Archive for August, 2006

Is Your PC ready for Vista?

Posted: August 9, 2006 in Misc Tech, Software

One of the biggest areas of speculation about Windows Vista is whether your system will be able to cope with it. Most of us have, by now, a fairly good idea of the basic hardware requirements to get a decent Vista system, but there has not been much detail to play with..until now

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Mixed blessings then.

She will play Melbourne’s Regent Theatre on October 30, Sydney’s Capitol Theatre on November 3, and Sanctuary Cove in Queensland on November 4.

She will also be a special guest performer along with crooner Chris Isaak at the Victoria Racing Club’s Chairman’s Dinner at Flemington Racecourse on November 1.

Tickets for the shows go on sale on Thursday, August 10.

POCKET rocket chart-topper Anthony Callea has landed the coveted support role on legendary diva Diana Ross’s Australian tour.

Callea, an Australian Idol runner-up, enjoyed great chart success last year.

His debut single The Prayer spent five weeks on top of the charts and earned a swag of industry awards for the young singer.

Callea will open for Ross in Sydney and Melbourne, and described the opportunity as one of the highlights of his career.

“Diana Ross is one of the all time greatest singers in the world. I am absolutely thrilled to be able to perform with such an icon in the music industry,” Callea said.

Ross, who was last in Australia in 1997, will perform three concerts in Australia.
story by Fiona Byrne

I was a bit scared of how this would be approached, but all the reviews seem in agreement that the matter was treated sensitively. Judging by reviews it appears Stone may NOT have gone far enough. Not heard how the families feel though.

If you have any trouble with the link to the trailer. There are other links to it here at the reliable IMDB
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Pink Floyd are said to be planning to reform for a memorial gig in honour of late former front man Syd Barrett (pictured), who died in July. Last year the band put years of animosity behind them for a performance with Roger Waters at Live 8, but have dismissed all speculation of another reunion until now.

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There’s a new Blog in town.

Vox by the folks that brought you TypePad, Moveabletype and LiveJournal have moved more to a public beta or “groundbreaking” stage.

Recently when the legendary Leo Laporte commented on the issues around Digg and Netscpate he did so via his blog on VOX. As it was in beta only few could reply (smart move Leo).
There’s a good interview with Mena Trott on the Inside the Net podcast about Vox. (thnx to gwjc)
The tools seem good and intuitive, but I will need a better play.

But being able to add sound or video to your blog seems especially easy and the formatting writing tools are a nice touch.

Look me up when you get there-




Almost any picture you could ask for in Melbourne, nicely indexed and laid out.

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TELSTRA’S hopes of building a $3.4 billion fibre broadband network have collapsed, with negotiations with regulators set to be abandoned as early as today, landing yet another blow on the federal Government’s plan for the final privatisation of the telco.

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It was announced today that the new(ish) exec at Telstra SOL Trujillo could be earning more from the interest on a $US72 million ($95 million) payout he received in 2000 than he earns each year at Telstra which is a mere $3m.
God Bless Capitalism

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Melbourne Store Activity Hinted

Posted: August 4, 2006 in Misc Tech

A tipster claims a top floor restaurant in Federation Square, Melbourne (Australia) is moving out after Apple took over the space which may eventually become a retail store. The high-up location seems an unlikely spot for a retail space, but Melbourne is definitely on the list of possible store sites.

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click an image below (goes to the fusion website)

LAN Event running in melbourne at high profile venue in October 500 Players

define:// “A LAN party is a temporary, sometimes spontaneous gathering of people together with their computers, which they connect together in a local area network (LAN) primarily for the purpose of playing multiplayer computer games.”Any Questions or for any more info visit the fine folks at fusionlan:

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Melbourne: The Cat Empire

Posted: August 4, 2006 in Misc Tech


Great Band

Anyone that saw the opening Commonwealth Games Ceremony from here in Melbourne, would have heard a great funky local band called The Cat Empire, and are one of the best new(ish) Aussie bands around. The members are all from around Melbourne, and are very comfortable on stage. Their music is difficult to assign to a genre. There is a strong jazz background, but it is not your average jazz! Mixed in is Hip-hop and Reggae, and a very fresh sound…

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Funny Cat Clips – Very Funny

Posted: August 4, 2006 in Misc Tech

I personally like the cat that chases the Bear away…

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Well it happens every 4 years.
What the Olympics- No, The Commonwealth Games, No.

Ahh, it’s the Australian census. That fun little half hour or so you spend answering questions about everything from how many sprog you have to, do you have a car or a bike. Last time an entertaining spamming campaign to Australians asked them to put their religion down as Jedi”. This resulted in over 70,000 census results for the “force” sensitive beings.

The result was that “Jedi” was the fastest growing religion in 2002. As the results are supposed to cater for the answers we give, I am still waiting for our temple.

This time we are treated to an e-census, the ability to answer all your question online (if the system will let you login).

This year we have seen no such spam. We do get spam but hopefully the fasted growing religion this time won’t be V1agra.


A pair of strange new worlds that blur the boundaries between planets and stars have been discovered beyond our Solar System. The pair belongs to what some astronomers believe is a new class of planet-like objects floating through space; so-called planetary mass objects, or “planemos”, which are not bound to stars.

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U2 plan a Free concert in Melbourne for 17 November 2006 .

This is to coincide with the Meeting of G-20 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors in Melbourne.
A site HAS been booked. U2 are in Melbourne for shows anyhow. Here is the link to the first story on it.

I will add more detail as it surfaces here (and why I am not direct linking the story).

Here is the info on the location of the “potential” free gig.

It is a nice location and easy to get to.

Ed…Love them or not I like a couple of their songs of theirs but am no Fanboy personally, and I do question the “good” they do (if any).

UPDATE: This looks like a good site for the U2 tour updates

See what Bill Gates says about that

I blogged this from a digg I did earlier this year as it is finally looking like it is going to happen.


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How did the U.S. Air Force respond on 9/11? MINUTE BY MINUTE
HEAR THE TAPES (as NORAD manages the launching of the military response)
After hearing 30 hours of never-before-released tapes from the control room of NORAD’s Northeast headquarters, the author reconstructs the chaotic military history of that dayand the Pentagon’s apparent attempt to cover it up. A MUST.

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Nothing to see here. Move a long please

It finally happened, I lost it. I posted a new feature about digg that is more old than new and I never saw it.

It happens sorry… SORRY

Enjoy a picture of my neighbours instead.

The toolkit, which is delivered free of charge, contains a whole host of suggestions about how to build a PC that will fit with the look and style of Windows Vista. From color palettes to suggestions about how the power and reset buttons should appear, the kit basically describes Microsoft’s vision of what a “Vista PC” should look like.

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Dumb, Dumber, & Dumbest

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