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Caption the Ilium Software team and get some prizes

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 27-Jul-2006 09:38

Here is an opportunity for some fun and games: the Ilium Software team is running a caption contest over on their company blog.


Go over there and enter the caption in the comments and be in to win some software for your Windows Mobile or Palm device.

Just to make it clear, comments are disabled on this entry here, so you have to visit their blog to enter the competition.







Hooters Swimsuit Pageant in Las Vegas

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 26-Jul-2006 23:08

This post has absolutely nothing to do with technology. Or perhaps it has a lot, after all we are all geeks, right?

Michelle Nunes, representing the Hooters Hotel and Casino, was selected out of over 120 Hooters Girls from around the world to represent Hooters for the next year, as Miss Hooters International 2006. Among the many prizes and opportunities that accompany the crown, this Hooters Girl from Las Vegas will take home the first place prize of US$50,000 cash as well as be featured in Hooters Magazine, national marketing campaigns and TV commercials.

This year's Pageant was held at the Aladdin Casino's Theater of Performing Arts in Las Vegas. The judges included television personality Brooke Burke; Leeann Tweeden of "The Best Damn Sports Show," NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt Jr.; NBA Player and Sportscaster, John Salley; Rob Dibble from Fox Sports News "The Best Damn Sports Show"; Jerry Buss, owner of the LA Lakers; and Nick Valvano, CEO of The V Foundation for Cancer Research.


Michelle Nunes, Miss Hooters International 2006

The top five winners included: 1st Runner Up, Stacie Burns (representing Hooters.com), 2nd Runner Up Randi Jackson (representing Jacksonville, FL), 3rd Runner Up, Kat Longa (representing Miss September in the Hooters Calendar), and 4th Runner Up, Sarah Coggin (representing the Southwest). Rounding out the top ten finalists in no particular order are Ambar Martinez (representing Venezuela); Beverly Mullins (representing Brandon, FL); Natalie Pandorf (representing the Original Hooters in Clearwater, FL); Nicole Del Valle (representing Las Vegas) and Linsey Toole (representing Miss December in the Hooters Calendar).


The top 5 finalists from the 10th Annual Hooters International Swimsuit Pageant


Contestants from Australia, Taiwan, Germany, Canada, Venezuela, Mexico, Costa Rica and Guatemala traveled to Las Vegas to compete for over US$150,000 in cash and prizes. Trisha Gledhill, representing Calgary, Canada was selected from the international contestants to represent Miss Hooters World.

Ok, perhaps the only thing in common with technology is that Las Vegas is where the International CES 2007 (Consumer Electronics Show) is located? Back to the technology blogging now...




More impressive numbers: Windows Server 2003 for authentication in Korea

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 26-Jul-2006 20:31

I received a press release today which I wasn't going to post in the main Geekzone news section, but the numbers are just staggering, so I decided to quote it here in my personal blog:

Microsoft Corp. today announced that CJ Internet has successfully implemented Microsoft Windows Server 2003 64-bit edition to power its integrated user authentication system.  CJ Internet provides a leading online game portal in Korea and is one of the country’s top search portals.  The online game portal, called NetMarble, offers approximately 50 games to over 23 million members.  The new integrated user authentication system had to be able to scale easily and accommodate more than 25 million members.  It also had to be robust enough to handle concurrent access of up to 400,000 users.

CJ Internet embarked on the upgrade of the 32-bit integrated authentication system to a 64-bit based system after the number of users and traffic surpassed the company's projections last year and the capacity of the existing system.  As of March 2006, there were 270,000 concurrent users to NetMarble, a sharp increase of 35% from that of only three years ago.  With the upgrade of the server operating system, CJ Internet has transferred its integrated authentication service which operated based on pre-existing three servers to two 64-bit based machines, while changing the storage environment from Direct Access Storage (DAS) to Storage Area Network (SAN).

