The Community Network Australia – BUYER BEWARE

Posted by on Sep 24, 2013 in Business Tips | 88 comments

On 27/10/2011 I had a representative from The Community Network Australia Digital Advertising Network drop in to sell me one of their video ad packages. Basically they create a video ad that appears on screens in places like gymnasiums and doctors’ surgeries throughout the day. My experience was that in just under 2 years, paying $136/mth I didn’t have any leads or new customers. Apparently I’m not the only one who had that experience. So I checked the contract and the period was 2 years – from 27/10/2011 to...

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Clever Twitter Phish – Don’t Get Caught!

Posted by on May 20, 2013 in Online Security | 0 comments

I just had an email come in that was crafted a bit more cleverly than most. First, here’s what the email looks like:           It looks like the real deal. And when you click on the link…                 …it again looks genuine (click on the images to enlarge them). Check out the address in the address bar though – the domain is If you didn’t look or only gave it a cursory glance it would be easy to give away your Twitter login details. According to the WHOIS info the domain...

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How Fast Is The NBN?

Posted by on May 10, 2013 in Misc Stuff | 0 comments

I was asked to do a short interview on ABC Ballarat (local radio) yesterday to comment on the website How Fast Is The NBN. The spot was only about 5 minutes so it was quite a short discussion and I thought I might expand on that just a little. The How Fast Is The NBN website is an accurate simulation of the difference in speed between 25Mbps and 1000Mbps. It’s worth mentioning though that it is a ‘perfect world’ simulation which assumes unlimited bandwidth in the general network infrastructure. Right now we simply don’t have the national infrastructure to support such...

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Phishing In The Big Pond

Posted by on Oct 23, 2012 in Online Security | 0 comments

I see phishing emails come through every day, and some are quite impressive. You’ve probably seen some yourself that have very broken english, mis-spelling of the organisation they purport to represent etc, but some do come through that are well formatted and could easily be mistaken for the real thing. This latest one is quite well formatted – has good english and the Telstra logo. The link leads to a page on ‘’ though so don’t get tricked into giving your information...

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HotSpots Offer Printing on the Go

Posted by on Aug 19, 2012 in Business Tips, Guest Posts | 0 comments

If you’re a mobile worker or a network admin, or if you often find yourself a guest in security-conscious offices, you probably know how frustrating it can be to try to print when you’re away from your home or office. When you encounter a new printer, you have to download drivers or install software, and sometimes you have to sweet-talk the network admin into even letting you onto the network so that you can print! This frustration is over thanks to HotSpot Printing. The latest innovation in mobile printing, HotSpot Printing gives you the freedom and flexibility you’ve been...

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