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My new internet BFF

We had to spend quite a bit of time to find ways to disconnect and uninstall the Google Drive app from our Mac … until I found this “person” with advice that worked.

So let me know what you think … is this a real figure or an animation?

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Wisdom of the crowd and some homespun …

Thanks to all the net-speed advisors over the past few days … and a little luck. Friends in the Better Internet For Rural, Regional And Remote Australia (BIRRR) FaceBook group suggested I connect my laptop directly (by cable) to our modem and retest … and it didn’t change anything. So I was reassured that our local area network hardware was working OK.

Then I went out of the office today and took my laptop with me and my partner told me the internet speeds were pretty good at home while I was away. Hmmmm? Probably something running on my laptop … hadn’t I just started to use the Microsoft OneDrive desktop folder last month for off-site data storage? Yes, now that I think about it, I had noticed that using the Google Drive desktop application had slowed down our bandwidth dramatically while living in Victoria, so we don’t use that any more, preferring manual webpage uploads for storage and security.

So a couple of minutes ago I manually turned off the OneDrive desktop folder and recorded these speed test results. Not bad … though not as good as Jacen Carpenter in Longreach … jealous.

Memo to self: In future, stick to manual uploads.

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Internet speed … good or bad?

We finally made it back on to the Internet on Thursday after days of connection issues and discussions with Philippines help desks. The process of moving house means we had to use mobile hotspots for several days but now we’re back.

Question is: what is our new connection like and we’re seeking the wisdom of the crowd (cloud?). Please help us out and review the following speed test results (recorded today) and vote on our speed:



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Screen graphics makes Trump speech a bummer

Need we say more? A grab from today’s ABC News 24 bulletin shows the hilarious superimposition of a screen graphic over the wannabe president’s lectern. My, oh my, the Conservatives are going to have a meltdown!

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It appears rear-ended-ness is coming back into fashion with computer programmers too. Here’s an error message we collected yesterday from a scanner program gone wrong …

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Don’t forget to visit our Strictly Literary bookshop to find out how Peter Beattie thinks US politics is broken.

Beattie book available

Web cover BeattieThe new national vision from Queensland’s own Peter Beattie is available now exclusively through our Strictly Literary bookshop

Make sure you get your copy here first … in print or for Kindle and Android. In the meantime you can browse our extensive libraries and buy Peter Beattie’s first thriller novel The Year of the Dangerous Ones:

Print (Lulu) or Kindle (Amazon) or Android (Google Play)

 

Joy takes over in marketing

Everyone feels. In 2012 my research with my friend and colleague Lyn McDonald PhD demonstrated how everyone’s life is made up of feelings and how understanding these feelings is essential for marketing (on the one hand) and purchasing (on the other). These feelings range from Anger, followed in decreasing strength by Fear, Sadness, Joy, Surprise, and Love.

Now it seems some big name brands are cottoning on.

Take a look at this new television commercial from scotch maker Johnnie Walker, which features a hero character named Joy.

So I looked through our video archives (oh all right, they’re called “the Internet”) and discovered it’s been a quiet trend for some time …

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Cadbury Feel The Joy Advert from JustCuriousTV on Vimeo.

There’s even an advertising agency called Joy

If you have a favourite Joy advertisement, please link it in a comment (below) or email me the link and I’ll publish it here with your name.

And be joyful today — it doesn’t hurt a bit!

Energy price bites

Anyone else notice electricity costs went up? We’ve just paid our three months of power consumption in Longreach to Ergon Energy and the bill was $1096.37. Our previous three-months’ bill (August-October) was $512.56. So … more than double.

The difference was air-conditioning, of course. As the weather heated up approaching and during Christmas and New Year, our air-conditioner use increased. Probably doubled, by the looks of it.

Here’s how Ergon charges people in the hot droughted Central Western region for power … take a look at Pages 15-17 (Section 5) … it makes interesting reading.

It’s based on the cost of supply and other considerations, especially in the Mt Isa region … basically electricity supply costs along the coast from Cairns to the Darling Downs “have a relatively low distribution cost to supply”, while anywhere else (except the Mt Isa region) “have a significantly higher distribution cost of supply than the East Zone”.

So if you live anywhere else than east of the Great Dividing Range, or in the Mt Isa region, expect to be slugged big time for your “lifestyle decision”. Hmmm, do we get a reduction in tax rates for the same “lifestyle decision” which results in lower service levels in everything else, including power reliability? Not likely! Let me know what you think …

Into the known-unknown …

Telstra

We have entrusted all our personal and business communication needs into the hands of Australia’s largest telecommunications provider and this is today’s encouraging message. Wish us luck and we hope to see you “on the other side”.

In the swim for Summer …

Coola Cozzies

Our friend and former Small Business Management student (now graduate!) grazier Julie Brown of Ilfracombe, has launched her new business (above) just in time for Christmas.

Coola Cozzies is Julie’s way of earning valuable off-farm income during the drought but this is no charity … have a look at these wow designs (all created by Julie).

Julie describes them as “Cool, colourful, comfortable women’s and men’s board shorts and UPF50+ rashies, swim shirts and sun shirts.”

Cunningly, Julie has also catered for people at my end of the market (generously composed) and sells men’s and women’s board shorts, men’s and women’s UPF50+ short-sleeve and long-sleeve rashies, and women’s swim tops in sizes to fit women’s sizes 10 to 24 and men’s sizes L to 4XL.

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Do you believe in success?

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Last Saturday we travelled 90 minutes south of Longreach to the little town of Stonehenge and cooked a few steaks and snags for the local Christmas Party on behalf of the Rotary Club. Desolate country at the moment but full of warm-hearted real Aussie people, kids and their parents. And out of this country has emerged our new hot Strictly Literary seller, Do You Believe in Dragons? by grazier Paul Currin. Paul and Julia Creek illustrator Maree Power have created a new world for young teens where horses, motorbikes, dogs, feral pigs and (well, there had to be …) dragons rule.

It’s a tale of fantasy based on the Currins’ real-life sheep property near Stonehenge. In the book, kids Ted and his younger brother Bill, along with their best friends Doug and Sarah, are on their school holidays enjoying everyday rural activities, including riding horses, motorbikes, going fishing and chasing feral pigs. Their holiday takes a strange turn when Sarah — the eldest, and only girl of the group — has an unlikely encounter with a magical dragon, which can’t be seen by anyone who doesn’t believe he is real. Excitement ensues, as one by one, the family members come to realise the existence of dragons. This awareness becomes increasingly important when a life-threatening situation unfolds involving the Ted and Bill’s father and a pack of dingoes.

Do You Believe in Dragons? is fine new Australian Outback fiction, professionally edited and produced at Strictly Literary and available for under $20 in paperback, or instantly for ePub, Kindle and for Android on Google Play. Perfect for the young jillaroo or jackaroo for Christmas!

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