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Did you miss one? Below you'll find all of our previous shows.
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Episode 50/2006 - TX: December 11th, 2006 (Ep 107)
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Graeme Samuel ACCC ChairmanThis is the final Tech Talk Radio for 2006. The holiday season is upon us and we’re are about to hang their headphones up for the last time this year but before we go, it's time to take a look at the year in review. And what a year it’s been. 2006 would have to go down as a turning point for Telstra. What with T3, Next G, and the FTTN fiasco, this surely can only get better for Australia’s incumbent telco, And because it's Christmas, there's no better time to talk about the PS3 and Zune!

Website of the week:

Gadget of the week:

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Episode 49/2006 - TX: December 4th, 2006 (Ep 106)
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Graeme Samuel ACCC ChairmanAs we reported a few weeks ago on Tech Talk Radio, Rupert Murdoch rattled the Australian Federal Governments cage telling it that Broadband in Australia is well below the standards set in Asia and the United States, and billions needed to be spent to bring it up to par with the rest of the world. Well, its seems that the dust is far from settling. When Helen Coonan was asked was Rupert Murdoch wrong when he said the quality of broadband services in Australia is a disgrace she responded…

"Well I don't think it reflects the competition that's taken place over the last few months and the exponential rollout of broadband, largely with government subsidies. We've already spent about a billion dollars on upgrading communications and have another $600 million now on the table with a tender process in place to enable the difficult areas in rural and regional Australia to be served by broadband, with Telstra or indeed other operators being able to bid for it."

And last week it was TELSTRA chief executive Sol Trujillo’s turn, when he conceded that Australian broadband speeds are a disgrace. Graeme Samuel from the ACCC added his 5 cents to the argument and told Telstra to stop blaming them for poor broadband in Australia.
 
Also on today's show, more on the current developments with Telstra, the ACCC and Coonan - from an ACCC perspective, Britain OKs Radio Transmitters for iPods, 2000 Year Old Computer sheds new light on ancient geeks, Hackers target VOIP, New AMD chips target heavy users, Vista debuts at big end of town, Warner to offer movies to burn, and a story held over from last week – LCD prices sets to fall.

Website of the week: Take a break! A site for plannng and booking your holiday within Australia

Gadget of the week: Petwatch feeds pets automatically

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Episode 48/2006 - TX: November 27th, 2006 (Ep 105)
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Rupert MurdochIt’s now under a month to the day when the big man dress in red and white descends the chimney to spread good will and hopefully lots of techy presents under the Christmas tree, and then we’re all on holidays again. Flying is the easiest, and quite often the cheapest way to travel this large country of ours, so we thought who better to tell us all about the latest aviation news the retired Qantas pilot Mark Mayer. A travel item that’s fairly high in the cabin baggage stakes is the laptop computer, and with all the exploding batteries of late, we’ll find out what the official word is.

Also our regular US team member Lidija Davis joins us from the heart of Silicon Valley in Sunny California to tell us all the goings on in the tech world there, and today we speak of SEO or search engine optimization from a Google perspective – that’s web stuff for those who don’t have a clue about what I’m talking about, and a frightening new precedent set down in the US legal system about online plagiarism and slander – or is the liable…

Website of the week: http://www.retrothing.com/

Gadget of the week: TrackStick GPS Data Logger

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Episode 47/2006 - TX: November 20th, 2006 (Ep 104)
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Rupert MurdochRupert Murdoch rattled the Federal Governments cage last week telling it that Broadband in Australia is well below the standards set in Asia and the United States.

Only in the last week or so, Telstra has opened up ADSL1 to it’s full potential of up to 8MBs for downloads. The big question that comes to mind is why has it taken so long, a question that will no doubt remain a secret. And speaking of secrets, TELSTRA and the competition watchdog are attempting to keep pivotal documents about an aborted deal to deliver high-speed broadband out of public sight in a crucial hearing about access to Telstra's network. What’s all this about then? Finally we’re starting to see some data rate increases across Australia’s broadband networks, but is it too little to late, and what about rural consumers living beyond the DSL range – their alternative at the moment is Telstra’s next G or satellite, but at what price? And ADSL2 is finally hitting the streets, primarily driven by competition. Here comes the new divide of the modern era – the digital divide.


If you’ve ever been to Melbourne, chances are you’ve driven on toll-ways operated by Citylink. The e-tag technology used on toll-ways like Citylink in and Around Australia is cutting edge. There’s been lot’s of misinformation surrounding just how it all works, until now, when in just a few moments we’ll welcome Tom Bueker – manager of tolling and traffic systems infrastructure with Transurban. Also on today’s show Suspected phishing gang arrested in Europe and US, Malware writers attempt to plant malicious code in Wikipedia and Doctor Ron tells us How to Revive a Wet Mobile Phone.

Website of the week: www.roadtraffic-technology.com

Gadget of the week: Microsoft's Zune play now released

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Episode 46/2006 - TX: November 13th, 2006 (Ep 103)
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BulliesIf there’s one thing that that will always be a part of school life, it’s the school bully. We’ve all come across them in our time, and I’m sure you can still put a name to at least one from primary or secondary school. Tonight on Tech Talk Radio, we’re going to take a look at the impact of technology in the lives of our kids. The internet, mobile phones, SMS, Instant messaging and social networking sites such as myspace are now well and truly part of their world. This surely raises serious questions for parents, teachers, students, law enforcement and law makers alike. The most insidious of all scenarios is that bully has now become faceless, timeless, and more traumatic for the victim than ever before. Are parents aware of the pranks that their children are subject to or are perpetrating on others? Are they aware of the consequences of their children’s behavior in the online world?
Joining the panel this evening is senior constable Susan McLean from Victoria Police. Susan is based in Doncaster and is the youth resources officer for the Melbourne municipality of Manningham, Manningham comprises 8 or so suburbs to the east of the city and what would be considered to be a fairly affluent community.

Susan pointed us to the following sites for more information for parents and students:
Net Alert - Australia's Internet Safety Advisory Body
Net Smartz (US) - Keeping Kids and teens safer on the internet
iSafe America (US) - i-SAFE Inc. is the worldwide leader in Internet safety education. Founded in 1998 and endorsed by the U.S. Congress

Telstra had quite a busy week last week leaving all their key media releases to last Friday, announcing the launch of their ADSL2+ packages, along with a new business only broadband service. The British scientist who developed the world wide web fears he’s created a monster, Vista and Office 2007 on track for a January Retail Release, and Universal signs up for Zune

Website of the week: The Reputation Defender (monitors activity of your children on-line)

Gadget of the week: DAS Keyboard / Booney Dolls

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Episode 45/2006 - TX: November 6th, 2006 (Ep 102)
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Ever wanted to build your own website and been discouraged by the technicalities of where to have your site hosted? Do the terms php, asp, and html run shivers up your spine? Tonight we’ll try and way-lay some of those fears when we welcome Thomas Robinson to the Tech Talk Radio Studios. Thomas represent Australia’s largest web hosting company, Web Central, which currently boasts around 80,000 customers, including the likes of Qantas and Telstra. We’ll take a look at current trends in the market place, the technologies available, and credit card gateways, as well as database and email management. And hopefully by the end of the show, you’ll know you POP from your SMTP at least.
 
ClemAlso Tonight, Youtube makes mobile plans, local politician Clem Newton-Brown turns to Youtube for electioneering, ANY attempt by internet service providers to favour some online services or restrict others to come under scrutiny of the competition regulator, Lidija Davis tells us what's happening in Palo Alto, California. Powertel put’s the heat on Telstra with the launch of it’s ADSL2+ network, and the Windows Vista journey is about to reach the end of the beginning, with the official launch date of November 30 announced for the simultaneous launch of Office 2007 and the business version of Windows Vista and prices.

