Since each additional usage blocks are charged at $2.95, their stats page says I owe them about $23,280 in excess usage:
I posted in our Geekzone forums and found I am not alone... Currently I am waiting for someone to answer my call...
UPDATE: I've managed to talk to the TCL help desk and they are aware of this. The official word is that this will not be charged to people's accounts.
UPDATE: I have received an e-mail from TelstraClear clarifying the situation and explaining the next steps.
Summer of Code 2.0 is an internship programme that gives Computer Science and Engineering students the opportunity to work in cool Tech companies over the summer. Students will gain on the job experience, get paid and learn from the best minds in the business about their knowledge on cutting edge technologies such as:
- Working in a Start-up
- High Volume Databases
- Distributed Computing.
- Mobile Development
- Ruby on Rails
Last year Summer of Code 2.0 was the biggest employer of IT students in Wellington. And now it's back bigger and better in'07.
That's cool... We have lots of plans for Geekzone, and come Summer you too can be part of the work here. Check the Summer of Code 2.0 website for more information.
The cool thing is that some have already implemented other "toys" with this API, including a mobile friendly page to monitor your Trademe auctions, a Google Gadget to list Tade Me auctions in iGoogle, and a cool widget to list Trademe auctions in your blog (below).
Since we released our own Geekzone Gadget for Windows Vista (below) I've been thinking of exponsig the API XML, so here it goes:
http://gadget.geekzone.co.nz/gadget_index.asp is the main XML file, with a list of forums, timestamp. To list each forum's discussions you can use the forumID and retrieve the RSS for each forum for example http://gadget.geekzone.co.nz/geekzone_forums_rss.asp?forumid=48
I know someone is working on an Apple Mac OS Dashboard widget. Anyone else interested in creating a mobile friendly version and perhaps a widget for iGoogle?
I just ask one thing: don't hammer the XML with requests every second... A good start is a ten minute cycle.
His talk was an overview of current mobility trends and technologies, including the rise of WiMax, the new 2.5GHz spectrum, Qualcomm's mediaFLO mobile TV and more.
We were introduced before the main event, and spent the better part of half an hour talking about mobile technologies, mobility and other topics related, even sailing (really).
Andrew told me he's just started his own blog, and it's worth checking it if you are interested in anything related to mobile technologies.
He's here in Wellington for a week, and today's meeting was a follow up from yesterday's full day Convergence Oceania 2007, where he was the keynote speaker.
And no annual fees. Of course. No time to pay fees. People are too busy eating pizza, drinking beer and playing WoW...
Only available in the U.S. though.
There are important differences between selecting phones as a business handheld and choosing a consumer device. Most consumers need only basic phone and messaging functionality; everything else is just frosting on the cake. Not so for business users. CIOs and their staff depend on smartphones to stay connected; in some cases, mobile devices keep their companies up and running. Depending on the organization, specific features beyond phone calls and e-mail are a necessary part of business.
Even when CIOs are willing to upgrade their architecture or buy new hardware, it pays to know the implications of launching a new device across the enterprise. Some devices don't support corporate e-mail services without specific mail servers. Some are designed to function with specific servers, so they work better with one than another.
If you're researching corporate smartphone deployment, the first thing you should do is assess the organization's needs, and thus create a sort of informal criteria for selecting a phone. Purchasing business phones without a clear idea of how the company will use them is like hosting a dinner party and offering only chopsticks as utensils, even though you're unsure if the main dish will be a porterhouse steak, fried chicken or sushi.
Second, assess your current IT architecture to identify the mail servers your organization uses (and the version thereof), as well as corporate mail clients, firewalls and other existing systems that may be affected by a smartphone deployment.
The comparison includes Research In Motion's BlackBerry Pearl 8100, Nokia's E62, Palm's Treo 750, and T-Mobile's Dash, through the eyes of four IT executives: Paul Roche, Network Services CIO; Stephen Ramsey, principal with Brulant; Hugh Scott, Direct Energy VP of IS; and Stacey Morrison, an aerospace industry deputy CIO.
So it's real world thing guys... And the results?
... if we had to vote with our own checkbooks for a business-class smartphone, the Treo 750 is our winner, with the Nokia E62 just a notch behind. Typing functionality, voice quality and Web features are arguably a smartphone's most important features. For us, what sets the Treo 750 apart from the others are its touch screen and stylus, high voice quality and 3G capabilities.
TSB Bank and Telecom have teamed up to trial New Zealand's first ATM Payphone kiosk. The kiosk will allow people "on the move" to do their banking and make phone calls from the same handy location.
Telecom National Payphone Manager Lisa Hope said "Telecom operates approximately 4,300 payphones in New Zealand and like payphone operators worldwide is seeking new ways to deliver value to customers."
"There are payphone operators internationally that operate ATM Payphone sites and there is evidence that these sites are popular with customers," Mrs Hope said.
Well perhaps somewhere else... But in New Zealand, where there is a huge penetration of cellular technology?
I can imagine someone going to the ATM to withdrawal some cash, and by the way "I will make a phone call here while a line is forming behind me".
But most importantly:
The ATM service features all current services provided via standard ATM's (sic) and has the most secure ATM technology available. Features include 3DES encryption, anti-skimming facia and card insertion and removal jitter.
Standard Telecom Payphone charges will apply for phone calls made from the ATM Payphone.
I feel safe already...
UPDATE: Added a picture as requested by sbiddle, and got a quote from Telecom New Zealand:
If you're wondering about the reasoning behind sticking an ATM on a payphone.... It enables TSB to get access to pre-existing high profile sites around NZ allowing them to expand their network easily, and the advantage for Telecom Payphones is that they get to share the site rental.
I just found another difference today. Can you spot it?
Easy: the Palm Treo 750v will have a Windows Mobile 6 update sometime later this year. The Palm Treo 700wx will not have a Windows Mobile 6 update. This is according to sources from Vodafone New Zealand and Telecom New zealand.
I've spoken to Martin once over Skype and met him briefly in Auckland before, but today I was given the full rundown on their services, including a demo of the remote administration tool used in the platform - including monitoring network nodes around the world.
This is very impressive technology, and I wonder why the Wellington City Council doesn't use some kind of mesh wireless network as part of their broadband plans for the region - I mean, we can't just have fiber, taking in consideration the local geography, access, etc.