The Community Network Australia – BUYER BEWARE

Posted by on Sep 24, 2013 in Business Tips | 34 comments

On 27/10/2011 I had a representative from The Community Network Australia Digital Advertising Network drop in to sell me one of their video ad packages. Basically they create a video ad that appears on screens in places like gymnasiums and doctors’ surgeries throughout the day. My experience was that in just under 2 years, paying $136/mth I didn’t have any leads or new customers. Apparently I’m not the only one who had that experience. http://www.notgoodenough.org/viewtopic.php?p=330337 So I checked the contract and the...

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Clever Twitter Phish – Don’t Get Caught!

Posted by on May 20, 2013 in Online Security | 0 comments

I just had an email come in that was crafted a bit more cleverly than most. First, here’s what the email looks like:           It looks like the real deal. And when you click on the link…                 …it again looks genuine (click on the images to enlarge them). Check out the address in the address bar though – the domain is tpwitter.com. If you didn’t look or only gave it a cursory glance it would be easy to give away your Twitter login...

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How Fast Is The NBN?

Posted by on May 10, 2013 in Misc Stuff | 0 comments

I was asked to do a short interview on ABC Ballarat (local radio) yesterday to comment on the website How Fast Is The NBN. The spot was only about 5 minutes so it was quite a short discussion and I thought I might expand on that just a little. The How Fast Is The NBN website is an accurate simulation of the difference in speed between 25Mbps and 1000Mbps. It’s worth mentioning though that it is a ‘perfect world’ simulation which assumes unlimited bandwidth in the general network infrastructure. Right now we simply don’t...

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Phishing In The Big Pond

Posted by on Oct 23, 2012 in Online Security | 0 comments

I see phishing emails come through every day, and some are quite impressive. You’ve probably seen some yourself that have very broken english, mis-spelling of the organisation they purport to represent etc, but some do come through that are well formatted and could easily be mistaken for the real thing. This latest one is quite well formatted – has good english and the Telstra logo. The link leads to a page on ‘cephtex.com’ though so don’t get tricked into giving your information...

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HotSpots Offer Printing on the Go

Posted by on Aug 19, 2012 in Business Tips, Guest Posts | 0 comments

If you’re a mobile worker or a network admin, or if you often find yourself a guest in security-conscious offices, you probably know how frustrating it can be to try to print when you’re away from your home or office. When you encounter a new printer, you have to download drivers or install software, and sometimes you have to sweet-talk the network admin into even letting you onto the network so that you can print! This frustration is over thanks to HotSpot Printing. The latest innovation in mobile printing, HotSpot Printing gives...

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A Warning About Australia Post Parcel Delivery

Posted by on May 7, 2012 in Misc Stuff | 15 comments

I have to admit to being just a little bit annoyed at the way that some parcels were delivered to my house recently. It used to be that someone would knock on the door and if you didn’t answer they would leave a card in your letter box to let you know you had a parcel and it was waiting to be picked up back at the post office. Apparently that has not been the case for quite some time. I’m not sure when the change was made but the way it works now is the parcel is left somewhere on your property (next to the front door in my case)...

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Keeping The Spam Down

Posted by on Apr 22, 2012 in News From The CBL Saltmine | 0 comments

Keeping The Spam Down

Preventing spam email messages is an ongoing issue and I’m sure that isn’t going to change in the foreseeable future. I am pleased to say though, that we spent most of last week implementing new filtering technologies on our mail server that should provide a noticeable reduction in the amount of junk you receive. We’re also monitoring spam messages and adding filtering rules each week to automatically delete messages that are very obviously spam messages. This includes the various ‘bodily enhancement’ products and...

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Top 5 Online Security Tips For Home And Small Business

Posted by on Mar 24, 2012 in Online Security | 0 comments

As we become more and more reliant on the Internet, mobile devices and online services we also become more vulnerable to online crimes such as credit card or identity theft. Whilst the only way to ensure that you will never be the victim of an online crime is to simply not ever go online (which isn’t possible for most of us), there are several steps you can take to greatly reduce your chances of being the subject of such a crime. 1. Password Strength Is Your First Line Of Defense Possibly one of the main causes of hacking and identity...

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Gayle Hart Vocalist Entertainer

Posted by on Mar 20, 2012 in Customers | 0 comments

Gayle Hart Vocalist Entertainer

Gayle Hart Website: http://gaylehart.com.au/

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Field Air

Posted by on Mar 20, 2012 in Customers | 0 comments

Field Air

Field Air Building 184, Ballarat Aerodrome, Ballarat Vic 3350 Website: http://www.fieldair.com.au/

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