Stories by Andrew Hendry

Chaser's Charles Firth: Master of satire, and computer repairs

Charles Firth is renowned for his satirical treatment of current affairs, and his talent for capturing the stupidity of everyday Americans on CNNNN and the Chaser's War on Everything.

Vodafone marks GPS launch with free mapping and navigation

Vodafone has launched its own GPS service - Vodafone Compass - and marked it by offering 12 months free GPS mapping for customers who sign up before December 1.

APEC Web site readied for hack threat that never eventuated

A back up to www.apec2007.org was never called upon despite threats to hack and disrupt the summit's official Web site, said the APEC IT chief.

APEC via video conference? Possible, but not likely

With the extreme security measures, logistical requirements, and disruptions to the local population, could future APEC leaders week meetings be conducted via video conferencing?

APEC IT Taskforce leaves software legacy for future hosts

When the APEC summit came to Australia this year, it posed some difficult software problems for the APEC Taskforce's IT department.

2Clix law suit against Whirlpool reportedly withdrawn

The recent legal proceedings brought against Whirlpool forum creator, Simon Wright, by the business and accounting software company 2Clix, appears to be on the cusp of being withdrawn.

Credit card details still number one target for online crims

Australians are most at risk from malicious online attacks targeting their credit card details, followed by bank and email account information, reveals Symantec's bi-annual Internet Security Threat Report (ISTR), released on Tuesday.

ACS supports UN-backed International IT Professional accreditation

The Australian Computer Society has thrown its weight behind the UNESCO-backed International Federation for Information Processing (IFIP) campaign to promote a globally recognised accreditation program for IT workers, called the International IT Professional (IITP).

Database hack thorn in Roses Only side

A potential database breach of the online florist, Roses Only, may have resulted in the theft of sensitive information, including customers credit card details.

Google throws hat into Election 07, gives pollies, voters a voice

Australian politicians from both sides of the fence have lauded Google Australia's launch of a new election Web page and tools dedicated to keeping the nation informed about all manner of politics and election issues.

2Clix lawsuit a 'chilling' attack on free speech

The lawsuit filed by 2Clix against Whirlpool forum creator, Simon Wright, could have a "chilling effect" on reasonable and factual comments people may make on Internet forums, according to David Vaile, executive director of the Cyberspace Law and Policy Centre at UNSW.

Judge asks ACCC to revise its Google case

Australian Federal Court judge, James Allsop, this week ordered the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) to go away and revise its case against The Trading Post and Google, claiming it didn't make sense.

2Clix sues broadband forum for "false and malicious" threads

The creator of the long running Whirlpool.net.au forum is being sued by 2Clix, a Queensland based business management and accounting software company, for damages relating to alleged "injurious falsehood" that occurred in several Whirlpool forums.

Standards Australia defends its decision to abstain from OOXML vote

Standards Australia has defended it's decision to abstain from the ISO (International Organisation for Standardization) and IEC (International Electrotechnical Commission) ballot to approve Microsoft's Office Open XML format as an international standard, saying Australia still has a chance to approve or disapprove the vote.

Firefox surges past 400 million downloads

The ever growing open source browser, Firefox, surged past the 400 million downloads mark last week, according to a statement posted on Spread Firefox; a Web site dedicated to marketing the Mozilla Foundation's flagship creation.

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