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Back to School Giveaways: another HP discount code (U.S. only)

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 14-Aug-2009 18:38

Back to school giveawaysAs part of the Back to School: Better Together giveaway promotion HP is providing participant websites some discounts we can give to you.

Here is another super discount, thanks to HP: you can buy both the HP HDX 18T Premium laptop (18" laptop) and the HP Mini 110 netbook - and get a a US$500 off the total price.

To get this discount just quote the coupon code NBY4876 at checkout when selecting both systems. This is valid until the 15th August only.

The fineprint: Valid for HP Home & Home Office (hpshopping.com) internet and call center purchases only. Coupon valid on first 100 redemptions, or while supplies last. Any unused portion will be forfeited. Each coupon code is limited to one usage per customer; one coupon code per checkout. Offer void where prohibited, taxed or restricted by law. Non-transferable. Not valid retroactively on previously purchased items. Not valid for any resale activity as defined by HP Home & Home Office Store. Coupons may not be used to purchase gift cards. Not valid on clearance sales. May not be permitted with certain bundle offers. Not valid on: Academic and Employee purchase programs, HP Employee purchase program, Refurbished products, Extended Service Plans. For complete coupon conditions, see "Coupon Information" in the "Customer Service" section at hpshopping.com
 
And remember to visit Back To School: Better Together giveaways for a lot more information on this back to school giveaways. make sure to bookmark that site so you know exactly when to enter each competition.







Back to School Giveaways: another HP discount code (U.S. only)

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 11-Aug-2009 09:08

Back to school giveawaysAs part of the Back to School: Better Together giveaway promotion HP is providing participant websites some discounts we can give to you.

Here is another super discount, thanks to HP: you can buy both the HP dv6t and the HP Mini 110 for US$799 - a US$330 off the total price.

To get this discount just quote the coupon code NBW48735 at checkout when selecting both systems. This is valid until the 12th August only.

The fineprint: Valid for HP Home & Home Office (hpshopping.com) internet and call center purchases only. Coupon valid on first 100 redemptions, or while supplies last. Any unused portion will be forfeited. Each coupon code is limited to one usage per customer; one coupon code per checkout. Offer void where prohibited, taxed or restricted by law. Non-transferable. Not valid retroactively on previously purchased items. Not valid for any resale activity as defined by HP Home & Home Office Store. Coupons may not be used to purchase gift cards. Not valid on clearance sales. May not be permitted with certain bundle offers. Not valid on: Academic and Employee purchase programs, HP Employee purchase program, Refurbished products, Extended Service Plans. For complete coupon conditions, see "Coupon Information" in the "Customer Service" section at hpshopping.com
 
And remember to visit Back To School: Better Together giveaways for a lot more information on this back to school giveaways. make sure to bookmark that site so you know exactly when to enter each competition.







NBR introducing paywall - and blaming bloggers

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 16-Jul-2009 16:20

The National Business Review (NBR) has decided to implement a "paywall" according to its publisher Barry Colman.

The story is developing on Computerworld (no I am not going to give NBR link love today):


The National Business Review is planning to lock down around 20% of its web content for the first time from tomorrow.

In a notice to newsletter subscribers, NBR publisher Barry Colman says selected top stories will be available to paid subscribers only.

Colman writes the "madness" of existing media models has seen aggregators profit from the supply of free news copy. 

"Worse still the model has spawned a huge band of amateur, untrained, unqualified bloggers who have swarmed over the internet pouring out columns of unsubstantiated 'facts' and hysterical opinion," he writes.

"Most of these 'citizen journalists' don’t have access to decision makers and are infamous for their biased and inaccurate reporting on almost any subject under the sun (while invariably criticising professional news coverage whose original material they depend on to base their diatribes)."


I agree that a certain number of bloggers will parrot stories out of mainstream media. Also that some will have unsubstantiated "facts" and "opinions".

But no one owns the only true point of view, isn't that true?

The other way around is also true. Many times I've been asked by Geekzone users who had posted in our forums and had been contacted by journalists interested in getting more details so they can write stories for their newspapers . Many times I got a scoop and posted here in the blog, just to see it in the technology-dedicated pages of the MSM a few days later.

For example I think it's a great coincidence to have someone talking about IQ Test scams on Geekzone, and seeing a story about IQ Test scams in one of our two main newspapers about 45 days later...

Or the whole New Zealand DIA Internet censorship story - posted here last weekend and in other blogs and now showing up on NBR where they say:

"Bloggers have been immediately dubious about the Department of Internal Affairs’ new filtering programme, officially announced today." and also "Bloggers have noted that the $150,000 for the software only accounts for part of the extra $611,000 extra allocated to the DIA for online enforcement in the budget."

Obviously the NBR thinks bloggers can be good sources too...

UPDATE: Very good analysis with brilliant suggestion by Bernard Hickey.

UPDATE: It will fail.




Brand management is important

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 2-Jul-2009 08:53

What happens when your company has the rights to sell a product using a third party's branding, but use this other company's branding innapropriately?

You may ended up not having the product to sell at all...




Barcamp Auckland 2009 - register now

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 24-Jun-2009 15:11

Barcamp Auckland 2009 is happening 11th July 2009 - time to register for the event folks! You can also follow @barcampauckland updates on Twitter.






Geekzone Pizza Evening 2009 - Wellington

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 17-Jun-2009 17:14

Last year we moved around New Zealand (Wellington, Auckland, Christchurch and Napier), enjoying good times, pizza and beer with our readers - we even had some who actually attended all four events!

