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January, 2009

Archive for January, 2009

Selling online? Try Oztion instead

01.31.09 Posted in News by

I’ve totally had it with eBay; They insist on forcing sellers to accept PayPal payments, they hike their fees to unreasonable levels and they do nothing to curb the huge increase in scammers targeting their customers.

So today I am listing a few old items I need to get rid of, and I’m doing it on; These guys have FREE LISTINGS, offer a variety of ways for sellers to prove they are who they say they are, and generally appear much friendlier and easier to get on with.

So next time you are shopping online, or selling online, give this Aussie outfit a go!

New iPhone firmware available

01.31.09 Posted in News by

All you iPhone users had best fire up iTunes and download the latest firmware, now version 2.2.1

Nothing too exciting, but apparently fixes a few bugs and makes the phone just that little bit more reliable.

Cordless Recharging Promised

01.12.09 Posted in News by

Two companies at the Consumer Electronics Show in the US are showing technologies that allow you to charge devices like phones, torches, iPods and the like just by placing them on a special surface.

Both Powermat and Fulton Innovation are demonstrating their magnetic induction technologies. Powermat’s solution invovles custom cases you put on your device before placing it on the charging surface. The device figures out what level of charge is required and delivers it to the device.

These technologies won’t take off until device makers build the receivers into their devices, but it’s good to see some innovation here being shown.

Online Advertising

01.10.09 Posted in News by

I just saw this advertising on Facebook;


Clearly, your online advertising needs to be put together by someone who knows how to market, and not someone who thinks people will sign up to test poison!!!

ATO Warns against fake emails

01.07.09 Posted in Uncategorized by

The Tax Office is warning people about a fraudulent email being circulated that claims to offer a refund from the Tax Office.

It is similar to previous scams and uses the Tax Office logo and the words ‘Notification – Please read’ or ‘Australian Taxation Office – Please Read This’ in the subject heading.

There may also be more variations to these subject headings.

The email asks people to click on a link which directs them to a bogus website that looks similar to the Tax Office website and asks for credit card and personal details.

The Tax Office never sends emails asking people to provide personal information including credit card details.

Tax Commissioner Michael D’Ascenzo said anyone who receives the email should delete it immediately.

“People should be wary of unsolicited emails claiming to be from the Tax Office.

“As an extra precaution we recommend you type internet addresses directly into your internet browser rather than clicking on links embedded in emails,” Mr D’Ascenzo said.

These websites are often set up in multiple jurisdictions making them difficult to trace and to effectively shut them down.

If people have entered their credit card information on the website, they should immediately report it to their credit card provider.

Governments stepping on our electronic rights.

01.06.09 Posted in News by

Most Australians are pretty upset with the Federal Labor Governments plan to censor our internet access. Almost 100,000 Australians have joined one online campaign to stop our government from imposing China style regulations on our communications.

Word from the UK now that their government has decided to go even further; They are going to actively hack into their citizens computers, and not even require a warrant to do so!

One can only hope that in all countries where governments are infringing on the rights of its citizens, those citizens stand up and refuse to allow these sorts of transgressions to occur.

Steam up your iPhone

01.06.09 Posted in Uncategorized by

Mashable recently reviewed iSteam and iFog, two applications competing in the time wasting category of iPhone applications. Of course, one of the great things about the iPhone is it’s ability to amuse it’s owners and their friends for short periods of time that would otherwise be spent twiddling thumbs. :-)

iSteam is what found it’s way onto my iPhone, and it’s a fun app, along the lines of iBobble, both of which were free, but now with popularity and press coverage comes a price tag of $1.19. Probably not apps’ I’d pay for, but fun to have if they ever go free again. (As of writing, iFog is still free)

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