Jason Dunn has posted a note on his personal blog ("Thoughts Media Server Falls Down, Goes Boom") with the explanation:
Since I can’t update any of my “real” sites, here’s the scoop: our main server is seriously messed up. It appears to be some sort of database corruption, but running MySQL repairs doesn’t seem to have helped. My limited Linux knowledge is a handicap here - beyond a few basic commands I’m more or less useless. All my volunteer server techs are offline/away/MIA, so I’ve just reached out to a Linux-guns-for-hire company and hopefully they can get things up and running soon.
This is the first clue:
If you don't know yet, this is all related to a game called The Vanishing Point going on right now, with answers to be revealed sometime soon.
There are lots of good information on the Vanishing Point Wiki, a summary on Technronical and a very long thread on Neowin.
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It's interesting how some posting a comment here can't do something as simple as follow the rules by entering a valid e-mail address, but at the same time try to appear as righteous?
The details are:
UP New Years Event - Bloggers predictions for 2007
When: 25 January 2006, at 5:30 for a 6:00 start
Where: Creative HQ, at 25 Marion Street, Wellington
And here is the pitch:
We've asked Wellington's best bloggers to gaze into the future and tell us what the big news will be in the next twelve months. The wisdom of their prognostications will astound you—or make you laugh, at the very least.
The blogger who makes the best predictions — as voted by the audience — will be crowned UP Visionary of the Year for 2007, and receive an official certificate, a beautiful tiara [crown?], and full bragging rights… at least until 2008, when we will vote again on whether to revoke their title.
David Farrar, of Kiwiblog fame,
Tom Beard, Wellingtonista's "Blogger of the Year" for 2006,
Mauricio Freitas, the Geekzone Guy,
Philip Fierlinger, self-confessed Blog Junkie
Mike, carrying the hopes and dreams of the UP Exec
Each blogger will make 3 to 5 predictions.
Preditions will be in the following categories: Gadgets & Games,
The Internet, Business & Telecom[munications], Technology, Wellington & NZ.
Predictions made by blog readers in comments are allowed, but must be credited.
Cheating—by using insider knowldge, in-depth simulations, latent psychic powers, reasoned analysis, alcohol, ouija boards, etc— is strictly encouraged.
The last bit is important... So if you think you have a vision of the future of blogging, and it happens in 2007, then drop a comment here or contact me.
PS. If your name is not linked, I sincerely apologise - I simply can't find your blog right now, so please drop me a note and I will update the links.
The package has been in the country for four days now, in the bonded warehouse for three days, plus one day in Auckland.
I am also told that even though this box is sitting on a depot 20 minutes from here, even if an agent from Auckland releases it, the chances of having this delivered today are very slim.
Let's see: long New Year holiday from tomorrow, no deliveries until next Thursday... A week from now!
This morning CourierPost delivered a package with a device to be reviewed, posted two weeks ago from Sydney, Australia. Sydney is only 4 hours from Wellington!
There you go, this is the cost of doing business in this country.
Here's the list:
- In 1985 I was attending a course on 4GL on Burroughs B Series mainframes. Being the only person there who had ever used an Apple II, TRS 80 or CP/M-based computer, I told the other attendees to keep an eye on dBASE, and we should think of replacing some of the green terminals with smaller computers for some tasks. Everyone looked at me like "good lord, he's only 18 - these things are toys and he doesn't know it yet". Time changed everything.
- I moved to New Zealand from Brazil, thanks to a job transfer. After working eight years for Unisys Brasil I joined Unisys New Zealand for another eight years, before leaving to work full time on Geekzone. I was with the Unisys Communications practice for about 10 years in total.
- The last two years before moving to New Zealand I spent flying between Londrina and Sao Paulo for a couple of projects, every week. One Friday evening I arrived back home and tried to start my motorcycle. It wouldn't start, because my Siberian Husky (yes, in Brazil!) ate all its cables (including brakes, accelerator) and lots of other bits, rendering it unusable for the next couple of weeks.
- I like good food. Brazilian food, in special feijoada or churrasco made with picanha is great, but Italian food will tip the balance too. And coffee.
- My first PDA was a US Robotics Pilot (the name Palm Pilot came after this first model), back in 1995. I've used all their models up to the Palm m515, then I switched to the Handspring Visor Prism. The reason for that was the Visorphone GSM Springboard module to transform the PDA into a PDA Phone. This was my last Palm OS handheld, because I switched to Windows Mobile soon after.
I am tagging Juha Saarinen, Russell Brown , Jason Dunn, Chris Leckness, and Long Zheng.
I want to learn of interesting places in New Zealand, so make sure to post your entry there... We will close the thread 4th January 2007. Be quick, and good luck!
DHL: Welcome to DHL Express, how may I help you?
Me: Hi, I am expecting a parcel coming from the US but it shows as on-hold, could you please check why?
DHL: Oh, it arrived without a manifest. Do you have the invoice?
Me: No, sorry, this is sent from another company, not mine.
DHL: Well, we have to find the box in the warehouse to grab a copy of the invoice. This may take a few more days.
Me: No chance of this being delivered tomorrow then?
DHL: No, sorry, we have to find the paper and send through customs then release to the courier for delivery.
Me: Hmmm, today is Thursday and with New Year this will be delivered next Thursday then?
DHL: If we find the box.
Me: Ok, so the box has been in New Zealand for three days but you don't have it?
DHL: We have to find the box to get the invoice and send through customs. Sorry for the delay.
Me: Riiiight... Thanks.
Well, I doubt DHL people reads blogs (I never heard of any DHL blogger or alike), but here it is. Three days in a bonded warehouse and they can't find a box!
A lot of people around the world are getting these. I don't have a list but I know that it includes well-known bloggers, and blogs that reach a smaller niche.
Robert Scoble linked to Scott's laughingsquid (one of the recipients), who in turn linked to Australian Long Zheng, who links to a lot of other bloggers (including me, thanks!) and got into digg and Slashdot as "Microsoft bribing bloggers with laptops".
Some bloggers are saying "Bribe". What's the Slashdot crowd saying? "Bribe"... What's the MSM saying? "Bribe".
They all point to Microsoft, but forget to say this is something between AMD, Microsoft and Acer. Of course they always have to point to the bigger one of the three. They forget to say though that only Microsoft could pull this one off. Which other company could reach that many bloggers, journalists and influentials around the world, in a single move? I don't imagine people getting so hot about this issue if it was an initiative by Apple or Sun.
The "influentials" are welcome to keep or return the laptops. They can disclose or not.
My option was to keep and disclose. I've already mentioned it here. I maintain my independence by making it clear which companies are sponsoring this review unit. The same way people know I have an account with both Telecom New Zealand and Vodafone New Zealand so as not to show a preference for one or the other.
This is no different from freelance journalists getting free flights to Taiwan to attend the IDF. Or being sponsored to attend the PDC. Or attending the CES and receiving a laptop bag from Toshiba, or going to ShowsStoppers and receiving a bag with goodies from the exhibitors.
Get over it folks! Go read Scobble's latest post on this: "I think the Microsoft Vista giveaway is an awesome idea".
Incredible how a marketing campaign can get this "viral". Want it or not, people are talking, and this is good for them.
By the way, the laptop comes with a puzzle, which is the key to access The Vanishing Point - lots of answers to the puzzle and more at this Vanishing Point Wiki.