Amazon AWS Data Centre announced for Australia

Amazon AWS now has a Sydney data center at Equinix down under

Amazon AWS now has a Sydney data center at Equinix down under

After being an AWS customer for the last 4 years, I have anxiously awaited an announcement for an Australian based AWS data centre for a long time!

Next week, Werner Vogels, the CTO of Amazon will unveil two new Sydney data centre locations based out of Equinux’s facilities. Continue reading “Amazon AWS Data Centre announced for Australia” »

The FISH! Philosophy – team building training courses for changing organisational culture

FISH! team building training courses logo

I got to use the awesome FISH! branding when I built the new FISH! section of the pd training site

A few years ago my Pastor, Ps Andrew showed us a very cool video at a morning staff meeting. It was a wonderful story about how a group of fish mongers kicked the habit of being constantly complaining about their work environment, co-workers, boss and general working conditions and just chose to live their work-lives in a less agressive and more positive way.

Something fundamental, deep down the culture of their company changed… and their message was so powerful that it went viral on Youtube a few years ago. Continue reading “The FISH! Philosophy – team building training courses for changing organisational culture” »

Google Analytics now plays the Sitar & Piano [April Fools]

Google Analytics piano and sitar playbackHipsters, now you can playback your website statistics while you enjoy a fresh cup of that crazy expensive coffee bean each morning.

Google has just released a new feature in Google Analytics that allows you to express your inner rock god by playing back your site statistics as though they were staves on parchment. You have the choice of two different instruments, the fairly pedestrian piano, and a rather exotic sounding sitar.

I must admit, I was sceptical at first, but after listening to a few staves of a site I’m currently working on, I could really hear the nuances!

I’m not sure how long the feature will last, but hopefully they will realise the benefit of listening to your stats while doing things like housework and taking cat pictures.

UPDATE: The Googlers responsible for this awesome April Fools joke are Leo Deegan (G+ Profile), who came up with the idea, and Sergey Yaroshenko (G+ Profile), the engineer who implemented it. Brilliant work guys :). Ben McCann suspected it was them.

Will the new iPad work on Telstra’s 4G network?

Apple iPad LTE not available in Telstra in AustraliaIn news that has disappointed many potential iPad buyers in Australia (including yours truly), the 4G LTE modem in Apple’s “new” iPad is not compatible with Telstra’s new spanking fast LTE network.

Telstra only took the wrapping off their LTE network a few months ago after extensive testing in Sydney yielded very satisfactory results.

There may be a consolation prize though.

Read on to find out what it is.

The “New” iPad & Apple TV: where I was right and wrong

I set about over a day ago to write down some of my thoughts on where I thought the iPad was headed and I have to say from a specs point of view I pretty much nailed it, with the exception of one important factor: no 3D maps… yet. My projection of the Apple TV however was an utter failure on almost all counts…

Read on the find out where I was right and wrong.

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Apple TV: Is tomorrow more than just a hobby?

Siri Remote control for Apple TVI have been waiting for a time when Apple would draw all of it’s offerings together in one wholly integrated ecosystem. I think the final two products standing outside their walled garden are OS X and the Apple TV. Steve Jobs famously called the Apple TV a “Hobby” and the haphazard development of the product has shown Apple as a somewhat disinterested parent.

I think thats all about to change tomorrow. Keep reading to find out why. Continue reading “Apple TV: Is tomorrow more than just a hobby?” »

Is 3D mapping coming to the iPad 3?

I’m very much looking forward to Apple’s announcement for the iPad 3 on Wednesday (Thursday morning early Australian eastern time). I have a suspicion this will be the biggest upgrade of the iPad yet. Apple tends to have a major release cycle of iPhones every two years with a minor spec update every alternate year. I think this was the case with the iPad 2, it received a speed bump, a slimmer and lighter case and cameras – certainly a worthy incremental upgrade to one of their iOS devices. So based on Apple’s pattern of behaviour(s), I think the iPad 3 will be their first major overhaul of the iPad. So I am adding my 3 cents 🙂 to the mass of speculation out there.

Read on to find out my reasons for why I think Apple will up the specs on the next iPad.

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I just started a Stand Up Paddle Board blog!

A few months ago I went Stand Up Paddle Boarding with Alan Lim from church for the first time. With a bit of a “crew” in tow be proceeded to tare up the alley down at Leo’s Currumbin SUP hire for an amazing 2 1/2 hours.

I loved the experience so much that I decided to start my own SUP blog to record my experiences Suppin and also explore the possibility of selling SUP boards & accessories online.

So I created my first blog chronicling my experiences that day, so go on over and check out my first SUP blog post.