Why site blocking doesn’t work

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Recently Village Roadshow commenced proceedings in the Australian Federal Court to block customers of some of Australia’s largest ISPs (including Telstra, Optus, TPG + subsidiaries, and others) from accessing a raft of sites associated with online piracy. The court ordered the ISPs to block access to these web sites using one or more of the following steps: DNS blocking by …

Review: Heathrow Express

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Running every 15 minutes, the Heathrow Express is the fastest and certainly a most comfortable way to get from London’s Heathrow Airport into the city. Starting at T5 with a brief stop at the station serving terminals T1, T2, and T3, the trip to London’s Paddington Station takes approximately 15 minutes. From there it’s a quick tube ride to almost …

Review: Shanghai Maglev Train

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The Shanghai Maglev train whisks passengers between the Pudong International Airport (PVG) and Longyang Road station in the outskirts of Central Pudong. A journey that would take at least 30 minutes by car (without traffic) takes only 7 minutes when travelling at up to 431km/hr, making the Maglev a fast and efficient service for getting between the airport and Pudong. …

Uber scheduled rides now in Australia

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In June I reported that Uber had launched scheduled rides but at the time it was only available in Seattle. As a regular user of Uber, one of the biggest downsides I’ve found is that you need to request a driver at the time you wish to travel. While it gives you the flexibility to change your schedule, sometimes when plans …

Uber launches scheduled rides

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As a regular user of Uber, I find that one of the biggest downsides is that I still need to find and maintain relationships with drivers when I want the knowledge that someone will be ready and waiting for me when I really need a car — typically on those trips to and from the airport. For that reason I’m …

Review: Sofitel Brisbane

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Having had an extensive refurbishment less than three years ago, the Sofitel Brisbane is a stunning property in the heart of the Brisbane CBD. Located directly above Central Station, the Sofitel is only a 25 minute train trip directly to the domestic terminal or roughly about the same time by car — and with a perfectly timed train combined with …

Qantas to bring inflight Internet to Australia

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Qantas announced today that they expect to commence trials of in-flight Wi-Fi in late 2016 under a partnership with broadband services provider ViaSat. The trial will use a single Boeing 737 aircraft with a rollout across the entire domestic fleet of Boeing 737 and Airbus A330 aircraft. The service will use NBN’s Sky Muster service which provides coverage across most …

Sending call notifications from Asterisk to HipChat

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We run an Asterisk PBX with agents who take inbound phone calls from our various phone queues. We also use HipChat as our internal instant messaging and group chat system.

Here we look at how to setup these notifications on your call queues.

A look at AWS Certificate Manager

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Overnight Amazon Web Services (AWS) released their AWS Certificate Manager (ACM) product.

In this article I have a look at how to get started with ACM.