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

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?

July 5, 2009 by Renai LeMay, and Suzanne Tindal

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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 Renai LeMay, and Suzanne Tindal


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 Renai LeMay, and Suzanne Tindal


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.

May 18, 2009 by Renai LeMay, and Suzanne Tindal


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 Renai LeMay, Liam Tung and


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 Renai LeMay, Liam Tung and


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 Renai LeMay, Liam Tung and


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 Renai LeMay, Liam Tung and