Website of the week: Browsershots is a free online platform that allows you to see a screenshot of how your site looks in these browsers:

Linux: Firefox 1.5, Firefox 2.0, Konqueror 3.5, Opera 9.0
Mac: Safari 2.0
Windows: MSIE 5.0, MSIE 5.5, MSIE 6.0, MSIE 7.0

Gadget of the week: NTT DoCoMo's new 3D Display: NTT DoCoMo announced last month that it has co-developed a portable, seven-inch 3D display system that can project 3D images without special glasses, and from an offset viewing angle.

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Episode 44/2006 - TX: October 30th, 2006 (Ep 101)
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It’s been a rather interesting week this week as worlds largest software developer, Microsoft, positions itself to roll out Vista, the windows XP replacement operating system, and the all new Office 2007 suite of applications. Last week both IE7 and Firefox two went online and was downloaded by millions of keen users all round the world – or was it? If you had your auto updates on for either of these applications, chances are they’re on your PC right now.
 
Also Tonight, We’ll take a look at the pros and cons of the new IE7, Microsoft launch new Vista upgrade incentive. Is Vodaphone about to bail out of the Australia’s Mobile market after 12 years, a next Gen update, Senator Coonan  announces a Review of local content obligations for regional radio, Google launches a new customisable search engine for other websites, and we take a look at the relationship between infertility in males and Mobile phones. All that and more on Australia’s Tech Talk Radio

Website of the week: http://www.econsultant.com/web2/
Web 2.0 directory

Gadget of the week: The most expensive mobile phone in the world

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Episode 43/2006 - TX: October 23rd, 2006 (Ep 100)
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Well, you’d have to have been living under a rock not to know about Span, the scourge of the internet. Unsolicited electronic mail is being sent to recipients at an alarming rate, and growing. According to a recently released report, the incidence of spam mail has once again careened out of control, jumping 6.9% in June to a massive 64.8% of all emails sent in June 2006. There have been many theories about how to rid the world of ever increasing problem, some practical, some fanciful, and some downright ludicrous, but the Australian Government, through the Australian Communications and Media Authority, is trying to make a difference.  In the ACMA's first annual report released on October the 19th Registering the world’s first legislative code of practice for internet and email service providers was one of the highlights. In an important test case for the 2003 Spam Act, ACMA completed its first prosecution under the Act in the Federal Court in Perth. Bruce Matthews heads the Australian Governments Anti Spam team and he is our studio guest this today.
Spam Matters
Also Tonight:

More and more people are escaping workaday reality by starting a new life in virtual reality. In 3D virtual worlds on the internet, you can create your own body and personality, meet virtual friends and carry out everyday activities. One online society, called Second Life, now has more than 1 million residents logging in around the world. But what are the risks? Social commentators are warning that some addicts of the virtual world run the risk of being trapped in a fantasy of cyber perfection. Also tonight, Microsoft Launch IE7, Apple shipped infected iPods, and a slamming report on Apple from Australia’s foremost consumer group Choice. We're also going to launch our new Tech Talk Web service! There’s website and gadget of the week and don’t forget the oddspot.

Website of the week: Popularity Dialler

Get's you out of those tricky (boring) situations if you live in the US. You can also ban yourself if you find yourself becoming too popular. (Thanks Jeff G)

Gadget of the week: Radio Controlled Shocking Battle Tanks!!
Shocking Tank

Tired of listening to the gabbling marketing dweebs down the hall? Fed up with your micro-managing incompetent boss? Have co-workers that are smarter than you? Challenge them all to a game of RC shocking laser tag, beat them, and then become the office legend you've always wanted to be.

How does it work? Simple. Each set comes with two R/C controllers and two tanks on different radio frequencies. Simply turn them on and try to shoot your opponents tank with your infra-red cannon. The tanks move forwards, backwards left and right just like any other tank. Each time you successfully hit your opponents tank, they will receive a shock from their controller. Winning a match requires five successive hits to your opponents tank. LEDs built into the tanks indicate the score. Handy wrist straps are built into each controller so that when you shock your boss and he freaks out and drops his controller, it won't hit the floor!

    Features:
  • Two remote controlled battled tanks with infra red guns
  • Two control units with built in shocking function and speakers
  • A direct hit on the tank shocks the driver via the control unit
  • Indicator lights show when you have been hit. Five strikes and you're out
  • Battle sound effects for added excitemen
  • Two shock levels (wimp and tough guy) are available. How brave do you feel?
  • Requires 6AA and 6AAA batteries (included!)

Warning: The Product Emits An Electric Shock. Keep out of reach of children. Not suitable for those under the age of 14. This is a novelty item, not a toy. May interfere with electrical devices such as pacemakers.

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Episode 42/2006 - TX: October 16th, 2006
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Telstra Next Gen HandsetThe smoke and mirrors seem to have put away this week as the fog clears on Next G. Media ownership and T3 have now taken the headlines in the main stream media so tonight a full panel will briefly discuss the technical side of Next G, how it works, and why. Also in the offering this week is Intel’s new Wimax technology. Nortel, the company who rolled out Telstra’s CDMA network Nortel claims that its mimo (multiple input multiple output) technology will enable operators to deliver video-grade content for as little as one-tenth the cost per bit of current 3G wireless networks, and "can deliver three times the speed and twice the subscriber capacity with greater range and building penetration in urban areas compared to non-mimo WiMAX solutions." Confused?  Stay tuned

Farmers sit on the fence over 3 G technologies. If you’ve had enough of telemarketers, Dr Ron has found a practical solution and somewhat unique scenario to get your own back and we hear a real-life example. Telstra is doing deals with movie studios and the BBC to provide content on Next Gen, Vista allows users to reinstall their expensive software acquisitions just once, Optus launch a new Satellite, and Vista limitations are becoming apparent.

Website of the week: www.led-live.com




Post text to a scrolling LED sign on the other side of the world!

Just in case you've got nothing better to do! Our listeners do us proud! Congratulations to Alan L who posted the Tech Talk Radio URL there in all three slots! Thanks to everyone else who sent them - we have enough ;)




Gadget of the week #1:
Mosquito Click

mosi clickToo often we find that our nights are spoilt by mosquitoes. Itchiness resulting from bites persists for a long time and if we give in to temptation to scratch, we end up with skin irritations that can be more serious than the initial bite. To eliminate these effects, a small and very practical device called the Mosquito-Click was invented.

Gadget of the week #2: Miniature fuel cell toy car and hydrogen refueling station

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Episode 41/2006 - TX: October 9th, 2006
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Sol Nexy G LaunchWell what a week in technology, or if you believe Australia’s incumbent and largest Telco’s CEO, Sol Trujillo , the 6 of Oct 2006 will change the life of Australians forever. Quite a bold statement by ant stretch of the imagination. No it wasn’t an act of terrorism or the death of a noted individual, The phone company just increased the data rate of its mobile phone network… hardly what you’d call earth shattering news but this is what Telsta’s top boss announced to the waiting media in Sydney last Friday despite the deluge of water cascading from the ceilings of venues on not one, but two occasions. The briefing on the company's progress was interrupted two and half hours into a day-long presentation when a light bulb exploded and set off a large fire sprinkler. Hundreds of analysts fled the room at the Overseas Passenger Terminal at Circular Quay, grabbing their laptops, phones and notes, but many were soaked in the spray, including Mr Trujillo.  Some skeptics may call this Karma but it didn’t seem to dampen Sol’s enthusiasm.

