October 2011 iiNews
In 1993, the same year Whitney Houston hit the high notes with “I Will Always Love You” and Jurassic Park broke records at the box office, a small dialup service provider called iiNet began in the garage of a Padbury home.
In 2011, it’s pretty clear we’ve come a long way (firing up our 400th DSLAM exchange just last week) and on Sunday October 23rd we finally put the scissors to our fake ID to celebrate 18 years of helping Australians connect better. iiNet staff got in on the fun too, throwing celebrations at our offices over the last couple of weeks including stories from years gone by and big ideas for the years to come.
But October hasn’t been all about birthday parties. We also welcomed visitors to our Subiaco office for the annual iiNet Open Day, worked hard to whip our bundled off-net plans into better shape, released our very first Sustainability Report, plus added some more entertainment value to our fetchtv and Freezone offering.
In other news, iiNet’s cheeky mascots iian and iirene got into the fundraising spirit for this year’s Perth Telethon and limbered up for the Mix 94.5 2011 Grand Mascot Race on October 9th. Here’s how it all unfolded.
Happy birthday to us, happy reading to you.
iiNet Open Day 2011
We'd like to say a big thank you to the hundreds of guests who made their way to iiNet HQ for Open Day 2011 on Monday 21st October – one of our biggest and best yet.
Tours, workshops and seminars ran all day, with many customers and members of the public joining in for a look behind the scenes at iiNet and advice on how to get more out of their broadband connection.
If you weren't able to get to Open Day this year, don't stress – we'll be uploading seminar videos and workshop presentations to the Open Day website in the coming weeks.
In the meantime, take a look at some snapshots of the action in the Open Day album on our Facebook page.
iiNet Annual Report & Sustainability Report Online
The iiNet bean-counters and our super-creative design folks have put together a spiffy overview of last financial year, plus corporate highlights in the 2011 Annual Report. But this year it's not all about number-crunching.
We've also released our very first Sustainability Report, where we take a closer look at how iiNet get things done from a community, an environmental and a workplace perspective. It also includes stories from our staff, an overview of our culture, more on our community-based programs and details of our environmental impact.
Together these reports not only deliver a snapshot of what we've been up to over the past 12 months (that's certainly been a lot), but also an insight to some of the reasons why we do things the way we do.
It's all now available at a shiny new section of our website so take a closer look at what's been happening inside and outside the walls of iiNet HQ this financial year, or flick through our interactive timeline.
Summer's just around the corner, so we've whipped our residential off-net plans into better shape with bigger quotas and better prices when bundled with phone.
As part of the changes, we've introduced more big-value benefits for bundling ADSL1 broadband with phone – like double the download quota and big discounts on your monthly bill.
If you're currently on an ADSL1 Home plan bundled with phone, you'll be automatically migrated to a new-and-improved plan in the next week or two. Plan features and pricings stay the same for those on a stand-alone ADSL1 plan without phone (but you're more than welcome to get in on the act). Just kick back and keep an eye on your inbox for an email with more details.
Click your way through our new-look off-net plans for more info.
Get fetchtv, get BoB Lite™ free (plus a handy PLC!)
They're five of the best words you'll hear from us: buy one, get one free. Right now customers who sign up to any fetchtv plan for 24 months will receive a free BoB Lite™. Plus you'll score a PLC kit – a clever little device connecting your fetchtv box to a modem in a separate room. (Goodbye dodgy wiring!) Head to our fetchtv page for more.
Movie buffs can now turn to Rotten Tomatoes™, the go-to site for the latest movie reviews and news, before pressing play on fetchtv. The new "Tomatometer" can be found under the 'Reviews' tab of every movie, where you'll discover just how others have rated the flick. All films are rated with either a fresh red or rotten green tomato, so you can take other people opinions on board before selecting the right flick for you.
If you're wondering which fetchtv programs are the most popular, wonder no more. The nifty new Stats Wall delivers a snapshot of the most watched standard, digital free-to-air and subscription channels – plus info on the top movie of the week and all your latest recordings.
We've teamed up with our new gaming friends at Save Point to bring you their unique style of video game show with weekly installments bringing their love of video games to you. Junglist, Paul, Rae and Amali look at upcoming releases, classic titles and bring you the latest gaming news on demand and quota-free in Freezone
Battlefield 3 on iiNet servers
Lovers of the new Battlefield 3, released last Thursday 27th October, will be happy to hear with the help of our partners at Hypernia you can rent Battlefield 3 and play completely quota-free on Australian servers hosted by iiNet. Stop reading and get playing!
Racing World Daily Bite
The frocks are out and suits pressed for the 2011 Spring Racing Carnival and Freezone will have all the latest action, colour and updates from each big day of racing available on the Daily Bite. See you trackside.
