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Australian Postal Codes

Australian Postal Codes

Thursday, 1 September 2016

A downloadable database of Australian postal codes, collated from a variety of public sources on the Internet

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Skype Web SDK - Audio, Video and Conferencing

Skype Web SDK - Audio, Video and Conferencing

Thursday, 24 December 2015

A deep dive tutorial on how to add Audio, Video and Conferencing capabilities into your web site or application, using JavaScript and the Skype Web SDK.

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SQL Tips #1 - Table Row Counts & Sizes

SQL Tips #1 - Table Row Counts & Sizes

Saturday, 12 December 2015

Useful SQL tips - how to list all tables and retrieve their row counts and file sizes

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Extracting Email Addresses from Outlook Mailboxes using C#

Extracting Email Addresses from Outlook Mailboxes using C#

Wednesday, 18 November 2015

Sometimes it's handy to be able to easily extract a list of email addresses from your Outlook PST or OST file.
This application uses C# to extract email addresses from Microsoft Outlook.

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Exporting Lync or Skype for Business Contacts with the Skype Web SDK

Exporting Lync or Skype for Business Contacts with the Skype Web SDK

Tuesday, 27 October 2015

There's no easy way to export a list of contacts from the Lync or Skype for Business desktop client, but this can be achieved using the Skype Web SDK.

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Extracting Attachments from Outlook Mailboxes using C#

Extracting Attachments from Outlook Mailboxes using C#

Friday, 16 October 2015

My personal mailbox, with emails going back to the late 90's, is full of old attachments that bloat the PST file, but aren't really needed.
I decided to write a simple C# console app to extract them to reduce the size of my PST file.

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Is it time to hang up the telephone?

Is it time to hang up the telephone?

Tuesday, 1 September 2015

Pick a customer, a vendor or a friend that you call regularly.
Now put their email address into your favourite unified communications client, such as Skype, Lync or Facebook Messenger, and the likelihood is you’ll never spend a cent on calling them on your telephone again.

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Pluralsight Course - Skype Web SDK: Getting Started

Pluralsight Course - Skype Web SDK: Getting Started

Friday, 24 July 2015

Learn about the new Skype Web SDK, how it works, how to starting use it, and how the SDK can help enhance your web site or application with Skype functionality.

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Becoming a Pluralsight author

Becoming a Pluralsight author

Monday, 13 July 2015

I’ve recently been accepted as a Pluralsight Author, and am busily creating the first of a series of courses on how to develop Skype-enabled applications using the Skype Web SDK.
Pluralsight require a high level of audio and production quality (as they should!), and as such I embarked upon a mission to upgrade my recording equipment to as close to studio standards as I can reasonably justify with minimal budget.

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Introducing the Skype Web SDK

Introducing the Skype Web SDK

Wednesday, 29 April 2015

Developing applications with the Skype Web SDK has never been easier with the tools released today by Microsoft at the Build 2015 conference.
The Skype Web SDK is a new set of JavaScript components and HTML controls that enable developers to build new web experiences that seamlessly integrate a wide variety of real-time collaboration models leveraging Skype for Business services and the larger Skype network.

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Kilimanjaro Climb 2015

Kilimanjaro Climb 2015

Saturday, 4 April 2015

As crazy as it sounds, we set off again in March 2015 to fundraise for the Telco Together Foundation by climbing Mount Kilimanjaro - this time the Lemosho Route.
All funds raised go directly to the Foundation's worthy recipients - Second Bite, Inspire, Red Dust Role Models & Sports Without Borders.

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Kilimanjaro 2015 - Lemosho (Northern Route) - Day 7 - Millenium Camp to Mweka Gate

Kilimanjaro 2015 - Lemosho (Northern Route) - Day 7 - Millenium Camp to Mweka Gate

Monday, 30 March 2015

Our final day of adventure, leaving Millenium Camp for Mweka Gate and the return to civilisation (and showers!)

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Kilimanjaro 2015 - Lemosho (Northern Route) - Day 6 - Stella Point down to Millenium Camp

Kilimanjaro 2015 - Lemosho (Northern Route) - Day 6 - Stella Point down to Millenium Camp

Sunday, 29 March 2015

After struggling to reach the summit only a few hours earlier, we begin our descent down the southern face of Kilimanjaro

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Ascent to the Summit of Kilimanjaro

Ascent to the Summit of Kilimanjaro

Sunday, 29 March 2015

Tonight at midnight, we begin our ascent to the peak of Kilimanjaro, Uruhu Peak at an altitude of 5,895m.
It will take us around 8 hours to complete the climb.

