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RagerAdelaide PR veteran and passionate sailor Mike O'Reilly has launched a one-hour, video chronicling the 2008 Sydney to Hobart ocean race by yacht Rager, on its final race at the hand of skipper Dr. Gary Shanks.

Mr. O'Reilly, who sailed in his inaugural Sydney-Hobart last year, took two video cameras on the epic three-day race which saw 56-foot Rager as the 25th boat to cross the finish line.

Since his return to dry land, Mr. O'Reilly has compiled a one-hour video about Rager's last race owned by Dr. Shanks. Dubbed Rager: Going South...One Final Time, the video was launched at an invitation-only party on Saturday attended by many crew members from various Rager voyages.

When Mr. O'Reilly is not crewing for mates or sailing his own yacht O Really, he runs Adelaide-based communications agency, O'Reilly Consulting. Since he first started in PR 30 years ago, riding shotgun for the Chief Minister of the NT, Mr. O'Reilly has held roles as PR Manager for SA Brewing and Communications Director for Dean Brown's 1993 election win.

Learn more about Mike O'Reilly at www.oreillyconsulting.com/ or check out the rough cuts from his Rager video at www.youtube.com/watch?v=nnrMYTOuyW4

Dave HellabyMulti-award-winning investigative reporter and fishing fanatic David Hellaby died in the early hours of last Friday (July 31, 2009) after an 18-month battle with pancreatic cancer.

Dave, 58, passed away peacefully, surrounded by his three children and their mother, in Brisbane, where he spent his last few months in quiet dignity.Dave was diagnosed with inoperable pancreatic cancer in February last year when one doctor told him he didn’t need to worry about buying Christmas presents.

He returned to Australia after a three-year stint working in Dubai after that diagnosis, entering Brisbane’s Princess Alexandra Hospital where he went under the surgeon’s scalpel the week after Easter. After a marathon five-hour operation, he was told that the cancer had progressed too far to be removed.

Typical of a life characterised by a fierce tenacity and a powerful will that characterised his life, Dave refused to feel sorry for himself: Instead, he grabbed life by both ears to indulge his passions for travel, fine wine and fishing.

In doing so, he defied the medical prediction that cancer would cap him by Christmas.

Albion HotelAdelaide security specialist Vision Security Services has launched a new Mobotix internet-enabled camera that eliminates blind spots from room surveillance.

The new MOBOTIX Q24M Hemispheric camera provides a high-resolution 180-degree panoramic image that records from wall to wall without blind spots. This delivers a significantly better room overview than a surveillance system with several individual cameras. One MOBOTIX camera with 3.1 megapixels records around 30 times more detail than a stan¬dard analogue camera.

The Q24M also acts as a remote camera with access via the Internet.  With MOBOTIX, a PC is not used to record, but only to view and research images in case of an event.  These images can be viewed from any location on earth with a network connection.

J. Craig Mudge

A virtual world party yesterday celebrated the founding 25 years ago of Austek Microsystems, the Adelaide-based company that showed Intel how to design faster performance computer chips.

Concurrent parties in Adelaide, Sydney, Melbourne, Bristol in England and San Jose in Silicon Valley commemorated the extraordinary legacy of Austek, a CSIRO offshoot company founded by Professor Craig Mudge in 1984 at Technology Park Adelaide.

As well as pioneering cache computing for personal computers, Austek trained more than 70 specialist engineers who have gone on to establish and lead other innovative technology companies.