Episode 340 – Aussie Tech Heads Shownotes

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Good.co Helps You Find Employers That Match Your Personality

Good.co lets you see how well your personality matches up with specific companies and employees, so you end up at a place that’s really the right fit for you.


signup with this link   http://l.aunch.us/9og0


It helps you identify positions, teams, companies, and categories that are a natural extension of who you are and what you have a knack for


Good.co also features job listings pulled from LinkedIn (with plans to draw listings from other sources in the future), some of which also include scores showing how good a fit you would be, as well as how well you match up with specific employees at a company


Its still i beta, and you need a code to get in, but sign up and keep an eye on it. Looks good.



No more packaged software for Adobe

Adobe Systems is discontinuing the boxed version of its flagship Creative Suite application set and will only continue developing its cloud-based Creative Cloud applications.


Adobe will continue to sell Creative Suite 6, the current packaged version of the product, “for the foreseeable future,But that will be the last packaged release, with no enhancements or new functionality offered. All future development efforts will be focused on the subscription-based Creative Cloud, which was launched one year ago.




Microsoft has said it might ditch standalone versions of its software in favour of subscriptions – but not for another decade.



Windows Blue – all the details

Has sold 100m Win8 licenses since launch

Microsoft has ended months of speculation about ‘Windows Blue’, revealing it will be an iterative upgrade to Windows 8, due in the second half of the year.


The company today provided further detail, hinting the version would enable smaller Windows 8 form factors.


“[Windows Blue] will deliver the latest new innovations across an increasingly broad array of form factors of all sizes, display, battery life and performance, while creating new opportunities for our ecosystem,” MS said in a statement.


The number of devices certified to run Windows 8 is currently 2400.


Woolworths evaluates free in-store wi-fi

Supermarket giant Woolworths is considering offering free wifi in its stores so customers may use its smartphone applications in areas with poor mobile coverage.


Woolworths introduced trial networks in its Kellyville and Wolli Creek stores late last year, and encouraged shoppers to use them to access online recipes, shopping lists and email.

The application allows users to locate products within a store, receive offers, build a shopping list by scanning barcodes of items at home, and order groceries to be delivered.

Tax Office set to refresh web platform

The Tax Office has used a customised IBM document manager since its April 1997 website launch – described as its “most far-reaching innovation” of the 1990s.


From 1 July, the Tax Office will use an off-the-shelf Ektron content management system for the site, which attracts some 60 million page visits a year.


Chief information officer Bill Gibson told an Optus customer conference this week the new platform would allow the agency to tailor webpages to different visitors and devices.

“Context is really important,” Gibson said, describing the Tax Office’s need to move away from a website that was “basically a table of contents for the whole tax system”.

“If you’ve identified yourself as an individual, we should be tailoring the page so that the things that are on there are the things that you need to access most.



NBN switch-on more of a turn-off due to technical glitch


A press conference to turn on Labor’s national broadband network to 1300 homes and businesses in Sydney’s west on Sunday was hit by a minor technical glitch which saw a video conference unexpectedly drop out.


The video conference used to demonstrate the capabilities of Labor’s super-fast broadband network was held with one of Australia’s most famous children’s authors and New York Times bestseller, Andy Griffiths.

Mr Griffiths beamed in from the University of Melbourne via a fibre connection on Australia’s Academic and Research Network (AARNet) and conducted a book reading ofThe 26-Storey Treehouseto children at the Max Webber Library in Blacktown. But unfortunately for the kids watching, the connection dropped out midway.


The Max Webber Library is connected to an NBN fibre connection with Optus as the retail service provider. Optus checked its equipment, including modem, and said that there was no network issue at the library’s end.


NBN Co spokeswoman Rhonda Griffin said the fault was to do with a glitch in the audio-visual software.


Though roll-out targets had been missed, Senator Conroy said progress had been made.

”We have 54,000 people today in Australia using the national broadband network,” he said.