Let’s take a look at the timing of this momentous occasion, it was the Friday preceeding the Monday when the launch of T3, the sale of the final parcel of Federal Government owned shares, was announced.  Sol said the day had been planned for over a year, but it was originally planned for December, and moved forward.

The Sunday prior to the Monday launch of T3 saw what we call in the business a road block on mainstream and Cable TV. Here, Telstra chose to air a two minute advertisement at the same time on each station between 8:50 pm and 9:10 pm selling the virtues of it’s new 850Mhz 3rg Generation phone network, in effect making it almost impossible to miss if you had the telly on, except if you were watching one of the government broadcasters. We’ll have a highlights package later in the show… just in case you missed it, or daylight saving got the better of you.

Not to be upstaged the week, the Senate enquiry into media ownership blew up in all out brew-ha-ha amongst coalition politicians. The outspoken Barnaby Joyce was in fine form.

Also Tonight

Microsoft’s new operating software Vista comes bundled with bigger and better anti piracy incentives. Printing your boarding pass at home soon to become a reality, the Do not call tender nears, meaning those pesky telemarketers days are nearing and end, and Optus launch a new 3G ad campaign,

Website of the week: elijournals.com

Get FREE tips, tricks, and timesaving techniques, designed to increase your productivity and expertise with the software applications you use each day—delivered to your email inbox.Each Tip is short, quick, and easy to read. Written by our expert editors, your tips will make you more productive right away. One tip could save you hours of time and effort, and be just the solution you need!

Gadget of the week: FMP3 Watch incorporates music player

Thanko engineers have managed to come up with the new FMP3 Watch which is equipped with an integrated MP3 player. You can choose from 512MB and 1GB models, depending on the amount of music that you carry along each time you leave the house. Supported audio formats include MP3 and WMA. The built-in FM radio comes in handy when you've run out of songs to listen to. There is no need to purchase any batteries for the FMP3 Watch as it is recharged via USB. Prices for the FMP3 Watch ranges anywhere between 113 Euros to 148 Euros. You've got to admit that listening to your music with a pair of headphone wires stuck to your timepiece will make you look rather daft, even if you're from Mars. Thanko could have done better by including Bluetooth connectivity for a wireless solution.

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Episode 40/2006 - TX: October 2nd, 2006
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Justin DunlopJustin Dunlop, Mac Guru returns to the tech talk radio studios to share his knowledge about the new mac OS, and gadgets, not to mention how well windows runs on his mac!

Justin has probably been collecting Apple Computer hardware since the day he started using them in 1980. Since then he has accumulated a large amount, and is quickly running out of space in his store room...

Also tonight Telstra’s at it again with more anti consumer behaviour as payphones hit the news again, Microsoft patch ie ahead of schedule only to find Powererpoint problems. Symantec are feeling the heat from Microsoft, Microsoft versus FairUse4WM test case for Digital Rights Management, and Apple quick with bug fix for latest iTunes.

Website of the week: http://jumpcut.com/
Editi your movies online with the follow benefits:
- Upload your own photos, video and audio
- Create and publish your own movies
- Grab and store shared media to use in your movies
- Share your movies with friends
- Embed your movies into a blog, MySpace, etc.
- Create your public profile
- Connect with people whose movies you like
- Post comments on movies and people
- Remix other people's movies

Gadget of the week: New batteries could oust lithium-ion

Zinc Matrix Power recently introduced its new rechargeable battery technology which is based on silver-zinc instead of lithium-ion that is pervasive in most rechargeable batteries today at the Intel Developers Forum. There are several advantages of the new batteries over current technology, including being safer, a much longer battery life, and more environmentally friendly as these battery cells are easy to recycle and reused. These new silver-zinc batteries will be available to manufacturers for evaluation and testing purposes early next year. Do you reckon Sony will start knocking on Zinc Matrix Power's doors in order to avoid the recent debacle concerning its range of exploding batteries?

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Episode 39/2006 - TX: September 25th, 2006
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There’s been some confusion in recent times about the new range of possibilities we have when it comes to mobile communications. There’s the new HSDPA or High Speed Downlink Packet Access which is being rolled out with the 3G or 3rd Generation mobile phone technology, in particular the 3G 850 network. Throw in to the mix television beamed directly to our mobile devices. It seems that will be here very soon as the tests for DVB-H have now been completed and we’re about to see a new bout of spectrum auctions for those media barons keen to invest in this new medium. But what are we going to see and what are we going to be looking at? And don’t think this with mobile phone technology because that’s just what it isn’t. Confused? Your not the only one. Tonight the panel will discuss where we’re at with HSDPA and DVB-H. Also Tonight....

More exploits for poor old IE, Packet sniffer causes divorce, A new web browser is now available that promises to protect  the privacy of internet surfers from “hostile governments” or “data thieves” , Senator Coonan expands ABC radio with 6 million listeners to benefit, and Vista in the firing line before it’s even on the market.

Website of the week: The Ninja Text Generator

Gadget of the week:
The Remember Ring™ utilizes patent pending Hot Spot™ technology to deliver a reminder that it's "That time of the year again!"

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Episode 38/2006 - TX: September 19th, 2006
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Kids MobileForty years after Captain Kirk and Crew zoomed off at warp speed to the final frontier, Star Trek returns to TV in the US this week with an extensive digital face-lift, Back on earth, Broadband in Australia reaches 3.5 million, Telstra goes schools on line rental, and the ACC warns over “missed call” spam. Graeme tells us about new hard drives, Telstra's new mobile for kids, Australian broadband hits 3.5 million and New exploits for IE and Firefox as will as Apples Quicktime. And lots more.

Website of the week: Fakename Generator.... for when the telemarketers get the better of you.

Gadget of the week:
Mobe Charger - For those occasions when you need a bit of extra spark!

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Episode 37/2006 - TX: September 11th, 2006
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Peter WatsonTonight Peter Watson, Chief security Advisor - Microsoft Australia joins us in the Tech Talk Radio Studio. Vista and Office 2007 are just months away from general release, and we thought it timely to take a look at security and how thing may or may not have changed.

Peter's Microsoft bio reads:

Peter Watson is the Chief Security Advisor for Microsoft Australia, reporting directly to the country General Manager. Peter has worked within the computer security and control field for the last seventeen years. Peter performs the role of “trusted advisor” to some of Australia's and Asia Pacific's leading organisations, advising on trends and events in the broader security marketplace. His comprehensive security knowledge encompasses the life cycle of security from requirements, strategy, policy, standards through to architecture design, implementation and out-tasked management. Peter is extremely adept at assisting organisations in determining the value and benefits of security from a business perspective. A number of Australia's leading organisations have used Peter's security models to assist them in enacting security programs that are not only business risk driven but operationally achievable.

Also tonight, we'll revisit some of the more notable viruses and trojans that have caused havoc in the online world, Telstra are keeping up with the Jones's when it comes to those annoying caller tones, SpiralFrog free music gains momentum and Microsoft sees plenty of room for the growth in the digital player market.

Website of the week: Nomination from Alan Eade – resident TTR Ambulance Paramedic www.sja.org.uk/ifirstaid

Gadget of the week:
YapperNut’s YapperMous

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Episode 36/2006 - TX: September 4th, 2006
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VOIP offeringsVoice over IP or  using a conventional telephone to make phone calls over the internet is gaining momentum at a rapid rate. Combine this technology, with very competitive mobile communications, and no wonder consumers in Australia are moving away from the traditional fixed line telephone. Tonight we’ll take a look at the new VOIP offerings from some providers and look at the hardware required. Also tonight, Vista is scheduled for launch early next year, and you can now pre order the Operating System through several organizations, but some early adapters say it’s way too expensive. Optus and Elders team up for Broadband connect, Mobile phones can’t keep secrets, We thought we had plenty of Sharks in Australia when it came to broadband providers, but Verizon raises the bar in the United States, Microsoft admits to a music hack for it’s Digital Rights Management, Samsung heralds the arrival of 4G Mobile phone technology and the browser wars hot up with Firefox 2 beta and IE7 release candidate 1 now available for download.  

