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Blogs are conversations. Really?

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 14-Nov-2006 13:26

Some people think blogs are conversations. But what happens when the conversation is broken? Mike Arrington's TechCrunch had a post about Microsoft's social site for IT professionals (aggreg8.com) and I think he broke the conversation at some point.

While I agree with Michael that aggreg8 is not ready for prime time, I have to disagree with a small, but interesting incident.

On this post's first version Michael compared aggreg8.com with The Hive (hive.net), saying that the hive was a social site for developers, and the domain was for sale, linking to the (wrong) Hive.com domain.

I posted a comment to his blog entry pointing out that The Hive is not for developers, but for Microsoft Community sites owners, and hive.net is not the same as hive.com. I asked for some fact checking before posting.

What happened? His post was changed, and my comment removed. Why my comment was removed? Because I asked for some fact checking before posts are done? C'mon. Helping accuracy shouldn't be rewarded with this.

Oh well, one less feed on my aggregator.



Viva Silicon Welly

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 14-Nov-2006 12:05

Some time ago I posted about Silicon Welly, a catchy name coined by the guys at Decisive Flow to put together what's going on in the city, in terms of business development, creativity, etc.

Well, put together seems to be the point, because Silicon Welly is live now... If you visit the site there's a welcome page, but if you click the link you are then redirected to this page with posts and links.

Silicon Welly

Interesting concept. Tim Norton, behind this work is also the guy driving the PlanHQ, Rod Drury's latest investment.






Microsoft Office 2007 available now on MSDN

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 13-Nov-2006 12:12

If you are a MSDN subscriber, head on to the site, log in and check the new downloads: Office Professional 2007 / Office Professional Plus 2007 / Office Ultimate 2007, and Office 2007 Desktop Programs.

You will need to start downloading those files (Office OneNote 2007 is 202 MB and Office Professional 2007 is 411 MB), burn the ISO images to a CD and request the proper keys.

Enjoy!





Sad, sad, sad Kiwi animation

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 12-Nov-2006 21:38

Kiwis cannot fly, we all know this. But one of those little cute birds try hard. The kiwi is New Zealand's national symbol. This story is very sad...



Microsoft Windows Vista RTM screenshots

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 11-Nov-2006 21:01

This is a sequence of Windows Vista RTM screenshots, for your enjoyment. Click each image for a larger version:
 
 







IBM Forum 06 presentations on-line now

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 9-Nov-2006 15:09

If you are interested, the presentations used during the IBM Forum 06 earlier this year are now available on-line.

The files can be downloaded from here.




Citywide/Metro wireless networks: RoamAD

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 9-Nov-2006 14:56

Just off the phone with RoamAD CEO Martyn Levy. First time talking to him, and it was very interesting. RoamAD supplies a wireless networking platform for converged wireless networks including citywide Wi-Fi networks, public safety networks, highway Wi-Fi corridors, surveillance / CCTV networks as well as general use networks.

The company is based in Auckland (here in New Zealand) but most of their business is conducted overseas, where they have supplied infrastructure and services to a number of businesses and city councils around the world - check their business case studies for some interesting reading (Perth and Arizona Highway are in there), as well some of their wins.

Martyn talked me through some of their capabilities, resources and a couple of projects. We also had a quick discussion about how airports could implement a wireless business model that actually benefits their own interests and those of travellers (hello Auckland International Airport!).

Very good chat for a first contact, I am looking forward to visiting them next time I am up in Auckland.




Windows Vista RTM

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 9-Nov-2006 09:18

That's the day. Windows Vista is now released to industry partners, who will finish the touches to have it ready for general consumer availability 30 January 2007. If you have a MSDN account, the RTM version of Windows Vista should be available for download in 7 days!

Video: Windows Vista JimAllchin RTM Announcement



Convergence Oceania 2007 wrap-up

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 8-Nov-2006 20:41

This year's Convergence Oceania (Auckland) was quite an interesting event. For the first time I walked around the show floor knowing more people than having to actually introduce myself. This was great - after three years attending the event (three times in Wellington and twice in Auckland) it means I am actually getting to a new networking level.

The event is organised by the Wireless and Broadband Forum New Zealand, and brings together the ICT industry, government entities and enterprise users on a single day with sessions, forums and a showcase of technologies.

During the day I had the opportunity to meet and greet people, introduce myself, introduce people I know to other people I know and create conditions for some businesses, plus lots of interesting talks with industry players.

Unlike previous years, this time the coffee cart wasn't sponsored by Vodafone New Zealand, but Willian Cass' aangel did a great service making sure everyone was full of caffeine.

