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Foo Camp Day 1

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 3-Feb-2007 10:19

What a first day... Got a ride with Juha from the Auckland airport to Warkworth where the Foo Camp is being held, and arrived here to a huge meeting of people from all over the world, representing all sorts of tech knowledge and orientations. Our first official session after dinner was with David Cunliffe, Communications Minister. Really good stuff and full of interesting information.

After this we had a crazy experience with a light show and a four way stereo sound installation, with four cars blasting out the music (yes, it was in the car park).

The Foo Camp is very unstructured with participants creating their own sessions and people can join anything they want. The Open Source movement is heavily represented here, from big names (Mozilla, Google) through less known but but not less interesting companies from Europe, U.S., Australia and New Zealand.

My Internet connectivity here is absolutely bad. I am on plan D already, and it goes like this: my Windows Vista laptop refuses to connect to any of the three wireless networks available (not that they are fast anyway, but it would be good). I don't know why, probably a compatibility problem with the Access Points? I see a lot of people using Mac laptops here, and even the odd Windows XP will connect. Am I the only one disconnected? Shall I buy a Mac laptop next?

I then tried Vodafone 3G. No go. We all know Vodafone coverage outside Wellington, Auckland and other main centres is absolutely appalling. You are lucky to get two bars on GPRS here.

Next I tried Telecom EVDO. Good signal reception but Telecom New Zealand in all their wisdom made a point of crippling the Treo 700wx Bluetooth and there's no Bluetooth DUN (dial up networking) on this device anymore, so it is useless. The Apache wasn't much better either with its Bluetooth DUN freezing every fiftee minutes, as we all know (but Telecom denies the problem).

So I am posting this on GPRS, and that's all I will do. It's impossible to read e-mails or even browse RSS feeds.

This is going to be an unconnected weekend, I see.


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