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Fremantle will host the second only WIKIMEDIA ASIA OCEANIA CONVENTION next year from October 31 to November 2. The first one is held on Bali this month.

Between 400-500 delegates are expected to visit and stay in Fremantle for the convention at the Esplanade Hotel, so that is a boost for our local traders.

Wikimedia partnered with the Fremantle Society years ago for the Freopedia project, which put QR codes on historic buildings for tourist information, but unfortunately the project was later discontinued.

No doubt Fremantle will prominently feature on the internet and social media when all the international guests are in town.

Roel Loopers



Posted in city of fremantle, education, internet, notre dame university, Uncategorized by freoview on October 23, 2017


It is Open Access Week, so join the WIKIPEDIA editing workshop at Notre Dame University this Wednesday, October 25 from 1.30-3.30pm.

Wikipedia is one of the first open access resources on the internet that many people consult for information on a topic. Because of this, the research community has an important interest in ensuring that Wikipedia has accurate, comprehensive coverage of content that links to freely available open access research literature.

Join Gideon Digby, Vice-President of Wikimedia Australia and Lydia Dawe, Liaison Librarian, for an interactive session which will cover:

  • Detailed guidance for creating and editing Wikipedia entries in your area of research
  • Suggestions for improving relevant articles
  • Learning how to edit Wikipedia for beginners
  • Using Open Access repositories and directories to discover articles to add to Wikipedia
  • Wikipedia in the academic context
  • Best practices for communication with other Wikipedia editors

This is a free event.

Venue: Tannock Hall of Education ND4/203
Corner Cliff and Croke Streets



Posted in city of fremantle, internet, Uncategorized by freoview on July 24, 2017


My neighbours in Beaconsfield are extremely upset about Telstra and the National Broadband connection. They have been without a landline and internet for three weeks, and nothing Telstra has tried has made their situation any better.

That sounds pretty incompetent to me, but I am not surprises as I once was with Telstra’s Bigpond and that was a true shambles.

Leanne told me “We have been without phone and internet for 3 weeks now! We were encouraged to change to NBN and it has been a total disaster. Telstra clearly have no control and the NBN is a total circus, they have not responded promptly and we have been tearing our hair out, spending hours on the phone to Telstra, testing the line, bring new modems, it seems that no one has any clue.”

She said they had a perfectly fine internet and phone service beforehand, and once the switch has been flipped for NBN, they were told it is impossible to go back.

Leanne said: “I would advise anyone I speak to NOT to flip that switch, NBN clearly has not got it’s act together, I have no confidence the fault will be fixed tomorrow, based on the run around I have received and everyone could avoid this stress if they stay with their current service.”


Roel Loopers


Posted in fremantle, internet by freoview on January 19, 2016

It has been a very frustrating and unacceptable few days with my Apple computer more or less becoming useless on Saturday after I downloaded the free Mac upgrade to El Capitan. Suddenly I could no longer use wireless broadband, Photoshop etc. so I had to get computer experts Bentech in Wray Avenue to solve the huge problem for me.

Two working days and $ 400.00 later I now have a new system but in the process I lost Photoshop and Microsoft Word, so I will have to spend more money on programs that Mac’s free upgrade killed.

I also lost all my bookmarks and probably email addresses and it took Iinet two hours to reconnect my wireless broadband.

I am mad as hell so am going to have a few glasses of wine now and reconnect tomorrow when I have lost my rage.

Thank you to those who emailed, called, texted to find out if I am still alive. The City of Fremantle partied too early in the belief this pest had gone away. ;>)


Roel Loopers

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