David M Williams

David M Williams

David has been computing since 1984 where he instantly gravitated to the family Commodore 64. He completed a Bachelor of Computer Science degree from 1990 to 1992, commencing full-time employment as a systems analyst at the end of that year. David subsequently worked as a UNIX Systems Manager, Asia-Pacific technical specialist for an international software company, Business Analyst, IT Manager, and other roles. David has been the Chief Information Officer for national public companies since 2007, delivering IT knowledge and business acumen, seeking to transform the industries within which he works. David is also involved in the user group community, the Australian Computer Society technical advisory boards, and education.

Thursday, 06 December 2007 17:05

Firefox hero: Legends of FOSS

There’s a software title out there really rocking the charts. It’s casting a spell over all who use it, bringing fun and freedom in its train around the globe. Battle against some of the largest empires. Unleash your inner spirit. What – no, we’re not talking about that game, but Firefox, the lean, clean and mean web browser. Here’s a collection of terrific plug-ins that will really enhance your web experience, for developers and end-users alike.
Many of the best-organised software projects around the world are the legions of free and open source offerings. This is in part due to one reason, namely the tight use of source code control and versioning systems to keep the code base clean and in a known state. If you’ve wanted access to the latest build of your favourite apps or if you want to contribute your own mods, the key is to master the source control suite. I’ll introduce Subversion and show you it’s actually pretty simple.
Wednesday, 28 November 2007 18:39

In the black: Why Linux makes financial sense

Last week I touched on some Microsoft backflipping over Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) when it comes to Linux. It had been claimed that although Linux was a free operating system, Windows had a lower overall cost with all factors considered due to its greater ease of administration. Yet, this is no longer the case, with Microsoft’s server line now using a Bash-inspired command line system called PowerShell.



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