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Author:Richard Charnock

Richard Charnock

Think before you judge - The Old Guy Who Breaks Things

Suddenly it’s the Festive Season, and the Old Guy Who Breaks Things is on leave, happily breaking agricultural implements at his place in the country. Not wanting to let you down, we asked his great-nephew, the Young Guy Who Dreams Things, to contribute instead. YGWDT is a technologist, but in sustainable energy, so we hope you don’t mind...

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Richard Charnock

What if it doesn't break? - The Old Guy Who Breaks Things

 After my last epistle, a number of you seem to identify with the Old Guy Who Breaks Things (hereby referred to as OGWBT) - and since there may be more of us than I thought, let’s look more deeply into the key skill areas of the role.

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Richard Charnock

Modern Video Conferencing from an Old Guy's Perspective

I hold a senior position at Insync. No-one’s older than me. And I break things a lot. Even my position (Old Guy Who Breaks Things) defies contraction to a snappy IT acronym. I like to think (but choose not to ask) that my employers took me on in an enlightened attempt to reach out to that marginalised community, the Users. They’re always breaking things, being slow to learn and even slower to change. It takes an old person to empathise fully with that. I’ve been in post for nearly two years now, and my youngers and betters think it’s high time they saw a return. 

So I have agreed to publish some of my findings. This week: buttons. 

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Richard Charnock

The power of ideas: Insync at UHack with Microsoft Surface Hub

The IT Department of the University of Tasmania looks down on Sandy Bay from the top of the campus. The Centenary Building overlooks the footy oval at the bottom of the hill. So there was nothing for it but to wheel a 55” Surface Hub, in contravention of University statutes and presumably Microsoft’s official guidance, out the back door, across a main road and, zig-zagging between ramps and lifts, all the way down the hill…

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