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.

Monday, 14 January 2008 07:22

Open source brings a spam-free lunch

Spam is a plague on the Internet. It’s constant and unending. Some ISPs and free web mail providers offer anti-spam services but if you’re running your own mail server, accepting mail to your own domain, you have to work out your own solution. Can open source compete with the big boys? When it comes to spam, is there a free lunch?
There’s no denying that the widespread growth of Linux was due in part to the raw enthusiasm of advocates meeting together under the broad banner of a “LUG” – a Linux User Group. LUG members were pioneers and cowboys, early adopters and passionate hobbyists. Today, the LUG is different. With the rise of commercial backing, the ease of distro installation, and the omniscience of Google do LUGs still have any role to play in the Linux world?
Sunday, 06 January 2008 09:07

Telstra sidesteps Sidekick sidewinder

Dubbed as the less stuffy BlackBerry for the teen and twentysomething sets, the Danger Hiptop – otherwise known as the T-Mobile Sidekick – has a design flaw known to seemingly all except Telstra shop outlets.

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