Stilgherrian

Stilgherrian is a freelance journalist, commentator and podcaster interested in big-picture internet issues, especially security, cybercrime and hoovering up bulldust. He studied computing science and linguistics before a wide-ranging media career and a stint at running an IT business. He can write iptables firewall rules, set a rabbit trap, clear a jam in an IBM model 026 card punch and mix a mean whiskey sour.

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Geek culture takes over the world

Geek culture takes over the world

Pia Waugh, a well-respected geek who now works as a "geek liaison" in the office of Labor Senator Kate Lundy, tweeted once that she finds herself amused at people who talk professionally about social media and online communications with enthusiasm, but miss the role that geek culture plays in the space. I agree.

April 17, 2011 by in Social Enterprise

Don't get caught in NBN 'hysteria': Conroy

Don't get caught in NBN 'hysteria': Conroy

The National Broadband Network (NBN) has hit a couple of speed bumps. NBN Co reckons that vendors over-priced their bids to construct the network, and earlier this month the entire tender process was suspended. Then, the head of construction resigned. Critics pounced. But Communications Minister Senator Stephen Conroy reckons we shouldn't get caught up in the "hysteria", but should wait and see what the "Plan B" tender process delivers.

April 10, 2011 by in NBN

Web development: fast, loose and cheap

Web development: fast, loose and cheap

New tools make it cheaper and easier to get a business online. It's no longer about building a hand-crafted website from scratch so ensure it does everything your business needs. It's now about creating your business' presence in the various online services it needs, and making use of higher-level programming tools

April 3, 2011 by in Developer

Trends for a broadband-enabled future

Trends for a broadband-enabled future

Australia's National Broadband Network will provide more speed, yes, but what will come of that? Out of all the technologies and services and ways of doing things that broadband enables, which ones are the trends to watch? How will they change the way business is done?

March 27, 2011 by in Networking

Twitter turns five: will it rule?

Twitter turns five: will it rule?

Work on the social-messaging service Twitter began exactly five years ago today. Now it has some 200 million registered user accounts, but that's only about 10 per cent of internet users, and even less if you take out the spam bots and inactive accounts. Will Twitter ever become a universal service?

March 20, 2011 by in Social Enterprise

'Arrogant' Apple battles over copyright

'Arrogant' Apple battles over copyright

Apple is being sued for copyright infringement by Jigsaw Entertainment, an Australian TV production company. The iPhone app, Chopper Soundboard, contained material lifted without permission from one of Jigsaw's shows, The Ronnie Johns Half Hour, and the company reckons that Apple should have done more to prevent its sale.

March 13, 2011 by in Apple

Cybercrime convention: civil liberties risk?

Cybercrime convention: civil liberties risk?

If Australia joins the Council of Europe Convention on Cybercrime, police and intelligence agencies will get new powers to monitor your internet usage. Is it, as law enforcement officials claim, merely bringing the internet into line with traditional communications channels? Or is there a real risk to our civil liberties?

March 6, 2011 by in Government

Bionic eyes, gigabit Wi-Fi and the NBN

Bionic eyes, gigabit Wi-Fi and the NBN

The National Broadband Network's connection speeds of 100 megabits per second and more are essential for new health and education applications, according to Dr Terry Percival, director of NICTA's Neville Roach Laboratory.

February 27, 2011 by in NBN

Cyberwar: we're in it together

Cyberwar: we're in it together

Stuxnet, the first malware capable of causing physical damage, represents a strategic shift in cyberwar, something on everyone's mind at the RSA Conference on information security this year. While it's still hard to sort facts from fiction, there were calls for further cooperation between government and the private sector.

February 20, 2011 by in Microsoft

The end of the open internet?

The end of the open internet?

"I think the age of the deeply competitive internet is over," says author and telecommunications lawyer, Tim Wu. "The next five years is going to be a story of the big four or big five."

February 13, 2011 by in NBN

7 tips for a safer internet

7 tips for a safer internet

Tomorrow's Safer Internet Day is about helping children and young people avoid online risks, but there's plenty that adults can do. On Patch Monday this week, seven information security industry representatives give their tips for making the internet a safer place.

February 6, 2011 by in Microsoft

Microsoft-Google-Apple 3-way cage fight

Microsoft-Google-Apple 3-way cage fight

The battle lines have been drawn. The war chests are stocked with tens of billions of dollars in cash. Microsoft, Apple and Google are ready to compete with their integrated technology stacks connecting mobile devices to cloud services. Who is best placed to win?

January 30, 2011 by in Apple

Inside Intel's second-generation core

Inside Intel's second-generation core

The new second-generation Intel core processor chips launched earlier this month promise substantial speed increases and lower power consumption. What can they deliver? And what of Intel's competition with rival chipmaker AMD?

January 23, 2011 by in Intel

Flood-proofing your business IT

Flood-proofing your business IT

The floods in Queensland and now further south in Australia are a reminder that natural disasters can strike even in rich, technologically advanced nations. Data backups are essential, but business continuity planning also needs to cover communications links, the computers themselves, documentation, premises and, of course, the human factor.

January 16, 2011 by in Storage

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