About

Update 1 February 2013: Some of the details here are slightly out of date, so if you need my bio for anything urgent please request a custom update or use this snippet prepared recently for ZDNet Australia:

Stilgherrian is a freelance journalist, commentator and podcaster interested in big-picture internet issues, especially security, cybercrime and hoovering up bulldust.

He studied computing science and linguistics before a wide-ranging media career and a stint at running an IT business. He can write iptables firewall rules, set a rabbit trap, clear a jam in an IBM model 026 card punch and mix a mean whiskey sour.

[This is written in the third person to make it easier for you to copy if you're writing about me. For further background, see my LinkedIn profile, or the 2008 or 2006 versions of this page. Or look around this website. Or just ask. — Stilgherrian]

Stilgherrian: photo by Trinn (’Pong) Suwannapha, January 2009

Stilgherrian is freelance writer and broadcaster usually based in Sydney but currently living at Bunjaree Cottages near Wentworth Falls in the Blue Mountains. He covers the intersection of technology, politics and the media for ZDNet Australia, Crikey, Technology Spectator, CSO Online, the ABC’s Drum Opinion, the Sydney Morning Herald, his own website and others.

Having majored in computing science, used online services heavily since the mid-1980s, and worked as a network administrator, Stilgherrian is particularly interested in the big-picture issues of how new communication and collaboration technologies are changing the way we work, play, socialise and organise our world

Stilgherrian presents ZDNet Australia’s podcast Patch Monday and his own The 9pm Edict. He was previously a regular on the podcast A Series of Tubes, and produced audio programs for Telstra and IBM Asia-Pacific before the word “podcast” came into use.

Stilgherrian isn’t afraid to call a spade a spade. His style is mercurial, quick-wittedly flipping between playful and provocative. He’s sometimes offensive, often insightful, and always entertaining.

He’s also one of Australia’s most prolific and (according to NEWS.com.au) “interesting” users of the social messaging service Twitter.

Stilgherrian has only one name. It’s not a pseudonym or alias. It’s called a mononym. It’s pronounced: Stil-GAIR-ee-un. Listen to the Quicktime or MP3 versions. Most people just call him “Stil” for short.

Stilgherrian’s early life was shaped by a stark contrast: growing up poor on a dairy farm south of Adelaide but, thanks to a scholarship, attending an elite private school in the city, Prince Alfred College.

“That experience sharply focussed my understanding of hypocrisy and the arbitrary nature of power and status,” he says. “I got an excellent education, but psychologically it was hell.”

After studying computing science and linguistics at the University of Adelaide, Stilgherrian became a broadcaster, first with Radio 5UV (now Radio Adelaide) and then as a producer and presenter with ABC Radio. He built a loyal cult following in Adelaide’s dance music, techno and hip-hop scenes in the early 1990s as presenter of the Triple J program Club Escape and publisher of The CORE magazine before becoming station manager at community broadcaster Three D Radio.

He served on the boards of the AIDS Council of South Australia and the South Australian Community Broadcasters Association.

Stilgherrian moved to Sydney in 1995 and managed to survive nine months in a chaotic start-up of the first dot-com boom, Big Hand Asia Pacific, part of the Fairfax media empire and no relation to BigHand Digital Dictation. Since then he has worked freelance as a geek for hire and on various media projects.

[Photo: Stilgherrian, ©2009 Trinn (’Pong) Suwannapha. Please ask before using it.]

2 comments

  1. totalomnivore’s avatar

    My god Stil, I never realised you were from “(P)igs (A)round the (C)orner! St Peters was no picnic, let me tell you… Wishing you all the best for Project TOTO.

  2. Stilgherrian’s avatar

    I’m going to close off comments on this page for a while, ‘cos a botnet is hitting it with about 200 spam comments a day. Nearly all of them about about sex with animals, for some reason. That in itself is a question I don’t want you to answer just now.

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