Stories by Hamish Barwick


Elders chases rural clicks with online store

Australian rural services supplier, Elders, has climbed aboard the e-commerce bandwagon, launching a website called Agsure that makes it easier for farmers to order supplies such as pesticides.

Cyber espionage threats against Australia rise: ASIO

Cyber terrorism and espionage have been highlighted as growing threats to Australian organisations and government departments, according to a new annual report by the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation (ASIO).

Information privacy complaints rise in Victoria: Report

One hundred and nine complaints, most related to inappropriate disclosure of personal information and data security, were investigated by the Office of the Victorian Privacy Commissioner (OVPC) in the financial year 2011-12 according to a new report tabled in the state parliament today.

AISI members call for program improvements

Australian ISPs and university members of the Australian Internet Security Initiative (AISI) have called for changes to the AISI program so they can identify compromised computers more easily, identity the volume of activity associated with compromised IP addresses and identity infected websites hosted on their own networks.

NSW government ICT reform to improve business services: Pearce

Changes to customer service including an improved Services NSW website, data management, procurement and ICT industry engagement are expected as a result of the NSW Government ICT Strategy 2012, according to the state's Minister for Finance and Services.

Data centre migration planned for Fire & Rescue NSW

Fire & Rescue NSW will be migrating its two data centres in controlled stages in order to ensure 100 per cent network uptime and to keep its emergency services operating 24/7.

Fire & Rescue NSW to deploy “fire-fighter proof” tablets

Emergency fire and rescue response teams in New South Wales will have ruggedised iPad tablets for use in their fire engines next year.

Global data centre investment hits $US105 billion

Data centre spending on facilities management and uninterruptible power supplies (UPS) continued to climb worldwide in 2012 according to a DataCentre Dynamics (DCD) census.

Galaxy census one of the first ASKAP projects

The Australian Square Kilometre Array Pathfinder (ASKAP) radio telescope which officially opened on Friday in WA is already in demand with a galaxy census and black hole research among the projects planned for the next five years.

In pictures: ASKAP radio telescope launched in WA

CSIRO officially unveiled the Australian Square Kilometre Array Pathfinder (ASKAP) radio telescope at the Murchison Radio-astronomy Observatory (MRO) in Western Australia today. The telescope, made up 36 identical antennas, will allow astronomers to investigate scientific questions such as black holes and the origins of the first stars/galaxies.

NBN to play major role in ASKAP

The Australian Square Kilometre Array Pathfinder (ASKAP) radio telescope which opened today at the Murchison Radio-astronomy Observatory (MRO) in WA will be utilising an NBN connection to transfer data at 40 gigabits per second--the equivalent of streaming 2,000 Blu-Ray movies simultaneously down a single pipe.

Bathurst 1000 accelerates Wi-Fi press trial

Online news and video generated by 140 journalists covering the annual Bathurst 1000 race at Mount Panorama in Bathurst, NSW, this weekend will be on the Web much faster due to a new Wi-Fi network trial.

Windows 8 Picture/PIN password glitch discovered

A vulnerability with the preview version of Microsoft’s Windows 8 operating system (OS), where it saves a log on password in plain text and allows any user with admin rights to see the password details, has been discovered by a password security vendor.

University of Melbourne investigates unified storage

Faced with aging storage equipment and looking to reduce costs, the University of Melbourne is evaluating a new unified storage system.

Westpac to stick with mainframes

Mainframes will still be in use in the future for Westpac Group despite the bank’s stated goal to reduce costs through its IT transformation strategy known as the strategic investment program (SIP).