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Kilimanjaro 2015 - Lemosho (Northern Route) - Day 5 - 3rd Cave Camp to School Hut

Kilimanjaro 2015 - Lemosho (Northern Route) - Day 5 - 3rd Cave Camp to School Hut

Saturday, 28 March 2015

With Kilimanjaro towering above us like a giant in the mist, we steadily ascend towards School Hut camp, ready for our breakfast later that night.
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Kilimanjaro 2015 - Lemosho (Northern Route) - Day 4 - Moir Hut to 3rd Cave Camp

Kilimanjaro 2015 - Lemosho (Northern Route) - Day 4 - Moir Hut to 3rd Cave Camp

Friday, 27 March 2015

A relatively easy, although suprisingly long day of trekking around the northern face of Kilimanjaro, a stone's throw to the Kenyan border.

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Kilimanjaro 2015 - Lemosho (Northern Route) - Day 3 - Shira 1 Camp to Moir Hut

Kilimanjaro 2015 - Lemosho (Northern Route) - Day 3 - Shira 1 Camp to Moir Hut

Thursday, 26 March 2015

Slowly we continue our climb higher each day, across the rocky plains and edge of Shira Plateau towards Moir Hut camp.

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Kilimanjaro 2015 - Lemosho (Northern Route) - Day 2 - Mti Mkubwa to Shira 1 Camp

Kilimanjaro 2015 - Lemosho (Northern Route) - Day 2 - Mti Mkubwa to Shira 1 Camp

Wednesday, 25 March 2015

Leaving the sounds of the forrest and the cool of the gigantic trees above us, we reach the grasslands on our way towards the next camp.

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We're on our way to Kilimanjaro!

We're on our way to Kilimanjaro!

Saturday, 21 March 2015

In a little over 48hrs we begin our climb of the world's largest freestanding mountain, Kilimanjaro, in the northern plains of Tanzania, Africa.
All to raise funds for the Telco Together Foundation!

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JSON to C# class conversion using Paste Special in Visual Studio

JSON to C# class conversion using Paste Special in Visual Studio

Wednesday, 25 February 2015

Don't you just hate it when you stumble over a feature in Visual Studio that's been available for years, and realise that it could have saved you many hours of coding?

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Presentation on the Internet of Things and Microsoft Lync

Presentation on the Internet of Things and Microsoft Lync

Wednesday, 11 February 2015

A presentation and discussion about various Lync and Skype for Business development frameworks (UCMA, UCWA, Skype API, 3rd party) and how they can be used as a pathway to implementing IoT (Internet of Things) communication to Lync and Skype users.

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Send an IM with UCWA - Setting Presence - Online, Away, Busy

Send an IM with UCWA - Setting Presence - Online, Away, Busy

Saturday, 31 January 2015

UCWA can be used to dynamically control the presence of an online Lync account.

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Send an IM with UCWA - Step 3 - Sending the IM

Send an IM with UCWA - Step 3 - Sending the IM

Friday, 30 January 2015

UCWA, or the Unified Communications Web API, lets your send IMs easily using a simple HTTP RESTful API hosted on your Lync environment.

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Send an IM with UCWA - Step 2 - Creating the Application

Send an IM with UCWA - Step 2 - Creating the Application

Thursday, 29 January 2015

The first step when creating a new UCWA is to initialise an Application - a two way modality between your Lync user account and an intended recipient.

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Send an IM with UCWA - Step 1 - Prerequisites

Send an IM with UCWA - Step 1 - Prerequisites

Wednesday, 28 January 2015

Learn some of the important prerequisites for installing and configuring UCWA on your Lync 2013 environment.

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An introduction to Sending an IM with UCWA

An introduction to Sending an IM with UCWA

Tuesday, 27 January 2015

Microsoft Unified Communications Web API (UCWA) is a REST API that exposes Lync Server 2013 Instant Messaging and Presence capabilities.
This tutorial series explains how to use UCWA to send a simple Instant Message (IM)

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The Lemosho Route - Kilimanjaro Climb 2015

The Lemosho Route - Kilimanjaro Climb 2015

Monday, 12 January 2015

The Lemosho Route is widely considered to be the best route on Mount Kilimanjaro.
Lemosho, a relatively new route, is favoured due to its beauty, remoteness and success rate.

