Monthly Archives: October 2012

The challenges of home archives

So you’ve got a bunch of data sitting around on your computer, and you’d like to archive it. First off, we need to have a little talk about the difference between archive and backup, and what a copy is. First, a copy is an instance of your data. So, if you’ve just purchased and downloaded Prometheus from… Read More »

Unnecessary evil

“If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down.” Todd Akin, 2012. “Even when life begins in that horrible situation of rape, that is something that God intended to happen.” Richard Mourdock, 2012. The anti-science climate in the United States is always difficult to observe. Any… Read More »

The 3 x F’s of Business/IT Alignment

Business/IT alignment seems like such a tricky concept, yet ultimately it’s about successful communication and planning. It actually boils down to 3 F’s: Function: The systems provided must meet the functional requirements of the business. They must allow the end users to do what they need to do. They must allow team leaders and management… Read More »

Michelle Grattan’s “Misogyny war has no winner”

In The Age, October 12, 2012, Michelle Grattan wrote a fairly extraordinary piece entitled, “Misogyny war has no winner“. Michelle’s rather creative title at The Age is “Political editor”. Thankfully, almost all of her pieces are titled “Opinion” these days, because to label them as anything else would be fanciful at best. Let’s have a… Read More »

Sophie’s Choice

Liberal MP Sophie Mirabella said yesterday that the text messages released showing Peter Slipper describing her as an “ignorant botch” (autocorrect!) showed that he shouldn’t remain a speaker. When criticising Peter Slipper, Sophie seemed to have forgotten when she was standing here: Since Peter Slipper has subsequently resigned (and apologised for his text messages), it… Read More »

The (right-)leaning tower of Fairfax

Over the last 18 months, there’s been some very disappointing turns in the political debate in Australia, but one which remains an ongoing puzzle is the way Fairfax has seemingly lurched to the right of the political discourse rather than being centrist. Take today’s (online) front page of The Age, for instance. Two political stories… Read More »

The problem with notifications

Much as MobileMe, the precursor to iCloud had a fair share of problems, and much as iCloud at times seems somewhat anaemic in its service offerings, a piece of core functionality in both has been content sharing for addresses, appointments, and so on. Notifications in iOS took a substantial improvement in usability, in no small… Read More »