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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 ( 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 for a while, then it disappeared. Found it again through, 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

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..

Crowd Source

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 21-Jul-2006 11:11

I've first visited Cambrian House a month or so ago, and didn't pay much more attention to it since then. At that time I read about Cambrian House because they were the crazy folks who sent pizza to the Googleplex.

I read about crowd source before, and other companies experiences, including some articles on Wired, etc.

Today I read a post on Ivan's blog "Now here's an interesting idea with good tips on raising starting capital for your idea" and his comments are good, and a list of tips, from... Cambrian House.

This made me visit it again, and I plan to have a look around it for some more insights. You never know when you will need this knowledge, or how you can apply some to your own business, right?

What I expect from a hosting provider

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 20-Jul-2006 18:05

C'mon guys. You can do better than this... I am talking about ICONZ, the company hosting Geekzone.

I have just made a payment to ICONZ, on a bill I really don't think is fair. I am not going to delve into the technical details on why and how.

But what's not fair is their "customer service". I asked my "account manager" about this invoice as soon as it arrived, 14 days before the due date.

He didn't return my calls, my voice mails, my e-mails. It took him 12 days to answer my questions, with basically a "talk to the boss".

Which I did, but with not much results. Except for the first e-mail received from her (which was just a foward of the e-mail I had already received from the account manager), I did not receive a reply to my questions, all very pertinent to the case in point.

We are talking about a NZ$6700 invoice here. It is not like John Doe asking about his hobby site. And this is not an old accumulated account. It is a single month bill.

I would expect a lot more consideration from a provider when dealing with a customer paying a bill this size. Actually any customer, regardless of size.

Vodafone Palm Treo 750v

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 20-Jul-2006 11:42

Vodafone UK has posted a Palm Treo 750v webpage up now, so users can register their interest in the new device.

This is one of the models I talked about in my previous blog post "Vodafone is getting some hot smart devices in New Zealand". I was actually shown the device but couldn't talk much about it, but there it is.

We all know it's not an exclusive offer for Vodafone UK users, right? But I am not sure when it will be available in New Zealand, although the model I was playing with had a "Network test" label stuck on it.

The tip came from Conchango Blog.

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