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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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

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.

May 11, 2009 by in CXO

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.

May 4, 2009 by in CXO

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.

April 27, 2009 by in SAP

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.

April 5, 2009 by in Government

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?

March 22, 2009 by in IBM

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