Ian Yates

Recent articles by Ian Yates

Opinion: Does size really matter?

Opinion: Does size really matter?

We’re all aware of the over-thin fashion models used in advertising to make us drool over clothes we could never fit into ourselves, and we’re also well aware of the claims made about the ill-effect on the health of young people who aspire to make their own bodies match those displayed in the media.
Ian Yates Nov 28 2008, 4:04PM Training & Development
Opinion: Send in the (network) clowns

Opinion: Send in the (network) clowns

In news just to hand, insurgents have hijacked another essential piece of infrastructure and are holding the government to ransom again.
Ian Yates Nov 26 2008, 2:25PM Collaboration
Opinion: Switch on the PC, Jeeves

Opinion: Switch on the PC, Jeeves

It’s getting to the point where the only reason to keep a bricks and mortar presence is if you need somewhere to warehouse stuff.
Ian Yates Nov 21 2008, 2:21PM Collaboration
Opinion: GoneCare

Opinion: GoneCare

The first question punters will be asking of Microsoft’s cancelled OneCare service is where’s my money?
Ian Yates Nov 20 2008, 10:55AM Software
Opinion: Marginal whiteboxes

Opinion: Marginal whiteboxes

How’s your whitebox business going? Still managing to sell some?
Ian Yates Nov 19 2008, 4:13PM Hardware
Opinion: Power to the regions

Opinion: Power to the regions

When the feds finally build the much-anticipated NBN, why don’t they also do something to alleviate the chronic overcrowding and lack of infrastructure in our capital cities at the same time?
Ian Yates Nov 18 2008, 12:35PM Collaboration
Opinion: Death of a junket

Opinion: Death of a junket

When networking behemoth Cisco does anything at all it usualy makes news headlines.
Ian Yates Nov 14 2008, 10:36AM Collaboration
Opinion: Working for the man

Opinion: Working for the man

Watching the antics of IBM trying to stop one of its execs joining Apple leaves us wondering if we're being told the whole story.
Ian Yates Nov 12 2008, 3:09PM Finance
Opinion: What's in the box?

Opinion: What's in the box?

The concept of a shipping container full of pre-configured servers, pioneered by Sun Microsystems amongst others, initially for emergency services use, is very appealing, if a tad expensive for the average small business.
Ian Yates Nov 11 2008, 11:55AM Hardware
Opinion: Let's talk about sex

Opinion: Let's talk about sex

There's a long standing joke in IT publishing that the perfect eyeball-attracting story would be about a new computer virus which attacks Microsoft products and involves sex.
Ian Yates Nov 10 2008, 10:07AM Training & Development
Opinion: We have failed

Opinion: We have failed

Telstra’s T-Suite software-as-a-service offering has finally seen the light of day and the biggest shock is the sticker price.
Ian Yates Nov 5 2008, 7:56AM Collaboration
Opinion: It’s the security, stupid

Opinion: It’s the security, stupid

Microsoft has been accused of many things over the many years of its existence but rarely has it been accused of marketing malfeasance.
Ian Yates Nov 3 2008, 2:33PM Software
Opinion: Patchwork pain

Opinion: Patchwork pain

Is it just me or has the rate of updates spewing forth from Microsoft increased lately?
Ian Yates Oct 31 2008, 3:55PM Software
Opinion: Look through any Window

Opinion: Look through any Window

So, Windows 7 is already getting exposure via "pre-beta" release.
Ian Yates Oct 30 2008, 4:21PM Software
Opinion: Storing stuff safely

Opinion: Storing stuff safely

A long time ago an outfit called Iomega pioneered a removable storage
thingy which let you keep a lot more of your data safe than would fit
on a floppy disk, which by then already wasn't even floppy and has
since gone the way of the dodo.
Ian Yates Oct 29 2008, 4:37PM Data centre
Opinion: NBN gets niggly

Opinion: NBN gets niggly

While the federal government ponders how to pay for the promised national broadband network (NBN), the two main contenders to build the network, Telstra and the Terria consortium seem content to spend their time slinging mud at each other.
Ian Yates Oct 28 2008, 3:59PM Collaboration
Opinion: Famous Five

Opinion: Famous Five

How many telcos does it take to install a fibre optic cable?
Ian Yates Oct 27 2008, 4:41PM Collaboration
Opinion: Once were hackers

Opinion: Once were hackers

One of the first ‘network appliances’ we bumped into about ten years ago, was a red-boxed firewall from Watchguard.
Ian Yates Oct 24 2008, 11:13AM Security
Opinion: Regulate this

Opinion: Regulate this

News of a Brisbane ISP charging customers for making complaints started us thinking that Arthur Daley had quit selling used-cars in London, migrated to the Gold Coast and setup shop in the telco sector.
Ian Yates Oct 23 2008, 3:03PM Collaboration
Opinion: Yippee-kay-aye!

Opinion: Yippee-kay-aye!

Telstra has caved in to pressure from consumers (and possibly perhaps maybe we media types might have helped) and will no longer charge one family-sized car per megabyte of excess data on its NextG wireless plans.
Ian Yates Oct 21 2008, 6:26AM Collaboration

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