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Exploring the Internet of Things (IoT) with Lync (& Skype for Business) and .Net Gadgeteer

Exploring the Internet of Things (IoT) with Lync (& Skype for Business) and .Net Gadgeteer

Tuesday, 6 January 2015

Today, most people think of Lync and Skype as tools for Unified Communications – Instant Messaging, Audio and Video conferencing, Application Sharing and in some instances telephony solutions.

Lync (and soon Skype for Business, the next version of Lync) can also be used as the end-point for receiving and processing a wide range of modalities, including Instant Messaging.

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Building PlanetFall, a LunarLander-inspired game for Windows Phone 8

Building PlanetFall, a LunarLander-inspired game for Windows Phone 8

Tuesday, 16 December 2014

An overview of building a Windows Phone 8 Silverlight Game using XAML, C# and Visual Studio 2013.

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Skype for Business Announced

Skype for Business Announced

Tuesday, 11 November 2014

Microsoft have announced a significant update to the Lync product range, including rebranding the product as Skype for Business, bringing it closer to final convergence with the Skype platform and direction.

The changes are slated for the first half of 2015.

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Lync Agent DNS Checker

Lync Agent DNS Checker

Saturday, 25 October 2014

Lync Agent DNS Checker is a very simple tool to remotely test DNS records against those required for Lync 2013, Lync Online, Exchange 2013 and/or Office 365.
The tool uses a number of external DNS servers (Google, Microsoft, and others) to remotely query a domain name, to ensure accurate results.
Lync Agent DNS Checker is an informational tool – no registration or advertisements, and has just one single function.

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Sending PRTG notifications via Lync

Sending PRTG notifications via Lync

Friday, 24 October 2014

More than 150,000 administrators rely on PRTG Network Monitor every day to monitor their LANs, WANs, servers, websites, appliances, URLs, and more - now they can easily send notifications via Lync using Lync Agent.

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Wasteland 2 - inXile Entertainment

Wasteland 2 - inXile Entertainment

Sunday, 22 December 2013

Adventure in Post-Nuclear AmericaJust on a week ago, inXile Entertainment released a beta of their upcoming game, Wasteland 2 – the long awaited (25 years!).
The original was a post-apocalyptic role-playing video game developed by Interplay, and released in 1988 for the Apple ][, PC and Commodore 64.
The game is set in an alternate history timeline, mirroring that of the original classic game, in which a nuclear holocaust has decimated the planet, reverting society into one of primitive technology and anarchy.
On the day of the cataclysm, a company of U.
S.
Army Engineers were in a remote desolate desert building bridges.

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Telecommunications company grows cloud business with Windows

Telecommunications company grows cloud business with Windows

Sunday, 15 December 2013

Re-posted from Microsoft Case Studies By moving to Windows Server we've saved around 80% on licensing costs and dramatically reduced provisioning times for new virtual machines.
Matthew Proctor, General Manager Data Centre & Cloud, Primus TelecomBusiness NeedsWith the advent of cloud computing, Primus Telecom found itself dramatically transitioning toward cloud technology.
We began building a cloud environment in the mid 2000s and launched our cloud services formally in 2008 with the acquisition of bespoke Managed Services Provider Imagineering Technology, recounts Matthew Proctor, General Manager of Data Centre & Cloud at Primus Telecom.
Our customer base grew faster than we anticipated so we started to expand our offering.

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1,000 Steps to Kilimanjaro

1,000 Steps to Kilimanjaro

Tuesday, 18 June 2013

Or how I went from 29 minutes to 12 minutes…Every step becomes a little easier, the more you climb and the more you focus.
Back in February, after learning of the Kilimanjaro Charity Challenge, I decided it was time to get fit, if nothing else but to keep up with my colleagues and achieve this challenge.
And so, like a professional I sought the wise and trusted advice of my colleagues in the industry, many of whom suggested the 1,000 steps in Ferntree Gully.
As this near my home, it seemed like a great idea.
I can do them in around 10 minutes! , responded one, who shall remain nameless.
Her level of fitness was extreme compared to mine, but it seemed achievable.
I think we d need to put aside an hour or so , was another response.

