5

The choice and use of the new video tag in HTML 5 is one of the more explosive sticking points in the evolving standard. Which codecs should browsers use? Why even have a video tag at all when Flash works well currently? Will anyone use it even if it becomes a standard?

published May 28, 2009 by

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OSDC 2009 opens call for papers

OSDC 2009 opens call for papers

It's a long-standing policy that if you contribute to a conference, you receive free entry. The easiest way to contribute is to do a talk, and until the end of June you can set that up by responding to OSDC 2009's call for papers.

published May 20, 2009 by

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Adobe's rich JavaScript bankrupts security

Adobe's rich JavaScript bankrupts security

In the past week, the security environment around Adobe's Reader and Acrobat products has imploded, with yet more JavaScript vulnerabilities appearing. Adobe needs to look no further than Microsoft for a lesson in how to deal with these situations.

published May 6, 2009 by

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Firefox betas: Get extensions working

Firefox betas: Get extensions working

If you love to live on the edge of browser development, one consistent ache with each new Firefox beta is that all your extensions stop working. The solution to this problem happens to be head-slappingly simple.

published April 29, 2009 by

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