Website of the week:In the spirit of improving communications with web site publishers, Google has launched a new website called Webmaster Central.

Gadget of the week:
GENERATION iPod has a new fashion accessory - hi-tech backpacks that can function as the control centres of their increasingly digital lifestyles.

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Episode 35/2006 - TX: August 28st, 2006
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JOHN HOWARD: "We propose to offer to both retail and institutional investors in the order of $8 billion of stock in the Company. The sale will take place in October and November of this year."

It ’s been over 10 years in the making, but last Friday saw the announcement most of the country has been waiting for, the Sale of Australia’s dominant telecommunications company Telstra. Mind you, it’s only a third of the total parcel the Government owns. So is it politics that's driving this not the interests of the taxpayer, or the interests of existing Telstra shareholders? And what will happen to the telco now? It will certainly be the end of a majority government owned era, but what new era is about to unfold? And what of the issues with the Australian consumer watchdog, the ACCC? It will certainly be interesting times.

earthMark Mayer returns to the Tech Talk Radio studios to talk about Aviation.

We have Frappr Updates, Streaming updates, (yes we’re streaming again tonight)  AOL has announced it will offer movies from four major Hollywood studios for downloading on its new internet video service  Virgin Blue is about to become only the third airline in the world to offer live television on its flights, Microsoft puts up first IE7 release candidate and what is this T3 thing anyway?

Website of the week: http://popurls.com/ This is a daily collection of current, topical and interesting links.

Gadget of the week: The World’s Most Incredible Swiss-Army Knife!

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Episode 34/2006 - TX: August 21st, 2006
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Now if you’re the proud owner of a domain in the Australian name space .au, you’re no doubt aware that the going rate is about $45 for two years. Recently Tech Talk Radio was amongst many who received a rather official looking document soliciting $225 registration for the same name from a company called Domains Australia. Only because I was aware of the going rates, I stopped to read the fine print. The domain they wanted me to register was a .net.au instead of the .com.au. As a sweetener for the extortion offer they Soloffered an MP3 Player. I was so infuriated by such a clever deception that I chose to ring the number on the extortion note – oh I mean official invoice, to find the number just ring out. Now it’s hit the mainstream media with the Australia’s peak internet name authority, auDA rolling up the sleeves to tackle Domains Australia.


Also today, the planets are in line for a shake up as our solar system grows at a rapid pace.

Payphones go VOIP, Telstra and Bigpond update their image, AOL goes after spammer’s gold, Crazy John and Melbourne IT join forces, and DVD's get ready for production runs of one! All that and more on Australia’s Tech Talk Radio.

Website of the week: www.wohba.com
Gadget of the week: The Dualjack is able to turn any standard power outlet into a telephone jack. It is compatible with both corded and cordless phones, answering machines, fax machines, PC mdoems, TiVo devices, and even VoIP adapters. You can also communicate between Dualjack extension units as if an intercom system is in place - all you need to do is to pick up the phone connected to any extension and press any number followed by the # key. The Dualjack costs $89.95 a pop and saves you the trouble of installing another phone jack by yourself.

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Episode 33/2006 - TX: August 14th, 2006
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Who said a day in politics was a long time? Well the same could certainly be said about technology. The compounding issues with Telstra and the Australian Consumer watch dog. The ACCC, have made for interesting times for the Australian Federal Government as the announcement for the sale of the remainder of Australia’s dominant 51% government owned Telco looms ever closer. To be or not to be, perhaps the most famous soliloquy in literature, in which these words reflect the state of desperation in which Hamlet, the Prince of Denmark, finds himself as he contemplates suicide, could easily equate to Australian Prime minister John Howard’s dilemma where “to sell or not to sell Telstra” is shaping up to be a major issue in the run to the next poll a little over a year away and which may result in political suicide if the wrong decision is made.

Sol
Also tonight Telstra’s top Dog, Sol Trujillo gets a $2.1m bonus which, in the face of his antagonistic behavior of recent times, one might ask why?


Senator Coonan, Australia’s minister for Communications Information technology and the Arts says Labor’s spokesman Stephen Conroy is missing the point on broadband in Australia, Apple completes its transition to Intel, and Microsoft patches only 12 security threats to its stable of products.


Website of the week: The Age - Technology Tips from Fairfax Digital
Gadget of the week: The Virtual Laser Keyboard uses both infrared and laser technology to generate an invisible field and project a full-size virtual QWERTY keyboard onto any surface.

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Episode 32/2006 - TX: August 7th, 2006

As we move more and more into the digital age, traditional communications such as analogue tv and radio are being steamrolled in the rush to go digital. It seems that if it isn’t digital then it isn’t good, well that’s what the ‘powers that be’ would have us believe…And who are these people anyway? Senator Coonan? Bill Gates, or maybe Steve Jobs? Some of the benefits of analogue broadcasting and norrow casting have by far greater benefits than that of digital, so why the push? The Australian Federal Government stands to earn millions, if not billions of dollars in spectrum sales as they compact what used to be once service per channel into many services per channel. Media tycoons also stand to increase their revenue as digital encoding or encyryption means you need a key to unlock the content on their broadcast services reguardless of how it’s broadcast.  Competition in our ‘connected global community’ will hopefully keep the moguls in line

Another digital transformation occurred last week which passed relatively un-noticed by the mainstream media, and one which should have received more attention than it did. In the wee small hours of Tuesday
August the first, Victoria Police turned off their analogue communications system in Melbourne which on the whole seems relatively harmless. What no one has told us is the pros and cons of the new Motorolla digital radio network to which vicpol now subscribe. Will public safety be an issue? And what of the safety of police members? The panel will reveal all later in the show.

Also tonight  How far can you shine a light? A couple of metres? A couple of kilometers? …  How about 167 km. Chris Long and Mike Groth spanned a 167 km path between Mount Barrow's South peak and Mount Wellington in Tasmania with audio modulated light beams. This was the culmination of about 35 years of intermittent experiments by the two, initially individually and later in association. We just had to as why? Also the Census is back,  Telstra is in the news, Coonan’s reforms are causing a ruckus, and Australia is becoming a test ground for new media!

Chris Long's website: www.bluehaze.com.au/modlight/
Our Gadeget of the week can be found here.

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Episode 31/2006 - TX: July 31th, 2006

ebayEverybody’s heard about it, some swear by it and others – we’ll they’re just terrified of it. Shopping online has traditionally been left to the geeks and die hard net junkies… until now. More and more people around the world are signing up to organizations such as ebay and using facilities like paypal to buy and sell new and used goods online. So we thought it high time to set the record straight and put everything you’ve heard into perspective, because these type of institutions are here to stay.

Also tonight Senator Coonan gets tough with the phone companies and reminds them what the Customer Service Guarantee is and increases the renumeration to us the poor customers who get stuffed about by these large organisations, The Tech Talk Radio Frappr community is growing strong after just two weeks in existence. Microsoft’s Zune (their equivalent to apples ipod) to become the new Xbox, but it may take 5 years. And ‘Man in the Middle’ attacks – the latest way the scammers are try to get your money. They’re real time, and happened to Citibank just last week.  All that and more on Australia’s Tech Talk Radio.