The Telecom New Zealand stand was interesting, and I had a chance to play with their upcoming Telecom New Zealand Palm Treo 700wx, and compare it with my Vodafone Palm Treo 750v, both running Microsoft Windows Mobile OS. I noticed the CDMA version comes with a stub antenna, it uses a different grey coating (compared with the rubberised blue coat on the Treo 750v) and just a tad bigger buttons. I was promised one of these new handsets pretty soon for a review.

Nutshell's Ian Miller stopped by while I was comparing the Palm Treo models, and I ended up with one of their cases for these new models. Nutshell makes some very nice leather cases for PDAs and smartphones in general - but it's almost unknown here in New Zealand, even though he's based in Auckland.

I met Nick Robertshawe (Telecom d>zone), who arranged the Telecom sponsorship for our Geekzone 2006 event a few months back, and talked about the next event, what we're planning, etc. I also had a chance to introduce him to the guys at DayOut.co.nz, which has released one of the first .mobi domains in New Zealand, dayout.mobi.

I also had the chance to meet some Geekzone Forum visitors from within the Telecom ranks, but I can't say who is who, sorry.

Walking around I met Pat Kelly from APT, who showed me a couple of interesting devices - including an AnyData ADU-610WK HSDPA USB modem (which, unlike the vodem, can reach a maximum speed of 7.2 Mbps) and the Hantel WLL-HTT800F, a CDMA fixed line solution.

Steve Simms, from Tomizone was there, and I had a chance to explore a bit of this service. He was just back from the U.S. where Tomizone was being introduced. It basically allows users to share their broadband connection wirelessly, and charge for this. The router uses a special firmware, and the billing system is provided by Tomizone. You can have friends in a white list, who will be able to use the service for free, while everyone else will have access to the broadband connection for a fee. It sounds great if you live in a dense area and can put a wireless AP by the window, but it makes much more sense for someone who owns a food court or a cafe and don't have access to other brand services.

Mike Peachey from TradeQuotient showed me their mobile dispatch application, working on a browser and on compatible J2ME-enabled mobile phones. Tradespeople can receive service orders on their mobile, acknolwedge, start the clock and charge, all from the their handsets, with full support from the backend database. Very cool.

Leigh-Mardon had an interesting security application, the Cellular Authentication Token (CAT), enabling OTP (one time passwords) on mobile devices, including J2ME, Symbian and Windows Mobile clients.

For VoIP lovers, IT Net World was therem and James Baker showed me their Swix solution for hosted IP telephony based on Windows Server. The platform is vendor independent, and different licence types, for small/medium and large organisations. The whole thing integrates with the active directory and seemed very slick, including call handling, rerouting, voice-mail and many other PBX-like features.

Also there was Barry Williams, representing Renaissance and their products in New Zealand, including a new Asus Tablet PC, US Robotics Skype Phone, and a few other wireless products. It was through him that I found out that Palm is bringing the Treo 750v and Treo 700wx directly to the market with the operators (Vodafone New Zealand and Telecom New Zealand), with Renaissance disitrbuting the other Palm handhelds, and possibly in the near future the new Palm Treo 680.

I spent quite some time talking to InternetNZ's Communications and Research Officer, Richard Woods, who joined the organisation after having worked as a tech reporter for years. We discussed the current state of technology coverage in the MSM and blogs, and lots more. I ended up joining the Internet Society of New Zealand.

As I said before, Vodafone New Zealand wasn't there, but Dion Knill (Vodafone Head of Business Terminals) showed up to attend some sessions and we had a quick chat.

To complete the day, I got a ride back to the airport in the same cab as the InternetNZ crew, and scored an entry to the Air New Zealand Koru Lounge, courtesy of David Farrar, whom I met for the first time, albeit briefly.

It was a very full on day (flying in and out the same day) but worth the visit.





I've joined the Internet Society of New Zealand

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 8-Nov-2006 20:35

During the Convergence Oceania 2007 (more on this later) I had a chat with folks at the InternetNZ (Internet Society of New Zealand) and decided to join.

This is the basics:

InternetNZ, the Internet Society of New Zealand is a non-profit, non-governmental society formed to support and encourage the coordinated and cooperative growth of the Internet in New Zealand. Its individual and organisational members share a vision of an open and accessible network that benefits the wider community. The membership works with a variety of technologies to foster the development of the Internet and related aspects of a maturing information society in New Zealand.

Objectives:
  • To promote easily available access to the Internet for New Zealanders including fibre to every home.
  • To develop, maintain and disseminate standards for the Internet and its associated technologies and applications.
  • To develop effective administrative processes for the operation of the Internet in New Zealand.
  • To promote education and conduct research related to the Internet.
  • To represent the common interests of the wider NZ Internet community.
  • To support continued competitive provision of access to the Internet.


  • Let's see how this goes.



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