Microsoft's successful implementation of the 32-bit integrated authentication system in 2004 strongly influenced CJ Internet's decision to align their system upgrade with Microsoft's product release.  Not only did the Microsoft Windows Server 2003-based solution reduce excessive server downtime from 3 to 1.13 percent, it was also estimated that the previous system would save CJ Internet US$3.1 million per year. 

Korea leads in Asia-Pacific (excluding Japan) and accounts for more than 45 percent of the online game market according to IDC.


Just read the numbers again: 23 million members and more than 270,000 concurrent users on-line!






The Net Neutrality explained

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 24-Jul-2006 17:57

Here it is, the easiest way to understand the whole Net Neutrality debate, with John Hodgman, the guy that plays "Hi, I am a PC" in a series of Apple Mac ads: Some language may offend, but not much...



Vodafone brings Dr James Cantor to New Zealand

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 24-Jul-2006 15:40

The guys at Vodafone New Zealand brought into the country Dr. James Cantor (www.futureguru.com). The main event was a lunch here in Wellington, where Dr Cantor presented his views on future trends to an audience comprising mainly government officials involved in IT projects, and a minority of IT managers involved in other areas.

I am happy to have been invited to the main event (which was attended by about 120 people, I’d say), and also for a one on one chat with Dr Cantor, before the lunch.

Dr Cantor and I talked about our earlier experiences with Technology. He was, for example, part of the initial Apple’s Mac team, as part of the corporate marketing group. We had a bit of geek talk, about how technology changed in all these years since the initial Apple Mac project, how technology is so prevalent these days that it’s not a surprise to us (or anyone else) what possibilities it brings to life. How people accepts technology as a enabler of knowledge and wealth.

Dr Cantor being a futurist, of course I had to ask him about what trends are related to telecommunications, and mobility in general.

He made a point that currently the global economy is a non-location economy, and 2/3 of US and EU economy is driven by IT, nano, neuro, bio technologies. The wireless broadband can and should be used as an accelerator for the ubiquitous and innovative enterprise, helping it touch clients.

In terms of acceptance he commented that government (which seemed to be the main Vodafone focus during the whole event) is the slowest one to adopt the idea of non-location, followed by large enterprise, with SME being the quickest segment to start using wireless technologies.

So, what’s the wireless paradigm? Better solutions, wealth, new business models and market opportunities, a global market space, all facilitate by this non-location economy.

Of big impact on this is the organisational culture. Companies and government should be able to risks and experiment, posing low resistance to changes and opportunities.

What customer relationship areas companies should work on first? According to Dr Cantor, CRM (Client Relationship Management) is the first area that can benefit of a wireless paradigm. The main benefits would customer intimacy, responsiveness and business intelligence. Other areas that can benefit are supply chain and logistics. And government, of course.

You should think of this as “don’t sell me things, know me better and suggest things I might need”.

Dr Cantor goes as far to say that 25% of jobs should be redesigned on a wireless platform to be more effective.


The main event was a full of energy presentation, with Dr Cantor going through concepts, explanations, and some interesting ideas on how to use all this in the wireless field. Of course most of the examples were targeted at government in general, because this was the majority of the audience.

It was actually a very interesting chat, and I can't complain about the food served during the lunch afterwards either. I think it was (the whole thing) appreciated by everyone there.





Guy Kawasaki Art of Start: standing ovation

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 22-Jul-2006 21:25

Some of my friends, companions of the weekly geek meetup/coffee at Astoria are their own bosses. They work for themselves, and some are in a stealth mode, creating new platforms and frameworks from their ideas (that's you Peter!).

To them (and everyone else really), I recommend watching Guy Kawasaki's The Art of Start Video.

I know Peter is reading The Art of Start right now (he borrowed my copy last time he came around for dinner), and he's working his way through the maze trying to find funding for his idea.

Worth watching, worth reading the book.





Bill Gates Goes to College (Napoleon Dynamite)

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 22-Jul-2006 20:42

This video was shown during the Microsoft PDC 2005. It was available on Longhornblogs.com for a while, then it disappeared. Found it again through ifilm.com, so better watch this now, before it's taken down again: FYI, this is based on Napoleon Dynamite.