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Episode 30/2006 - TX: July 24th, 2006
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Bryan AckerleyWe ask the question, are all batteries the same? Have you walked down the isle in the local supermarket or tech store in quest of a battery for the digital camera or your small torch and wondered what the differences were between the brands? Well, there’s plenty so tonight we’ll find out when Bryan Ackerly joins the panel to discuss the pro’s and cons of the leading brands - In particular - the penlight or double AA batteries. We’ll look at the differences between Heavy and light loads, Carbon vs Alkaline vs Lithium, as well as the rechargeable NiMH / NiCd. -Storage and self discharge, and more importantly Purchase cost vs Cost per hour.

Also tonight, the price of plasma tv set is plunging, Trojan warnings for Google and myspace as well as virus warnings for Microsofts powerpoint.

Bryan's battery website: www.users.bigpond.net.au/vk3yng/batteries/aa_battery_comparison.htm

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Episode 29/2006 - TX: July 17th, 2006
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Tonight we take a thorough look at the new Cross Media Ownership laws and the new Media Framework for Australia as anounced last week by Senator Helen Coonan, and what it means for you and me.

The Australian Financial Review reports: Media reform is relative in Australia, where fear of offending media barons paralyses governments and leads to poor policies that short change consumers.

John Hartigan, News Ltd CEO, on ABC's radio in Sydney: It was not about consumer protection, it is about industry protection.

Media buyer Harold Mitchell, told The Financial Review: The government's intended changes appear to give the existing players some protection, at least into the foreseeable future and that this was a good thing...and

Foxtel CEO Kim Williams said  It's just more of the same old protectionism for the free-to-air networks who have done nothing for digital rollout in Australia and can't be relied upon for the future.

Well we haven’t seen a shake up like this in mainstream electronic media since the labour government last changed the laws back in 1987. Senator Helen Coonan unveiled John Howard’s New Media Framework which has consumers as the winners of this far sighted approach.  From first appearances this bill seems to meet that objective, but there are still many old dogs, that need to be taught new tricks.

Tonight on TTR we’re going to have a look at what this New Media Framework means to you and me, because the clock turn off of analogue TV is now only a few years away. If you’re in the market to replace or upgrade your existing TV or VCR, tonight is must hear radio.

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Episode 28/2006 - TX: July 10th, 2006
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Pod wars are imminent with the software giant Microsoft about to flex its muscles and try and remove apple’s ipod form the dominant portable music device in time for Christmas this year. Tonight we’ll see what’s up bills sleeve.

Also, Digital rights management is everywhere now from the watermark on the TV set to the ipod 5 plays and your out dilemma, so we thought it timely to discuss the pros and cons of these systems and how it affects the day to day use of home electronic equipment and attitudes towards copyright infringement.

As well, the attitude towards rolling out new technology in high speed internet is typified by local ISP Netspace’s sit on the fence policy, Paris has grand wifi plans and the Queensland cops move into the 21st century with their new Law enforcement assistance program called QPrime, which replaces more than 230 different IT systems.

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Episode 27/2006 - TX: July 3rd, 2006
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Joining the panel this evening Paul Ramsbottom, Managing Director, Advanced Solutions International

Paul’s business helps the not for profit sector manage its members, communications and fundraising through leading software and training. Some of the organizations Paul deals with include CPA Australia, The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons, The Australian Physiotherapy Association,  The Australian Medical Association, The Cerebral Palsy League of Queensland, The Cancer Council Victoria and Australian Bush Heritage Fund just to name a few

Today Paul’s business has more than 35 staff and 400 customers utilising software he developed called iMIS to do their vital work more effectively.

Also tonight, Yahoo settles a click fraud law suit, Google rolls out it’s new payment service in direct competition to paypal and will no doubt ruffle feather with ebay. Someone has finally scammed the Nigerian scammers and given them a taste of their own medicine. U2’s Bono approached to help rid the world of Digital Rights Management, Rupert to get some new technology tips from Sol and Microsoft delays office... again!

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Episode 26/2006 - TX: June 26th, 2006
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Have you ever rung an ISP or service provider to cancel your account only to find an over zealous company inbound call taker who won’t take no for an answer? Well spare a thought for Vincent Ferrari. He spent 15 minutes on the phone to AOL, no doubt listening to AOL propaganda, only to speak to AOL Customer Service Representative – John, who clearly didn’t know what the word ‘Cancel’ meant.

Also today, US Agencies hit by ID theft, Apple talks movies to hollywood, Telstra’s latest effort to save landlines, Nokia halts CDMA, Monash Researchers hit pay dirt, A new broadband record for Australia, Holden delivers another Safety First for Australia, and a 'Spy' revealed in Microsoft security too.

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Episode 25/2006 - TX: June 19th, 2006
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Last Wednesday, the communications minister Senator Helen Coonan addressed the National Press Club in Canberra. The topic for discussion was Protecting Families online and in her opening statement she announced that the most contentious issue of her portfolio was that of Internet Pornography, describing it as the most concerning and least understood. Reading the transcript of the speech gives the reader the impression that the government does in fact have a good understanding of the problem, but is technologically limited in the combat against these sort of sites by the nature of the internet itself. After  consultations with agencies in other countries, and even trials in this country with the CSIRO, the conclusion to date is no amount of filtering at any level, is going to overcome exposure of this type of material to our kids. There is a solution though, and that is quality parental supervision.

Helen CoonanTo quote Senator Coonan:
 “We need to  educate parents, teachers and kids about the dangers of the net, we need to regulate to ensure that ISPs comply with codes of practice and we need to legislate to ensure there are appropriate criminal sanctions for those who create or perpetuate offensive and illegal content online.  We will listen to all arguments, read all reports and test the effectiveness of all methods to crack down on un savoury and illegal material on the web".

Life has become infinitely more sophisticated since the Internet’s arrival but it has also become more complicated. Is it spin or political rhetoric? Well I have you children, and run a business based on helping range of institutions from small business to State Government communicate using the internet and what I’ve read in this 9 page transcript is right on the money. Credit where credit is due, Senator Coonan has done her homework, but you be the judge. If you have kids of that age, be sure to download and read this thought provoking document.

More on ‘Protecting families online’, We’ll continue our generation Y discussion, and Live in the studio we’ll be chatting to Kate Fairley, and 18 year old member of the Google Generation, who’s never had the pleasure of playing a vinyl record, and has a text habit of… well I’ll let her tell you that. Dr Ron and I take it to the streets at Melbourne uni, and we talk to David Munn, a member of the 4 wise monkeys, which is a group of Generation Y individuals based in queensland, who have taken on phone spam, where the authorities can’t. So if you’ve ever had a missed call on your mobile and it sends you to a 1900 number, stay tuned.

Also today, One of the worlds greatest philanthropists, Bill Gates, retires, Optus are stirring the pot, NAB bankrupt? Well no not really – it’s just another scam, Yahoo out to please the Chinese… and With the advent of a new widget for the world cup, we thought it time to revisit widgets! What are they and how do they work!  

Click Here for Senator Coonan's NPC Speech

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Episode 24/2006 - TX: June 12th, 2006
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Over the next few weeks, we’re going to take a in depth look at Generation Y, and their tech and communications habits. Wikipedia describes Generation Y as the cohort of people born immediately after "Generation X", though the term is itself controversial and is synonymous with several alternative terms including The Net Generation, Millennials, Echo Boomers, iGeneration, Second Baby Boom, and the Google generation. Although different groups or individuals consider a different range of years to constitute Generation Y, that range of years is almost always within the outer bounds of 1976 as the earliest possible year and 2001 as the latest.

