iPhone queues, iPod docks, the Golden Rules and a computer called Colleen

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A busy week here wraps up with Apple’s launch in Australia of the iPhone 4. I covered the queues overnight in Sydney for MacTheMag, and video blogged it as a result. It’s the first time I’ve bothered with a midnight opening, and the first time I’ve ever been pushed out of a venue by security. […]

How to become a world champion (the easy way)

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Conventional wisdom says that World Champions are men and women of grit. Words like “perseverance” and “determination” get bandied about. Newspaper articles talk about the long, lonely hours of training, the sacrifices made and the hideous cost paid to be the best in the world at your chosen field. Rubbish. Sure, you can do that, […]

Chunky netbooks and hefty broadband plans

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The theme for today’s stories is clearly “large”. Such as the dimensionally challenged (to be nice) netbook I’ve reviewed for CNET.com.au: MSI Wind U160: “There is one fashion faux pas that the U160 commits, however. It’s the U160’s six-cell battery, and there’s only one thing to say. Yes, U160, your bum does look big in […]

Uncovering Apple’s darkest secrets…

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It’s not all fun and games being an award-winning technology journalist, you know. Sometimes, you’ve got to get down and dirty with arm bending, secret car park meetings with unnamed “sources” and being chased by helicopters piloted by the mysterious forces of evil intent on stopping the truth being revealed, no matter who gets shot […]

How much Life is there on Mars?

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I’ve been slowly re-watching a couple of TV series of late, if only to escape the endless electioneering and Mastercheffage around at the moment. Can’t be having with either of them, really. One particular pleasure has been rediscovering Life On Mars, and of course its theme tune. Which leads me to listening to a lot […]

Radar Rat Race time…

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This week’s Vintage tech continues the theme of having guest contributors, after a fashion. Last week, rather aged video of Steve “Woz” Wozniak adorned my Apple II article. This week, the video is even older and the star even more stellar, as James T Kirk makes an appearance… Vintage Tech: Looking back at the VIC-20: […]

A media player that won’t, and a pen that might…

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A pair of different articles. I was remiss (OK, I was busy ┬árebuilding my office) in not plugging this week’s Hydrapinion column which went up yesterday: What’s next? A high tech pocket protector? “Maybe it’s just my non-musical talent speaking, but I’ve never felt the particular desire to draw a piano keyboard and have it […]