They say a picture is worth 1000 words. Here at ZDNet Australia, we've compiled 25 of the year's best tech photos so you don't have to read so much.
2010 saw the world change before our very eyes. We saw the first of several million kilometres of National Broadband Network (NBN) cables laid, new uses for old junk, the tech behind some of the world's biggest events like the Olympics and the usual gaffes and blunders.
Come with us as we explore the year that was.
2010 saw the nation embark on the loftiest infrastructure project in its short history: the ubiquitous, high-speed NBN.
ZDNet Australia was there as crews started deploying the fibre around the country.
(Credit: Nextgen Networks)
WA blasts blackspots with backhaul
Communications Minister Stephen Conroy beamed as he stood proudly by his all-consuming pet project during the backhaul roll-out in Western Australia.
Before the series of fatal cave-ins struck New Zealand's Pike River mine, the country's defence force broke out the cutting-edge in robotics to rescue the 29 trapped miners who were ultimately claimed by the tragedy.
Australia and the United States went head to head in November, pitting the world's best robots against each other. Unfortunately, Australia walked away with nothing but a second-place ribbon and a badge for participation.
Following Apple's "Antennagate" scandal that marred the launch of the new iPhone 4, the tech monolith gave us a rare look inside its antenna testing labs to ensure customers that no expense was being spared in the research and development of handsets.
In what was one of the most popular photo stories of the year, we took a look inside a North Carolina submarine. In this photo, Commander Schlauder looks at two of the North Carolina's weapons, a Mark 48 torpedo (left) and a Tomahawk missile (in the sheath on the right).
Ever wondered where your TV shows come from? Contrary to what your parents told you, it's not from the Stork or even from a mummy and daddy TV show loving each other very much. If you're watching the ABC or the regional WIN Television service, your television shows come down from MediaHub — a broadcast switching facility in Sydney.
New Zealand special effects workshop Weta Digital couldn't ship in any real Na'vi to star in the 3D blockbuster Avatar, so it had to make do with an innovative motion capture system to make the characters come to life on-screen.
In 2010, a boat made entirely of recycled plastics sailed from the San Francisco Bay in the US to Sydney Harbour to deliver a message of sustainability to the world. It delivered that message using gear from HP and Inmarsat which, in tandem with a whole heap of plastic bottles, kept the miracle ship afloat.
Technology has hurtled forward in 12 short months, which leaves us wondering: what can we expect to see next? The best way to see where we're going is to look at where we came from.
(Credit: Justin Brierty)
E-waste used for bicycle path
Getting on top of the nation's spiralling e-waste problem played a key role in shaping 2010. Innovative projects like this e-waste bike path made out of recycled printer cartridges is a prime example of how discarded materials can be used for more than just landfill.
In another datacentre opening ceremony, executives from Fujitsu and Bankwest took part in a traditional sake ceremony, where participants smash the sake drum with wooden mallets that double as servers.
What would a year be without paying homage to the best, the worst and the downright silly?
(Credit: James Martin/CNET)
Apple iPhone 4 In the flesh
Apple had its infamous antennagate scandal, but it also failed to bring the white body iPhone 4 to market. Speculation still swirls around the missing unit from Apple's product line, with consumers left wondering: will we see the white iPhone 4 before the iPhone 5?
Microsoft landed itself in hot water at this year's Tech.Ed conference on the Gold Coast after it had Meter Maid girls manning a novelty sized racetrack for remote control cars. Microsoft claimed to have been oblivious to the fact that the girls would show up wearing their trademark skimpy bikinis to the event.
How many Linux professionals does it take to fix a projector? Six if this photo is to be believed: they're trying to fix a presentation system problem which brought a keynote speech to a screeching halt at this year's Linux conference.
Wikileaks dominated the news over the last months, with people either violently for publishing the diplomatic cables or against. Some people chose to stand up for their beliefs.
(Credit: Luke Hopewell/ZDNet Australia)
Wikileaks' Sydney protest
Free speech advocates came out in droves to support the actions of Wikileaks and its then-imprisoned founder, Julian Assange. One of the most powerful protests came from three young girls who opted to say nothing at all on the day with a protest that spoke louder than words.