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Barbecues and fry pans are set to sizzle next week as the country celebrates Australian Bacon Week from 18-25 March.

During the week, Australian Pork Limited (APL) aims to educate consumers on differentiating bacon made using Australian pork from those made of imported pork, and encourage Australians to explore the wide variety of meal opportunities that premium Australian bacon can provide.

Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, Senator Joe Ludwig, announced the winners of Australia’s Best Bacon on Tuesday.

In conjunction with Australian Year of the Farmer, Australian Bacon Week is an opportunity for all Australian’s to enjoy the quality produce and resources we are renowned for.

For further information on award winners or APL, please visit or

Standard optical fiber transmits 1.7Tbps over core network

Thoughts of what these sorts of speeds would do to p2p if houses could have 1.7Tbps connected ran through the minds of little geek boys when we read this story.

Chinese telecommunications provider ZTE held a field demonstration of an optical network capable of transmitting 1.7Tbps, the company announced today. The network used Wavelength Division Multiplexing to achieve the thousand-gigabit speeds, which separates data into different wavelengths and transmits those wavelengths over the same optical fiber. In ZTE’s demonstration, the company used 8 different channels, each transmitting 216.4Gbps. The transmission was conducted in China over 1,087 miles, on a standard fiber-optic cable.While the 1.7Tbps number will mostly intrigue network operators there’s not yet a future where you’ll get terabits of information to your home network, the channels delivering 200 Gbps will mean a lower cost per bit for operators, which could possibly be passed on to consumers whose data demands will invariably grow.Still, ZTE’s demonstration was just a field test, and there’s no saying when the technology will be available in any practical sense. ZTE’s press release implies that the demonstration was less about a specific product than proving an upgrade from a 100Gbps to a 200Gbps network was possible. The company reported “a 25 percent increase in spectrum efficiency” from the test.Currently, networks delivering 40 and 100 Gbps are considered advanced, and although ZTE isn’t the only company in the terabit ring—according to ComputerWorld Huawei displayed a prototype optical system that could transmit 20Tbps over multiple 400Gbps channels—it does move closer to a world in which 200Gbps could become the norm.

via Standard optical fiber transmits 1.7Tbps over core network.

A “real” user proves Windows 8 fails on the desktop |

I’ve just finished watching the video for’s post of blogger Chris Pirillo’s dad and I have to say. I installed the developer release of Windows 8 and it appears that nothing has changed in Microsoft’s development plan for this iteration or their iconic OS. I echo the call of Pirillo’s dad when he says “Are they trying to drive me to a Mac!” Check out the video at

With the release of Windows 8, Microsoft is attempting to change the way we interact with its operating system by introducing the Metro interface. The problem is, they aren’t just stopping at pasting a touch-friendly experience over the top of the more familiar Windows desktop. Microsoft has also broken the classic desktop experience in the process.The main issue? By default the Start button has disappeared. Anyone using the Windows 8 Consumer Preview check out our 5 days with Windows 8 feature is either figuring out how to work around that, or Googling to find out how to re-enable it.The thing Microsoft seem to be overlooking is the fact they already dominate in the OS market. That’s a great position to be in, but also comes with a few must-haves whenever a new version of said OS is launched. Top of that list is familiarity.Microsoft has introduced Metro because of the growing popularity of devices with a touch interface. However, that doesn’t mean millions of users will stop using PCs and laptops that don’t feature touch interaction. And yet, the classic desktop has lost the one feature everyone knows is the interaction start point: the Start button.The video above proves this. The person sitting at the computer is Chris Pirillo’s dad. Pirillo is well known for being the founder of Lockergnome. He decided to film his dad using Windows 8 for the first time to demonstrate to Microsoft the issue, and it clearly shows an existing Windows user struggling to do anything. He isn’t a power user, but neither are the majority of Windows 7/Vista/XP users.The message this video clearly sends is that Microsoft is at risk of alienating their existing user base due to a lack of familiarity. The good news is, they can easily solve the problem by reintroducing the Start button and adding a few more hints about how to switch between classic and Metro views. But will they?

via A “real” user proves Windows 8 fails on the desktop |

IPv6 & The Coming ARPAgeddon [Technology Explained]

When you type in a website URL in your web browser, such as, a number of technologies are at work behind the scenes to bring the webpage up on your screen. For a general overview of what happens when you visit a website, check out this infographic on how the Internet works.

But today, I want to delve into a topic that you will see more about in the coming months and that is the exhaustion of ALL IP addresses, to help diffuse some of the fear and explain what exactly is the big to-do.

via IPv6 & The Coming ARPAgeddon [Technology Explained].

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