Australian Retail Organisations using Facial Recognition

A recent report by the Australian Consumer Organisation Choice has identified that a number of Retail companies have begun using Facial Recognition software in their stores with both minimal consent notices, and unclear purpose. A link to the article is here: Facial Recognition Article

This article has generated a lot of discussion, but two broad themes of responses have dominated over the last few days:

  1. Heightened alarm that facial recognition is being used by commercial organisations, and that so little is known about their short and long term planned use and as importantly, storage of data harvested.
  2. On the other hand, some have responded in a relatively “benign” way, with comments such as, “Well, if I haven’t been shop-lifting, what have I got to worry about?”.

I consider myself very firmly in the first camp!

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A Cautionary Tale on Buying “specialized” items on eBay

I am a big fan of eBay. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve purchased many fantastic things on eBay. And in the past have sold some remarkable things on eBay – a cubby house, pool fencing, some amazing things – very successfully. And in general, with technology related items, I’ve had great success. So when I needed to purchase some accessories for my now aging iPad Pro, eBay came to mind.

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Mac OS (formerly OS X) Microsoft Remote Desktop – a great Windows Development Tool!

My professional work is predominantly done using Windows-based tools – Microsoft Visual Studio, Microsoft Visual Studio Code (although there is a version for Mac OS), SQL Server, IIS etc. etc.

However my favourite productivity platform is Apple Mac OS. I have a reasonably powerful MacBook Pro, which I’ve got four displays attached to; the internal display, and 3 external displays. Here’s a photo of how the displays are arranged.

Multiple Displays on my MacBook Pro
Here are the Multiple Displays on my MacBook Pro

And my Windows machine, although it’s a reasonably powerful i7 Dell laptop, which can support one or two external displays, isn’t configured that way. The solution I’m using now to make working under Windows 10 a better experience, is to use Microsoft’s Mac OS based Remote Desktop App. I’m not sure when the capabilities I’m exploiting now, were introduced into the App, but the features it provides, allows me to do my development work, in a much more productive way, so I thought I’d share my experiences.

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