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Getting your business on the Internet

Someone asked on a Facebook forum if someone could build a quick web site for them. My reply which asked them to contact me was then swamped by recommendations for web developers who have Facebook pages but apparently no actual web sites of their own. Think about that for a moment. Web site developers with […]

That’s not how email works!

I recently spent time in a large public library which provides a free Wi-Fi service for people bringing their own computers or smart phones. This is totally separate, or should be, from the computers provided by the library for use by visitors. There is no reason to suggest that anybody using the Wi-Fi service has […]

When the client doesn’t know any better

I’ve written here before about amateurs doing IT work and giving advice when a little investigation shows that they don’t know what they are talking about. In most cases they don’t know what they don’t know, and they only get away with what they do because the client doesn’t know any better. Sometimes, however, I […]

More amateurs

I suppose I could be accused of being obsessed with amateurishness, but it is something that really irritates me. I constantly see people who claim expertise in some area charging large amounts of money to give advice on that matter when a simple check can show that they don’t even apply their own rules to […]

Weekly Buzz – September 12, 2014

It’s back The Weekly Buzz is back with your weekly roundup of important IT and business news. It should come out every weekend from now on. The iCloud debacle It would have been hard to miss the stories in the media over the last few days about pictures of naked celebrities being stolen after they […]

Gebesse Newsletter – June 2014

Books The reason that there have been no Weekly Buzz emails for a few weeks is that I have been busy working on three books. The first is a rerelease of a book I wrote for Choice Books (part of the Australian Consumers Association), published in 1997 (and rumoured to be the best selling non-fiction […]

“How To Connect To The Internet” rereleased.

In 1997 the best selling non-fiction title in Australia was a slim volume from Choice Books (at the Australian Consumers Association) aimed at people who wanted to know what this new thing called “The Internet” was all about. There are still copies in various libraries, but a slightly revised version is now available. As befits […]

Bring on the NBN

People keep telling me that the proposed National Broadband Network is a waste of money and we don’t need it because we can get by with the existing copper network and use wireless for everywhere else. (As an aside, the estimated cost of the NBN as a proportion of GDP¬†is about the same as was […]