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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Conroy's future or pure lip service?

Conroy's future or pure lip service?

Senator Stephen Conroy last week launched the Future Directions for the Digital Economy whitepaper, but the Patch Monday team believes it is more of a state-of-the-industry paper than a sign of what's to come.

published July 19, 2009 by

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Datacentre disaster lessons

Datacentre disaster lessons

As a system administrator, the health and status of your datacentre is at the forefront of your mind. But how often do you think about the needs beyond server status and bandwidth?

published July 5, 2009 by

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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?

published June 28, 2009 by

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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.

published June 14, 2009 by

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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.

published May 24, 2009 by

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Is Office 2010 worth the upgrade?

Is Office 2010 worth the upgrade?

Patch Monday delivers the verdict on a build of Microsoft's next version of its Office suite that has found its way on the internet. We look at what happened in the Federal Budget as well as discuss the fallout from CeBIT.

published May 18, 2009 by

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ANZ opens a can of worms

ANZ opens a can of worms

What can we expect in tomorrow nights federal budget? What new weaponry has Greg Farr gained as the Department of Defence's CIO? And what has happened to ANZ Bank and its new case of worms? All this is answered on our weekly Patch Monday podcast.

published May 11, 2009 by

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The elbow that drained Adelaide

The elbow that drained Adelaide

Has Australia entered a new era of mature engagement when setting requirements for outsourcing deals? Should Australian banks create regional IT hubs rather than offshore? And what could have happened to drain Adelaide's Torrens River weir? All these questions and more are answered in Patch Monday.

published May 4, 2009 by

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IT mergers down under: Who's next?

IT mergers down under: Who's next?

The times are ripe for the big fish to swallow the little fish and IT is no exception. In the past week Oracle and Fujitsu have purchased Sun and Supply Chain Consultants respectively -- in this episode of Patch Monday we delve into the details.

published April 27, 2009 by

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Greg Farr's 21-gun salute

Greg Farr's 21-gun salute

What does Defence CIO Greg Farr have to do to get a 21-gun salute? What does Russell Crowe and lobbying have in common? And can NSW be the next Silicon Valley? All these questions are answered in this week's instalment of Patch Monday.

published April 5, 2009 by

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McKinnon's magician

McKinnon's magician

Who exactly is new Westpac IT executive Sarv Girn, who has newly been poached from Commonwealth Bank of Australia? Is he just a point man for the IT integration of St George, or is he "McKinnon's magician", the boy genius who will lead the bank to its IT nirvana?

published March 22, 2009 by

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Cop it sweet

Cop it sweet

Patch Monday makes its timely return and is armed with another week of stories, interviews and rumours to digest.

published March 15, 2009 by

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