Friday, 28 December 2007

iBurst Wireless Broadband Internet Provider, ADSL Broadband & Website Hosting Services

iBurst Wireless Broadband Internet Provider, ADSL Broadband & Website Hosting Services - Chilli, wireless ISP. Iburst reseller. Used to offer Unwired, too.
USB modem $249.

Hotel Bijela Ruza

Hotel Bijela Ruza - booking confirmed! Play safe, get to Zagreb early. :) Velika Gorica accommodation, close to the airport. Buses run throughout the night from the main bus station.

Tuesday, 25 December 2007

RAA Road Safety Learning to Drive Learner's Test

RAA Road Safety Learning to Drive Learner's Test
Driving tests are here.

Three - Internet & Communications - Mobile Broadband

Three - Internet & Communications - Mobile Broadband
3 Mobile Broadband options. A promotion - all plans half price (1Gb 14.50, 2GB $24.50, 3GB $34.50, 5GB $49.50). They charge for additional usage.

Unwired - Plans & Pricing

Unwired - Plans & Pricing
Pre-paid internet plans. Shaping to 32K when download quota reached. Could survive on that for emails, job and apartment applications. Just need to heavily use the AdBlocker to reduce the junk traffic. :))
Starter plan includes 7 days / 120MB.

Unwired - Plans & Pricing

Unwired - Plans & Pricing
Wireless internet plans. They should reduce their prices soon. :) 3G is coming fast with adorable options (price, coverage, speeds, download limits).
Unwired offers pre-paid option. This could be the way to go until things settle down. It depends on the coverage and the quality of signal, of course.
Hope Voda extends that 3G offer into 2008.

New Drivers Handbooks : VicRoads

New Drivers Handbooks : VicRoads
As the title says. Handbooks for driving test preparation in Victoria. I hope the rules are the same all over Australia. Think I noticed some slight differences between NSW road tests and Victorian books.

Hot offer - 5GB Mobile Broadband for only $39 a month

Hot offer - 5GB Mobile Broadband for only $39 a month
Still the best wireless internet offer, from Vodafone. Wishful thinking has it that there would be some similar offers in the new year.

RAA Road Safety Learning to Drive Learner's Test

RAA Road Safety Learning to Drive Learner's Test
NSW road rules tests. Practice exams.

TPG Internet - ADSL2+ Super Fast Broadband Service up to 24Mbps

TPG Internet - ADSL2+ Super Fast Broadband Service up to 24Mbps
TPG is a recommended internet provider. They have some nice plans with VoIP included. Need to investigate about the phone line, though. There were rumors that they will offer Naked DSL but can't find any yet.

Welcome to PennyTel

Welcome to PennyTel
- Currently my preferred VoIP provider. Can't authorize a credit card so I can't apply for a local Melbourne number yet. :S
Otherwise, great rates.

Monday, 24 December 2007

Laptop

Hm, the list HAS been updated. :) Although my previous Toshiba picks are still available on the web site, there's a better offer - this one. For $1200, this one includes webcam, 160GB hard drive, ATI X1200, AMD Turion 1.8, and 2GB of RAM. So, better than the one in the previous post. Actually, this is the model with more RAM, only.
The next in Toshiba line is $1288 model with 250GB hard drive. :S Why so much? Shouldn't 720KB be enough for everybody? :)
Next model yet is $1399, 3GB RAM, 250GB hard disk. All with AMD.

Laptops

There's another nice Toshiba on offer. This one has an integrated webcam but only 1GB RAM. Additional RAM is definitely required but everything else seems ok. With 4GB max. there should be plenty of space.
Hopefully prices change again for the better after the holidays.

Thursday, 6 December 2007

RBA: Speech-The Australian Economy in 2007

RBA: Speech-The Australian Economy in 2007 - A good informational speech on the state of economy (Australia and worldwide). Good prospects, generally.

