Archive for January, 2005

Give us an R: Australia's little gamers are all grown up

by Sarah Stokely

From Atomic magazine, January 2005 (cover feature):
http://www.atomicmpc.com.au/news.asp?aid=22972&cid=76&sid=28&pid=1

When two high profile titles were banned late last year, it rekindled the debate about Australia’s rating system for computer games. As gamers – and the games industry – renew the call for an R rating, Sarah Stokely looks deeper into an industry growing out of its MA15+ short pants.

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Leading Edge poaches Dick Smith management team

By Sarah Stokely
From iTNews, 13 August 2004
http://www.itnews.com.au/newsstory.aspx?CIaNID=15993&s=%22leading%22+%22edge%22

Three long-serving Dick Smith Electronics managers have followed the group of former DSE franchisees who announced yesterday that they had joined independent retail buying group, Leading Edge Group.
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Disenchanted Dick Smith franchisees join Leading Edge

By Sarah Stokely
From iTNews, 12 August 2004
http://www.itnews.com.au/print.aspx?CIID=18319&SIID=35

The Leading Edge Group has swooped on a number of disenchanted Woolworths franchisees, announcing it has signed up 30 former Dick Smith Electronics (DSE) and Tandy stores to form its own Electronics Group.

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Case Study: Schools cut back-up cost

By Sarah Stokely
From The Australian, November 16, 2004
http://australianit.news.com.au/common/print/0,7208,11372788%5E24171%5E%5Enbv%5E24169,00.html

An education institution facing spiralling back-up costs chose internet protocol iSCSI storage, which also helped overcome security and staffing challenges.

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Top security for Aust Defence IT upgrade

By Sarah Stokely
From ZDNet Australia, December 15, 2004
http://www.zdnet.com.au/news/security/0,2000061744,39174215,00.htm

The Department of Defence is upgrading the IT environment for staff of its national intelligence assessment agency, the Defence Intelligence Organisation (DIO).

The highly sensitive project, which will largely be completed onsite at the DIO’s Canberra headquarters, will require a contractor with high level security clearance.

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Austrade seeks database for export growth

By Sarah Stokely

From ZDNet Australia, December 14, 2004
http://www.zdnet.com.au/news/business/0,39023166,39174076,00.htm

The government’s trade promotion body, Austrade, is set to beef up the marketing efforts of its export development arm through a new database project.

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THQ buys Melbourne games developer Blue Tongue

By Sarah Stokely

From The Beer Files, 18 November 2004
http://www.beerfiles.com.au/content/view/328/43/

Melbourne-based computer game developer, Blue Tongue Entertainment has been acquired by American games publisher and developer THQ. The purchase of privately owned Blue Tongue was for “a six figure” sum, according to THQ’s vice president of product development for Asia Pacific, Steve Dauterman.

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Security to overtake labour as offshoring issue in 2005

By Sarah Stokely

From The Beer Files, 22 November 2004
http://www.beerfiles.com.au/content/view/338/0/

In 2005, security and privacy concerns would become the key concern guiding the choice of countries as outsourcing destinations, overtaking people issues, according to a senior Gartner analyst.

Gartner Group vice president and IT services analyst, Craig Baty , said that security, would overtake the current preoccupation with “human capital issues” such as job losses or displacement. While Australia was well placed to address such concerns, Baty flagged two potential issues – Government policies relating to sensitive information and encryption; and our employment and labour laws.

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Playboy:The Mansion game clears censors

Playboy:The Mansion game clears censors
By Sarah Stokely

From The Beer Files, 15 November 2004
http://www.beerfiles.com.au/content/view/308/43/

In a surprise ruling, Ubisoft’s latest computer game, Playboy: The Mansion has avoided the recent spate of bans by the Office of Film and Literature Classification, making it through the classification body with the highest rating possible in Australia, MA (15+).

The game had been expected to follow in the footsteps of Manhunt and Leisure Suit Larry: Magna Cum Laude, which have both been refused classification in the past two months, and are now unavailable for sale in Australia.

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