We are now getting ready to tour around the country again. Our first event is in Wellington. Again we will meet at the One Red Dog restaurante (Blair St, Courtenay Pl). More details are in this discussion on Geekzone.

Snapper is sponsoring the Wellington event. Yes, the pizza is free!

We still have space for drinks and prizes sponsorship, so contact me if you want to have your brand there.

Registrations open 18th June 3pm and registrations must be completed online. You must have Geekzone login to enter. Sign up on Geekzone now if you haven't got one.

The event is limited to 60 people so be quick. We are giving you warning now so you can book any travel you might need!

About the registration online: You have to enter your information, and click on a confirmation link sent to your email. IF YOU DO NOT CLICK ON THE LINK YOU WON'T RECEIVE THE FINAL CONFIRMATION EMAIL AND YOUR NAME WON'T BE ON THE LIST. FOLLOW ALL THE INSTRUCTIONS.



Geekzone plane on Air NZ competition

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 15-Jun-2009 16:50

Folks we have ten days to fill the plane and go in the draw to win 30 seats to fly WLG - AKL- WLG to attend an All Blacks game.

Join the Geekzone plane here.

UPDATE: This "plane" is now full and entered into the draw...



Geekzone Jobs forum updates

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 16-Apr-2009 18:35

Just a quick note about a couple of updates in our Geekzone Jobs forum... Until now most of the posts in that forum came from other Geekzone users looking for or offering a position.

But because of the current conditions we thought it would be cool to provide a bit more to our readers. So we partnered with CVB to automatically load their job listings into the Jobs forum.

I have also created a special Geekzone Jobs RSS feed that you can subscribe and see all the latest jobs openings.

Of course our users can continue to post in the forums as usual.



AT&T Pantech Matrix Pro smartphone giveaway roster

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 13-Apr-2009 08:45

Very soon we here at Geekzone will be participating with another 25 websites to give away an AT&T Pantech Matrix Pro smartphone - each, to our U.S.-based readers.

That's right, it will be 26 of those AT&T Pantech Matrix Pro, plus a US$100 gift card that you can use to top up your account.

To make it clear: we have 26 websites in this promotion, and each will give away one of these smartphones. Each site will run its own competition, so you can enter in as many of those sites you want, following their own rules.

What's so cool about this handset? Besides being a super fast 3G/HSDPA device, connected to the AT&T network in the U.S., it's a smartphone running Windows Mobile 6.1, with a bright screen, sliding keypad and keyboard:



You can see more about this smartphone here and here.

But even if you don't win in the competitions we are able to give you a special deal from AT&T exclusive to this promotion: buy an AT&T Pantech Matrix Pro and receive a free Jabra BT4051 Bluetooth headset.

I suggest you bookmark this page and come back here often to find which sites are running their promotion in which date. Better still, subscribe to each site's RSS feed so you can keep an eye for when the competition post comes live:

Tools for Thought (15-Apr 19-Apr)
ChipChick (16-Apr 20-Apr)
VivirLatino (17-Apr 21-Apr)
slashgear.com (18-Apr 22-Apr)
www.modaco.com (19-Apr 23-Apr)
Gadgetell (20-Apr 24-Apr)
GeeksRoom (21-Apr 25-Apr)
OSNN (22-Apr 26-Apr)
Techmamas (23-Apr 27-Apr)
Clintonfitch (24-Apr 28-Apr)
Justanothermobilemonday (25-Apr 29-Apr)
Geek.com (26-Apr 30-Apr)
MediaBlab (27-Apr 01-May)
Smartphonethoughts (28-Apr 02-May)
Mobilityminded (29-Apr 03-May)
The Gadgeteer (30-Apr 04-May)
Geekzone (01-May 05-May)
Techie Diva (02-May 06-May)
Bostonpocketpc (03-May 07-May)
GearDiary (04-May 08-May)
MobilitySite (05-May 09-May)
AbsoluteWindows (06-May 10-May)
Mobilejaw (07-May 11-May)
Experiencemobility (08-May 12-May)
HackCollege (09-May 13-May)
Gear Live (10-May 14-May)

PS: Make sure to check back frequently just in case the schedule changes...



Apple iPhone scam: buying fakes in New Zealand

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 12-Apr-2009 10:06

Last week I received an email from Tracey Forward (her story is now also showing up on Computerworld). Here are her words:


I am writing to warn your readers about the latest internet scam.  There is a website called buymore.co.nz  that sells well known branded mobile phones for discount/sale prices. I ordered an Apple 8G 8GB IPhone for the reduced price of $599.40. 

When it arrived a few days later I was surprised to see the shipping note in Chinese when it was a NZ website although this thought was quickly replaced with the excitement of my new phone.  However there was a significant part missing which made it impossible to insert a SIM card. 

I sent the website dozens of emails without any response.  There is no physical address or phone numbers available on the website.

Because of the delay, I took the phone to an Authorised Apple repairer only to be told that the phone was a fake.  Because of this, they nor any other repairer would be legally allowed to attempt repair. I am trying to channel my anger (towards myself and the situation) into preventing this from happening to anyone else.  I have informed the Police, Commerce Commission, Dept of Consumer Affairs, Consumer Institute, Chinese Embassy, Target and Fair Go.
 
I would be very grateful if you could publish this letter in order to prevent anyone else being stung for this enormous amount of money and disappointment. Regards
 
Tracey Forward


Be warned folks...



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