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Welcome to TechRepublic Australia

Hello Antipodeans, and welcome to Girt by Code, the home of Australian coverage on TechRepublic.

Rather than divide our forces between our old home of Builder AU and TechRepublic, it makes far more sense to combine together and bring an Australian perspective to the global TechRepublic community.

To that end there will be this blog, a specialised home page for Australian readers, the Wrapper newsletter, localised spelling, and in the near future an Australian category for the Q&A forums.

There's been a rather large amount of work done behind the scenes to make this all possible -- we've even brought the Builder AU article catalogue with us. But please let us know if there's anything you'd like to see while we go through this exciting transition.

To old and new readers alike, thanks for joining us on this adventure.

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blueyb
blueyb

If you intend to have localised spelling, it would be best to remember that here in Oz, "fiber" should be "fibre". Peter

euarsol
euarsol

How about the NBN (National broadband Network) as a starter topic for us Aussies

jasonhiner
jasonhiner

Builder has always been a part of the same CNET/CBS family as TechRepublic. It was originally a spin-off from TechRepublic into Builder.com and then the AU folks picked up the ball and ran with it for several years. Now, we're re-integrating the two sites so that all of our content for tech professionals is under the same roof again. The AU forum (or "tag" as Chris rightfully noted) will be our first stab at some localization/regionalization options in the forums. It should be helpful for local advice, discussing local issues, and maybe even some local TR meetups (informal).

Greg_Clark
Greg_Clark

Damn, i was right. Girt is a ridiculous word substitute for surrounded.

Chris Duckett
Chris Duckett

Sorry foilks, I used 'category' when I should have used tag. We're not looking to pull anybody or any forum structure apart, just allow everyone to label posts as relevant to Australia. For instance, this would be useful in an off-topic discussion about the new ownership of Fosters and how we get it offshore as quick as possible. Much like Labatt's in Canada. Hope that clears it all up.

bornbyforce
bornbyforce

There may be some benefits to have some localised specialist sections but generally TR name suggests it is a global thing. Technology have made the world a smaller place. We are citizens (or better be said villagers) of a highly interconnected community. Doesn't matter much if we live up that hill or down that valley on this village.

DOSlover
DOSlover

I thought the internet was all about getting everyone together. This looks like exclusion by design. Keep it simple stupid and lets just stick to one forum as an Australian who has been on the TR forum for a good many years now. I make allowances for the diabolical spelling that appears from time to time as some of it isn't English of any particular brand.

shikshan
shikshan

I have been a registered visitor to TechRepublic since years, have gained much, "Info Enlightenment" thereby and am thankful to them. I have expressed my stunning fear in the style of your, "Antipodean" region. However, being a, "Midipodean", vis-a-vis your mutual locations, I am not as well versed in Australian English, as them(perhaps). I have been severely hit by the grandiloquence of your invitation and totally flabbergasted by the term "Girt by Code", which even the thesaurus could not help me find. Before closing, can you let me know, how my cerebral faculties will benefit further by joining "Australian" TechWhatnot? I am always enthusiastic about Positive inputs but not annihilating Positron bombardment. Is the Australian Coverage of Republican Technology going to Leverage sense and sensibilities over and above the sober and cool contents of TechRepublic? Kindly let me know. I hope that this, "Discussion Inaugeration" goes well with you and your Internetal Objectives. Kindly accept these more than 75 inaugural characters. Regards! Ramesh India.

