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Submission + - Thanking Peter Tattam (

Jacques Chester writes: "If you connected to the internet in the early 90s, you probably remember a little blue-and-gold trumpet icon. It was Trumpet Winsock, created by Peter Tattam, and it made it possible for millions to get online for the first time ever, kickstarting the web revolution.

Through Trumpet Winsock I found slashdot, linux and a whole world of interesting people and fascinating subjects.

Its creator, Peter Tattam, received almost no payments for the millions of copies distributed by ISPs and magazines.

In one of those weird sudden internet events, you can now pay Peter for his work, which made the interwebs accessible so long ago.

Thanks, Peter."

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Submission + - Australia's CSIRO could earn wi-fi billions (

Jacques Chester writes: The Australian government's research body, the CSIRO, has won a settlement with HP over wifi-related patents it lodged in 1996. The settlement is part of the CSIRO's lawsuit against a group of companies it claims are infringing: Intel, Dell, Toshiba, Asus, Netgear, D-Link, Belkin, SMC, Accton, 3-Com, Buffalo, Microsoft and Nintendo. This could mean that billions of dollars in royalties will soon be getting paid to one of the world's best scientific research organisations, potentially funding more research in astronomy, biology, physics, medicine and many other basic science and development projects. For once it looks like the 'little guy' is getting what's due. Let's just hope that the Australian government doesn't pinch the royalties come budget time.

Submission + - Microsoft rewrites rulebook for Windows 7 project (

Jacques Chester writes: "Windows Vista was a development disaster for Microsoft. It ran years late and billions of dollars over budget — and then flopped on release. Microsoft employee Larry Osterman talks about the different processes being used for Windows 7; meanwhile I've developed some diagrams to highlight the differences. Will this mean Windows 7 doesn't suck as hard as Vista?"

Submission + - Australian "snooping" law explain (

Jacques Chester writes: "Yesterday's story about new 'snooping' laws to defeat terrorism got me hot under the collar, so I hit the phones. Starting with my local member and ending in the Attorney-General's office, I learned that the Ministers were ignorant or trying to spin something that didn't need spin. The journalists botched the story too. In reality the change is to close an administrative loophole. I explain how everyone got it wrong — and what should happen next."

Submission + - Why trust is imporant for voting systems (

Jacques Chester writes: With accusations of ballot fiddling, dodgy voting machines and the like, what property is most important for an electoral system? Trust, of course! I've been looking at the US political system as an interested outsider for some time now and I explain why in software terms, trust needs to be added to the "Arrow's Theorem" list of important properties for any voting system to have.

Submission + - How blogging grew out of Unix history (

Jacques Chester writes: "I administer a moderately popular site in Australia. Like many geeks who get roped into helping out with such things, I am frequently surprised at how current bloggers seem to think the Internet was only turned on when they turned up, that this is a new phenomenon. I decided to write a little on how it's all been done before."

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