Sony UX Micro PC against the TabletKiosk eo UMPC

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 22-Jul-2006 11:58

Last night Darryl Burling and wife joined us for dinner, and of course he had to bring his spanking new TabletKiosk eo UMPC. That was a great move, because just yesterday I got hold of Sony's VAIO UX Micro PC, their ultra small mobile little PC running Windows XP.

We did some comparison (heck, most of the time we spent playing with devices!) and I took a couple of pictures, one of which is below:


The Sony Vaio UX Micro PC will be in our review pages soon. But just so you know: it's a 1.2GHz Intel CPU, with 512MB RAM and 30GB HDD. Count a sliding keyboard, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi, plus USB ports, Compact Flash PC card slot and Memory Stick slot - and it's not much bigger than a Pocket PC.







Saturday morning gift: Windows Vista Beta 2 DVD and Product Guide

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 22-Jul-2006 10:48

It's Saturday here in New Zealand already, and I have just received a parcel coming from the Microsoft Global Technical Support Centre, Taiwan.

The package brings "The Windows Vista Product Guide" and a DVD box containing two discs (Windows Vista Beta 2 32-bit (x86) and Windows Vista Beta 2 64-bit (x64)) plus an information card with a Windows Vista Product Key.


Nice presentation guys! The book is a 300 page manual with all you need to know about Microsoft Windows Vista, with the following sections:

1.Introduction to Windows Vista
2.Windows Vista Edition
3.For All Users
4.For Home Users
5.For Business Users
6.For IT Professionals
7.Appendix

The foreword says:

The windows Vista Product guide provides a comprehensive overview of the innovative features and functions that make Microsoft Windows Vista the next-generation Windows client operating system and successor to Windows XP. This guide also provides information about the benefits Windows Vista offers diverse users, as well as information about the different editions (SKUs) available.


Good one. I am not sure but I think this is the package all people registered for the Beta 2 will receive.



Weekly geek meeting at Astoria

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 21-Jul-2006 12:05

This week's meeting at Astoria Cafe (Midland Park, Wellington) was quite an exciting one. I tend to meet people from all companies, sometimes back to back from 1pm through 5pm in my Wednesday stop at the Astoria Cafe.

You know the drill: I bring my tablet PC so I can work from there connected to Telecom NZ Hotspot (which is free for mobile broadband users until end of August 2006) or Cafenet (which is not giving a good signal lately). While I drink coffee or munch through some lunch a string of IT people will come and go, for a good chat and geek stuff all around.

But back to this week's meeting. We had to join two tables, to accomodate all the gadgets around and it actually looked like a Microsoft MVP meeting.

We had myself with my Toshiba M205 tablet PC and Windows Mobile Pocket PC Phone Edition (Mobile Devices MVP), Craig Pringle with his Motion LS800 tablet PC (MVP Tablet PC), Chris Auld with his Windows Moble Smartphone (MVP Mobile Devices), Nick Randolph with his Windows Mobile Pocket PC Phone Edition (Embedded MVP), and Darryl Burling with his spanking new eo UMPC (Microsoft New Zealand)!

We had a good talk about Darryl's new UMPC, compared sizes with the Motion LS800, talked about the next Windows Mobile User Group activities, the creation of an Auckland Windows Mobile User Group, apparently managed to convince Nick to install Vista on his laptop, and overall had some good time.

We also found out that my Victorinox man bag is the ideal size for the eo UMPC, and Darryl dashed to Kirk's afterwards to look for a Victorinox addition to his list of geek stuff.

I really enjoy these meetings, a lot of disconnected talk, people throwing different ideas, all good stuff. And we have to be quite loud sometimes because it's a busy cafe.

This week we missed Peter Torr Smith (I still owe him a cigar!).

Care to join us? Contact me or post a comment..





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