NickNielsen
NickNielsen

would pronounce that "fibber"... ;-)

HAL 9000
HAL 9000

The NBN is a great idea that has been messed up by allowing Politicians to be involved and even worse Bureaucrats to control it. You should know what they say if the Bureaucracy can do something for a $1,000,000,00 Private Enterprise can do it for a $1.00. Here we had a great idea that was messed up by Party Politics where they originally planned on having Fiber to the Node and then Tony Habit became involved saying No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No and No and being the Idiot that he is insisted that he and his Political Fiends wouldn't support buying the Copper Network Back and preventing Telstra running out and building another to be in direct competition with them. Of course Telstra could [b]"Cherry Pick"[/b] the areas meaning [b]High Profit[/b] areas where they could make ackers of Money by being in competition with the NBN and make it unprofitable to even consider. Bearing in mind that it was the Public who paid for the Copper Network in the first place and all Telstra was doing was making money off it at everyones expense. So cheap Parity politics forced a change to Fiber to the Home which increased the costs drastically and ever since we've had the Liberals insisting it's costs too much. Doesn't matter that they are the ones who insist that we have Fiber to the Home and not the node and how they want to stack the deck to suit Telstra who had been fighting with them for over 10 years while they where in Government and it matters even less that it was them who ran the T1, T2 &T3 Floats which consistently got much more money that the shares where worth and dramatically hurt all of the small investors who they conned into investing. ;) The reality however is that Fiber to the Home while strictly speaking isn't necessary at the moment is a much better idea and in the long run will work out far cheaper for everyone concerned, but only if the project is allowed to actually finish. The entire concept of 97% of Australians getting Fiber to their Home and the services that go with it is Brilliant. If things where left to the Libs we would have a continuation of what we've had in the past the City's get good coverage [i]provided you live in the right areas[/i] and everyone else is forgotten as they simply do not count. I used to live within a mile of the Biggest Shopping Center in the Southern Hemisphere if you believe the advertising and I could only get half speed Dial Up. I could walk to the front door and see the Fiber end 300 Meters up the road where the Power and Phone went underground and the Private Enterprise refused to run the Fiber Underground because of the costs. So we had a situation where even then the Private Enterprise was Cherry Picking the areas that they would service. If you had above Ground Power and Power Poles you could access the Cable Network because it didn't cost them much to run the fiber, but if the building development rules in an area required underground power and where before Fiber Cabling was thought about so the Developer had to lay the Pipes, Power Cables, Phone Cables and Optical Fiber and Private Enterprise would be required to run the Fiber you got nothing. If you do not believe that all that is required is to drive 100 miles out of any city in AU and try to get a even half way decent Cell Phone Reception, TV Signal or shock Horror Wireless Internet. Of course if you dare to drive 200 miles out of any city and hope for any of those things you'll be sadly disappointed. ;) Col

CharlieSpencer
CharlieSpencer

Instead of piggy-backing on this two-month-old zombie, why not start a new discussion over in the 'Water Cooler' forum?

CharlieSpencer
CharlieSpencer

for 'TechRepublic SC'! TechRepublic EDU - for all those homework questions we aren't going to answer anyway. TechRepublic UGG - for the spammers.

AnsuGisalas
AnsuGisalas

different form is all: learned - learnt girded - girt

santeewelding
santeewelding

You distinguish "word" substitute from, what?

Michael Jay
Michael Jay

forever, or just joining the ever increasing number of sites owned by CBS? Not to say that is a bad thing, it is kinda cool to have many resources at your fingertips and if one login will give access to all of these sites I think that would be a good thing. On the other hand if all sites are controlled from above and not given free reign of their content then, not so good.

AnsuGisalas
AnsuGisalas

I went and discussionized three of these blogs. I think they're more earthy than the Louisville brand ones ;) Could be good for the people who have trouble digesting the buzz

HAL 9000
HAL 9000

FOSTERS??????????? Horrible stuff that is only sold to those Foreigners who we tell is AU's best. :^0 Just the same with Victoria Bitter Draught which was renamed to VB so that those who drink it can spell it's name. ;) Besides we just conned some Foreigners to buy Fosters so we could deny all knowledge of the poison and sit back with decent beers. Honest. :0 Col

raticus
raticus

Well I've been a member here for years, never even realized there was an aussie one. It will be great to be able to discuss issues specifically Australian in with the general issues that affect us all. By the way I enjoy the newsletters and have found this site to be very useful over the years as I am completely self taught in all areas of computer technology. (Thus I rarely if ever, comment or answer questions)

