With Australia Day celebrations 25-27 January (and double demerit points too), one way to avoid being charged with PCA offences is to use a breathalyser and make sure you are under 0.05 before getting into the driver’s seat.

Over the Christmas and New Year period Victoria Police caught 1250 drink or drug drivers, New South Wales Police caught 720 and South Australia 400.

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Andatech is donating 50% of its profits in January to the Salvation Army Disaster Appeal to help bushfire affected communities. GadgetGuy reviewed an Andatech breathalyser here – very impressive and accurate.

Sydney Vivid festival dates 22 May to 13 June 2020

Vivid Sydney returns – think of it as ecologically responsible fireworks without the smoke! Seriously if you have not seen it then make your way to Sydney. There is a festival of music, ideas and events as well.


iFixit tears down the Cheese Grater, sorry Mac Pro

iFixit says it doesn’t grate cheese very well. And no, we didn’t ruin our $6,000 teardown unit with dairy-based ingress. We did, however, open our 2019 Mac Pro to find a Fixmas wish come true.

The new Mac Pro is beautiful, amazingly well put together, and a masterclass in repairability. Larger modules—like RAM and some PCIe cards—can be swapped without tools, almost Lego-style.

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Australia has 4th highest Internet cost (100Mbps)

A report by PIcodi.com raises the question of why Australia has the world’s 4th highest internet cost at US$64.93 (about AU$100) per month when the cheapest is $6.19 in Ukraine. It gets worse for the almost unobtainable 1Gbps service – Australia is $231 per month and Romania is $8.80.

But worse, there was no internet (let alone broadband) plan at any speed that you can buy for US$20 per month here. Some 37 countries can get plans from 1Mbps to 1Gbps for that. Someone is making a motza from Australian internet!

There are now over 4.5 billion active internet users – 58.8% of the population.

Google Maps now Google Eats

Google now offers the ability to order and pay for ‘take-away’ (pickup) from your nearest Boost Juice, Chatime, Domino’s, Grill’d, Guzman y Gomez, Pizza Hut and many local cafes and restaurants (more to come) via HeyYou. It also offers home delivery via Pizza Hut and participating Domino’s.

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