Greg Farr's 21-gun salute

Greg Farr's 21-gun salute

Summary: 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.

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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.

Given its current financial problems and the fact that the idea of a Linux deployment has been rumoured for years, has New South Wales missed an opportunity to set itself apart with its student netbook decision or is NSW simply playing it sensible and safe?

We debate whether it is wrong for ICT companies to hire outside lobbyists to whisper in the ear of governments on their behalf — and what impact this could have on the Patch Monday team's television viewing habits.

The embattled Department of Defence has had "vendor support issues" according to an audit by KPMG. How can Defence turn this situation around and can Greg Farr implement the decisions that should be made?

Topics: Government, Cisco, Tech Industry, SAP, Oracle, Open Source, Networking, Microsoft, Linux, Laptops, Hardware, Government AU, E-Commerce, Windows

Liam Tung

About Liam Tung

Liam Tung is an Australian business technology journalist living a few too many Swedish miles north of Stockholm for his liking. He gained a bachelors degree in economics and arts (cultural studies) at Sydney's Macquarie University, but hacked (without Norse or malicious code for that matter) his way into a career as an enterprise tech, security and telecommunications journalist with ZDNet Australia. These days Liam is a full time freelance technology journalist who writes for several publications.

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Chris started his journalistic adventure in 2006 as the Editor of Builder AU after originally joining CBS as a programmer. After a Canadian sojourn, he returned in 2011 as the Editor of TechRepublic Australia, and is now the Australian Editor of ZDNet.

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