An Aussie Icon
The public deification of the Last Anzac, Alec Campbell, proves the adage that when you scratch the surface of an icon you'll invariably find a far more interesting reality.
Interview: Just Done It?
Nikewatch's Tim Connor gives his verdict on the global giant's latest innovation: ethics.
Tribute: Lest We Forget
Rowan Cahill goes looking for the real Alec Campbell and finds a story the Telegraph will not be publishing.
History: Solidarity Forever
Neale Towart looks at the enduring relationship between the union movement and the defence forces and finds it all comers down to solidarity.
Technology: Unblocking the Superhighway
Michael Gadiel argues the case for Open Standards as a way of breaking the grip of big business on the IT industry.
International: Gloves Off
Workers and their unions are facing a battering throughout South America as a wave of economic turmoil sweeps across the continent.
Unions: Out Of Work
Jim Marr travels to the frontline to witness the impact of the Howard Government's decision to close Employment National.
Review: Strange Business
Tara de Boehmler looks at a new flick that exposes the dark side of the Material World.
Poetry: The Lawyer's Lament
One of the big issues of recent weeks has been the explosion of insurance costs for public and community events, many of which have had to be cancelled as a result.
Satire: Government Mourns Loss Of Last Anzac
Treasurer Peter Costello has lamented the death of Alec Campbell, the last surviving ANZAC, bemoaning the lost revenue the government could have gained at his expense following the Budget.
Workers Honour Radical Digger
Retailers in Outworker Spotlight
Nurses, Teachers Snare Agenda
Syd in Vicious Backpacker Stand-off
Microsoft Monopoly Under Challenge
Kiddies Not Exactly Having a Ball
NSW ALP Faces Asylum Seeker Test
Canberra Acts on Industrial Manslaughter
Carr Delivers on Dismissals
Santa Claus Strikers on Christmas Island
Abbott Believes Management Should Dictate
Low Paid Not To Blame For Beer Price Rise
Casino Award Covers Eastern States
Security Workers Want Bosses Sacked
Sydneysiders Rally For Western Sahara
The Cold Hard Truth
The Rail,Tram and Bus Union's Nick Lewocki argues our hard-hearted treatment of refugees is a betrayal of our proud immigrant history.
The Locker Room
The South Melbourne Football Club Pty Ltd
A spectre is haunting football; it is the spectre of revolution; a free market revolution, writes Phil Doyle.
The Good, The Bad and the Ugly
Jobs are under threat in the textile and trye markets; but there's better news in the Newcastle mills and the Nike factories.
Gas Treaty - The Raw Deal
East Timor is getting less then 40%ónot 90% royalties from the oil and gas revenue in the Timor Sea, reports HT Lee.
Week in Review
Dancing With Trotsky? Not Bloody Likely.
Origin of the Species
Phil Gould, Andrew Johns and Danny Buderus may have buried the laughable notion that Rugby Union is the sport they play in heaven, but outside Stadium Australia life goes on, as Jim Marr discovers.
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Your Tools Page is Down
Thousands of Australian internet users welcomed Optus's entry into the broadband market, and rejoiced in their uncapped (but reasonably regulated) service. In brief, Telstra capped downloads at 3 Gb per month, and Optus offered about 18 gb, which was very reasonable.
It was understood that heavy users would receive a warning if they got close to the limit, and would be cut off if they exceeded it. Optus provided a graphical display of each user's usage, called NetStats, which allowed us to see how we were going, and enabled us to back off a bit on the downloads if we were getting too high. The price we paid for Optus broadband was very reasonable (for me, anyway) and I was happy to recommend the service to friends and clients.
Now the bastards have decided to downgrade their service to the Telstra level, as of July first 2002. (I should point out here that my usage very rarely exceeded 3 gb, but that when it did I was happy to be an Optus subscriber rather than a Telstra subscriber).
It may be that SingTel has ordered Chris Anderson to make this miserable change, but he should have told them to get fucked and concentrate on running their services in their own country. Leave Optus.com.au to Australians (or Yanks in Chris's case) who know what the market wants. If these people believe for one minute that the future of broadband lies in shrinking the service rather than expanding, or at least maintaining it, they must certainly qualify as major tools.
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