Also tonight, Telstra’s Payphones are back in the news again, Online banking concerns for Seniors despite is rise in popularity in all sectors, Senator Coonan plans to sell of Digital TV, Telstra and the AFL look like striking a deal for Online rights, Vista Beta is on the streets – and – so to is TTR, this time we talk to students about their mobile phone habits! And the results are surprising! There's some new firefox plugins, Is Microsoft's genuine advantage actually spyware, and Mark tells us of a $40 radar gun that apparently works!
(Well it's more accurate than some of the government ones)

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Episode 23/2006 - TX: June 5th, 2006
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In news this week, A GROUP of Victoria Police officers have been fined for misusing a police database – otherwise known as LEAP or the law Enforcement Assistance Program. It’s probably nothing new, but tonight we’ll talk about that, and the new MDT’s or mobile data terminals which are now being installed in police vehicles.

Dr Ron, our in house software beta tester gives Microsofts Media Center OS a run for its Money as well as taking time out to compare four popular voip products for ease of setup and more imortantly, audio quality.

If youv’e been told that your Microsoft installation is not Genuine after your regular updates this week then you’re not alone. Apparently you’re one in 180 million. Also this week Primus backs out of CDMA, Mobile content usage on the rise, Adobe and Microsoft not talking, ACMA Spam update,Jeff gates talks digital radio broadcasting, and Nintendo does it’s bit for Alzheimer’s

ACMA's Spam Reporting for Outlook / Outlook Express or download from here

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Episode 22/2006 - TX: May 29th, 2006
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Well the pollsters have been busy again, and this week, we thought we’d take a look at the thoughts, surfing habits and opinions of Australian broadband users and the results will surprise you.

Amongst other things, the study reveals what users think of their ISPs, what they’re doing with their broadband, and the level of support offered by ISPs. The survey was conducted late last year and early this year and has some interesting messages to ISPs should they choose to listen to their customers. It can be downloaded at broadband choice.com.au

Dr Ron gives Office 2007 a run for its Money and we’ll hear his thoughts on Microsoft’s new look suite – the first major revamp of their flagship software since 2002. He's also loaded up Microsoft's media centre desktop as well, Jeff Gates talks Navigation in the US, Camera manufacturer now digital everything gurus Canon consider stopping the development of new film cameras. It’s James Packer’s turn to fire a broad shot about broadband at the Federal Government. Revelations this week that the ACMA doesn’t know what net TV is – in fact, they’re really not sure what the internet is.... Australian TV Network online battle heats up, a new vulnerability discovered with Microsoft’s word, Australia's emergency tripple 0 number (000) now has over 64 million calls a year from mobile services and VOIP traffic, which is not linked to the landline register causing problems getting help to where it's needed, and Optus drop line rental! (be sure to read the fine print!)

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Episode 21/2006 - TX: May 22nd, 2006
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It’s an unwritten, and extremely unfounded that the opposite sex is not as tech savvy as their male counterparts, and a report out this week finds that at work, men surf the web, but women infect pc’s, that’s right, you heard me correctly, women infect PC’s! Well, like a red rag to a bull, we felt it only right to take this to task and see what the panel has to say on the matter.

Mark MayerAlso Mark Mayer joins us to talk technology and aviation. Mark, is a regular on Tech Talk Radio and is a retired Qantas Pilot. Tonight - CPDLC or Controller-Pilot Data Link Communications!

Voice over IP is picking up the pace here in Australia, It’s the week for survey results, not only are our work websufing habits revealed, so to is the World wide online access report, and globally we’ve finally hit the mil. Also we look at Mobile phone calls on the internet, Symantec sues Microsoft, AMD goes from strength to strength with AMD now the preferred supplier of chips to Dell. Web predator warnings from police and possibly the website of the millennium – not the week, the millennium. It’s a big call – I know, but Dr ron has found a site which will no doubt be pulled off line by the regulatory authorities in no time at all. It’s an Australian site and it may contain your personal contact information. So if you’ve ever wondered who lives in your street, stay tuned!

Click here for Website of the week

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Episode 20/2006 - TX: May 15th, 2006
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Tonight we’ll be talking about Kim Beazley’s broadband offer, More from Palo Alto, well, actually somewhere in the Mojave desert this week when we hear from Lidija Davis and Aussie in California.

There’s new mobile phone jamming technology set to be tested in Australian prisons, Sony to talk the language of iTunes, Optus are trying to attract Kids to their Broadband network by teaming up with Disney, Triple X finally laid to rest, Australian Telemarketers are on borrowed time, Real time Voice translation from Skype, iPod Directions launched, and we hear from Jeff Gates from Cleveland Ohio, about the state of broadband in the US from a local’s point of view.

Also a new phone hoax which could cost you a packet and transfering music to your ipod now legal in Australia, but there are some catches.

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Episode 19/2006 - TX: May 8th, 2006
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Spam would have to be the scourge of the internet. We all get it, no one wants it, and the amount of bandwidth it consumes is monumental. Tonight the panel will discuss in depth, what exactly spam is, the Australian Spam Act and how it applies to you, What you should and shouldn’t do when it comes to unsubscribing from spam, and, we look to the future of email and what we should expect in the next few years.

Also tonight
New Blu-ray DVDs delayed again, Web services top priority for Microsoft, Microsoft and Yahoo to team up against Google, Telstra internet talks drag on, Technology News from the AFP, First Impressions of Thunderbird, More Windows Vista delays predicted, Court win for Crazy John's and Napster offers free music to beat iTunes.

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Episode 18/2006 - TX: May 1st, 2006
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It’s time to introduce a new Tech Talk Radio regular - Lidija Davis lives in Silicon Valley California. Lid’s an expat Aussie who picked up the family and moved to the United States in January this year. It was always something she's always wanted to do and she’s now living a Palo Alto with her husband Martin and two kids, not far from San Francisco. Tonight we’ll talk telephones and broadband from an Australian perspective - what did she make of it from an outsider moving in? In a land that's suppose to be high tech, first impressions were not that at all.

Also tonight:
IPTV or Internet TV puts pay-TV on notice, The minister for sitting on the fence Helen Coonan, said there may be regulation of Telstra's new 3GSM 850 network. Foxtel trials cheaper prices, Google clashes with police, Australian police to get smartcard data, Digital camera fingerprints and more – much more.

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Episode 17/2006 - TX: April 24th, 2006
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Before digital cameras were film cameras. These devices used strange stuff called film, as compared to the memory sticks of today. The theory was simple – the film was exposed to light, and a latent image was created. This film was then processed and the latent image made permanent. Light was again passed through the film and exposed light sensitive paper, which in turn was processed, fixed then hug out to dry. Today the CCD chip replaces the film, Photoshop replaces the color grading and bubble jet printers replace the traditional photographic printer. 

Digital cameras now have 70 percent of the world market, and this is expected to grow to 90% by 2010. Tonight the panel will take a look at what’s going on in the world of photography – who the new kids on the block are, and what’s happened to the incumbents.

Also tonight, several telco's a joining together to create a new fibre network to provide high speed internet to the home, Telstra is named as one of them, but the problem is - they don't know anything about it! Google looks locally, iPod again lifts Apple, Telstra and Optus say no to Tasmanian porn filter trial, Telstra takes on Foxtel and AMD gives Intel a run for their money. There’s also Website, gadget and Odd spot of the week and lots more
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Episode 16/2006 - TX: April 17th, 2006
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If you’re like most computer users then there’s a good chance you’re a PC user. Microsoft’s ubiquitous operating systems is installed on 90% of the worlds computers, leaving the remaining 10 percent to realms of linux and Apple’s OSX   Tonight Justin Dunlop, a self-proclaimed Apple Mac Guru joins us to give 90 percent of us an insight into the world of Tiger, mac’s latest operating system.

