Online Security Steps You’re Not Taking

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Online security is way too hard, and you shouldn’t have to read this whole article, but here we are. It is, and you do. Or you could read this one. Whatever. Most of this article is about online, but some of it is computer-based. With no further ado, here are some of the precautions you should […]

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Our Online Content Delivery System Is Still Broken

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Netflix may be causing Australians to steal less online content, but they won’t stop completely. And you can blame the big content companies for that. Netflix Australia has around 2,000 pieces of content compared to around 6,000 for the US version. Yep, the US version of Netflix is three times better than the Australian version. […]

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Gmail Needs A Small Security Tweak

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Google, your security features in Gmail are fantastic, but there is a small tweak you need to make. I’ll call it a ‘restore point,’ but there are lots of ways of doing it. Most people don’t enable all the great security features you have (two-factor for example) and just stick with the hard-wired security. BTW: […]

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There Is A Price Signal On Your Privacy

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Your privacy should be a right and it should be the default when being a customer with companies. But in the online world that is not the case, there is a price signal attached. With companies like Telstra and GoDaddy, you have no right to privacy, but you do have a right to pay for […]

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Google Voice: One Number To Rule Them All

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It may feel like we are living in a technological nirvana, but there are some old school holdouts. Phone numbers are one of them. Home phones are gone, but VOIP, your work phone, work mobile, personal mobile, IM and more, have sprung up in its place. Why do we even have so many numbers in our […]

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The Next Revolution Will Be Mesh Networked

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Mesh networking will revolutionise our safety, society and politics in ways we cannot anticipate. Here is an excellent article by Wired on mesh networks. And another, and one from the BBC. Whether you knew it or not, you needed an intermediary to talk to someone next door on a mobile or send them an email. What […]

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Taxis Need NFC

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When was the last time your taxi driver got lost? Have you struggled to give directions to your taxi driver that doesn’t speak your language when travelling? Or at home? Taxis need Near Field Communication (NFC).

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Bad Dates And Big Databases

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This is a post about databases and dates, so if that’s not your thing, then go here. The Imperial system of measurement has long been banished from technology *ahem NASA*. But the date format remains. Mathematics and metadata don’t have ‘interpretation’ and yet we are stuck with the US date format in many very big […]

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5 Essential Skills For Community Organising In An Online World

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“What’s MailChimp?” my friend asked. Good question. And there were others, “what’s a CSV?” We are living through a technological revolution where the tools to community organise are freely available and are ‘force multipliers’ for all. If you have the new skills to access the goodies.

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Has Bitcoin Decoupled The Sovereign From The Fiat?

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Bitcoin may be redefining the Fiat. No, not the car, but the thing in your wallet: money. Before I get to Bitcoin being a Fiat, let’s talk about the Sovereign Fiat first. The filthy lucre in your wallet or purse is actually a lot more complex than you realise. The Gold Standard may be dead, […]

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Switching Your Online Identity Is A Pain. And It Shouldn’t Be.

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I live a lot of my life in the Google Eco-system and I recently switched to Google Apps, and some very high-technology companies aren’t ok with it. Including Google. I had a Google+, Flickr, Xbox and YouTube account all linked to my old email address. Seems fine right? Nope. Google+ will let you migrate your account. […]

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