The Last Colony

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All of the Old Men’s War books (Old Man’s War and The Ghost Brigades) have started slowly and built up to a climax. That’s been good because its given some time for background which makes the second phase of the book all the more fully formed. This book is the same, although I think the introduction is more long winded than previously, and the whole thing gets wrapped up surprisingly quickly. Overall a good book, but not as good as the previous two.

[award: nominee hugo 2008]
[isbn: 0765316978]

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Australian Commonwealth Government expenditure on Microsoft product licensing

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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.

Source
Department Expenditure Source URL
Parliament House $740,040 Source
Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry Source
Attorney General’s $1,046,133
$118,140
Source
Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy Source
Department of Defense $469,700
$275,001
$11,704,345
$226,270
$519,982
$259,325
$1,432,000
$1,432,000
$972,400
$235,750
Source for Defense
Source for DMO
Education, Employment and Workplace Relations $4,500,000
$160,000
$580,160
$1,819,356
$201,108
Source
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
$1,159,639
$1,161,466
Source
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
$2,608,992
Source
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.

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