Not NBN Ready Yet

foxteliqhdThe Australian NBN is coming to my neighbourhood. The NBN is short for the National Broadband Network which is an Australian Government Business Enterprise. I have looked the at the NBN website & the rollout in my neighbourhood is in May to June 2017. It could be in time or it might be delayed. This NBN is about the having the latest technology related to the landline telephone, broadband internet & pay TV. There are a number of technologies involved depending where you live in Australia. I currently have a landline telephone, broadband internet & pay TV. I use the older cable technology in the meantime. I am happy using it. I live in the inner western suburbs of Sydney in Australia.

I have got good news with Optus TV featuring Foxtel. The sports pack stayed at $25. It did not go up in price at all. Good on you Optus. This deal however will only last to the NBN switchover. If I really want Foxtel in the future. Have to contact Foxtel. With their cable service, the base entertainment, sports & high definition version of these channels. I am proven right of hitting well over the 60 Australian dollar mark for a month. Not including a set top box tax & installation fee. Only a $50 discount. Dreadfully overpriced I afraid. Not worth the trouble & not worth the money. Getting Foxtel Play is a better bet if really want Foxtel in the future with live & catch up TV application for online viewing. The prices are more reasonable as well. Can view this application via a number of devices. Can put the application on the laptop & connect a cable to the TV set.

I am an Optus customer. With the NBN ready offer, they don’t offer Foxtel. They have joined forces with budget pay TV outfit Fetch like number of other Australian telecommunication businesses. Their brand name is “Yes TV by Fetch”. Their NBN ready offer is a new modem for NBN broadband, a phone with choice of pay for phone use or a phone pack & of course, their Fetch TV pack. No point buying a Fetch box at JB Hi-Fi when Optus will give it away for me if I really want it. For the time with TV, enjoying watching Foxtel provided by Optus with this old relic of set top box which will be an antique piece very soon. This photo¬†above¬†will be handy for any memories down the track of the way I used to watch TV.

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CEBIT 2012

English: Sydney Convention Centre at Darling H...
English: Sydney Convention Centre at Darling Harbour (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Sydney, Australia was where CEBIT 2012 from May 22-24. The Convention & Exhibition Centre in Darling Harbour was where the action is. Anything related to IT for sale to industry people was the intention. Organisations from across the universe selling their wares. The latest laptops, cloud servers, using social media, IT trends, PC software, smartphone apps & IT systems just to give you an idea of some topics with information provided in this expo. I did some research on courses related to IT. I asked a couple of places but were for more training for existing IT employees. I am planning to study from scratch. A shame that TAFE NSW did not have a stand. I know that Sydney University & University of Technology, Sydney had a presence there. I am not keen to go to an university. I did spend a couple of hours watching what was offered at the time I was there. I did have a good time going to quite a few Sydney CEBIT’s.

The adventures of a new laptop

I have now joined the club of users who decided to use a laptop. Previously was a desktop user. The many cords, adapter & plugs all tangled like a spaghetti junction. So many speakers that would have being a good use if I was a dedicated gamer. The seperation of the keyboard, mouse & monitor with the tower of many electrical slots. It is that I wasn’t given an honourary IT certificate keeping track of these connections. The internet was provided initially by my internet service provider. I had two services by an IT repair firm fixing the faults of the desktop. Last week, I started using my laptop. I have a wireless connection with a router. I can bring the laptop away from my computer desk. I have a new printer with a wireless connection. I am new to this. I have a lot to learn here. It is a PC. It is in the mid-range. I have found using Windows 7 a breeze to use to date. It is my first week using the equipment I have now. I do have two speakers that work very well. The purchase was made at an Australian electrical chain with installation by the same chain. Quite unusual for the home user. This is my first blog on this new laptop. I do hope it is the first of many.