Archive for December, 2009

Favorite Technology of the Noughties (2000-2009)

December 22, 2009

With the noughties (2000-2009) rapidly coming to an end, I looked back at my favorite software and hardware for each year of the noughties.  Each of the technologies listed below I used and could positively reflect on the experience, whether for work or for entertainment.


Software, Bioware Baldur’s Gate 2, fantasy-based single-player role-playing game.

Hardware, Trek Technology ThumbDrive, portable USB flash drive.


Software, Microsoft Windows XP Professional, operating system with an improved user interface.

Hardware, Apple iPod, portable media player for music collections.


Software, Microsoft .Net Framework, software framework for developing applications on Windows.

Hardware, Microsoft Xbox, gaming console.


Software, Skype, free voice calls over the Internet.

Hardware, Dell Axim, Windows Mobile personal digital assistant.


Software, SOE Everquest 2, fantasy-based massively multiplayer online role-playing game.

Hardware, Nintendo DS, handheld game console with a touch screen.


Software, Microsoft SQL Server 2005, relational database server.

Hardware, i-mate JASJAR, Windows Mobile phone.


Software, QSR International NVivo 7, qualitative data analysis application.

Hardware, Nintendo Wii, gaming console with wireless controller.


Software, Microsoft Office 2007 Professional, productivity suite with improved user interface.

Hardware, Apple iPhone, multi-touch phone which syncs with iTunes.


Software, Microsoft SQL Server 2008, relational database server.

Hardware, HP Touchsmart 2, multi-touch integrated desktop.


Software, Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate, operating system with an improved user experience and performance.

Hardware, Dell Adamo, slim ultraportable laptop with solid-state hard disk.

On this topic, I recommend viewing these 2 episodes of Byteside – Byteside Tech #6 and Byteside Games #6 for an Australian flavored discussion of technology in the noughties.

The noughties saw many great technologies and we can expect further advances in the next decade, most of which we cannot anticipate today.


Winning The Age/D&B Business Awards

December 1, 2009

On the 8 November 2009, QSR International was announced in The Age as the winner of The Age/D&B Business Award for Information Technology and Business Services.  The award recognizes excellence in business performance and financial management.  The award is unique in that it operates on an invitation only basis, with invitations based on the strength of the companies financial profile within the D&B database.

On the 27 November 2009, category winners (from Manufacturing, Country & Rural, Building & Allied Industries, Retail, IT & Business Services, Exporter & Wholesaler, New Company) of The Age/D&B Business Awards were recognized at a ceremony held at Champions within Federation Square.  The exciting news was QSR International was awarded The Age/D&B Victorian Business of the Year Award.  The following day the details were published in The Age.

Shown Left to Right: W. Fitzsimmons, S. Soubra, A. Long, J. Owen, D. Gage, J. Chang, M. Sketchley, H. Horak, K. Thomas, N. Choi

It is great to be recognized as an outstanding Information Technology business, and even more so as a standout business amongst diverse categories of businesses.  QSR International’s success can be attributed to its dedicated staff, business partners, resellers, and trainers who work diligently to better serve our customers.

To finish I quote Mario Andretti (1940-), American automobile racing driver  

Desire is the key to motivation, but it’s the determination and commitment to an unrelenting pursuit of your goal – a commitment to excellence – that will enable you to attain the success you seek.