Charles Gutjahr

Melbourne, Australia

Writing

Occasionally I write something more substantial than a tweet. This is a collection of such writing:

Carrying cash

3 Feb 2019 — a 1 minute read on opinion

It's getting easier to live life without cash in your wallet — or without a wallet at all. We can go shopping just about anywhere with just a credit card or smartphone. I buy most things on card…

Australia Day

26 Jan 2019 — a 1 minute read on opinion

Australia Day will inevitably change to another date. Conservatives don't seem to realise that they have already lost this battle of the culture war. My friends used to hold Australia Day parties…

Split Labor, split Liberal, we'll be better off.

22 Jul 2018 — a 3 minute read on politics

It's pretty clear that it was a mistake for Malcolm Turnbull to try to appease the agitators in his party by changing energy policy yet again. Turnbull's capitulation lost him credibility and…

Adding a catchall to OS X Server Mail

22 Nov 2015 — a 3 minute read on tech

OS X Server 5 provides very few options for its inbuilt mail server, and does not provide an apparent way to configure a catchall — an inbox that receives all email sent to your domain. Catchalls risk…

Cancelling bad projects is good policy

11 Sep 2014 — a 3 minute read on politics

I am very glad to see the Victorian Labor leader Daniel Andrews say today that he will stop the East West Link project, and would not honour contracts signed before the election (albeit with…

Government needs to build the case for metadata

18 Aug 2014 — a 1 minute read on politics

I appeared on last week's Q&A show questioning whether collecting metadata on citizens is effective at combating terrorism . My guess is that's its pretty useless. I might be wrong, but security…

Too many have died

26 May 2014 — a 1 minute read on politics

"When will enough people say 'stop this madness, we don't have to live like this!'" A wonderful speech from the father of a recent US shooting victim .

Blame for the budget deficit

17 May 2014 — a 5 minute read on politics

There's so much in the Abbott government's first budget for us lefties to complain about. I know ranting on a blog won't change anyone's opinion... but, dammit, I can't resist so here's a blog post…

Aren't all corporate gifts actually bribes?

16 Apr 2014 — a 2 minute read on marketing

Barry O'Farrell, Premier of New South Wales, announced today that he will resign due to accepting an expensive bottle of wine as a gift and failing to tell yesterday's ICAC hearing about it. I make…

How to watch Game of Thrones in Australia

13 Apr 2014 — a 5 minute read on culture

It's hard to miss when a new series of Game of Thrones starts... the media and bloggers love to talk about it, and you'll probably hear a lot about it from your friends too. What isn't so obvious is…

Death and the inadvertent advertisement

18 Aug 2011 — a 1 minute read on marketing

Two men were shot and killed today at CBD Smash Repairs in Florence Street, Brunswick, according to The Age and other media. It’s a horrible story, and not something anyone would make light of. So…

The Real Estate Agents Who Cried Wolf

23 Jan 2011 — a 2 minute read on marketing

Someone slipped a note under my door last week. It was a handwritten note in blue ink from a local real estate agent. Someone wants to buy my house! The note says: I believe I have a buyer for your…