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Qld snubs Vista, Linux in 100,000 PC refresh

Talk about new desktop operating systems may be at an all-time high, but the Queensland state government has no intention to progress from the six-year-old Windows XP for more than 100,000 computers to be purchased over the next three years.

Rudd talks up broadband policy for business

The federal opposition leader Kevin Rudd has reiterated his $4.7 billion pledge to build a high-speed broadband network throughout Australia to boost the economy, particularly in the regional small business sector.

NSW govt trims $260m telco bill

The NSW Department of Commerce has inked new statewide telecommunications agreements which it anticipates will save taxpayers $50 million a year and improve front-line service delivery.

Open source e-mail lands on commodity mobiles

E-mail and groupware will take another step towards ubiquity this month when open source mobile software developer Funambol will release client software for Motorola and Nokia handsets.

Kiwi developer releases open source payroll

A small New Zealand IT consultancy is working on an open source accounting and payroll application that can be customized to suit the requirements of the country it is being used in.

Feds chip in $162m for broadband blackspots

Remote areas across Australia still without broadband Internet access are set to benefit from $162.5 million in additional funds in the form a federal government Broadband Guarantee announced today.

Masterton Homes builds up VoIP milestone

The combined Alcatel-Lucent has announced local building company Masterton Homes as the 10 millionth small to medium business user of its OmniPCX IP telephony platform.

New Microsoft strategist spruiks open standards

Microsoft may be at the centre of a dubious intellectual property agreement with Novell involving open source software, but that hasn't stopped the company trumpeting its work on open standards, which may even lead to native OpenDocument format suppo...

Open source accounting sees new symbol

Lack of a business-grade accounting system tailored for Australia's onerous taxation system has long kept even the most die-hard Linux fans tied to Windows, but all that is set to change with the open source SYMBOL Accounting.

Toshiba firms enterprise tablet commitment

Notebook giant Toshiba has launched onto the local market a new notebook to tablet PC convertible that it hopes will drive the business case for such devices in the enterprise.

Optus to drop $800M on national 3G network

Unfazed by Telstra's high-profile national Next G mobile network, competing carrier Optus has announced plans to build a nationwide 3G network to cover 95 percent of the population.

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Ultimately this laptop has achieved everything I would hope for in a laptop for work, while fitting that into a form factor and weight that is remarkable.

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