Working gun made with 3D printer

he world’s first gun made with 3D printer technology has been successfully fired in the US.

The controversial group which created the firearm, Defense Distributed, plans to make the blueprints available online.

The gun was made on a 3D printer that cost $8,000 (£5,140) from the online auction site eBay.

It was assembled from separate printed components made from ABS plastic – only the firing pin was made from metal.

Mr Wilson, who describes himself as a crypto-anarchist, said his plans to make the design available were “about liberty”.

He told the BBC: “There is a demand of guns – there just is. There are states all over the world that say you can’t own firearms – and that’s not true anymore.

“I’m seeing a world where technology says you can pretty much be able to have whatever you want. It’s not up to the political players any more.”

The group has spent a year trying to create the firearm, which was successfully tested on Saturday at a firing range south of Austin, Texas



How fast is the NBN compared to the Coalition’s internet plan?




Brisbane PhD student James Brotchie told news.com.au he built the websitehowfastisthenbn.com.au, because he didn’t think the Labor government was selling the NBN properly to everyday Australians.


A Liberal voter, Mr Brotchie said he supported most Coalition policies but said both parties had done a woeful job of explaining the benefits of NBN.


“I found that it was difficult for non tech-savvy people to understand all the jargon: 25Mpbs, FTTN (fibre to the node) FTTP (fibre to the premises),” he said.


“I wanted a website that I could sit my parents down in front of and have them appreciate the difference between the competing parties’ NBN plans.”


The site allows users to run simulations of every day tasks such as uploading a video to YouTube, photos to Facebook or downloading an episode of Game of Thrones on iTunes.


Using the NBN, uploading 100 10mb photos to Facebook takes 20 seconds.


The Coalition’s plan takes 27 minutes and 18 seconds.


Downloading a one-hour high definition TV episode from iTunes would take 16 seconds on the NBN, or 10 minutes and 55 seconds on the Coalition’s plan.


Uploading a short video to YouTube would take 4 seconds under Labor’s plan, and five minutes and 20 seconds under the Coalition’s plan.


Mr Brotchie said he based his calculations on the assumptions that the upload and download speeds were 1000Mbps download and 400Mbps upload for Labor’s NBN and 25Mbps download and 5Mbps upload for the Coalition’s proposal.




Wanted: Hackers to test security for Telstra, Federal Government and Microsoft




TELSTRA, the Federal Government and Microsoft have invited a bunch of university students to participate in a hacking competition to raise awareness of cyber security issues.


Their goal was to break into a company, and then figure out how to fix security flaws.


Hardware and software has been built for the imaginary company which were be used for the competition, which has been dubbed “Synergise cyber security”.


Forty-three teams of students spent 24 hours trying to access the systems, in order to see whether they can penetrate areas where sensitive data is stored and find malicious code. They will be assessed on their ability to highlight and communicate vulnerabilities in the fictional company’s security software.


A team from the University of NSW was named the winner.


But what’s the point in creating fictional software when there are already hackers out there trying to damage real businesses with real security concerns?


Mike Burgess, Telstra’s chief information security officer told news.com.au that inviting “real world hackers” to test the systems of real businesses would be too risky.


“Would it be better if all the world’s systems were more secure? Absolutely,” he said. “But the reason I wouldn’t recommend opening yourself up to the world to come test out their systems is that you’d get lots of other people out there who choose to do malicious things in cyber space and you become a target. They could take your product offline.”




LG lodges Australian trade mark for Optimus G Pro




LG has lodged an Australian trade mark application for the Optimus G Pro Android smartphone, despite continuing to deny the device will be released in Australia.


First discovered by Australian trade mark blogTM Watch, the trade mark application was lodged on Thursday 11 April for the word “LG Optimus G Pro” and subsequent logo.


The trade mark application is currently marked as “indexing approved” and is lodged under the Class 9 category. The description of this category covers a number of portable devices including “telephone sets”, “portable communications apparatus”, and “mobile phones”.




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