Stories by Hamish Barwick


Over the Wire acquires second Brisbane data centre

Brisbane-based telecommunications vendor Over the Wire has acquired a Tier III data centre in the city’s Fortitude Valley area to complement its existing Brisbane facility.

Virgin Australia responds to Sabre system issues

Problems with Virgin Australia’s new Sabre check-in and booking system which led to delays for passengers earlier in the week have now been fixed, according to the airline.


Virgin Australia checks in with Sabre booking system

Virgin Australia has implemented a new booking and check-in system called Sabre across its domestic and international networks.

Coles trials hybrid self-checkout system in Victoria

Supermarket and liquor retailer Coles is trialling two hybrid self-checkout systems at its new Southland supermarket in Melbourne, Victoria.


McDonald’s Australia served Spam Act warning

The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) has issued a formal warning to McDonald’s Australia for sending emails which did not meet the requirements of the Spam Act.

Australian War Memorial targets social media

The Australian War Memorial (AWM) has turned to social media in a bid to explain the ANZAC story to younger generations.


ACMA warns of Do Not Call Register telephone scam

Australian consumers are being advised to hang up on scammers who claim they are owed money for receiving telemarketing calls while registered on the Australian Communications and Media Authority's (ACMA) Do Not Call Register.

Virgin Australia warns customers about fake itinerary emails

Virgin Australia has sent out an alert to customers warning them about fake travel itinerary emails which may contain a virus or spyware.

Weak passwords to blame for Australian Defence Force Academy hack

The Australian Defence Force Academy (ADFA) has been slammed by an Australian security expert for using “weak” passwords stored in plain text which were stolen by a hacker known as Darwinare in November.

Enterprises to “get real” about cloud in 2013: Forrester

IT leaders will need to “get real” and stop saying that everything is moving into the cloud during 2013, according to analyst firm Forrester.

NRL fans to get live match streaming on mobile, tablets from 2013

National Rugby League (NRL) fans who can’t catch the action at the game or their favourite bar will be able to watch matches live on their mobile phones and tablets, regardless of their carrier.

Big data management strategy, staffing big issues for 2013: Gartner

Many global organisations have failed to implement a data management strategy but will have to as IT leaders need to support big data volumes, velocity and variety, according to a new Gartner report.

Arup sorts storage problem with de-duplication

The Australian arm of global architecture and engineering firm, Arup, has been able to better manage its estimated 1 petabyte of total data following the implementation of de-duplication technology.

Qantas email scam plays on human vulnerabilities: IDC

A Qantas email scam, which contains malware, shows that humans are still the “most vulnerable vector” for cyber criminals to target, according to a security analyst.

BSA Australia settles 14 cases of software piracy in 2012

Fourteen cases of software piracy totalling $440,237 were settled in Australia, according to new statistics from the Business Software Alliance (BSA).