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Michael SiddallAustralian IT professionals are campaigning for Microsoft to reverse its decision to retire the popular TechNet Program, which is widely used to get in-depth technical knowledge of Microsoft products.

On July 1, 2013, Microsoft announced it would discontinue the TechNet subscription program. The last day to purchase a subscription through the TechNet Subscriptions website is August 31, 2013.

IT professionals have launched a campaign to request Microsoft to reconsider its decision or to provide an alternate, low-cost/high quality program to meet the needs of IT Pros worldwide. An online petition at has already attracted more than 9000 signatures.

Adelaide-based IT Support Professional Michael Siddall said shutting down TechNet had the potential to adversely affect many IT professionals or people considering a career in IT. “TechNet is very affordable for the many IT professionals who are required to self-train and certify and for those getting into the IT industry,” he said.


David Boag with his rare pearAshbourne Valley Orchards continue to wow the crowds at Willunga Farmers Market with their world-first rare pears. 

The only known commercial grower of the Durondeau pear in the world and the only commercial grower of a number of other varieties in Australia, the Boag family manage 30,000 fruit trees in Ashbourne Valley on the Fleurieu Peninsula.

David Boag, family patriarch, rescued a number of rare fruit trees from a research farm that closed down in the Adelaide Hills in the 80s. Keeping the best performing rare varieties the family have been able to carve a niche in the market.

‘The rare varieties we grow came simply out of my Dad’s experimentation,’ David’s son Ross says. 

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