Our own Glenn Fleishman was quoted by Australia's Senator Stephen Conroy, the minister for broadband, communications, and the digital economy, in a recent speech. The quote came from an article Glenn wrote for the Northwest news site PubliCola, about electricity being the killer app of 1900, in the way that broadband is the killer app today. Australia plans an ambitious fiber and wireless infrastructure buildout to ensure near universal high-speed access, with 90 percent of residents having fiber to the home.follow link
Copy Existing Filename to 'Save As' Field
While many utilities provide file naming automation, they're mostly overkill for those cases when you need to make small variations in file content while ensuring the documents group together in a "by name" list.
In the Save As dialog, the default name is the current document name. You can quickly change this to match any existing file.
1. Make the list of files the active element.
2. Click on a grayed-out filename, which momentarily turns black.
3. The Save As field now contains the filename you just clicked.
You can modify the name (adding, say, "version 3") or overwrite that existing file you clicked.
- ExtraBITS for 19 April 2010 (18 Apr 10)
Australian Broadband Minister Quotes TidBITS Staffer in Speech
Our (Australia's) NBN, providing it is not broken by inept politicians or institutional greed and stupidity,is a worthwhile national project. BUT
Censorship of the Internet (Senator Conroy being a proponent of a (Internet censorship) system which will rivals China's, under the guise of "child protection", is also part of the National Broadband Network (NBN).
Now, I don't understand Australian politics, but it seems like quite a leap from a silly effort to block criminal sites (which will simply be routed around, as happens in China) to wholesale repression of unwanted ideas that are legal in all other forms.
While not supporting what Conroy and his government are proposing, partly because it simply doesn't work as has been widely shown, aren't you taking a big leap? I thought Australian were ruggedly independent and wouldn't tolerate this nonsense in any form, in any case!
Yes, as it is planned, it will be easily circumvented, but the majority of users, through inertia, or ill founded fears of "breaking their internet" will do nothing.
Conroy himself is branding anyone who is against the proposed internet filter as pro child pornography, as if saying it often enough, the population will believe him.
"It is dangerous to be right when the government is wrong." Voltaire
Killer apps of what? Copper?
Isn't Conroy (or his speech writer) just trying to sound hip? Surely electricity and broadband are the things applied not the applications.