HAL 9000
HAL 9000

[i]Our home is girt by sea;[/I] Which is actually line 4 of the AU National Anthem. The full text can be found here on the AU Government Web Site. ;) http://www.dfat.gov.au/facts/nat_anthem.html As for the rest I'm more than a bit confused I've been a member of TR for several years now since 2002 and I'm not really sure how having an AU Q&A Forum is going to be of any help or for that matter any use to anyone. The basis of TR has always been you can ask a question and get a full answer for anywhere in the world so setting up a Uniquely AU Q&A section seems to defeat the purpose. :0 But that's just my opinion. :D Though I suppose you could read the full account of the merger or Take Over of AU Builder by TR here as the last entry to the AU Builder Site. :0 http://www.builderau.com.au/news/soa/Goodbye-Builder-AU-Hello-TechRepublic/0,339028227,339324051,00.htm Col

hippiekarl
hippiekarl

and the chief fibbers involved...... ;)

Chris Duckett
Chris Duckett

Builder's content has been ported over here, and in the coming days we will commence redirecting the old urls to their new home. Once that is complete, Builder's builderau.com.au door will be shut forever. Since the content has been moved, it's more of an integration with TechRepublic rather than a shutting down Builder AU.

hippiekarl
hippiekarl

...even as their memorable ad campaign was based of the rough-and-tumble mystique of Australia. (A stupendous grilled T-bone on a plate, a tiny sprig of parsley floats down, and the voiceover intones, "Salad". A hand slams a Fosters down beside it, and the voiceover says, "Beah!", followed by a slightly-more-cosmopolitan voice completing the 'vocabulary lesson': "Fosters; it's Australian for beer". My favorite was 4 drunk revelers stacked like cordwood in a wheelbarrow, pushed by a fifth: "Designated droivah", quoted the vocabulary-lesson voice, then---a Fosters shown---"Beah!"). That's as much Aussie vocab as I learned from 2 days of 'spirited discussion' in Changi Airport with also-laid-over Australians, on such topics as "which of us has the more ridiculous coins" etc. Welcome aboard, mates!!!

CharlieSpencer
CharlieSpencer

The Native Americans introduced it to Europeans so they could keep that other 'weed' for themselves.

bornbyforce
bornbyforce

I guess we changed the name so the foreigners who drink it once, can easily remember the name of the ****** tasting piece of **** they have been given.

AnsuGisalas
AnsuGisalas

when the fermentation has gone awry... Notice how HAL doesn't let slip what the good stuff is... he just doesn't want to be judged by the bad stuff :D

brian.haverty
brian.haverty

Hey, Col. Thanks for the comments! Re the forum, you can still use them as you always have, but now there's the option of posting an AU-targeted question or comment. (For example, one might want to know if there are any specific developers in the Sydney area. Or, as is often the case in forums, readers might want to chat about local industry developments.) Anyway, I guess we'll see how popular the AU Forums are!

AnsuGisalas
AnsuGisalas

and don't be a bodgy bondi cigar! What a boil-over, nah? . . . I apologize profusely!

NickNielsen
NickNielsen

But only if she was dressed in her Sunday suit...

CharlieSpencer
CharlieSpencer

when seated on the furniture in her six-piece living room 'suit'?

NickNielsen
NickNielsen

In fact, one of the ladies at church had a set of 100% real 'fox' pearls.

hippiekarl
hippiekarl

(it was a joke; must've needed a rimshot) =)

Michael Jay
Michael Jay

on a Linux box using Firefox the invisible text was not invisible so I was confused, later on a Windows box with IE it made more sense as the invisible text was in fact not visible until selecting the text.

AnsuGisalas
AnsuGisalas

select the text of my message start to finish to reveal the white-on-white

Michael Jay
Michael Jay

changes are always interesting, even if they may or may not carry meaning.

