Australian Commonwealth Government expenditure on Microsoft product licensing


An email thread on the CLUG list got me curious about expenditure on Microsoft products by the Australian Commonwealth Government. It turns out the new Rudd government requires all departments to list all contracts over $100,000 on their website twice a year (admittedly I was tipped off to this by yet another mail thread, this one on the Link mailing list). So I dug through and pulled out the details. Note that where it wasn’t possible to determine what the expenditure was for I left it out — for example it seems many departments buy IT licenses from a reseller, and those are reported as lump sums. Sometimes I have included consulting services as well, which might not be 100% fair.

This only took about an hour to generate, which was much easier than I realized.

Department Expenditure Source URL
Parliament House $740,040 Source
Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry Source
Attorney General’s $1,046,133
Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy Source
Department of Defense $469,700
Source for Defense
Source for DMO
Education, Employment and Workplace Relations $4,500,000
Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts Source
Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs
Finance and Deregulation Source
Foreign Affairs and Trade Source
Health and Ageing $340,560
Human Services Source
Immigration and Citizenship $2,149,930 Source
Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government Source
Innovation, Industry, Science and Research $425,676
Prime Minister and Cabinet $543,000 Source
Resources, Energy and Tourism Source
The Tresury
Total: $35,080,973

As best as I can tell, that’s for a six month period. If correct, that would make the use of Microsoft software about a $70 million decision annually.


Surprise for the day: Australian beer is cheaper in the US than in Australia


Image stolen from Woolworth’s Homeshop

My two favourite Australian beers would have to be Coopers Pale Ale, and the Malt Shovel Brewery Amber Ale. In fact, I am half way through a MSB now, which might explain my terrible spelling in this post. Then again, it might also be that I’ve been working away for 12 hours now. Anyways, back to the story… Since moving to the US I have been subsisting on these terrible American beers that they have around here. Some of the micro-brews are ok-ish, and Sierra Nevada is better than a punch in the face, but they’re really nothing special. For a start, their weak. On the non-micro-brew front, I recommend Coors if you’re in a no-beer emergency and you have to get something mainstream.

The other fall back drinking plan has been to develop a taste for Margaritas, which we have been serving in 500 mil pint glasses for effect.

Anyway, back to the story… So yesterday Catherine and the kids and I ventured out to try to fix this. BevMo was rumoured to have Australian beers, and I thought it might be worth a try. The exciting news is that it turns out that BevMo’s Australian beer options (my two favourites included) are cheaper here than in Australia. Both are available for $6.99 US ($9.42 Australian as I write this), compared with $13.98 in Australia for a six pack in Canberra.

Hurrah for international trade!


MySQL User Conference coming up


Stewart has a new toy for his MySQL User Conference presentation, which is probably for the best as I fully intend to ask why MySQL replication is so unreliable, why Innodb hot backup appears to hate me, and lots of other biting questions if I think of them. It does make me wonder what other Aussies are going to be in town for the conference? I have a survey for you to complete:

  • My name is: ________________________________
  • I am arriving: ________________________________
  • I will be staying in: ______________________________ (name of city only please)
  • I would be interested in drinking so much I fall off my chair: yes / no (please circle)
  • I would like to know where you can get Coopers beer in Silicon Valley: yes / no (please circle)
  • Is Frys really as dodgy as it looks? yes / no (please circle)

Let me know if you’re going to be in town for the conference, and perhaps we can all get together and do something geeky. If there aren’t too many of you, then perhaps I can organise a tour of the Googleplex or something. Hopefully it wont be raining the whole time like it has for the last few weeks, but I would bring rain gear just in case if I was you.