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Tony BrownbillAn Adelaide couple with a track record of pioneering public Internet access has opened the doors of Glued.com.au, the city’s first fully automated, 24-hour-a-day DVD rental store.

SA’s first Glued outlet, located at 41 North East Road, Collinswood, is a state-of-the-art operation that replaces miles of aisles with an Italian-designed disk-dispensing machine that works with the ease and convenience of an ATM. As well as around-the-clock, member-only access, the secure, automated store has monitored video surveillance for customer safety.

Along with thousands of DVDs, Glued Collinswood offers its members the ability to browse and reserve available titles over the Internet, making sure the DVD they want is available before they get in the car. The store also offers around-the-clock access to Internet kiosks, which can browse available titles for free and also have full Internet access on a pay-for-use basis.

Tony Brownbill and Megan Edwards, who previously ran Hindley Street’s Wireless Café – SA’s longest running Internet café – decided to set up the ground-breaking Glued Collinswood operation as SA’s first Glued franchisee after feeling frustrated by traditional video stores.

Small business technology specialist Dean Calvert predicts that demand for “green tech” services will surge in 2010 despite the demise of the Government’s Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme.

“Businesses are ever more keen for green,” said Mr. Calvert, managing director of Calvert Technologies and a world-leading expert in Microsoft’s Small Business Server software. “As the economy continues to rebound, this means businesses will look to shore up their technology base to enable them to capitalise on growth opportunities, but not at the expense of the environment.

“As it becomes more and more important to present an ecologically responsible approach to business, smaller and more efficient devices will continue to appear at the user end while greater consolidation and virtualisation will occur on the server. This will both cut energy costs and show that the company has not lost its touch with the environment, both to employees as well as the rest of the world.”

Alexandrina Council wireless tower provided by MIMPSA-based Alexandrina Council today launches its new inter-town wireless network that cuts more than $20,000 in annual communication costs between council premises in Goolwa and Strathalbyn.

With a two-and-a-half-year payback, the wide area wireless network eliminates expenses relating to the annual cost of fixed telephone lines, data lines and calls between council premises in the two towns.

Designed by MIMP Connecting Solutions, the $200,000 network runs at 200 megabits per second (Mb/s), using a microwave tower to create a 35km wireless connection between the two towns. The new network delivers additional savings by eliminating the carrier costs of connecting the main council office in each town with eight outlying offices, such as depots, community centres and landfill facilities.

Alexandrina is a thriving community which covers an 1800-square-kilometre area on the picturesque Fleurieu Peninsula south of Adelaide. Diverse industries in the area include tourism, viticulture, general farming and dairying, fruit production, manufacturing, engineering and boat building.

Mayor Kym McHugh said the new network would pay for itself in less than two-and-a-half years compared to the cost of connecting all premises via a telecommunications carrier. “We’ve completely modernised our phone system and rolled it out to more premises, but are saving about $20,000 a year in line rental and data costs by disconnecting a large number of commercial phone lines and Internet services,” he said.

Annette Barrette FrankelDemonstrating a romantic attraction that spans the centuries, legendary lover Casanova has inspired an art exhibition that opens in Burra on Saturday, October 24.

Passionate painter Annette Barrette Frankel reveals her love affair with Casanova in the exhibition of her latest work at Burra’s Uptown Gallery. All funds raised will go towards restoring the century-old Bishop’s Palace in Peterborough, now operating as the popular Saint Cecilia historic hotel.

Annette, who has called South Australia home for the past three decades, fell in love with Giacomo Casanova during a month-long visit to Venice earlier this year, where she explored every aspect of the great lover’s life and loves in the romantic Italian city.

The amorous artist has captured on canvas the Venetian inspiration for the romantic exploits of the soldier, spy, diplomat, prisoner, adventurer and lover. The result is an exhibition that encapsulates everything Casanova loved about Venice and everything Annette loves about Casanova.