With just a month until the world's eyes will be on the Perth 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championships, find out what all the fuss is about and how Perth's preparing for this huge pre-Olympics event. Don't forget we'll also have all the action live and on demand.
support & services
iiNet's Online Safety Series
While offering a great deal of convenience, surfing the 'net on a public computer or over a public wireless networks (WiFi) can expose you to a heap of virtual germs, making you more vulnerable to theft, fraud and hardware infections.
The latest factsheet to launch as part of the iiNet Online Safety Series provides some handy hints so you don't get caught out next time you're checking emails on the run. Head to our dedicated online safety page to download, print and share. Download our factsheet for more.
Geek Speak – What is an RSS Feed?
RSS stands for Really Simple Syndication. As the name suggests, these feeds are really simple and really handy. They allow you to track and receive live news updates from your favourite websites from the one place, so you don’t need to go hunting through a number of websites for information on your favourite things.
Just like you might add an organisation on Facebook or follow them on Twitter, subscribing to an RSS feed helps you keep in touch with news and events as they’re updated. To identify an RSS feed on a website, look for the bright orange internationally accepted symbol for RSS. Information from most feeds is text-based, small in size and can be quickly transferred.
Subscribing to RSS feeds is easy. Simply involves clicking on the orange icon for a prompt to subscribe to a web-based reader (feeds can be added to your Google homepage, for example) or add updates to bookmarks in your browser for quick access.
Safety Watch – Westpac ‘Quick Survey’ Phishing Scam
This month an email scam has been hitting inboxes claiming to be from Australian bank Westpac, with recipients offered a $35 reward for filling out a 'quick and easy' survey.
By following the link within the email, recipients are directed to a Westpac-branded survey which also prompts them to enter a range of personal details and provide credit card details for the $35 payment to be credited to their account.
As with many scams such as this, if it looks too good to be true – it is. In this instance, the email is certainly not from Westpac. Those submitting the fake survey will almost certainly receive a nasty surprise when they next check their credit statement – so if this scam or anything similar lands in your inbox send it to the trash can straight away.
Our Online Safety Series has more information on how you can steer clear of phishing scams like this one, or head to any of the following sites:
- Debunk or confirm shams with Hoax-Slayer or Snopes.com
- Learn from the experts at SCAMwatch and keep an eye on their SCAMwatch radar
- Pick up tips from our Discoveryzone on staying safe online
entertainment & competitions
October Giveaway – iiNet Open Day Goodie Bags
The 2011 iiNet Open Day was a huge success, with guests making their way to our Subiaco HQ for tours, workshops and seminars. Visitors walked away with a better understanding of what happens behind the scenes at iiNet, plus a goodie bag full of useful bits and bobs for 'net and non-'net related activities.
If you weren't able to attend the 2011 iiNet Open Day, we've got good news! We've set aside 25 goodie bags especially for iiNews readers. To be in the running to win one, email competitions with the answer to this question: iiNet began 18 years ago this month in the garage of a house in which Perth suburb …?
Remember, we'll also need to know your username, full name and address. Send your answer through with 'October Goodie Bag Competition' in your email subject line by 5pm (WST) Monday 21st November."
Top Blog – iiNet Turns 18
If you're yet to browse the iiNet Blog, our online soapbox, you might like to click your way through information on new products, industry trends, game reviews, staff profiles and everything in between. This October, we kick off Top Blog: the most popular addition to the iiNet Blog for the month.
And it's no surprise all eyes have been on our 18th birthday blog this month. We've certainly come a long way since starting out in a Padbury garage in 1993, so take a look back over years gone by with 18 fun facts you might not know about iiNet. Read up on this and more at our blog page.
Bear Grylls Winners
Last month we had two chances to see Bear Grylls up for grabs for iiNews readers in Brisbane, Adelaide and Sydney.
Big congratulations to the lucky winners, Julian Brecciaroli of QLD and Brett Lamond of NSW, who both picked up passes to meet Bear in the flesh and listen to the tales of survival first hand.
Brett flicked us a line recently to thank us for (and brag about) his big win:
“Many thanks for the prize. My wife and I had a great time!
Bear was standing in the middle of a darkened room with a silent video of extracts of his shows on one screen taking up one whole wall; a lot of green foliage behind him. Everyone got to meet him one by one which allowed you a brief chat, which was fantastic! Bear also signed his autobiography which I had bought.
Bear took us on a tour of his achievements, successes, story line, family and his crew. From the top of Everest to swamps in Patagonia and having an Aussie croc steal a fish from his improvised fishing rod, we got some real stories and samples of video to enjoy. A snake was brought out at one point and he lit a fire to demonstrate a flint technique.
So all and all, great entertainment and for all the fans a great time!”
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The Art of Manliness
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