Someone found out The Warehouse is importing South African-made Nespresso-compatible capsules, so I decided to stop by and compare.
TL;DR? Half price, but you can taste the difference. Read more in the Geekzone discussion with more pictures.
Not the first time I post a comment here on this blog or Twitter and someone comment with a "You have a large audience and shouldn't be spreading ideas such as this" or "You have a position of influence so you shouldn't post this".
This mainly happens when the person posting the reply doesn't agree with the idea I have just posted or have a business interest that conflicts with the idea.
The way I see those comments they are something like "I don't like what you are saying and because you have a large audience that could believe you I rather you not posted it online".
Think about it for a second. My audience or my position of influence is not an automatic gag order if one disagrees with me.
The last example came after I posted a tweet:
Found application performance monitoring app. Requires Java. *NOT in my server*- Mauricio Freitas (@freitasm) November 18, 2012
In my ops world I follow a good rule: less is better. If I have the option of running something without having to add more to my stack on the server, I will. If I have to add anything to the server, it needs to be really good to justify a spot in the box. And in my books there's nothing great (at the moment) that would make me install JRE on my servers.
So I got a reply:
@freitasm It's your right not to run Java if you wish. But you have a position of authority and IMO should be engaged in spreading FUD.- Paul LeBeau (@paullebeau) November 19, 2012
I guess Paul wanted to say "shouldn't be engaged". But you get the point.
This week I got confirmation of another sponsor for our Geekzone Freeview Pizza 2012: HP is coming to the party, with three HP mini laptops to giveaway, one for each of the events. Not only received the confirmation, I have already received the laptops:
We have been running these pizza evenings for the last six years, always with great sponsors. These are not geeky evenings, but a time where some of our users can get to meet each other, and put some faces to names and avatars. As in previous years we know of some Geekzone users flying to attend all three events (Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch) - I will be hosting all three so looking forward to seeing everyone around.
We are still open to other prize sponsors, as usual!
Yes, it's true. The Twitpic crowd has launched heello.com. You can find and follow me at heello.com/freitasm.
A friend sent me a box via FedEx. She's in Hawaii, where FedEx must have a hub. I think so because every time I track a FedEx parcel coming to New Zealand it goes through Honolulu before landing in Auckland.
When she sent me this parcel from her home state I thought "great, this will be even faster than other parcels coming from one of the other continental states". Just look at the picture, and you will see how wrong I was:
Yep, from Hawaii, to two different locations in California, then back to Hawaii before coming to New Zealand. What a waste of time there. I guess it will not make it to the estimated delivery date, FedEx?
At the time of this post the death toll is confirmed at 98, but there is still work to be done, rescue operations in progress, so final numbers are unknown.
This list was updated 25th February 11:06 am (NZDT).
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Government help line: 0800 779 997
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Other online resources:
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LivingAirSpace (shared office space, in Wellington, Sharespace.co.nz listing)
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Mobile operators are requesting people to use mobile phones for emergency and essential calls only. Networks can easily be overloaded. Users should rely on SMS for short messages, status update. Telecom New Zealand confirmed there are free WiFi hotspots at Telecom Riccarton Mall, Cafe Zero Cashmere Road + Westpac Centre Addington. If you're in Christchurch, conserve your mobile battery and change your voicemail to let people know you're safe.
Orcon is making landline calling in and out of South Island free until 25th February 2011 midnight.
Orcon network status (network status and general information on communication tools)
Telecom New Zealand Earthquake page (general information on communication tools, from 3am on Wednesday 23 February, 280 payphones in and around Christchurch will be have free calling for local, national and mobile calls)
Telecom New Zealand Facilities Finder (where to find WiFi hoptspots, free payphones, etc)
TelstraClear Christchurch Earthquake information (network updates)
TelstraClear Christchurch Earthquake Staff Support (for staff and families, TelstraClear staff in CHC can call 0508 633423 to check in)
Tomizone (Free WiFi Hostpots for at least next week)
Vodafone New Zealand Christchurch Earthquake Support (network status and general information on communication tools)
WorldxChange (network status and general information on communication tools)
Zenbu WiFi (check availability of WiFi hostposts by entering "Christchurch" in "Show zones" search box)
An email is going around asking recipients to act as intermediary to receive donations, with a 10% cut. This is a scam, as advised by the Ministry of Consumer Affairs.
An interesting sequence of events started here earlier this week. I received an unexpected box, posted from Dunedin, apparently from one "Olga Fiedo". Inside the box a small clay ornament, with a numbered card.
I don't know Olga Fiedo, and search attempts didn't return anything meaningful.
But this morning I got a phone call. Someone asked for "Olga Fiedo". It seems this person also got a box from this mysterious "Olga Fiedo". With my phone number in the sender details.
Now curious, I looked at the box I received earlier this week and noticed that the phone number in the recipient details was not from Dunedin, but a Wellington area number. So I called that number and reached a family voice mail. No "Olga Fiedo" in the welcome message though, only mum, dad and two kids.
It's obvious now that whoever sent this wanted people to call each other, and spread the name - or get curious about it. As I posted to my Twitter, ok Olga, I'm listening...
Do you know Olga Fiedo?
I will take a break from my on going technology theme and get into something that is dear to (almost) everyone in technology: coffee. I like to drink coffee, mostly espresso - which in New Zealand is sometimes called short black, but in some places ordering an espresso can just give you a ristretto.
Anyway, I used to have an espresso machine at home but lately I have been converted to Nespresso machines. The coffee is actually good, consistent in results and very easy to use. Nespresso uses aluminium capsules filled with coffee grounds, and there are many varieties to choose from. Here is one Nespresso machine (there are many different models) and a capsule:
A lot of people don't like the Nespresso. Many say the coffee in the capsule is stalled and old, but I am not sure many of the critics actually tried the coffee. We don't have a Nespresso store in New Zealand but next time you are in Sydney (King St), stop by their shop there and ask for a free sample.
Anyway, this is not about the Nespresso, but how I posted on my Twitter about making coffee and someone offered me a free trial of their AeroPress Coffee and Espresso Maker, available in New Zealand through the NZShop.
The AeroPress looks like the well known French Press (or plunger), but it's not. The main difference is that while you let the coffee sit for minutes on a plunger, with the AeroPress you extract it pretty much straight away, creating pressure with a device that looks like a. syringe.
Making coffee is easy: insert a paper filter in the base, use the measure spoon to add ground coffee (in my case I used L'Affare Primo), pour hot water (not boiling), stir for ten seconds, then apply pressure for twenty seconds. Yes, that's it, just check the pictures:
The final picture shows the espresso out of a Nespresso machine on the left and the AeroPress coffee on the right side.
The resulting coffee is good, strong as expected and not too bitter as some espresso. But you won't have any crema on top - some say an espresso will always have crema, so I wouldn't call the coffee out of the AeroPress an espresso, while the manufacturer obviously says it is. Also note because of the size of the device you can't extract directly to a demitasse. I personally drink espresso with nothing else - not even sugar, so I prefer to drink from a demitasse.
Final word: quicker than plunger coffee, stronger but not quite an espresso. Worth having for that quick fix if your office doesn't have a coffee machine.
If you have any information about missing girl Aisling Symes you can contact the New Zealand Police on 0800 4 247 5464 (download pdf poster). The Help Find Aisling Symes website provides more information, videos and pictures that can help you identify the missing two years old.
Aisling Symes went missing on Monday 5th Otober 2009.
You can also join a Missing Aisling Symes Facebook group and spread the links so your friends are aware of this.
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