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Clive Maxfield
1/30/2009 04:00 PM EST

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Max The Magnificent
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Max The Magnificent   2/13/2009 9:11:49 PM
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Hi Ben -- thanks for your message -- I just re-read Bill Bryson's "In a Sunburned Country" about his trecking around Australia -- that's one place I woudl really like to visit. It's pretty cold where I am at the moment -- I wish I was in Singapore (it's been many years since I was over there). Later -- Max

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XjordanX   2/7/2009 6:53:47 AM
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Second line of second paragraph has a typo: I meant to say Australian electronics companies DO NOT make much money compared to those in the US.

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XjordanX   2/7/2009 6:52:03 AM
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Hi Clive, Yes it is interesting. And as an Australian engineer I used to always say "why are the American CAD tools so over-priced?" Well, I realized then after some simple research that Australian electronics manufacturers/design companies just do make much money, compared to the US companies. It is little wonder why the best Aussie engineers end up in the USA or UK (or Singapore) - like me ;-) Unfortunately that's the price that the local market will bare. Now, if customers from the USA are willing to take the trip to Australia and pay the fair and get the cheaper training, I am all for it! But they have to realize that if the demand increased as a result the price will go up accordingly, making it harder for my Aussie mates to get into training. Oddly enough though, this phenomenon only seems to exist in the software market in Australia. Other staples such as land, food, accommodation, motor vehicles and electricity - these are considerably more costly in Australia than they are in the 'States. So... go figure. Regards, Ben.

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