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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The challenge of Government 2.0

The challenge of Government 2.0

The Government 2.0 Taskforce released its draft report last week, and its recommendations for Open Government almost reads like a manifesto. Stilgherrian's guest on Patch Monday this week is the chair of the Taskforce, Nicholas Gruen.

December 13, 2009 by in Government

Why we like Linux desktops

Why we like Linux desktops

In this week's Patch Monday podcast, ZDNet.com.au staffers Renai LeMay and Chris Duckett discuss why they use Linux full time where they can and what they like and don't like about it.

August 9, 2009 by in Open Source

Hackers get MIFFed

Hackers get MIFFed

The ongoing saga of the Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF) has taken another turn with reports today that hackers instigated a denial of service attack on the Festival's website shopping cart.

August 3, 2009 by in Security

Taking governments to 2.0

Taking governments to 2.0

Allowing easy access to public data is gathering pace, with federal and state MPs staging events that promote openness in government — will there be any tangible outcomes or is this another government talkfest?

July 26, 2009 by in Government

The price is wrong for Windows 7

The price is wrong for Windows 7

There's no doubt that Windows 7 is going to be one of the better releases of Windows in the product's long history, but is the Redmond giant holding back uptake with the pricing?

June 28, 2009 by in Apple

State of the budgets

State of the budgets

It's state budget time across the country, and this week's episode of Patch Monday looks to see what each state is doing in terms of its IT spend.

June 14, 2009 by in NBN

The pendulum of shared services

The pendulum of shared services

Spend enough time in the IT industry and you'll soon realise that many of the new trends we see are cyclical: fat vs. thin clients; various development methodologies falling in and out of fashion; and shared vs. distributed services.

May 24, 2009 by in Dell

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