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.

Latest Posts

Intel's new 32nm 2010 Core chips

Intel announced new processor chips at last week's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas: the 2010 Core series, with transistor sizes down to 32 nanometres. They're faster with better power consumption, sure, but what else will it mean?

January 10, 2010 by


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


Why we like Linux desktops

In this week's Patch Monday podcast, 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 Renai LeMay and


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 Renai LeMay, and Suzanne Tindal


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 Renai LeMay, and Suzanne Tindal