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Kilimanjaro Charity Challenge - Our Causes

Kilimanjaro Charity Challenge - Our Causes

Monday, 22 April 2013

Kilimanjaro Charity Challenge – Our Causes - tTelco Together has a vision to harness the reach and capability of the telecommunications industry to support Australian communities in need.
Through our Community Partners, your donation will directly contribute to :HOMELESSNESSProviding meals to the homelessEvery day one in 200 Australians are homeless, and don t know where their next meal is coming from.
Meanwhile, Australians waste $5.
2 billion of food per year.
Telco Together is helping to redistribute the food to those in need by supporting Secondbite.
MENTAL HEALTHSupporting people with mental health issues.
One in five Australians will suffer from a mental illness during their lifetime.

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The Telco Together Kilimanjaro Charity Challenge

The Telco Together Kilimanjaro Charity Challenge

Friday, 12 April 2013

In October 2013, a team of adventure seekers from the telecommunications industry will set off to climb the world’s tallest freestanding mountain – Mount Kilimanjaro – to raise money for disadvantaged communities in Australia.
Kilimanjaro is the tallest freestanding mountain in the world, one of the highest volcanoes and Africa s highest mountain, reaching 5,895m (~19,340ft).

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A study of the impact localized maximum temperatures has on the usage of business-grade fixed line calls usage in Australia.

A study of the impact localized maximum temperatures has on the usage of business-grade fixed line calls usage in Australia.

Saturday, 25 August 2012

Anecdotally it is common to hear, within the telecommunications industry, that telephone call volumes decrease during hot days, colloquially when everyone goes outside to the beach!Naturally, where temperatures are lower, it is believed that consumers and business people are more likely to remain in the homes or place or work, resulting in more telephone calls being made.

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NSLookup from ASP.Net

NSLookup from ASP.Net

Sunday, 5 August 2012

Today I found myself writing code to review the validity of the many, err, dozens of domain names that I oversee.
I wanted to incorporate this into my personal intranet site, written in ASP.
NET using the 4.
5RC framework.
The task was to validate whether a domain name was correctly delegated, with valid A records pointing at one or more of my web servers, or externally hosted servers.
Using the system.
net assembly to query a domain record is relatively trivial, but using it to query external name server delegation proved to be somewhat cumbersome, so I decided to simply use Window’s built in nslookup tool, available since Windows 2000 (and maybe earlier!).

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WiFi Everywhere

WiFi Everywhere

Thursday, 19 July 2012

I recently spent a few weeks in North America attending conferences and technology workshops.
Throughout this time I recorded, periodically, the performance I was receiving on various free or venue-provided WiFi networks.
These measurements were made by monitoring a sustained FTP download from a server located in a Texas Data Centre, 150Mbps in size, and excluding any pauses due to drop outs (which were reasonably frequent).
I have excluded latency from these figures as it varied quite dramatically, possibly due to transient periodical usage on WiFi networks by ‘normal’ users.
City/LocationProviderSpeedLAXT-Mobile4.
1Delta LAX-JFKDelta Airlines1.
1Manhattan, NYUnknown4.
2Acela Train – NY-DCT-Mobile2.

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NBN B2B Certification Achieved

NBN B2B Certification Achieved

Thursday, 22 March 2012

Primus Australia becomes first retail service provider to receive B2B interoperability certification from NBN Co Melbourne, Australia: Primus Australia, a part of PTGi (Primus Telecommunications Group, Inc.
– NYSE:PTGi) has today announced that it is the first retail service provider (RSP) to receive NBN Co s business-to-business (B2B) interoperability certification.
Primus Australia will now utilise NBN Co s B2B Gateway for direct systems integration, supporting automated order management, assurance and billing operations for services provided on the NBN to end user customers.
Primus Australia will be the first RSP in Australia to provide the real time provisioning of services to customers on the NBN network.

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Australia’s Government Data Centre Facilities Panel now includes Primus Australia, offering services from its Melbourne facilities

Australia’s Government Data Centre Facilities Panel now includes Primus Australia, offering services from its Melbourne facilities

Wednesday, 16 November 2011

Today we announced that we have been included in the Federal Government’s Data Centre Facilities panel! This is an exciting opportunity, and many thanks to my team who have helped secure this membership!A huge thanks to Bruce, Jason and Emily for their work on this! Oh, and to Zac for knowing how to use a printer…— Press Release Follows —MELBOURNE 16th November 2011: Primus Australia, a part of PTGi (Primus Telecommunications Group, Inc.
)(NYSE: PTGi), today announced it is now on the Federal Government’s Data Centre Facilities Panel, offering services from its Melbourne facilities.

