Archive for October, 2010

New Telstra/Bigpond Mobile/Wireless Plans Remain Unfair

Wednesday, October 20th, 2010

Wanted is a fair deal for all broadband usersWith the Government in talks to get the National Broadband Network (NBN) up and running, The Prime Minister Julia Gillard was today quoted in an article on news.com.au as saying to the Liberal National Party (LNP) to ‘not delay and cause extra days of higher prices and less choice, particularly for those Australians who live in our regions.  Further on Senator Conroy is also quoted as saying ‘They (the LNP) are wilfully delaying millions of Australians from getting a fairer deal on broadband and telecommunications services’.  The full article can be read on the news.com.au web site.

These comments add to the whole argument I have been having for a fairer deal for those people that are stuck on wireless broadband with no other ISP available and no fixed line connection possible.

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Telstra/Bigpond Releases New Mobile Broadband Plans

Monday, October 18th, 2010

New Telstra/Bigpond Mobile PlansToday Telstra launched a new set of plans that were expected to be for wireless connections. However instead of releasing a set of ‘wireless’ plans they have chosen to rename them to ‘Mobile Broadband’ in place of ‘Wireless Broadband’. I can only assume this has been done to distinguish what is a fixed connection and what is a mobile connection, which is actually a great idea.

However what they have not done is realise that many that used a wireless connection prior to these new plans, were using them as a home connection and not for mobile purposes. This now leaves those people with a gap of no plans that now suit them. These people are not able to get a fixed line connection but they do want a fixed home connection and not a mobile connection, so Mobile Broadband is also not suitable for them. So what will Telstra do now for that group of users? I fear nothing as they refuse to consider that many users of the previous wireless broadband used it for a home connection and not for mobile purposes.

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The Wearing of a Helmet, Balaclava or Burqa Veil in public

Monday, October 18th, 2010

news.com.au story on the wearing of balaclavaI came across an interesting news article this morning on news.com.au that was titled ‘Balaclavas welcome at Parliament House‘. The articles contents basically highlighted the equality issues in relation to the wearing of head wear such as hats and burqas and how some were asked to remove some forms of head wear but others not. Then on questioning the appropriate officer they advised they had now advised all security staff to allow anyone with any head wear such as a balaclava entry without having to remove them. This was to ensure equality for everyone and also that there was no need to know the ‘identitiy’ of the person, unless they were suspicious of doing something wrong, which is fair enough, but did that apply to people wearing the burqa veil as well?

This news story highlights an issue I have had for a very long time and that is the wearing of any head wear that conceals a persons identity, and by this I mean all forms of head wear.

If you go to a bank, shopping centre and many other places in Australia you will often notice a sticker or sign on the wall or window saying that you must remove all head wear such as helmets, but this does not include the burqa veil as these can be worn inside these places without question, even though in most cases many are uncomfortable with them.  Not because of who or what the person is or where they came from but  the fact you cannot recognise the person behind the veil and it is quite normal to feel uneasy and not be sure what else is being concealed.

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Browser Advert Blockers, Block All Or Not?

Saturday, October 16th, 2010

Do you use a browser advert blocker?  If you don’t know what they are just Google for adblocker and there will be one available for your web browser.

Myself, well I choose not to use any advert blockers, Why?  Well I look at adverts on the sites that I visit as a way for that web site owner to try and recoup many of the hours of effort spent on providing that web site to me to read and browse through.  Though very little will actually click on any of the adverts the few that do will often help contribute to that web sites ongoing development and maintenance.

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