Babyccino’s Are Dangerous

Aah… nothing beats a good old natter with your girlfriends and a cappuccino and hey… if you’re a two year old, why not have a babyccino?

I’ll tell you why not!

Babyccinos are dangerousAnd for those of you who do not as yet know what a babyccino is, it’s supposedly the baby version of the most social of coffees… the cappuccino.

But you cry, it’s nothing more than frothy milk (no caffeine), so where’s the harm? Is it the lashings of chocolate powder that adorn the top that worry you so, because if that’s the case it’s easily rectified with a quick scoop from mum and the chocolate top is gone?

Or perhaps the side order of marshmallows has you worried? Sure, marshmallows are not good for any pint sized kid since it’s nothing more than a gigantic sugar fix.

So besides the obvious three dangers of caffeine, chocolate powder and marshmallows – all of which are easily controlled by mum – where’s the hidden danger?

Business Technical

WHMCS Support Help Desk Staffed By Robots

WHMCS Support Desk Staffed By RobotsSupport Help Desks – you either love them or hate them but none more so than when they are staffed by robots!

Take WHMCS for example, an industry leader when it comes to supplying a mid tear management system to hosting companies… it has decided to staff their Support Help Desk by Robots!

Now I don’t mean literally little mechanical robots buzzing around the office, and nor do I mean some high-tech wizardry or super computer manning the help desk… no, it’s worse than that.

Robots by their very nature

Business Political

Australia Post is Killing Online Business

It’s a fact! Australia Post is killing online business. With their latest round of stealth price increases they have once again dealt a decisive blow against the small online trader.

Australia Post is Killing Online BusinessWhy does Australia Post ‘have it in’ for small business?

Why do they feel the need to constantly increase prices – 35% in the last year alone?

Why do they constant shift the goal posts – changing weight and size limits?


Well the answer is perhaps a little more obscure than just… ‘keeping up with rising costs’, unfortunately the answer is laced with political overtones.


Team Orders Win Formula 1 Malaysian Grand Prix 2013

…And the winner for this years Malaysian Formula 1 Grand Prix is… none of the usual 11 teams that make the starting line up but instead it’s, Team Orders! Who?

Team Orders Win Formula 1 Malaysian Grand Prix - 2013In fact, let me take that one step further and say that the entire podium was filled with drivers from Team Orders.

The unsavory side to Formula 1 once again reared it’s ugly head yesterday not once, but twice. Team Red Bull Racing and Team Petronas Mercedes (home race) both decided to ‘fix’ the results to ensure maximum benefit to themselves at the expense of the racing spectacle and paying racing fan. Both teams had different reasons and different ways of going about it but the results were the same, the drivers placed on the podium were not the most deserving.


Restaurants – The Great Australian Food Swindle!

michelin star restaurantsFine dining and Michelin star (chefs hat) restaurants are all very well for some but for others… Australian restaurants are nothing other than the greatest food swindle of all.

With the resurgence of celebrity cooking shows [on TV] like Master Chef and My Kitchen Rules, comes an increased public interest in ‘eating out’ and sampling of ‘new foods’ BUT so to comes an increase in the activity of shonky restaurants and bogus chefs.

No longer can you simply rely on price being an indicator of quality (or quantity) nor the restaurant name or reputation being some form of guarantee. Nowadays you have to ASK!


Australia – A Nation Of Tattoos

Tattoos, you either love them or hate them  – and no more so than in Australia.

tattooAs a nation, Australia has more tattoos per head of population than any other 1st world Western civilisation and it shows. No matter where you are or what social circles you in, chances are somebody right next to you has a tattoo. Sure it may only be a small teeny weeny little ankle tattoo or a set of Olympic rings hidden under their knickers, but it’s still a tattoo.

But why the love of tattoos, Australia?


DFU – Pwned DFU – Soft DFU – iPhones Demystified

If you’ve got an iPhone and have had to jailbreak it… chances are you’ve come across DFU (Device Firmware Upgrade) mode.

But if you’ve been unlucky enough to have had problems with your iPhone and have taken it upon yourself to try and fix it… then you have surely come across not only DFU mode but also Pwned DFU mode and even the more obscure Soft DFU mode!

But are they different?

In some aspects, they are entirely the same.

Business Social

Yellow Pages Just Got Thinner

Like clockwork, today we received the new edition of the Yellow Pages telephone directory. You know, that big thick heavy clunky telephone directory…

The Yellow Pages just got thinner

The Yellow Pages is practically a national institution in many western nations and it’s distinctive colour and size, along with it’s logo are recognised everywhere. In fact you could almost say you’d ‘feel lost’ without it… but that would only be half the truth!

Yes, it’s a telephone directory and we use it to look up the telephone numbers of local businesses but it also has other vital uses.

Political Social

The Great Solar Panel Swindle

“Hurry… Get your Solar Panels today and cash in on the government rebate BEFORE it’s to late!”

We’ve all seen the adverts plastered across our TV screens and swamping the radio waves and by all accounts it sounds like a great offer… almost to good to miss.

I mean, the Federal government is giving away about $6500 per installation (on a retail cost of say $8000) which only leaves you or me paying $1500 to get the job done – an absolute bargain isn’t it?

And there’s more. On top of this federal rebate, the various states will chuck in a few bob to sweeten the deal and here’s the deal maker, the electricity supply companies will PAY YOU for the electricity you produce but don’t use..! Wow… FREE MONEY.

Sounds to good to be true so where’s the catch if there is one at all?


Raising Children In 3-D

There’s plenty of literature out there, telling us how to raise our children but nothing beats good old fashioned experience… but what if you’re a first time parent like me?

We’ll a friend of mine (another dad) once said to me… ‘parenting is all about distraction… master that and you’re three quarters done‘.

I’m two years into fatherhood and sure enough, ‘distraction‘ has been a valuable tool but I would like to augment those early wise words with another two… ‘deceit‘ and ‘deception‘ giving us the three D’s or my 
3-D approach to raising children

OK, before you go off on a tangent, let me explain.