Episode 614 – Aussie Tech Heads Shownotes

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Hi Glenn and Aussie Tech Heads Team,


I hope you’re doing well. I’m pleased to be able to inform you that your podcast has now been archived into the future at the NFSA. It can be searched at their website: nfsa.gov.au, and then search the collection: http://colsearch.nfsa.gov.au/nfsa/search/search.w3p;adv=;query=;resCount=


Entering either your podcast’s name or ‘Australian Podcast Awards’ in the key word search will bring it up.




NBN Co reveals 58 percent of HFC network still unserviceable

NBN Co has revealed that 58 percent of its hybrid fibre coaxial (HFC) footprint remains unserviceable, seven months after the sales freeze on connections was lifted.

The network builder said that as of November 16 there were still 1,192,965 premises in the HFC footprint whose connections were classed as unserviceable.


NBN Co froze HFC sales between December 11 last year and late April this year so it could remediate parts of the network and improve performance. It kept rolling out more HFC despite not being able to sell any.


NBN Co technicians missed 430 appointments a day

NBN Co’s technicians missed an average of 430 appointments a day in the year to June 30 this year.

The company revealed today that while 91 percent of appointments during the last financial year “were not missed, the total number of missed technician appointments for the period 1 July 2017 to 30 June 2018 was 157,268.”

NBN Co classes a missed appointment as that where a technician failed to attend a premises within the agreed appointment window,


The number on missed appointments provides some idea for how much NBN Co could be up for under a new regime, where it must pay $25 for every no-show, late connection or fault.

On missed appointments alone, NBN Co would have faced $4 million in rebates during the past financial year.


Word processor pioneer Evelyn Berezin dies aged 93


The woman who created and sold what many recognise as the world’s first word processor has died aged 93.

Evelyn Berezin called the device the Data Secretary when, in 1971, her company Redactron launched the product.

She grew Redactron from nine employees to close to 500 and was named one of the US’s top leaders by BusinessWeek magazine in the year she sold it, 1976.


Ms Berezin helped pioneer other types of special-purpose computing including:

  • an automated banking system
  • a weapons-targeting calculator for the US Defense Department
  • terminals for a horse-racing track that monitored how much money was being bet on each animal


One of the remaining Data Secretary word processors can be seen on display at the


Computer History Museum in California.


The original model lacked a monitor,But later versions of the Data Secretary did include a screen

Her machine – which stood about 1m (3ft 3in) tall – featured a keyboard, cassette drives, control electronics and a printer.

It could record and play back what the user had typed, allowing it to be edited or reprinted.


Apple will wait until at least 2020 to release a 5G iPhone


Apple plans to hold off until at least 2020 before offering an iPhone that can connect to the next generation of high-speed phone services coming next year,


Arcade Games Revival Invades Online Space


If you’re a collector, investor or gamer interested in reliving your childhood dream there are over 50 pinball & arcade machines are up for auction at Lloyds Auctions on Saturday November 24.

Iconic games include Pinball, Space Invaders, Donkey Kong, Galaga, Pacman, Scrambler and many more.

Online bidding is now available at: www.lloydsauctions.com.au


The largest pinball parlour in Australia!

The games range from 1950 to our new batch of the brand new machines.
All styles of games are available, original classic video, electromechanical pinballs, solid-state pinballs, these incredible historic shooting target machines and 60s driving machines purchased straight out Coney Island at Luna Park. Also all the brand new Sterns on offer. The collection covers all periods… even a totally restored kiss machine … it’s beautiful




Google Finally Gives Up The Duck


Solidifying its powerful monopoly on duck-related online content, the privacy-focused search engine DuckDuckGo is now the proud owner of duck.com. The development comes after Google finally relented in an age-old dispute.

DuckDuckGo is a search engine that draws on search results from hundreds of sources and doesn’t create profiles for user data and shows everyone the same search results

it’s currently fielding about 25 million direct search queries a day. It’s still no threat to Google, however, which runs about 3.5 billion queries each day


In 2009, Google purchased On2, a company that specialised in video bandwidth reduction. On2 was previously known as the Duck Corporation and owned the Duck domain name, so Google acquired that in the purchase, as well. DuckDuckGo launched a year prior to that sale and its lust for the duck.com domain wasn’t so much about it being incredibly popular, but rather that the domain redirected to Google. DuckDuckGo has said that the situation “consistently confuses” users.


Google has agreed with DuckDuckGo, Inc. to transfer ownership and rights of the duck.com domain to DuckDuckG


Joes Podcast Notes



Google+ will shut down 4 months early after Google discovered a 2nd bug





  • On Monday, Google announced that it would be shutting down Google+ four months early after another bug was discovered.
  • The company said 52.5 million users were affected by a issue, which exposed information including names, email addresses, occupations, and ages.
  • Google+ is now set to be shut down in April 2019. The company originally planned to shut down the social network in August 2019.
  • Google also said it would cut off API access to the product within the next 90 days.
  • It’s a good idea to download your data if your using Google+ , all you need to do is go to https://takeout.google.com/ log in and select the data you want to download.


Chinese company LinkSure hopes to deliver free worldwide satellite internet by 2026




  • A Chinese internet technology company has announced a plan to provide free satellite internet worldwide by 2026, joining companies like SpaceX, Facebook and Google in the mission to run a global internet service.
  • Shanghai-based company called LinkSure Network, which says its mission is to bridge the world’s digital inequalities, unveiled on Tuesday the first satellite in their ambitious plan to ensure that everyone in the world can access the internet free of charge.
  • The plan — called the “LinkSure Swarm Constellation System” — would see 272 satellites set at different orbits and heights in order to span the entire globe.
  • The first satellite, LinkSure No 1, is set to launch in north-west China in 2019. Ten further satellites will be sent into orbit by 2020. According to their company website, LinkSure already services more than 900 million users across 223 countries and regions, mainly through its application WiFi Master Key, which allows users to connect to certain wi-fi hotspots without the use of individual login details.

The news went viral in China on social media site Weibo, thrilling many Chinese netizens.one said “I feel so happy to think of going out without asking for a wi-fi password,” another  Weibo user joked about whether the future service would be above Chinese censorship, asking “can we use Twitter with this wi-fi connection?”


Mobile phones will be banned in NSW primary schools from next year




  • Public PRIMARY schools will enforce a mobile phone ban from next year as part of the New South Wales Government’s plan to reduce online bullying and unnecessary distraction.
  • Public HIGH schools will have the choice to opt in when the ban is introduced, or decide to what extent they will allow phones to be used.
  • Education Minister Rob Stokes said many high schools already had strategies in place to deal with mobile phones.
  • “Students themselves were saying that mobile phones were a distraction to them in class time too.”

    Cases of students sharing explicit images and predatory behaviour from strangers was also highlighted in the review. This review considered about 14,000 survey responses and 80 written submissions.


  • Discuss do kids need phones at school ?

(We can also discuss my new phone if time permits)

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