Ask LH: Why Do Mobile Data Packs Have An Expiry Date?

Dear LH, Why is it that mobile data packs (for mobile phone plans or use with tablets) have an expiry date? Data allowance won’t spoil in the fridge, so what gives? Some plans let you roll data from month to month, but the long-life ones don’t. Is this fair? Is it legal? Turns Web Pages Into A Useable Data Table

Windows/Mac/Linux: When you’re gathering data for research or a project, it can be laborious entering each individual piece of information into a table. can grab data from a web page’s code and create tables for you.

You Don't Own Your Data

Many of us have a protective instinct when it comes to our data. After all, it’s ours. Why should someone else profit from it? There’s just one problem: there may be privacy laws protecting you from being spied on and copyright laws protecting the ownership of content you create, but data doesn’t belong to you just because it’s about you.

The Cheapest Way To Get Decent 4G Data On A Telstra Phone Plan

When we rounded up 4G BYO no-contract plans earlier this week, we noted that there’s a big premium to pay if you want to use the Telstra network relative to other providers. Several readers pointed out a prepaid option you can use which makes Telstra a lot more affordable.

Telstra Now Offering Proper Data Usage Alerts

Telstra has updated its alerts system for data usage, pinging users when they have used 50 per cent, 85 per cent and 100 per cent of their data. Telstra has also changed the way it calculates usage, which means (at least in theory) you should see alerts sooner.

Microsoft: The Patriot Act Is Powerless Outside Of The United States

Over the past few years, there has been mounting concern that the US government could invoke the Patriot Act to collect Australian data for surveillance purposes without permission. However, the extent of these powers is a little hazy: some experts claim that the Act can be enacted on American soil only, while others maintain that any data centre with ties to US companies is fair game.

How To Stretch A Meagre Mobile Data Allowance

If you’re on a cheap mobile phone plan, there’s a good chance your monthly data allowance is woefully inadequate. This can lead to huge bills at the end of the month if you don’t keep close tabs on your usage. Instead of switching off your mobile data completely (or downgrading to a basic phone), try following these simple data-stretching tips. With plenty of discipline and a bit of know-how you can make even the flimsiest of data plans go the distance.

Windows Azure Store Selling App Services And Data In Australia

Good news for cloud developers with a data fixation: the Windows Azure Store has expanded to Australia, allowing developers to buy (and sell) data sets for use with their cloud applications. Australia was one of 25 new markets added to the service last week. [Windows Azure Store via Windows Azure Blog]

DIY Data Recovery Tricks For When Your Hard Drive Goes Belly Up

Imagine this: you’re busy working on your computer and need to access documents saved on your external hard drive. You connect it, get ready to find your data and… nothing happens. Your hard drive isn’t working. Uh oh. Before you panic, there are several things you can try on your own before calling in the pros.

Why Does Per-MB Charging Matter?

Vodafone backflipped on its plans to introduce per-MB charging on its prepaid plans yesterday. Given many plans offer gigabytes of data, why does this actually matter?