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

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


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.

July 19, 2009 by Renai LeMay, and Suzanne Tindal


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