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The browser is less important - what you do is more important

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 20-Jun-2009 10:17

Every few weeks I receive a few emails that are clearly intended to one of the large telcos in New Zealand. Topics range from "I've asked something from your customer service but nothing happened" to "I want to pay my account number #, using my credit card number #" (yes, people just send their credit card numbers to me!).

I have a theory about this. It's likely that a lot of people have Google (or any other search enghine) as their home page and never heard of "Address bar". Instead they enter "Vodafone" or "Telecom" into the search field on their home page, hit enter and click on the first name (or one of the top) in the results page.

Last week Google went around in New York city asking "What's a browser". This would explain what I have just told you:

Another thing to note is that not knowing exactly what is a browser is not something related to age. Lots of young people show there's no age distinction when it comes to tools and actions.

Also note that at 1:22 the guy says he's switched to Firefox - actually his friend came over and "erased all my other browsers and told me to use this now" and behind him there's a big billboard saying "I'm a PC"...

Geekzone Pizza Evening 2009 - Wellington

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 17-Jun-2009 17:14

Last year we moved around New Zealand (Wellington, Auckland, Christchurch and Napier), enjoying good times, pizza and beer with our readers - we even had some who actually attended all four events!

We are now getting ready to tour around the country again. Our first event is in Wellington. Again we will meet at the One Red Dog restaurante (Blair St, Courtenay Pl). More details are in this discussion on Geekzone.

Snapper is sponsoring the Wellington event. Yes, the pizza is free!

We still have space for drinks and prizes sponsorship, so contact me if you want to have your brand there.

Registrations open 18th June 3pm and registrations must be completed online. You must have Geekzone login to enter. Sign up on Geekzone now if you haven't got one.

The event is limited to 60 people so be quick. We are giving you warning now so you can book any travel you might need!

About the registration online: You have to enter your information, and click on a confirmation link sent to your email. IF YOU DO NOT CLICK ON THE LINK YOU WON'T RECEIVE THE FINAL CONFIRMATION EMAIL AND YOUR NAME WON'T BE ON THE LIST. FOLLOW ALL THE INSTRUCTIONS.

Geekzone plane on Air NZ competition

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 15-Jun-2009 16:50

Folks we have ten days to fill the plane and go in the draw to win 30 seats to fly WLG - AKL- WLG to attend an All Blacks game.

Join the Geekzone plane here.

UPDATE: This "plane" is now full and entered into the draw...

Power to change: the environmental impact of computing

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 9-Jun-2009 18:34

Earlier this week I posted about HP's Power to Change campaign in our Geekzone news section. This morning (5am!) a group of bloggers attended a conference call with the HP team in the U.S. responsible for this campaign and a communications channel was open that allows us to provide feedback to the team.

One of the initiatives of this campaign is a Adobe AIR-based (read: platform independent) widget that can run while you are logged in and will monitor your PC usage in terms of hours. You can then send daily feedback in terms of how many hours your PC is running every day - and in return the widget shows some update statistics in terms of environmental impact of changes, including the amount of energy saved and carbon emissions reduced.

A 2004 study for example shows that 64% of business desktop users and 24% of laptop users do not switch off their PCs at the end of the days.

HP employees are involved in this program using intranet to distribute information, updating country websites to reflect the program, distributing stickers, internal videos, and more. HP is also running a Power to Change blog.

So what's in here for us?

First I invite you to download the Power to Change widget.

Then check some of these resources:

• Main resource page on HP environmental initiatives:
• Energy tips for computing:
• Environmental videos:

And last post here what you or your company are doing to change the way you use computing to reduce the environmental impact. Things like distributing internal information, asking employees to turn off their PCs when leaving the office, using virtual environments to run multiple servers, going through technology refreshes replacing old equipments with modern version, etc.

You can also post suggestions here (or in our forum discussion). Everything you post here I am happy to relay back to HP.

So, what are you doing?

Register for .Net Code Camp Wellington now

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 9-Jun-2009 08:22

This weekend we have the .Net Code Camp in Wellington. The event is happening 13 - 14 June 2009, 9am to 5pm in the Whitireia Community Polytechnic, Porirua.

This is a cool gathering for .Net developers in New Zealand. Topics inlcude "ASP.NET MVC", "Building Composite Solutions with Microsoft Products", "Code Contracts", "Object Relational Mapping","Programming for the Microsoft Sync Framework", "What's Happening in .NET Languages" and "Zero to Practical Silverlight in 60 Minutes".

Another new topic this year is the "Introduction to iPhone Development" session.

Have a Telecom voucher? Check Vodafone...

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 6-Jun-2009 10:33

I just saw a Google Ad on Geekzone telling readers that Vodafone New Zealand is honouring Telecom's XT Network vouchers (conditions apply of course):

Got a Telecom voucher for $299? The Vodafone Online Shop is happy to accept these when you switch to Vodafone and sign up for a 24 month Talker or TXTer plan. We'll give you $299 off the standard RRP price of any mobile (excluding the iPhone). Naturally, some terms and conditions apply, see below for details.

More details on Vodafone XT Voucher page.

Ffunnell on TV3

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 6-Jun-2009 08:43

Some of you have known about Ffunnell, an advertising network comprising New Zealand's largest independent publishers - Geekzone, Kiwiblog, PublicAddress, Pundit, Scoop, Throng...

Scoop's Alastair Thompson was on TV3 yesterday explaining a bit of Ffunnell. Click the image to see the video on Scoop.

Telecommunications Summit 2009

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 3-Jun-2009 10:57

Just got an invitation to attend the Telecommunication Summit, in Auckland 23rd and 24th June 2009.

Looking forward to meeting some of you there.

Advertising on line is more effective than cinema?

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 2-Jun-2009 09:57

Last weekend we decided to go see a movie. The movie was scheduled for 2:30pm, but the theatre was closed for cleaning until 2:35pm...

We started walking in to take our seats - we were the first couple in - and the pre-roll ads were... rolling already. Cadbury Eyebrows was just at its last ten seconds or so...

The cinema had to show the ads, even if no one was there to actually watch them.

And that made me think how companies still put money into some advertisers that don't give a damn to their contractual obligations - like this cinema screening an at to no one in particular, but still counting the "impression".

Some still wonder why advertising money is flowing from newspapers, cinema and TV to on-line, where ad delivery and responses can be measured with ease. It just makes more sense.

President Obama supports net neutrality

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 31-May-2009 10:06

President Obama said yesterday briefed the U.S. media yesterday on why they need to improve the U.S cyber security. At one point he said:

Let me also be clear about what we will not do.  Our pursuit of cybersecurity will not -- I repeat, will not include -- monitoring private sector networks or Internet traffic.  We will preserve and protect the personal privacy and civil liberties that we cherish as Americans.  Indeed, I remain firmly committed to net neutrality so we can keep the Internet as it should be -- open and free.

Here is the video (transcript available):

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