Tuesday, 20 November 2007

List of money-related forums and discussion boards at Mighty Bargain Hunter

List of money-related forums and discussion boards at Mighty Bargain Hunter - list of forums. I prefer blogs for the moment. :S

Australians Should Move Money Into High Interest Bank Accounts < Rambling Thoughts Blog - Neerav Bhatt

Australians Should Move Money Into High Interest Bank Accounts - A review of a few online savings accounts. Valuable info.

Basic Tax Tips Anyone Can Follow: Save Money, Pay Less Tax < Rambling Thoughts Blog - Neerav Bhatt

Basic Tax Tips Anyone Can Follow: Save Money, Pay Less Tax <> - Additional financial advice.

Medical Insurance

Search by features - Search all medical insurance providers in Australia. A tool for selecting an insurance policy.

Enough Wealth: How to Halve the Amount of Tax you Pay

Enough Wealth: How to Halve the Amount of Tax you Pay - An argument that supports getting a margin loan (gearing) to invest.

Dell Recommended Inspiron

Dell Recommended Inspiron - Hm, another good laptop pick. $999 Inspiron with 2GB of RAM, 120GB of disk, and ATI graphics card. I should list these deals somewhere as I tend to forget some good deals I've found before. This Dell model offers quite good price/performance ratio.

welcome to iSIM

welcome to iSIM - Currently my GSM provider pick. I just love when things change, especially if it's for the better. As time passes there could be better deals.
Virgin mobile is also a good option if the mobile is used more. Calls from Virgin home phone are free and the rates are great. The only drawback is that the $25 credit expires in 45 days. So, if the phone is used it's worth it. Otherwise, use iSim or SavvyTel to have a pager and an emergency phone access. :)

Monday, 19 November 2007

Get a good rental deal | NEWS.com.au

Get a good rental deal | NEWS.com.au - Read before going for an apartment inspection. :)

My Laptop Pick

Currently, this is my laptop pick - Acer Aspire for $1099. Features 2GB RAM, Turion processor, 160GB hard drive, and lots of little things more. Yesterday I saw a good deal on Dell. Inspiron 1420 costs $1099, and 1520 costs $1199 but 1GB RAM only.

These deals matches between Laptop.com.au and Dell.com.au are like horse races. :) Today, Laptop is in the lead. I'm looking forward to see what happens until January. Only 2 months left. :S

Saturday, 17 November 2007

Welcome to PennyTel

Welcome to PennyTel - PennyTel rates. Another VoIP provider in Australia. Probably the best rates currently available. People use it to place calls to Australian mobile numbers.
Bosnia & Herzegovina 0.17106
Bosnia & Herzegovina Mobile 0.30212
VS MyNetFone
Bosnia & Herz. Landline
387 $0.295
Bosnia & Herz. Mobile
387 $0.525

Thursday, 15 November 2007

Human Services Portfolio | Office of Access Card

Human Services Portfolio | Office of Access Card - Access Card FAQ page on how to register. The registration will occur at Centrelink, Medicare and selected Australia Post outlets. Need to bring proof of identity documents. In my case this is the foreign passport and a current Australian visa.
Use of Identity documents, 2 required: account statement from a bank and a driving licence.

Benefits

Benefits - From 2008 Access Card should replace Medicare card and some other cards. This one is needed to complete the 100 points test along with the foreign passport and a driving licence. Bank debit card also brings additional 25 points.

The Sydney Morning Herald Blogs: Chew on This

The Sydney Morning Herald Blogs: Chew on This - Red legumes - dahl; recipes.

Virgin Broadband - Wishlist - Virgin - Wireless ISPs

Virgin Broadband - Wishlist - Virgin - Wireless ISPs: "* National dial-up access (for travellers)" - What an interesting idea... A dialup over Virgin home phone, lol. At least in theory.

