The big news of today was the government announcing it's intention to split up Telstra into retail and wholesale companies, basically whether Telstra likes it or not.
Although i've been fiercely critical of this government in terms of IT, mainly in relation to their planned idiotic internet-filtering policy, i've got to say that it's a welcome refreshment to see them show some cahunas and do something positively right, and i've got no problem in showing it.
Splitting Telstra up is something that should have been done more than a decade ago before they starting privatising it, and a result of the short-sightedness back then we've been paying a terrible price in terms of the quality of not only the services we've received, but more importantly in competition and prices in the telecommunications industry in general that we all give money to one way or another (unless you're a hobo with no mobile phone, in which case i doubt you'd be reading this on the internet (unless some person has handed you this article on printed form, and if you are reading this you can disregard my previous sentence)).
Where was I? Oh yeah, so well done on getting some policy decision right Senator Conroy, you better have the balls to follow it through.
Although I've got no sympathy for Telstra, the people I do feel sorry for in this whole mess is the mum-and-dad shareholders who've still got shares in Telstra. But in the end that's the game of the stockmarket, the whole country will not and should not suffer because of the unwise investment decisions of a minority of the populace.
In other geek news, this week has already seem me in some positively geek rage. Firstly it's aimed at the bloated piece of garbage that is iTunes. Version 9 was released recently, and apparently the new 'Home Sharing' feature does not like being firewalled at all, as it actively froze not only itself when I tried to open the program, but also half of Windows too until it could get access to the ports it wanted.
Of course I had to figure this out myself, as Apple doesn't seem to understand that some users running on Windows might actually have decent protection of their network connection. After disabling the firewall temporarily, I finally got into iTunes to turn off Home Sharing, so all is now well in the world.
I swear the minute something decent enough comes along for me to replace iTunes, i'll dump it in a heartbeat. I wish Songbird would hurry up and mature...
Other than that, on Monday I spend the majority of the day sorting out work's hosting issues, as the web-hosting company's (Jumba) server was hit by a strain of the Gumblar worm/virus, which subsequently meant a server rebuild and DNS changes.
So all in all it was a typical Monday morning where stuff that normally doesn't go wrong ends up going wrong 😉