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Join us at the Powershop Pioneers to be in to win $1,000 of electricity

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 18-May-2009 10:14

If you follow Geekzone during this month (May 2009) you will probably notice an advert showing an updated Daniel Boone image with a familiar face... If not, check the picture on the side and you know what I mean.

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.

Send your old phones to Starship Childrens Hospital

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 15-May-2009 13:58

Now that we have Telecom New Zealand's new 3G network coming up, plus Vodafone's 900MHz network up in many places is a good time to get new mobile phone handsets.

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.

My first mobile data XT Network experience

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 11-May-2009 17:53

I've just inserted a Telecom XT Network SIM card into my Windows Mobile device (an AT&T Pantech Matrix Pro, 850 MHz, WCDMA/HSUPA), plugged it via USB to my laptop and this is the first speedtest result:

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...

I have some I.T. Rockstar t-shirts to giveaway

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 8-May-2009 13:44

As posted in my Twitter, I have a couple of I.T. Rockstar t-shirts to giveaway...

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.

Facebook for Windows Mobile

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 8-May-2009 09:00

Microsoft is making available a free Facebook client for Windows Mobile phones. This application will run on Windows Mobile 6.0 and newer - including Windows Mobile 6.5 devices coming later this year.

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).

Vodafone and Telecom settle out of court

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 7-May-2009 08:52

After a day full of rumours both companies had their time to explain their side on the Vodafone vs Telecom case.

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.

Google Trends shows search for Telecom vs Vodafone

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 7-May-2009 08:08

Here's an interesting moving comparison chart of New Zealand-based searches of "Telecom" and "Vodafone":

Looking at this it seems (at least until about April 2009) people searched more for "Telecom" than "Vodafone". Sign of popularity?

Vodafone vs Telecom: Statement of Claim

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 4-May-2009 22:35

Here it is then, Vodafone Statement of Claim (PDF download). A discussion on Geekzone is already going on here, this time with some technical comments since we know the claim.

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...

Vodafone vs Telecom: what Twitter remembers

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 3-May-2009 22:16

We all know about Vodafone moving an action against Telecom claiming some of Telecom's new equipment is causing some interference with the existing Vodafone network. This has been on the news, blogs, forums around.

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.

Windows Vista Service Pack 2 and Windows Server 2008 Service Pack 2 available now

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 2-May-2009 10:25

With so many stories about the Windows 7 Release Candidate going around right now, it's easy to miss this one: Microsoft has released Windows Vista Service Pack 2 and Windows Server 2008 Service Pack 2 for download on MSDN and Technet.

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.

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I live in New Zealand and my interests include mobile devices, good books, movies and food of course! 

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