Prime Minister Tony Abbott makes NBN speed promise his government can’t keep

When he was Opposition Leader, the Prime Minister infamously bungled a TV interview before the 2010 election where he struggled to explain the Coalition’s NBN.”I’m no Bill Gates here and I don’t claim to be any kind of tech head,” he told the ABC’s then 7.30 Report presenter, Kerry O’Brien.

No one appears to be a tech head in this party. so why do they feel qualified to make these decisions? The infrastructure should be based on the best technology for the job. Not on politics.

Source: Prime Minister Tony Abbott makes NBN speed promise his government can’t keep

The end of an era: FTTP rollout comes to an end

One final rollout region, somewhere in the Wollongong Fixed-Line Serving Area, is expected to be the final FSAM to enter into the build preparation phase this month and appear on the rollout map in June. From there on in, it is expected that nbn™ will transition to the MTM, dropping the word “Fibre” from “Fibre Serving Area Module”, releasing Service Area Modules #SAMs# that will encompass multiple technologies in a single module


Source: The end of an era: FTTP rollout comes to an end – jxeeno blog.

Is an NBN compromise still possible?

Netflix entry into the Australian market demonstrates how quickly change can occur. In the last ten years the relative size of telcos, handset manufacturers and media companies has seen the telcos dwindle by comparison. Coming together to promote a compromise bipartisan deal on the NBN not only ensures a better outcome for the nation but also protects the industry’s self-interests.

Source: Is an NBN compromise still possible? | Business Spectator

Verizon: fibre is MUCH cheaper than copper, we’re going all-FTTP

Sampath noted that one of the conversions, a New York CO, had to be replaced after it was destroyed by Hurricane Sandy. However, even without a natural disaster, fibre’s advantages stack up fast: Real estate – savings are in the order of 60 – 80 per cent, since instead of 13 floors for a big exchange, a fibre-to-the-premises area needs just two;Energy savings – are between 40 and 60 per cent, in accordance with the company’s prior experience, for example in 2008 numbers cited by Australia’s communications minister Malcolm Turnbull;Reliability – DSL users suffering rain-driven outages will raise a hollow laugh to hear that Sampath claimed fibre is 70 to 90 per cent more reliable than copper. This results in 60 per cent fewer costly truck rolls on the fibre network, and savings of 40 to 60 per cent on maintenance.

This can’t be right. Malcolm wouldn’t mislead us like this.

Source: Verizon: fibre is MUCH cheaper than copper, we’re going all-FTTP • The Register

Defence radar could interfere with NBN

Glenn Odlum, a principal engineer in Defence’s spectrum office, said Defence used spectrum between 3100 MHz and 3600 MHz for a “critical Defence radar capability”.

He indicated the impact of having public fixed wireless services and Defence radar in the same band remained unknown.


via Defence radar could interfere with NBN – Telco/ISP – News –

These graphs show the impact Netflix is having on the Australian internet

Overall, the increase has seen the traffic IX Australia passes through its network jump 50 per cent – from 30Gbps to 45Gbps in recent days (and it’s still growing).

I guess Australians really were just waiting for Netflix.

via These graphs show the impact Netflix is having on the Australian internet.

‘Could not copy file’ error when upgrading Wordfence plugin


I routinely update my WordPress Plugins and found when updating Wordfence I received the following error:

Installing Plugin: Wordfence Security 5.7.8

Downloading install package from…

Unpacking the package…

Could not copy file. wordfence/images/wordfenceFalcon.png

I tried a second time and received the same error for a different file.


Searching WordPress support forums I was able to find a solution that worked.

I SSH’d on to my server and located the /wp-content/upgrade/ folder for my WordPress install. Inside I found a folder called wordfence.tmp

I deleted this folder completely by running sudo rm -rf /wp-content/upgrade/wordfence.tmp

Once the file was deleted I was able to perform the upgrade as normal.


WordFence Upgrade issue on WordPress Support Forums

Japanese companies demo 40Gbps passive FTTP tech

The current generation of passive optical networks provide 2.488Gbps downloads and 1.244Gbps upload speeds – 10/2.5Gbps 10-GPON deployments are rare.

Japan’s Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation (NTT) and Oki Electric Industry announced a successful demonstration of a passive optical access system that provided 40Gbps over 40 kilometres, serving 1024 users – 40 times the transmission capacity of existing systems, and 32 times more users than today’s passive optical networks (PONs).

Sure glad we are moving away from FTTP model for the NBN. That technology is clearly not future proof /sarcasm.

via Japanese companies demo 40Gbps passive FTTP tech – Networking – News –

Running 3 Monitors off an Early 2008 Mac Pro with a Radeon HD 5770


We had an Early 2008 Mac Pro and decided to finally upgrade the video card. We found an ATI Radeon HD 5770 (Mac version) for a reasonable price. We needed to drive 3 screens from the card but hit some issues.

The Radeon HD 5770 has 3 ports – one DVI port and 2 mini display ports. I was able to drive 2 of the monitors without issue using the DVI port and a Mini DisplayPort to DVI cable. Attempting to use the third port resulted in no video on the third screen.

Googling found many articles about using 3 screens for the 2009, 2010 and mid 2012 Mac Pro models, but nothing official mentioned the early 2008 Mac Pro model. Even worse there were mixed opinions on whether it was possible to drive 3 screens at all.


Luckily the solution was pretty simple in this case.

You need to ensure the type of DVI to Mini DisplayPort adapters you are using are active adapters as passive adapters (which I had) will not work for 3 screens.

You will note that in most cases the active adapters cost quite a bit more then the passive ones. In this case I can confirm I bought some cheapies off eBay and these still worked without issue, allowing the Mac Pro to drive all 3 screens at native resolutions.

Mac2008-2 Mac2008-1


eBay auction for mentioned passive adapters

Apple Mini DisplayPort adapter FAQ

Mac Pro (Early 2009, 2010, Mid 2012) – Issues with three displays and multiple DVI, HDMI connections

Mac Pro (Early 2009, 2010, Mid 2012) – Supported display configurations

Turnbull says no need to future-proof NBN

Those who feel Australia should invest in a future-proof National Broadband Network (NBN), and that a fibre-to-the-premises (FTTP) network offers the best long-term investment, have new reason to take umbrage with the nation’s communications minister Malcolm Turnbull after he yesterday said a quick-and-cheap approach is the best way to deliver broadband.

via Turnbull says no need to future-proof NBN • The Register.