In-depth review: Virgin Broadband's home HSDPA broadband service | APC Magazine

In-depth review: Virgin Broadband's home HSDPA broadband service | APC Magazine: "As a sidenote, one interesting possibility with the modem is the ability to forward all calls on the modem's landline number to a Virgin Mobile number. Since all calls to Virgin Mobile numbers are free of charge, you then effectively have a mobile phone with a local number attached to it. To achieve this, you have to take the SIM card out of the modem, put it in a mobile phone and set the call forwarding rules (I tested this, and it worked.) It can't be done through the modem interface, as it doesn't have any settings for call forwarding, and the regular Telstra landline call forwarding code *21[number]# didn't work when dialled."
A cool tip.

Optus Network Coverage Maps

Optus Network Coverage Maps - The name says it all. Optus network 3G coverage map. Virgin.

2.1 GHz - 3G, VBB

2.1 GHz - 3G, VBB - RFI sells antennas that can be used with Virgin Broadband.
Should I even mention that I'm excited by all the info I get so far, way before even getting to Australia? :)

Whirlpool Broadband Forums

Whirlpool Broadband Forums - The best place to find info. Currently I'm looking for an external antenna for Virgin's home modem. The reception could be enhanced.

In-depth review: Virgin Broadband's home HSDPA broadband service | APC Magazine

In-depth review: Virgin Broadband's home HSDPA broadband service | APC Magazine - Excellent review of Virgin Broadband at Home. I'm drooling...

Virgin Broadband poised to slaughter Telstra's landline profit | APC Magazine

Virgin Broadband poised to slaughter Telstra's landline profit | APC Magazine: "At the Virgin Broadband press launch today, a company spokesman said that people who signed up for the home broadband service would be free to take their modem anywhere they liked and use it from a data perspective."
- Can this be true?? :D

Wednesday, 14 November 2007

IMPORTANT CUSTOMER INFORMATION – YOUR RIGHTS AND OBLIGATIONS

IMPORTANT CUSTOMER INFORMATION – YOUR RIGHTS AND OBLIGATIONS - iSim Prepaid Summary. Useful info, since it can not be find easily on their site.

Mobile phones, great rates, free voicemail in Oz: that's Virgin Mobile Australia!

Mobile phones, great rates, free voicemail in Oz: that's Virgin Mobile Australia! - Virgin mobile prepaid rates.

MyNetFone - Your VoIP Broadband Phone Service - International Rates

MyNetFone - Your VoIP Broadband Phone Service - International Rates: "B Bosnia & Herz. Landline 387 $0.295 Bosnia & Herz. Mobile 387 $0.525 Bosnia & Herz. Mobile BHT 387 $0.525 Bosnia & Herz. Mobile Eronet 387 $0.525 Bosnia & Herz. Mobile Srpske 387 $0.525"

MyNetFone - Your VoIP Broadband Phone Service - Support

MyNetFone - Your VoIP Broadband Phone Service - Support - MyNetFone uses SIP. This means receiving free calls from family via soft phone. Interesting.

MyNetFone - Your VoIP Broadband Phone Service - Whirlpool

MyNetFone - Your VoIP Broadband Phone Service - Whirlpool - A special offer for Whirlpool users. Heh, what a coincidence, I did my first forum reply today.

Prices

Prices - Virgin Broadband prices, call prices. Bosnia is Group 3, so it's expensive. At least there is no difference between landlines and mobiles.

vbb - information

vbb - information - Virgin Home Broadband tips from the user perspective. Excellent site.
Relocation is free, that's perfect.

Broadband At Home

Broadband At Home - Siki suggested Home Broadband package as it goes through 3G! I never suspected that. This is an interesting deal, then.
Now I'm thinking of getting that one (fixed phone number - 03, plus a broadband with 4GB download AND 128kbps reduction after that, which is quite enough for VoIP).
Aside from that, having a mobile number is a must so a pre-paid with SavvyTel would be ok as their credit never expire. Useful for receiving calls / pager. Their SMS is 15c.

Virgin also offers $5 discount for mobile users. Need to investigate that option as well.

