One day NBNCo paid ~$11bn for blocks of land with which to build. The blocks may have existing buildings on them or they might be completely vacant. For many blocks (the number and location are strictly commercially sensitive – NBNCo didn’t ask, and the seller didn’t feel obliged to tell), they don’t know what’s on the block of land: it could be prime real estate or it could be a swamp.

They don’t even know if there is in fact land at the place that they were told and to solve these problems NBNCo have agreed to pay extra to the seller to survey the land that they bought.

Every 18 months or so, NBNCo then place a big sign at a random number of blocks in random places saying “Sometime soon we’ll build a building here!”. Occasionally on some blocks, for no describable reason, the sign is pulled down. This is the best information we get from the NBNCo public website and maps.

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Made in Australia?

by grogers on June 12, 2013

Now this is something that you just don’t see printed on electronics any more – “Made in Australia”


Hello, how can we not help you?

December 30, 2011

I’d like to relate my experience trying to upgrade from a Bigpond Turbo modem to one of the new 4G ones. I have to vent my frustration, it really was so bad. I call 13 7663 and say to the robot woman, “new modem” and confirm I’m calling from the phone connected to the account. […]

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Exim on Debian and frustrating authentication errors

March 22, 2011

You’ve set up a brand new Debian machine and installed the Exim MTA. Because this server is Internet-facing, you switched on the options to allow TLS with authentication so your users can securely relay mail from their phones and laptops. Your users also have local accounts on the server. Frustratingly, when users try and send […]

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Nokia: Let’s do the time warp again

May 31, 2010

All three of these phones are in Perth, Western Australia, are on the Telstra network and are set to automatically update their time from the network. The brand-new Nokia E52 in the middle is an hour ahead. How do you fix it?

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Old… but not broken

May 17, 2010

I’ve just rebuilt one of my home servers. The old one had one of these Arnet Multiport ISA serial cards in it for my packet radio modems. Full-length ISA, full-sized UART chips, shared IRQ serial ports, DIP switches… In other words, all the things that make me glad personal computing moved on past the 1990s. […]

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Spelling fail

May 4, 2010

I think these signwriters might need new spell checkers. Warrenty? Ballons?

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Special offer! (Everyone but you)

April 7, 2010

I’ve always been impressed with Amazon. They can find and post me almost any book ever published half-way across the world for a reasonable price within a few weeks. I’ve bought heaps of books from them and their service has always been excellent. As happy as I am, Amazon have one annoying flaw. It’s their […]

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The wrong Good News

April 2, 2010

In Western Australia, most bars can’t trade on Good Friday: This sign has it wrong, though. That isn’t the Good News. The Good News of Easter is that Jesus Christ rose from the dead!

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Skewing the results of a survey before the results even arrive

March 28, 2010

The Perthnow/Sunday Times website is promoting “WA’s biggest law and order survey”. Questions on police, justice, road laws, bikie gangs and that sort of thing. Perhaps you’re even willing to ignore the unanswerable question 31, “Do you view bikie gangs as social clubs or as conduits for organised crime? (tick one box) Yes No Don’t […]

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