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Local services

CyberKnights are big supporters of the idea of using local services wherever possible. Here are some of the service providers we’ve used and found to be good.


We use and recommend ArachNet because they are big enough to survive but small enough to care and customise. Their broadband plans were highly competitive (before AmCom bought that division out, and AmCom do a pretty reasonable job themselves) and they also offer high quality and economical colocation services.

Our second choices would be WestNet for service (but join them through LinuxIT for even better service and support) or SwifTel (now consumed by PeopleTelecom) for reliability.

Computer Equipment

We use and recommend PLE in Wangara [map] or NetPlus in Osborne Park for retail-level computer gear.


Kowald Automotive of 11 Lance Street, Milpara have done a competent job of repairing every vehicle that the owners, staff and their families have presented them with. ’Phone them on (08) 9841 5041. [map]

At the film company DreamWorks, Ed Leonard has ported the entire graphics animation department to Linux; Shrek was created on a “renderfarm” (a powerful, refrigerator-size rack of servers) that had 800 processors running Linux. Leonard took the money he saved by not having maintenance contracts and used it to buy far more inexpensive Linux PCs. He says the money he has saved will allow DreamWorks to replace desktops and the renderfarm every two years instead of every five. — Scott Berinato

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