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Kiwi Foo Camp (a.k.a. Baa Camp)

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 16-Nov-2006 09:39

Interesting times ahead. It looks like people are being invited around to participate in the local version of O'Reilly's FOO Camp (FOO as in Friends Of O'Reilly). Like the original FOO Camp, the Kiwi Foo Camp (a.k.a. Baa Camp) is an invitation only event, in an unconference style.

I'm not sure how this is going to work yet, but if it's anything like the U.S. version don't feel bad if you don't get an invitation this time around. According to the Foo organisers over there, each year they invite a different mix of people they know, people they'd like to know, and other crazy stuff.

Having said that, I am looking for someone willing to share accomodation - I've booked into the Walton Park Motor Lodge and the rooms seem to accomodate two, so if you are keen, contact me (after you have received your invitation and confirmed presence).

DinarSoft updates website

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 15-Nov-2006 22:15

There are two software I install on my Pocket PC as soon as they are ready to use: MagicButton and DinarSoft's MemMaid.

MagicButton is a very small task switcher, and free, while MemMaid is a great memory management software - perfect for cleaning up the Pocket Internet Explorer cache after a soft reset, or remove some unwanted stuff from your Pocket PC.

I've just noticed DinarSoft has updated their logo and webite. Worth a visit to check their range of software - TapText is a really cool tool to automate the process of entering text and strings into your e-mails and documents and HandySwitcher is an interesting task manager with lots more functions than MagicButton.

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 ( 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 with The Hive (, saying that the hive was a social site for developers, and the domain was for sale, linking to the (wrong) 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 is not the same as 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.


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

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