AnsuGisalas
AnsuGisalas

that's a painful earl there... au au that's a painful url there Select whole message area to reveal the meaningless

AnsuGisalas
AnsuGisalas

You remember old Offa? He had that same problem with swords... they'd fall apart in his grip. Lucky that his father's old sword Skræp [Croak] had grown so strong it had to be dug down. Turned out to be just strong enough for Offa's offing of them saxon princes.

santeewelding
santeewelding

When you cast about and see that what is, is nowhere near advanced enough for your purposes.

hippiekarl
hippiekarl

"A hungry breed, they came upon a goose laying golden eggs and immediately killed it for their private feast. Belching loudly, they arose and set off across the ever-more-barren landscape, already dreaming of their next morsel...."

HAL 9000
HAL 9000

That Fosters years ago used to be made all over the world well at least in several different places. Then the Board changed their track and wanted to Make More Money by owning both the Wine & Beer Businesses so they sold off their Production Places overseas and bought large tracts of Grape Growing Land and small companies who distilled/fermented Wine. That of course didn't bring in the profits that where expected so they dropped it fairly quickly at a massive loss and hence you have Fosters as it stands today. The first year after the De-merger it gets sold off in what amounts to a Takeover at the behest of the Board who where feathering their own nests after robbing as much as possible from the business. To be perfectly honest without the Buyout Fosters was on it's last legs it's been a bad business for years owing to the inability of the Board to do what they where supposed to which is make a profit. I'm still laughing at the way that they carried on awarding themselves massive Pay Increases and Bonuses while all of the time wasting money like there was no tomorrow. Like Most boards they took about as much as possible out of the company and not for the benefit of it's Share Holders and then recommended the sale. Over the weekend I was watching a Protest that said something about Taxing the Super Rich when actually it should have read Tax the Greedy Bastards who deliberately pay themselves in such a way as to not need to pay tax. ;) Col

NickNielsen
NickNielsen

This one was Jupiler 5. The person who gave it to me had several years in the states and said it reminded him of skunked Lone Star.

hippiekarl
hippiekarl

that come in what look like wine bottles, with 'Grolsch-type' rubber gasket tops. Fischer is one name I remember. I don't know the jet fuel to which you refer, but I'm sure it's not StellaArtois........

NickNielsen
NickNielsen

It was nicknamed (and tested like) "JP5"

HAL 9000
HAL 9000

I understand that the Sewerage Outlet Pipe has been extended so that isn't supposed to happen again. But then as it was a Bureaucrat telling me that I didn't believe him. ;) The same IJIOT also wrote a Safety Manual for a Big Ridiculous Device that Focuses Electrons and other Radio Isotopes for unimportant things like the materials used in PET Scanning. Nowhere in that 6 inch thick document was there any reference about not placing Radio Active Components at the Focal point of the Device. I'll not go into any of the other blatant Safety Breaches that they overlooked either so I didn't necessarily have a High Opinion of anything that this guy claimed happened. :D Though Taking Sydney off the Face of the Map of AU had a certain appeal to me at that time I just don't think that I wanted to be at Ground Zero when it happened. What can I say there was a gathering of Politician's there at that time from both the Federal and State Governments getting rid of that lot may just have been worth the effort. :0 Col

CharlieSpencer
CharlieSpencer

Here we float them in punch bowls. Same general concept, I assume.

AnsuGisalas
AnsuGisalas

as far as my five-thumbed use of the australian slang dictionary was "don't be a substandard turd floating in the swimming water" and "What a surprising sporting result" :D :p I wanted to use words like "yozza", but couldn't find any :|

HAL 9000
HAL 9000

When you need it? I have no idea what you are rabbiting on about Mate. :p Although Barbecuing any child sounds like something useful to me particularly if they are the Wife???s kids, I'm sure that it's frowned upon by many. :^0 Col