Pagebao, an Italian blog that blogs on Taiwan, also shares an interest in the local spiders. In Ragni di Taiwan, which I assume is Italian for "Badass Critters that are likely to scare the shit out of you in Taiwan" amongst the Italian descriptions of these awesome arachnids I found this gem in English:
"Mostly harmless, but they have inadvertently killed some 20 people over the years. The people died either from fright or tripping over as they tried to avoid or escape from their rather strong webs."
You didn't know it, but you were near death, Jason....
Pagebao also provided some good links, including this one on the Golden Orb Spider and also a link to another page that calls it a Giant Wood Spider. He also links to an Aussie forum discussion.