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A few nights at the Chelsea

A few nights at the Chelsea

Sunday, 17 July 2011

Before it closed for renovations in August, I was lucky enough to stay at the bohemian, boutique Hotel Chelsea, on West 22rd Street in Manhattan.
Officially there for business meetings, I had a chance to check out the priceless art that hangs on the walls throughout the hotel.
The Hotel Chelsea, also known as the Chelsea Hotel, or simply the Chelsea, is a historic New York City hotel and landmark, known primarily for its history of notable residents.
The hotel has been the home of numerous writers, musicians, artists, and actors, including Bob Dylan, Virgil Thomson, Charles Bukowski, Janis Joplin, Leonard Cohen, Patti Smith, Iggy Pop, Jobriath, and Larry Rivers.

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Beauty in Electrons (aka Porsche 918 Spyder)

Beauty in Electrons (aka Porsche 918 Spyder)

Friday, 16 April 2010

An exciting new chapter is opening in Porsche Motorsport history, with the launch of the 918 Spyder plug-in hybrid concept car.
Launched last month at the Geneva motor show, the Spyder is a mid-engined, two-seater supercar with performance exceeding most F1 cars and efficiency greater than a Toyota Prius!The exciting stats – 0-100km/h in under 3.
2 seconds, top speed 320km/h, emissions of less than 70g CO2 per km and fuel consumption of around 3.
0L/100km (my Boxster averages around 9…)The 2010 Porsche 918 Spyder combines classic Porsche elements and futuristic design.
More to come in the coming weeks…

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New x800 HP Series Optimizes Data Center and Enterprise WAN Environments

New x800 HP Series Optimizes Data Center and Enterprise WAN Environments

Monday, 12 March 2007

From: Exinda Networks“The Imagineering data center runs multiple 100 Mbps.
backbone feeds today with Gigabit speeds planned for mid 2007.
Only the Exinda High Performance series allows us to monitor and optimize our enterprise customers’ server farms and our overall data center operations at up to 500 Mbps.
performance levels, while removing the congestion off selected WAN segments and accelerating applications at the same time,” commented Matthew Proctor, chief executive officer of Imagineering Technologies.
“Scalability, full WAN acceleration functionality and excellent monitoring made the decision to go with the x800HP a no-brainer for us.
Exinda delivered what others could not,” concluded Proctor.

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MIS Magazine - The new horizons

MIS Magazine - The new horizons

Tuesday, 7 June 2005

There is still plenty of ‘cool factor’ technology filtering through to the enterprise space, savvy CIOs just have to pick the studs from the duds.
Virtual shift Commercial data centres are getting excited.
Matthew Proctor, managing director of Imagineering Technologies, which operates a medium-scale data centre in Melbourne, says the shift towards virtualised data centres is inevitable.
VMWare, which was acquired by storage vendor EMC last year, is facing stiff competition from one other vendor: Microsoft.
The software giant gobbled up virtual machine outfit Connectix two years ago, and the improvements to VMWare’s products have seen Microsoft get more aggressive in its sales push.

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Jetstar, Virgin Blue Web sites crash

Jetstar, Virgin Blue Web sites crash

Thursday, 26 February 2004

By Patrick Gray, ZDNet Australia 26 February 2004 The Web sites of Virgin Blue and Jetstar airlines are offline after a “special offer” triggered a buying frenzy that is believed to have overloaded the companies’ Web servers.
Jetstar, the new low-cost airline owned by Qantas, announced it would sell 100,000 seats from 6am today at a one-way price of AU$29 as a special introductory offer.
The airline is due to start flying in May.
Virgin Blue countered, announcing that it would match the AU$29 fare, but would offer 200,000 seats.
Eager travellers have apparently jumped on the offers — both Web-sites have simply disappeared.

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Aust IT industry insurance soars

Aust IT industry insurance soars

Wednesday, 11 June 2003

Written by Patrick Gray, ZDNetSoaring professional indemnity and public liability insurance costs have sparked outrage among IT contractors, employers and employment agencies.
Managing director of Melbourne based Imagineering Technologies is feeling the impact already.
“It has had a major financial impact… it’s something that we need to either absorb or pass on to our clients.
It’s an unacceptable situation,” he said.
Proctor cannot understand why the insurance industry is stepping up premiums when market conditions haven’t changed.
“I don’t believe the IT industry in its current state has changed greatly over the last three to four years,” he said.

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