Will we finally see NFC payments in Australia?

14 12 2012

For some time now, a number of banks in Australia have hinted at the possibility of implementing NFC payments (probably to fill the void that Google has left with the endless delays of Google Wallet NFC reaching the country).  Commonwealth Bank launched their Kaching case for iPhone (which doesn’t appear to be a very stylish or practical option) and their Kaching app for Android which lacks any NFC functionality altogether, even though many Android devices natively support NFC. This is all ever so slightly off topic for this post, as the main item I wanted to discuss was Westpac’s venture into the NFC world.

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Windows 8 Developer Preview is available!

15 09 2011

Well, after seeing that the Windows 8 Developer Preview was available for download from Microsoft’s MSDN, I decided to download it and check it out.  Initially I downloaded the 64-bit version, and attempted to install it as a Virtual Machine on VMWare Player.  Read the rest of this entry »





Windows Live Mail Recovery Feature… Privacy Issue?

19 08 2011

I was just doing a big cleanup of one of my email accounts as it was starting to get a little out of control.

In doing this process, I noticed that Windows Live Mail has a “recover deleted messages” feature with the short description being “Lost a message? When you recover deleted messages, we bring back as many as we can.”  I’m assuming this has been around for a while, however it’s the first time I noticed it.

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Changed my Android ROM

17 08 2011

A little while back I decided to change my HTC Desire over from the standard Telstra Android ROM, and move to the Cyanogen Mod 7 ROM and I haven’t looked back since. The phone is running like a brand new device with some fantastic speed improvements. A notable difference is the lack of the HTC Sense feature, but having the speed gains far outweigh this loss. Read the rest of this entry »





Skype finally on Android

5 10 2010

Well, today Skype finally released their application for Android (version 2.1 and up) and about time. It’s been months since it was announced and we’ve all been waiting to use it.

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Myki Ticketing in Melbourne

21 09 2010

So after a long hiatus, I’m back with yet another rant. This time it relates to the Myki ticketing system which is now “running” on Melbourne’s public transport system. I put “running” in quotation marks, because as everyone knows, it’s not really running in the proper sense. It has merely been rushed out to give the impression it is running before the upcoming state elections, but more on that another time. For now, a warning…
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How to deal with a bully…

12 03 2010

Since I haven’t actually used this blog in a long while, I thought it’s time for a new post. While browsing the interwebs the other day I found a number of sites making reference to the blog of Jonathon Schwartz who was the former CEO of Sun Microsystems. He seems to be using his blog to vent experiences over his career that he could not discuss while he was CEO. His latest musing, certainly got my attention (and the attention of a huge number of others). I have to say, he knows how to deal with a bully. The main bully in this case being Steve Jobs and the Apple corporation. Here is the link to his blog post for you to read.