Charles Gutjahr

Melbourne, Australia

Writing

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

Biloela Tamil family facing imminent deportation

3 Sep 2019 — a 1 minute read on opinion

It seems to me there is an obvious solution for the Biloela Tamil family who are facing imminent deportation: they should be allowed to apply for one of the new regional visas.They seem like ideal…

Secrets, Spies and Trials

28 Aug 2019 — a 2 minute read on opinion

The Secrets, Spies and Trials episode of 4 Corners this week had a wonderfully ironic quote from Alexander Downer. He said this in 2004 as Australian Foreign Minister negotiating oil and gas rights…

The moon landings were oddly reassuring

4 Aug 2019 — a 1 minute read on opinion

I have enjoying reading and hearing the many stories that surfaced in the last month for the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landings.In particular it is fascinating just how similar the…

Online food deliveries

30 Jul 2019 — a 4 minute read on business

Read this ABC article about online food deliveries.It sounds like the reason hardly anyone dines at New York Minute is the influx of online delivery services, right? I have a different theory: New…

Robots taking all the jobs

15 Jul 2019 — a 1 minute read on opinion

It is possible that in the future robots take all our jobs... but I don't think we will lack for jobs in the future. The problem is we may lack for ways to pay for the jobs we need done.We already…

Misinterpreting data

8 Jul 2019 — a 1 minute read on opinion

There are couple of times in my career as a programmer where I've made a bad decision because I misinterpreted data — analytics, user research, production data samples, etc. Sometimes the data was…

Parliament is back next week

30 Jun 2019 — a 1 minute read on opinion

Federal Parliament is back next week. I know a lot of people were surprised that the Coalition was returned to government, and my many left-leaning friends were disappointed. I take a slightly…

Cocoa versus cacao

23 Jun 2019 — a 1 minute read on opinion

Cacao is cocoa that hasn't been roasted properly. However unlike cocoa, cacao is recently fashionable due to its alleged health benefits of antioxidants and minerals etc. Though it is true that high…

Huawei

26 May 2019 — a 1 minute read on opinion

The big Chinese tech company Huawei has been banned or shut out by several Western governments recently, but it's not clear why. I figure it's either:reasonable, based secret intelligence about…

Uber

12 May 2019 — a 1 minute read on opinion

Uber listed on the stock market on Friday and was valued at US$80bn. How is that possible when Uber lost US$3bn last year? Uber loses money because it subsidises every fare... we pay perhaps less…

Don't egg them on

17 Mar 2019 — a 1 minute read on opinion

Fraser Anning contributes nothing good to our country. He perpetuates xenophobic lies then acts like he is some victim of society, which is bullshit.So that's why I'm disappointed a kid hit Anning…

The opinion that I self-censored

3 Mar 2019 — a 1 minute read on opinion

I have been enjoying writing a short opinion each week. It can get some friendly debate going and helps me think more deeply about the assumptions I carry around in life.But this weekend I wrote an…

The Ends Justify The Means

24 Feb 2019 — a 1 minute read on opinion

Recently I argued with a friend over the concept of 'the ends justify the means'. I think its bad reputation is unfair. A common argument against the concept is that Hitler justified the horrors of…

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 surely…

Natural gas in Victoria compared to world prices

19 Mar 2017 — a 2 minute read on politics

A number of recent articles claimed that Japan was paying less for Australian natural gas than Australians are. That surprised me because I always thought natural gas was very cheap here in Victoria…

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 business

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 no…

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 business

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 it…

The Real Estate Agents Who Cried Wolf

23 Jan 2011 — a 2 minute read on business

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…