Sunday, 11 November 2007

Wednesday, 7 November 2007

Flemington Cycles

Flemington Cycles
A bicycle shop in the vicinity of the apartment. :D

Facebook | Marketplace

Facebook | Marketplace
Interesting stuff being sold or given away. Classifieds, misc. kitchen stuff, etc.

Dell Recommended Inspiron

Dell Recommended Inspiron
Inspiron 1501 for about $1000. Things change quickly. There will obviously be other changes (for the better) until January. So far, AMD processors are OK. The systems are generally cheaper than Intel's.

Monday, 5 November 2007

Photos: Kensington Apartment

Kensington Apartment
The photos of an apartment I'm looking to rent in Melbourne.

Thursday, 20 September 2007

Online Savings Account. Bank online savings accounts | HSBC Australia

Online Savings Account. Bank online savings accounts | HSBC Australia
The best option for a transactional (everyday) account. No fees, earns interest.

Managed Funds Australia, Superannuation, Super, & Retirement Fund - Direct Access

Managed Funds Australia, Superannuation, Super, & Retirement Fund - Direct Access
use as investment agent?

Dell Home Notebooks - customise and buy Dell laptop computers and notebooks online

Dell Home Notebooks - customise and buy Dell laptop computers and notebooks online
Check Dell™ Inspiron™ 6400UMA or some other model before heading to Australia. Free delivery to the residential address should make laptop being delivered to me after I land. :D Prices are much better than in BiH or Croatia (even with VAT refund applied).

JUST Mobile - Best prepaid mobile deal with cheap calls, no flagfall & per sec billing

JUST Mobile - Best prepaid mobile deal with cheap calls, no flagfall & per sec billing
Order GSM SIM card online. Do it before heading down under and the SIM card should arrive about the same time you do. :)
Cheap international rates (to BiH = almost the same as local price). Probably using VoIP.

Monday, 10 September 2007

Notebook - PDA Notebook Acer Sony IPAQ Toshiba HP Sales

Notebook - PDA Notebook Acer Sony IPAQ Toshiba HP Sales
Get a laptop in Aus.

Virgin Broadband

Virgin Broadband
Great mobile broadband option.

VoIP guide: Voice over IP in Australia - Page 8 - VoIP

VoIP guide: Voice over IP in Australia - Page 8 - VoIP
List of some of VoIP services in Aus.

Adventure Tours & Travel with Best Adventures - Search and book adventure tours online

Adventure Tours & Travel with Best Adventures - Search and book adventure tours online
Excelent tours and flight tickets. Mmm, can't wait...

Melbourne travel guide - Wikitravel

Melbourne travel guide - Wikitravel
Suburb description, how to get around, etc. Useful.

Share Accommodation, Flatmates and Share Ads - realestate.com.au

Share Accommodation, Flatmates and Share Ads - realestate.com.au
Shared accommodation at Realestate.

Share Accommodation @ Domain.com.au

Share Accommodation @ Domain.com.au
Search for shared accommodation.

TR 95/9 - Income tax: employee lawyers - allowances, reimbursements and work-related deductions - Ruling (As at 1 June 1995)

TR 95/9 - Income tax: employee lawyers - allowances, reimbursements and work-related deductions - Ruling (As at 1 June 1995)
Applicable to IT workers.

Information technology professionals - deductions you may be able to claim

Information technology professionals - deductions you may be able to claim
IT deductions. Might need this later. Much later. :)

Claiming self-education expenses

Claiming self-education expenses
Education tax deductions. Useful in case of study during work (as for the planned Master's Degree).

Interest and dividend deductions

Interest and dividend deductions
Tax related stuff to have in mind during the tax-return time next year.

My First Entry

So, I've decided to start a diary of events related to my move to Australia next year. Things have been going on for ages now but it's time to jot some of them down.
While I was still on the vacation this Summer I checked the flights from Sarajevo to Melbourne and, as I was looking through, the flights were all filled-in. So I rushed to a tourist agency to book my ticket for January. So, the ticket was booked sometimes at the end of August. The flight date is 20th January, from Zagreb.