Episode 164

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Big W disc kiosk lets customers burn on demand

Big W is letting customers make their own software discs. Instead of buying a pre-packaged disc from the store shelves, a new kiosk lets customers browse, click and burn on demand.

The system allows the store to carry a range of software in addition to what it physically stocks. Big W is trialling the system, provided by Digital Lifeware, for a few months.

The kiosks can produce a finished disc, complete with packaging and printed manual. The discs are fully licensed copies with the original cover in a DVD case.

The kiosks contain about 1000 PC and Mac software titles. They cover gaming, languages and children’s educational material, anti-virus and video editing, and how to set up your own website. Prices start from about $15 for an arcade-style game, while antivirus software ranges from $50 to $80.

Windows Home Server Power Pack 3 available

Power Pack 3 improves the Windows Home Server experience with Windows 7 and Windows Media Center by providing new features like: backup and restore of computers running Windows 7, Windows 7 Libraries integration, enhancements for Windows Media Center, and better support for netbook computers. Power Pack 3 will enable the most optimal experience for Windows 7 users on a Windows Home Server network.


TV archive

Windows Home Server can automatically archive recorded TV by moving your recordings from a Windows Media Center computer to your home server in the format of your choice. This enables playback in the correct format for your home computers and/or portable devices.

“If you’ve recently upgraded to Windows 7, Windows Home Server Power Pack 3 is an essential download providing enhanced integration between the two platforms and a number of cool new features. Combine library support with enhanced features for Windows Media Center, and we’re really starting to see Microsoft bring together the Windows Home Server and Windows 7 client experience so that your media can be stored on your home server and enjoyed seamlessly on TV, PC and Mobile devices with little effort from the user. The bad old days of copy, paste, convert and transcode may well be behind us,” says Microsoft Most Valued Professional (MVP) Terry Walsh of We Got Served.


Telstra boosts cable speeds to 100Mbps


Telstra boosts cable speeds to 100Mbps

December 1st is the day when Telstra flicks the switch on its upgraded cable network, which it promises will deliver speeds of up to 100Mbps to ‘selected areas’ of the city.

Not all homes currently connected to the BigPond Extreme cable network, which peaks at 17-30Mbps, will be within reach of the turbo-charged connection – and Telstra has yet to detail how much users will pay for such bone-rattling speeds.


Large Hadron Collider back online

The LHC is back,” the European Organization for Nuclear Research announced triumphantly Friday, as the world’s largest particle accelerator resumed operation more than a year after an electrical failure shut it down.

Restarting the Large Hadron Collider — the $10 billion research tool’s full name — has been “a herculean effort,” CERN’s director for accelerators, Steve Myers, said in a statement announcing the success.

iiNet takes $4m legal hit on copyright case – Telco/ISP – Technology – News – iTnews.com.au


iiNet takes $4m legal hit on copyright case

iiNet has revealed that it will absorb $4 million in net legal costs to defend its copyright case against the film industry.

Today (thursday 261109) is the last sitting day for the case before it is adjourned for the judge to make a decision.

However, a decision on the case – including any damages amount if iiNet is found to be in breach of copyright – is not expected for at least six months.

Smoking voids Apple warranties

As reported over on The Consumerist, reports are circulating the web from people who have been refused warranty repairs of their Apple MacBook and iMac systems due to residue from cigarette smoke being present within the machines – something which is unavoidable if you smoke while at your computer.

Any one had similar experiences in Australia with this?

Microsoft targets Windows 8 for 2012


Microsoft targets Windows 8 for 2012

According to a slide revealed during a Windows Server presentation at last week’s Professional Developer’s Conference in LA, the next-gen desktop OS is due to hit around 2012.


Telstra CEO: iPhone tethering for Next G (finally) coming soon!


Telstra CEO: iPhone tethering for Next G (finally) coming soon!

Telstra boss David Thodey says the carrier is working with Apple to enable Next G tethering on the iPhone.

allowing its iPhone customers to partner the smartphone to their laptop for on-the-go wireless broadband via Next G.

Vodafone and 3 currently offer iPhone tethering for free, while Optus charges $10 to enable tethering.


Australia’s first ‘iPod’ marks 60th birthday – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)


Australia’s first ‘iPod’ marks 60th birthday

The world’s oldest intact computer is turning 60 in Victoria.

The CSIRAC – Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research organisation Automatic Computer –

housed in the state’s museum

has been granted heritage listing as part of its birthday celebrations.

It is the first computer ever to be made in Australia; the fourth computer ever to be made in the world; and the only first generation computer that remains intact.

Google Chrome OS 60-times smaller than Windows – Security – Technology – News – iTnews.com.au


Google Chrome OS 60-times smaller than Windows

The Google Chrome operating system, for which the source code was published today, is one-sixtieth the size of Windows.

Google will encrypt user data and also attempt to stop potentially malicious software from interfering with other processes running on the system, said Papakipos.

Also, the operating system’s kernel is read-only.

Encrypting user’s personal data protects personal information in case the device is lost or stolen.

All that data is synched back to the cloud. All of your Wi-Fi settings, your bookmarks, your background, themes, all that stuff is synched back to the cloud. If you lose your device, get a new one, log in and all your stuff will come back down from the cloud and you are back as if you never lost your machine,” Google said




TransACT unveils 100 Mbps fibre exchange – Telco/ISP – Technology – News – iTnews.com.au


TransACT unveils 100 Mbps fibre exchange

TransACT has unveiled a fibre exchange facility that will provide connectivity of up to 100 Mbps to 16,000 premises in new housing estates in Canberra.

TransACT has built its first fibre gateway close to greenfield housing estates in the Canberra suburbs of Crace, Franklin, Bonner and the Flemington Road corridor

Some 500 homes are already connected to the FTTP gateway and TransACT expects to connect close to 16,000 once the housing estates are complete.

customers will theoretically be offered download speeds of up to 100 Mbps, and upload speeds of up to 20 Mbps


“It depends on how much bandwidth [the ISP has] purchased, the sites being accessed,

“We’ve provided a six lane highway to ISPs and customers, but some ISPs may only be capable of providing two lanes of service.” Transact said

“There is no Telstra copper, just us,” they said


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most unusual first names celebrities have given their children

The Top 10:

1. Moon Unit – Frank Zappa

2. Apple – Chris Martin (Coldplay)

3. Misty Kyd – Sharleen Spiteri (Texas)

4. Geronimo – Alex James (Blur)

5. Heavenly Hirani Tiger Lily – Michael Hutchence/Paula Yates

6. Dandelion – Keith Richards (Rolling Stones)

7. Dweezil – Frank Zappa

8. Elijah Bob Patricius Guggi Q – Bono (U2)

9. Zowie Bowie – David Bowie

10. Rufus Tiger – Roger Taylor (Queen)

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