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Category Archives: IT and Internet
Now that my exams are over, I’ve gotten back to working towards launching my little startup. During the second half of my semester I couldn’t find time or energy for it, but I did occasionally give it some thinking time, some of which has borne fruit.
Beware, Troppo readers; here be nerds.
My technical architecture has a […] Continue reading
Yesterday was the 20th anniversary of Australia being connected to the internet.
On the night of the 23rd June 1989 Robert Elz of the University of Melbourne and Torben Neilsen of the University of Hawaii completed the connection work that bought the Internet to Australia. It was a 56kbps satellite circuit, and the Australian end used […] Continue reading
I needn’t tell Troppo readers that a few days of heady excitement are afoot in Canberra. Personally I doubt that the PM will go, but Swan might be in serious trouble.
A lot of argy-bargy has gone on about whether a “smoking gun” email, allegedly in the Coalition’s possession, is genuine. A lot of people have […] Continue reading
As I promised a few weeks ago, I have a brief report outlining the results from the survey I conducted comparing two different mortgage calculation procedures. For the truly curious, here it is. Continue reading
I don’t ask for much from Troppodillians (well apart except from jobs, business advice, money and subjects for experiments).
As part of my requirements for a unit on Software Quality & Measurement at UWA, I’ve developed two different procedures for calculating monthly mortgage repayments. Now I need to trial them on various people and see how […] Continue reading
In ancient greece, the Oracle at Delphi drew its authority and oracular insight from Apollo, the Sun God. In the org-chart of ancient greece this made the Sun more important than the Oracle.
Of course the greeks had it wrong. The Oracle had knowledge; that made it a local power. Apollo received lip service, Delphi received […] Continue reading