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I've travelled for work for the last 15 years or so. In that time, I have road tested a lot of backpacks. For the last month or so, I've been carrying the Belkin Active Pro Backpack as my go-to bag on a few overnight trips and countless commutes between offices. Here's how it stacked up.

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"No one ever got fired for buying..." - has been a common refrain of IT managers and procurement teams for decades. It used to be said about IBM. It's been said about Telstra. And its been said about one particular network hardware company for some time. But there are challengers. I spoke with Juniper Network's Chief Marketing Officer Michael Marcellin and Kevin Lane, the Senior Infrastructure Engineer at James Cook University about why there's more than one player in town when it comes to network hardware.

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Google Docs, Sheets and Slides have been given a significant update with collaboration features the centrepiece of the update. The updates include improved versioning tools, the ability to quickly preview a clean version of a document, accepting or rejecting all edits in one go, and an option where Google can suggest document changes.

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A few weeks I ago, I presented a technology session to the Australian Institute of Superannuation Trustees. In that, I decided to focus on five megatrends I though they should keep an eye on rather than being subject to the short-term bumps we see when a new device or service is released. After all, as exciting as the release of a smartphone might be, it's unlikely to change your IT strategy.

As Gartner moves towards their annual Symposium/Expo events, they have identified three key megatrends through analysis of the Hype Cycle. Let's see if they agree with me.

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Modern data centres need a bunch of things to operate. They need a robust perimeter so they can be secured, plentiful low-cost power, easy access to communications infrastructure and an environment that makes cooling as easy as possible. That's why US-Norwegian company Kolos is putting thir 600,000 square metre facility in the Arctic Circle.

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During a performance review, I once had a supervisor ask why I didn't collaborate more on projects with a coworker that lives in New York (I'm in San Francisco). We had Slack, email and Hangouts at our disposal, but at the end of the day the real answer was simply "because he lives across the country". No matter how good your virtual tools are, connecting with people who work outside your office on projects can get complicated fast. Now there's science out there to actually back that theory up.

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Innovation is not easy. It involves experimentation, taking risks and investing resources in projects that may not deliver the outcomes you want. Optimizely takes a data driven approach to testing multiple scenarios so you can make better decisions about what's best for your business. I spoke with their new managing director for ANZ, Dan Ross, about their Australian launch and the opening of Australian offices in Melbourne and Sydney and how decision making is not about hippos.

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Research from Finder has found Australians have spent $755M on replacing busted smartphones. And we're breaking them at a rate of 1370 each day - that's almost one every minute. So, given the odds of an Aussie smashing a smartphone seem pretty high, should you think about insuring your smartphone?

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I have some strong opinions about fashion. Despite wearing the same monochromatic outfit to work nearly every day, I'm a fan of sartorial elegance, tailored suits, and yes, the occasional set of suspenders.

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The folks at Redmond can't help themselves. When Windows 10 was announced, it seemed Microsoft was going to finally simplify the number of different Windows SKUs. But, over the last couple of years we've landed so many I'm struggling to find a definitive, current list. Late last week, another was added to the mix; Windows 10 Pro for Workstations.

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Last week, Consumer Reports gave Microsoft a pasting over the reliability of the Surface Pro and Surface Book computers. It's easy to see why given no fewer than a quarter of devices needed a repair within two years of purchase according to Consumer Reports. Microsoft, as expected, has mounted a defence but it's not very strong.

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If you have a domain name registered in Australia you've probably received what looks like a renewal notice telling you you need pay a few hundred bucks for that domain you registered for $20 a year or two ago. The ACCC is taking action against Domain Name Corp Pty Ltd and Domain Name Agency Pty Ltd over this scam.

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The modern enterprise no longer has a monolithic application and infrastructure stack housed purely within its own data centre. Australia has embraced virtualisation at some of the highest levels in the world and we are bounding forward in adopting cloud services as well. This is completely changing the way we protect our data and ensure high levels of availability. At the recent VeeamON Forum, held in Sydney, I spoke with Veeam's Co-CEO Peter McKay about what the company is doing around those challenges and how he is travelling after a year of sharing the CEO job.

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Seagate has announced enhanced versions of two flash technologies; the Nytro 5000 M.2 non-volatile memory express (NVMe) SSD and the Nytro 3000 Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) SSD. The Nytro 5000 NVMe M.2 SSD and Nytro 3000 SAS SSD offer 2TB of capacity and random write performance levels as high as 67,000 input/output operations per second (IOPS) — double the performance levels of the previous version.

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Consumer Reports is a US-based not for profit service that gives people recommendations on whether consumer products are worth buying and live up to vendor claims. Getting a tick from them is a big deal, especially in US markets. And a black mark can be a massive cause for concern which is why there will be a bunch of people at Microsoft HQ panicking at Consumer Reports' dumping the Surface from its recommended product list.

Shared from Gizmodo

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Over the last 15 years, Australians have reduced the amount of time spent on physical and routine tasks at work by two hours each week thanks to automation. Retail workers have spent less time ringing up items and more time helping customers, bank employees less time counting banknotes and more time giving financial advice.

And if Australia plays its cards right, we could be making $2.2 trillion from automation by 2030, according to research commissioned by Google.

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Netgear has been a player in the NAS space for many years, buying the ReadyNAS business from Paul Tien ten years ago. This new device, the ReadyNAS 2304 Business Class 1U 4-Bay Network Storage (RR2304) can support up to 40 concurrent users for Gigabit speed file backup and file serving.