Walking around Lower Hutt last week I managed to get a picture with my Pocket PC. The interesting thing is this building looks exactly like a training centre we had in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Perhaps Burroughs used a single design for all its buildings?
Burroughs is a good old memory. My first job, back in 1984 was in development on a couple of B6900 mainframes (6 MB RAM each), and my first LINC training was on a B1714 (64 KB RAM, dual CPU). The B6900, follow up to the B6500 series was ahead of its time...
I kid you not the two B6900 had about 120 terminals (Poll Select) connected, some via satellite at 1200 bps.
In 1986 Burroughs bought Sperry Corporation and created Unisys. Incredible, a company with more than 120,000 employees, the number two in the computer industry, and today it's unusual to meet someone that knows about Unisys. The company has since reduced in size a lot. I joined Unisys in 1989 (Unisys Brasil, Unisys New Zealand), and left in 2005, to run Geekzone full time.
Of course, by the time I left Unisys we talked about mainframes running multiple OSes, including Windows Server and Linux in the same hardware, and more. But this is another story.
If you know about this building, of have some memories from Burroughs, Sperry, Unisys (good or bad), post a comment here.
UPDATE: I have posted some Burroughs and Unisys videos in a new blog post.
I have installed Day of Defeat, Counter-Strike, and I am now installing Age of Empiress III, plus the WarChiefs expansion pack (pictured). Next will be Diablo II: Lord of Destruction. I wonder if it runs ok on Windows Vista.
But Hadley tells me I have to invest on Supreme Commander.
Time for some fun and games...
The following short movie shows how a page is rendered first in a completely zoomed out state. When you press the Action button the grey area will help you focus what area to zoom in and clicking the Action button again will enlarge that area.
Notice how the content is blurry after zooming in. Like some mapping technologies only the content needed to fill the screen is downloaded and cached, so the blur will go after a couple of seconds after you move to a new area in the page, giving way for a much better picture.
The product is currently on a semi-open beta. IT appears all the allocated slots for beta testers are taken, but you can register your interest on the research site.
Video: Microsoft Deepfish on Palm Treo 750v
Reaserch firm Nielsen//NetRatings has just released the results of a its new "Online Retail Monitor", a continuous study of New Zealand's on-line market. The results show just strong the New Zealand market is for online shopping.
According to the press release sent out today, in a month-long period over December 2006 to January 2007, 66% of adult New Zealand internet users made a purchase online and 95% researched goods or services via the internet.
These are very high numbers when taken in comparison with a similar study conducted in Australia where 54% made a purchase online in the lead up to Christmas, and 87% researched goods or services online,.
It seems New Zealanders are also spending on-line a lot more than . The average amount spent online was NZ$774 for the measured period, whilst in Australia the December figure was NZ$649.
When asked if these dollars figures included on-line auction transactions, Tony Boyte, Senior Analyst for Nielsen//NetRatings, confirmed that yes, this activity is included.
What would be interest to see is how much of this dollar figure is generated from Trademe alone. In January 2007 the auction web site alone was responsible for attracting 26% of unique users browsing the Internet in New Zealand, while generating 62% of the number of page impressions for all sites monitored by Nielsen//NetRatings.
The study tells us the most popular single item of purchase was tickets for flights. Mr Boyte explained: “Purchasing online is being more and more encouraged by airlines and booking agencies, and the results are very evident. The popularity of online flight bookings at this time may also be a result of people starting to plan their year ahead, including of course their holidays”.
It would be interesting to see if you have numbers for comparison with other countries, not only Australia.
Here is the 101 Fantastic Freebies, broken out into 23 categories:
Google Desktop (winner)
Copernic Desktop Search
Windows Desktop Search
Yahoo! Desktop Search
Windows XP Tweaks
Fresh UI (winner)
Microsoft PowerToys for Windows XP
Tweak and Tune
Windows Vista Tweaks
TweakVI Basic (winner)
Instant Messaging, Voice, and Video
AVG Anti-Virus Free
Microsoft Windows Defender
Spybot Search & Destroy
VLC Media Player (winner)
Google Picasa (winner)
StudioLine Photo Basic
Microsoft Photo Info
GIMP-GNU Image Manipulation Program
Email for Free
Microsoft Windows Live Mail
Backup and File Synchronization
Everyday Auto Backup
Office Productivity Software & Services
Google Docs and Spreadsheets
TweakNow RegCleaner Standard (winner)
Clean My Registry
Belarc Advisor (winner)
Google Personalized Home
Google Blogger (winner)
Microsoft Windows Live Spaces
AOL People Connection
Active Web Reader
Tristana RSS Reader
MCE RSS Reader
Web Video Site
NoteTab Light (winner)
Multimedia Tools and Toys
Free iPod Video Converter
PSP Video 9
Google Apps for Your Domain (winner)
Microsoft Office Live
The pilot of a Lan Chile Airbus A340, which was travelling between Santiago, Chile, and Auckland, New Zealand, notified air traffic controllers at Auckland Oceanic Centre after seeing flaming space junk hurtling across the sky just five nautical miles in front of and behind his plane about 10pm last night.
"Auckland is talking to (an) Aerolineas Argentinas (pilot) who is travelling (in the) opposite direction at 10 degrees further south asking if they wish to turn back to Auckland.
"They have elected to carry on at the moment.
A spokesman for Airways New Zealand, which provides air navigation services across airspace known as the Auckland Flight Information Region, confirmed the incident this morning.
He said it occurred about 10 minutes after the Lan Chile flight had entered the Auckland Flight Information Region.
Airways New Zealand had been warned by Russian authorities almost two weeks ago that a satellite would be entering the earth's atmosphere sometime today between 10.30am and midday NZ time (6.30-8am WA time).
That is scary. But it also makes me think... With all the current paranoia, if a disaster happened because of this, wouldn't people be quick to start rumours?
Go ahead, read our review on Geekzone, and then enter the competition. It's open to everyone, in New Zealand or not.
It should be a lesson to all leaders. A must read to all lawmakers.
Since that post I wrote a Vodafone 1210 review and after that I received a few requests on instructions on how to unlock this smartphone.
For all of you who have been waiting for this, Vodafone was listening and they have just sent me a firmware upgrade developed by ASUS, allowing self signed certificates to be installed on this device.
The upgrade software currently does not work on Windows Vista, but it should be ok on Window XP.
Also, if you haven't read the review yet, Vodafone has posted a comment there, confirming an update for Windows Mobile 6 should be avaialble for this device mid-2007.
Good move guys!
Until now I had the impression that the encryption keys were stored on the device only, and if you hard reset it or had a problem you wouldn't be able to read the memory card on another device.
But reading this most interesting Windows Mobile Storage Card Encryption FAQ I found out that you can actually store the