Justin has his own "Apple Orchard" which is a Mac museum containing machines dating back to the early 1980s. As well as taking an historical look at mac’s, we’ll be looking to the future with the migration of the mac central processing unit to the same that powers PCs all over the world.  The Intel Core Duo is the next generation in processor design from the world’s leading chip maker. The sales pitch says “Making your Mac feel even more like a Mac, and making it faster and easier to do the things only Mac computers can do”

So what does this mean to existing mac users, and just what benefits will it add to the existing Operating System OSX? Stay tuned and find out!

Also tonight
Telstra and Optus wait on porn filters, yet more critical flaws found in Internet Explorer AFP probes ISPs over phishing, Google befits from a local programmers insight, Google defends China stance, Website and Odd spot of the week, and more....

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Episode 15/2006 - TX: April 10th, 2006
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Have you ever tried to get to computers to talk to one another, or become frustrated with the so called simple task of connecting your computer to the internet? Don’t know the difference between routers, switches and hubs, let alone wire and wireless technology? Tonight Mark Gent joins us from Multi Media Technology to talk about building a home computer network. Weather it be connecting up another pc for the kids, getting your mac to talk to your pc, connecting a multi media device in the living room, or just sharing the internet between devices in the home, tonight well clear up some of the myths and terminology in this somewhat daunting realm of home networking.

Also tonight
Sex is back on the ICANN agenda, Telstra says the AFL want’s too much for internet rights opening up the market for other players, the Australian Consumers Association, the publishers of choice magazine savage the federal governments plans for the full roll out of digital TVC services in Australia, and the Commonwealth bank to roll out a new credit card which does not require authorization for transactions.

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Episode 14/2006 - TX: April 3rd, 2006
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It’s time to take a close look at three gadgets every household holds near and dear to its heart. Chances are, many domestic situations stem from the inability to have control over or use these devices. What am I talking about you ask? The mp3 player, The replacement for the VHS machine, the DVD Hard Disc recorder, AND the remote control!
The Australian Consumers Association, have done all the hard yack and reviewed a vast range of items in the fore mentioned categories, so if you’re in the market for one of these toys, tonight we thought we’d reveal Choices’ results and put it up for discussion with the panel.

Also tonight
Sex is off the ICANN adgenda, Optus customers warned of an increase in frequency of network outages, WIMAX rolls out in the Australian Bush, the 3G war heats up with Telco’s starting to offer record discounts on handsets, and is time up for the time?

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Episode 13/2006 - TX: March 27th, 2006
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Perry Vlahos from the Astronomical Society of Victoria joins us this evening to talk about all things astronomical. It would have to be said that sitting out on the back porch on a walm balmy night, with some good company, a bottle of wine, and Perry Vlahosclear Australian night sky, is a magical experience.

We’ve all done it, sat there, admiring the night sky, being first to spot the odd passing satellite or shooting star, well imagine how much better the experience would be with a little bit of an insight into what’s above us? So tonight, Perry is just the man to tell us. Perry is the Vice President of the Astronomical Society of Victoria, the largest such body in the Southern Hemisphere.

Since his early teens Perry’s greatest passions was, and still is astronomy. Currently, Perry is one of a small team of authors working on a new series of high school science texts for a well-known international publishing house. Having spent thousands of hours studying the heavens under starry skies, he possesses an encyclopaedic knowledge of what is contained therein. He often leads school groups and the general public through tours of the sky as well as teaching teachers how to teach astronomy and in the use of telescopes. So stay tuned to find out more!

Site references
Dobsonian Telescopes look like this
Astronomical Society of Victoria's home page
Heavan's above website
Skymaps website - download monthly sky maps

Also tonight, in the wake of cyclone Larry, Telstra has done their bit to help ease the burden in affected areas in North Queensland. We’ll tell you what’s going on just after the news. Microsoft reshuffles after Vista delay, Late arrival for HD-DVD. New video download service takes on iTunes, and a Spoof PM site caught in crossfire.

And in case you hadn't noticed, your clock on your PC is most likely 1 hour out this morning. This is due to the Commonwealth Games extending daylight savings one week.

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Episode 12/2006 - TX: March 20th, 2006
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Tonight, Mark Mayer joins us to talk tech and aviation.

Mark MayerAustralia is sadly lacking in both broadband rollout as we discussed recently on TTR and digital tv uptake – why – well the federal government has not made the hard decisions at the appropriate time. In every other country where digital TV has been introduced, providers have been encouraged to ‘value add’ their services. That is, to give consumers an incentive to upgrade by offering features such as multi channeling. The Australian government’s idea of multi channeling is having multiple channels with the SAME content!  At least the ABC and SBS have a slightly longer leach. 
More about this later on the show….

Mark Mayer returns to the Tech Talk Radio studio to discuss aviation and other things. Mark is a retired Qantas pilot who has now turned his hand to media amongst other things. Also tonight we’ll revisit the digital TV dilemma in this country, Google expanded its galactic reach, Paypal is going Mobile,and VoIP security found wanting.
The Panel: Andrew Graeme and Mark.

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Episode 11/2006 - TX: March 13th, 2006
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Howard LangmeadHoward Langmead joins us for an insight into the church and technology, but before you pass judgment, you should know that Howard is also a stand up comic!. His website goes on to say that he is an experienced media commentator, and he believes that Jesus hung out with prostitutes, sinners and journalists. Be sure to tune in!

Aslo tonight we’ll find out about hutchisons 3G dilemma, Girls are the target of a new employment push in the IT sector, We’ll introduce you to the new hi tech origami, and how about this – The internet is a threat to Pay Tv. – just quietly, free to air better watch out too. 

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Episode 10/2006 - TX: March 6th, 2006
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Tonight, Warren Frehse returns to the TTR studios

Warren FrehseWarren is an organisational psychologist who has a solid background and reputation of more than 17 years in the Human Resources field in Australia. He is a chartered member of the Australian Human Resources Institute, a professional Member of the Australian Psychological Society and a member of the Australian Association of Career Counselors.
So tonight we’ll find out what’s going on in the job front, how the job search engines are stacking up, and the tips and tricks of applying fro jobs online, We’ll also find out if the job placement agencies are really what their cracked up to be….

Also tonight, In this day of high tech mobile gadgets, Dr Ron is taking it to the streets to find out what your ‘I can’t live without’ gadget is…

We find out that the iPod goes hi-fi, Online music sales aren’t doing that well in Australia, The hype over wireless broadband communications is just that – hype, and we have another superlative contribution from Jeff Gates. For those of you new to TTR, Jeff runs Commercial Recording Studios in Cleveland Ohio. Tonight if you’ve ever wanted to know anything about home cinema, that’ll be up in the first half hour.

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Episode 9/2006 - TX: February 27th, 2006
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Two new segments debut tonight – Dr Ron is taking it to the streets, where we ask peoples opinions about Telstra, and we’re also taking a look at the winners and loosers of the week.

Also Civil Liberties groups have attacked plans to give intelligence agencies and police the power to tap the phones of innocent third parties during terrorist and major crime investigations. The changes to existing telecommunication interception laws were introduced into Federal Parliament last week, so what does this mean to you and me, and for the technically minded, how do they do it? Tonight Greg Williams recently retired Telstra legal guru joins us again in the studio to shed some light on this otherwise dark and mysterious process. We’ll also compare what happens in Australia compared to Europe and the rest of the world, discuss CSS and PGP encryption as well as hear some wonderful stories of what the old PI's used to get up to.

There’s also news on IE7 and Microsoft's new operating system Vista.

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Episode 8/2006 - TX: February 20th, 2006
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There’s a lot of confusion relating to DVD media, after all, who knows what the differences is between plus R and minus R, let alone the RW and dual layer discs, well tonight we will lay the record straight, so next time your shopping for media, you’ll know what your asking for.

