Articles tagged in australia

  1. On 2010 Federal Election

    2 days after the election and we still cannot sure who will be Australia's next Prime Minister. Most exciting election in Australia over the last 50 years? More like most disastrous to me. Although I did vote for that Mid-Night Oil guy (who else is worthy in Kingsford-Smith?) I gotta say that I am really disappointed with the blame game. Not saying the coalition is any better. Anyway. No wonder we have record high informal votes.

    Here is a clipping from my Facebook status. Have to find a better way to backup the comments there.

    Facebook Status Update

    Taiwanese news channel Next Media Animation did have a pretty good take on the election though :)

  2. Top 500 Sites in Australia According to Alexa

    Need to analyse a list of top sites in Australia, and the following Python scripts helped me to get the site name + domain name off from Alexa with minimum effort:

    #!/usr/bin/env python
    import re, urllib
    r = r'<a  href="/siteinfo/(.*?)"  ><strong>(.*?)</strong>';
    for i in range(25):
        u = 'http://www.alexa.com/topsites/countries;%d/AU' % i
        for x, m in enumerate(re.findall(r, urllib.urlopen(u).read())):
            print '%d. %s (%s)' % (x + 1 + i * 20, m[1], m[0].strip())
    

    YMMV. Considering how Alexa has been trying to obfuscate their HTML pages to prevent scrapping, I won't be surprised that this script stops to work tomorrow...

  3. Kevin Rudd the new Prime Minister of Australia

    Watching the live stream from Kevin Rudd's victory party in Brisbane right now. Looks like the election is now finally over -- no more election campaign ads everywhere! Oh, Australia also has a new Mandarin-speaking, me-too echoing Prime Minister.

    Yeah. A new era.

    I went to vote this morning (in Kingsford-Smith). It was an easy pick, and I do like the Midnight Oil :)

  4. AustPost PO Box - A $70/Year Spam Box

    There is an advantage and a disadvantage living on the southern side of Gardeners Road. I live in Daceyville, where most of my neighbours are of the state housing commission. As I have suspected that it is the reason -- I actually do not get many unsolicited commercial mails, i.e …
  5. Do We Need Another Tax Cut?

    Do we need another tax cut? According to the latest promise from the Coalition, it seems to be a good thing for all Australians. No doubt that it is more likely the Coalitions need it more than the Australian tax payers, as November 24 the election day draws closer, but …
  6. Brisbane as Australia's New Capital?

    Peter Beattie: "Brisbane is the place to be, Sydney knows that. We won the State of Origin and I think that Brisbane is the capital". If State of Origin is the judging criteria for being the capital of Australia, then we'll probably looking at changing capitals every year or two …
  7. Google is now Blogging Australia

    Official Google Australia blog, and it is also their very first country-specific blog as well. It was just started 2 days ago so not much content yet, but hopefully we will see more action there. It does make me wonder, whether country-specific blog is going to be a trend in …
  8. Top Australian Blogs

    Blogpond: Top 100 Australian Blogs Index, listing all the top ranking Australian blogs using this algorithm, which is basically: R = (3 x A + X + T) / 5 R: Overall rankA: Alexa Australia rankX: Alexa rankT: Technorati rank Sounds fair to me, because this very blog is ranked number …
  9. Would OLPC come to Australia?

    SMH: Australia Trials Low-Cost Laptop. Such a misleading title from the Heralds! The article talked about someone liaising with Australian local governments for trials of OLPC, but (1) no response from the actual government body, and (2) no response from the actual OLPC group/distributor. I thought OLPC was initially …
  10. Ian Macfarlane in ABC Boyer Lectures 2006

    Last year was Peter Jensen, this year RBA's ex-boss Ian Macfarlane is on ABC Radio's Boyer Lectures, on the topic of Searching for Stability. Very interesting talks, looking at Australia economy from after WW II to the recent years. A bit heavy for my engineer's head, but it does give …
  11. Don't sing Happy Birthday... Not until 2030

    Via Slashdot, apparently you are infringing copyright law and could be fined if you get caught singing "Happy Birthday to You" in public in Australia. The phrase has not only been trademarked, the 4-lines of lyrics has also been copyrighted by the Warner Chappell Music, and they won't expire until …
  12. Buying Technical Books in Australia

    Just bought a programming related book on-line. It was released in Q2 2006 so I did not consider the second hand book market. I went straight to the oracle asking where can I find it in on-line bookshops in Australia. Only a handful of shops returned, and LSL Australia is …
  13. Geocoding on Google Maps for Aussies and Kiwis

    Glenn Slaven: Australia and New Zealand Get Geocoding. You can now take Australian or New Zealand street address, feed it into Google Maps geocoder, and it gives you back latitude and longitude for you to plot on the map. Domain, the FF real estate website, has got this in action …
  14. Australian or Overseas Web Hosting?

    I wrote this quite a while ago on Whirlpool forum over a debate on Australian verses overseas (usually US-based) web hosting. Thread has since been closed (not my fault :) but I think I will repost my thoughts here, looking at what is the most suitable web hosting solution for Aussies …
  15. Why is Broadband Expensive in Australia?

    According to this thread on the Whirlpool Forums, you can get 45Mbps down stream and 3Mbps up stream ADSL with no traffic quota and cheap VoIP phone for around ¥4,138 per month, which is just a bit more than AUD$50 today. At the same time, I am paying …
  16. Recent broadband pricing in Australia

    Just some personal notes on my recent approach to find an ISP that provides ADSL broadband in Australia. I am moving house in the next month or two, and I plan to change the ISP that provides my home Internet access, as well as the bandwidth for hosting this site …