The internet

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National broadband network Australia

This is one of those cartoons where context is all. So if you don’t live in Australia, you probably are not aware of the National Broadband Network (NBN) debacle currently going on here. According to NBN’s website, NBN

“was established in 2009 to design, build and operate Australia’s new high-speed, wholesale local access broadband network. Underpinned by a purpose to connect Australia and bridge the digital divide, nbn’s key objective is to ensure all Australians have access to fast broadband as soon as possible, at affordable prices, and at least cost.”

It’s fair to say it has not lived up to their bold vision. Rather than go into the nitty gritty details, I thought these Newsline headings would provide a flavour of the issues faced.

“ACCC to review NBN after complaints about network soar… THE consumer watchdog has launched an inquiry into NBN Co’s standard of service as complaints about the network continue to rise.” News.com 2 Nov 2017

“NBN’s constipation: Problems go much deeper than a lack of fibre…EVERYONE thinks they know the problem with the NBN. The truth is, it goes far deeper than we know – and it can’t be fixed.” News.com 25 Oct 2017

“Almost half NBN users report problems, with delays and slow speeds top hurdles.” Courier Mail 23 Oct 2017

“NBN director Michael Malone says complaining customers should be sent ‘to the back of the queue” Business insider, 30 Oct 2017

From my perspective, I only wish we hadn’t converted. Our internet drops out regularly (2-3 days vs once a month on the old system) and often when it’s running, the bandwidth is so tight that only one person can use it at a time.  Bring back the good old days, I say…

What do you miss from the ‘good old day’?

The IT cloud

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early form of cloud downloading

At work this week, I’ve been reading quite few reports. Call me old fashioned, but I still prefer paper to pixels. I think it’s the feeling of interaction through touching something like paper, rather than clickety click clicking a key board.

What about you?

A typical work conference call

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office on line conference call

Sound familiar…Or should that be look familiar?

This cartoon was inspired by the online conference calls I make as part of day to day work in the office these days. However, it was when I reflected on the now 14 million+  YouTube views video A conference call in real life, that I thought to myself, how would I convert the idea into 2D cartoon form.

Do you make online conference calls at work?

What funny things happen to you in those calls? Who knows, I might turn it into a cartoon.

 

 

Famous last words?

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Don't judge a book by its cover

History is littered with famous last words. Here are a few:

Either that wallpaper goes, or I do.
Oscar Wilde, writer, November 30, 1900

Go on, get out. Last words are for fools who haven’t said enough!
Karl Marx, revolutionary socialist, March 14, 1883

Damn it . . . Don’t you dare ask God to help me.
To her housekeeper, who had begun to pray aloud.
Joan Crawford, actress, d. May 10, 1977

I should never have switched from Scotch to Martinis.
Humphrey Bogart, actor, January 14, 1957

Waiting are they? Waiting are they? Well–let ’em wait.
In response to an attending doctor who attempted to comfort him by saying, ‘General, I fear the angels are waiting for you.’
Ethan Allen, American Revolutionary general, 1789