The first Mac virus for OSX sneaks in through iChat - Graeme will tell all!

Also tonight, Microsoft set to launch Office 2007 – the first upgrade since 2003, A true local search engine launched, And just for something new, another new broadband row

We also talk about Podcasting - a recap for those who have heard about it, but don't quite know how it works or where to start. Payphones are in the spotlight with Telstra planning to remove 1000 in the not to distant future, And iTunes and the iPod have some new competition from the likes of Amazon.

The Panel: Andrew Graeme and Mark.

Website of the week: Melbourne Flight Radar
Gadget of the week: Casio Path Finder PAG80 watch

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Episode 7/2006 - TX: February 13th, 2006
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There’s been a lot of talk in the media lately about Plasma televisions and the potential of unknowingly damaging your $3000 plus investment. Tonight we are joined by Michael Broadhurst the PR Manager of Pioneer Electronics Australia., to shed some light on the care of these types of monitors. And in light of the recent consumer electronics show in Las Vegas, we’ll also try and find out the latest in the Blu-ray / HD DVD war.

The google desktop is back in the news and poses new challenges to Microsoft's dominance in the way people interact with computers. On the flip side though, it also demands users place far greater trust in Google's capacity to protect their privacy. And……

Telstra likes to apportion blame on the lack luster results the company has posted in the past few years. Last week was no different as Sol Trujillo told shareholders that the competitive mobile market was responsible for yet another profit downgrade, but there was an upside – it wasn’t as bad as predicted. Tonight we’ll find out what happened when Telstra’s latest set of results was released.  

Also tonight Free email set to become a thing of the past $300m Telstra class action begins and Video to woo new radio audience.

Ebay – trap for newbies is postage more than item but don’t get moneys worth? New 3G network (rollout update / Ericsson still to prove it can equal CDMA) Commonwealth Games Mobile phone provisions.
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Episode 6/2006 - TX: February 6th, 2006
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Welcome to our first first show for 2006 and our first update.

The past six weeks has seen some pretty eventful happenings in the world. Australia's broadband is a joke compared to the rest of the world.

What would Tech Talk Radio be without putting Telstra under the microscope. If you’ve missed our timely rants about our largest telco, stick around – I’m sure you won’t be disappointed as we count the days to privatization.

Internet explorer and Firefox are about to go head to head with the launch of IE7 sometime this millennium. Microsoft teased the browser world this week with yet another sneak preview of what we should expect in hopefully the not too distant future, and finally

Viruses and Trojans are back in the news so Graeme Callaghan will tell us what to expect in the next few weeks and how to prevent infection.

And if you've ever found yourself wondering about video codecs, or even what a video codec is, the be sure to tune in tonight as Jeff Gates gives us a good insight into this quite perplexing topic! See codec page

Website of the week: Siggraph Codec Page
Gadget of the week: Weather Stats software

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Episode 5/2006 - TX: January 30th, 2006
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Welcome to the final Summer Series programme- showcasing the best of Tech Talk Radio 2005.

In this programme:

Alan Eade joined the panel in December to discuss the technical intricacies behind one of the most important essential services, the Metropolitan Ambulance Service. The MAS has a state-of-the-art dispatch system, and like all technology-based dispatch systems, has evolved as new and better software and hardware has become available. Alan explains the entire process from the time you pick up the phone and dial triple 0, to arriving at the hospital.

Also in this programme, we look back at the past year from a technical, personal and newsworthy point of view. Many events shook our world in 2005, and we'll look briefly at these as well as ups-and-downs of the corporate technological world.

We'll be back NEXT WEEK live in the studio - with a brand new season of Tech Talk Radio!

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Episode 4/2006 - TX: January 23th, 2006
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Summer Series 5!

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Marcel Yammouni joined The Panel in February last year and spoke to Andrew about home studio recording. If you've ever had the inclination to record your own tracks, be sure to listen in for the tips you need to get started. Marcel has successfully produced many CDs for various artists - and even tours with a very successful Australian musician, Vanessa Amorosi.

Also in this programme, we revisit Telemarketing and Call Centre Technology with Stephen LeBas. How do they get your number - and why ring just as you're sitting down to have dinner or watch your favourite show!? In this interview from October last year, we hear from Stephen, a Professional Services Manager who's worked in the Telecommunications industry in Australia for 15 years.

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Episode 3/2006 - TX: January 16th, 2006
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Welcome to the next instalment in our Summer Series - showcasing the best of Tech Talk Radio 2005.

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Dr Chris LAWSON is a published writer of short fiction, and as a doctor, his main interests are family medicine, epidemiology, and genetics. Chris has a graduate diploma in biostatistics and epidemiology, and is currently undertaking a graduate course in human genetics. Chris joined The Panel in December last year to look at how the internet has transformed the world of the local General Practitioner.

Are you one of the many millions of subscribers around the world using a CDMA handset, on a digital mobile telephone network? Mark DIGGINS from Telstra joined us on The Panel to discuss the pending replacement of this technology in Australia with a new "third generation" (or "3G") network. Does this mean we’ll all have to replace our handsets again? And what will the benefits of this new technology be to Australian subscribers?

Also in this programme, Andrew provides a valuable analysis of digital cameras – so if you’re in the market for a new imaging device, and you’re confused about migapixels, resolution and flash memory, then listen up! Andrew dispels some myths about camera shopping in the current market, and also explains what you’ll need in your PC to guarantee a fast, hassle-free connection with your new camera.

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Episode 2/2006 - TX: January 9th, 2006
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Welcome to the third of our Summer Series episodes - showcasing the highlights of Tech Talk Radio 2005.

In this programme:

Graeme Callaghan is a computer industry expert who provides tireless, behind-the-scenes support to the Tech Talk radio team. In June, Graeme joined us on The Panel to talk about the Linux Operating System, which is slowly but surely making traction in the Small to Medium Enterprise marketplace.

In October we were joined by Anne Major from the Australian Institute of Geneological Studies. Have you ever wondered where your ancestors came from, how they got here, or what they did? Anne joined us on The Panel to talk about technology used in researching family history.

Robert Broomhead from the WIA spoke to The Panel on a number of occasions about a new technology, Broadband over Powerlines (or "BPL"), which has the potential to inflict high levels of interference on short-wave radio users.

In the second hour of this Summer Series episode, we hear from David Rose. David is a highly-respected cinematographer who has worked in the television industry for over 20 years. In August, David took a walk down memory lane with The Panel and talks about the industry transition from film to video tape, the old VHS vs Betamax war and modern issues like high-definition television, cable networks in America and digital cinemas.

And last but not least, Michael Evans from Michael's Camera Store tells us about current trends in digital photography, home photo printing and how to get the best out of your digital imaging equipment.

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Episode 1/2006 - TX: January 2nd, 2006
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Welcome to the first show for 2006, and the second in our Summer Series episodes - showcasing the highlights of Tech Talk Radio 2005.

In March we were joined by Geoff Hudson. Geoff has worked in software development & IT project management roles for many years, in addition to the telecommunications industry where he’s worked for both private industry and public carriers. Geoff came in to talk about software engineering, technology in Street Orienteering, and some personal broadband issues that many of us may have faced from time to time!

Brett De Hoedt spoke to Andrew in February about home office automation. Brett is the world-famous host of HOOTVILLE, Tech Talk Radio’s sibling radio programme & podcast. In this session on The Panel, Brett talks about the digital office, PDF files, digital radio streaming and our increasing reliance on internet connectivity in the home.

In the second hour of this Summer Series episode, Greg Williams speaks to Andrew and Dr Ron about Technology and The Law. Greg worked in the Corporate Security Group of a large Australian telco for many years, and discusses technology and how it relates to the law.

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