Yes, I know what you will say: Daniel Boone never looked like that, an invention of TV. But it's all fun and games folks - I am joined by Kiwiblog's David Farrar, Public Address's Russell Brown and Scoop's Alastair Thompson as one of the "Powershop Pioneers", part of a promotional campaign.
I think I qualify as a Powershop Pioneer, since I've switched my electricity to Powershop even before they went public, as part of their beta test.
Anyway, the biggest part of this promotion is that consumers joining the Powershop Pioneers are in to win NZ$ 1,000 of electricity at the end of May 2009. We already had two prize draws, so now is your chance to join the revolution and become a pioneer yourself.
What to do with the old phones? Recycle them. Better still, send those old handsets to the Starship Childrens Hospital, where they will be sorted out, reused or recycled as required.
Not bad for a test with no preparation (programs running in background, VPN active, etc). Also note this is not the XT Network max speed but indeed the device's max speed.
More testing to come, but so far so good...
To be in to win just post a comment here about who you would nominate for I.T. Rockstar or who of the I.T. Rockstar nominees would get your vote and I will draw a few names from here and Twitter next Monday 11th May in the evening.
I have been running it for a while and here are some screenshots:
The application provides all the functionality you expect from a Facebook client, and the most interesting bit is the ability to upload videos directly from your Windows Mobile device.
Facebook client for Windows Mobile phones runs on Windows Mobile Professional (touchscreen) and Windows Mobile Standard (non-touchscreen).
At the end the companies decided to settle and issued a press release about the topic. Telecom has agreed to extend the program to deploy filters on their network to prevent further interference, at the same time delaying the launch of XT Network to the end of May 2009.
Vodafone agreed to drop the case.
Looking at this it seems (at least until about April 2009) people searched more for "Telecom" than "Vodafone". Sign of popularity?
This document lists all the points Vodafone New Zealand makes on its case against Telecom New Zealand.
The hearing is set for this Wednesday 6th May 10am in the Auckland High Court.
Note this is what Vodafone claims. We still have to see what is Telecom's answer - and any findings by experts...
There's a long discussion on Geekzone about this, with mostly "opinions" since people in the know are not talking - smart move since the matter is now before courts.
But twenty days before the action was publicised, I posted something on Twitter about this "interference". Here is the sequence (click the names for the original tweets):
@freitasm (2:50 PM Apr 11th): "I heard that @telecomnz new 850MHz equipment is interfering with @vodafonenz 900MHz frequencies"
@vodafonenz (3:10 PM Apr 11th): "@freitasm not that I've heard. How could it? Like 99FM interfering with 104FM isn't it?"
@freitasm (3:51 PM Apr 11th): "@vodafonenz yes something ike that. Bad filters I hear...."
@nealrich (4:59 PM Apr 11th): "@freitasm like @vodafonenz there are a number of us who would like to know more"
@vodafonenz (5:07 PM Apr 11th): "@freitasm well I've heard nothing like that I"m afraid... who did you hear that from?"
About 20 days before the news about this action came out both sides denied anything about interference. Of course this doesn't prove they didn't know - and doesn't prove they did know.
But it was already a rumour back then, which means if it's really an interference, then someone else knew it was happening. Since this is out in the open on Twitter I think I can publish it here to refresh some people's memories...
The hearing dates for this case will be set Monday 4th May. I am really looking forward to seeing the results of this. Interesting times.
The download is a 1.4GB file called en_fr_de_ja_es_windows_vista_sp_and_windows_server_2008_sp2_x86_x64_ia64_dvd_342431.iso that works for both Windows client and server configurations, both 32 bit and 64 bit.
Of course if you are only using Windows Vista it pays to wait for this update to be offered via Windows Update, when it will probably be a lot smaller and targeted at your specific configuration.