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Tech and autographed gear for auction on Trade Me - help the Auckland Under 15 Boys Basketball team

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 17-Sep-2008 16:41

Last night I've go an e-mail from Steve Graham, GM at Fronde AKL, also the coach of the Auckland Under 15 regonal basketball team.

In short Steve managed to get the support of some companies (Google, Microsoft, HP, Vodafone, Samsung, Kodak) and people (Hamish Carter, Dilon Boucher, All Whites) to a special "tech gear auction" to raise funds and help the Auckland's Under 15 Boys' Basketball Team to attend the National Championship in Rotorua.

There is a 60 GB Google Flip, 30 GB Microsoft Zune, HP iPAQ, autogaphed items, Family pass to Rainbows End and much more. 

So if you are looking for tech and sport memorabilia, check the tech gear auction or search for "under15bball" on Trade Me.

 



New Zealand broadband according to Akamai

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 16-Sep-2008 16:47

I have just noticed the Akamai State of the Internet report Q2 2008 is out now. Interesting stats from around the world - worth reading it.

From a New Zealand perspective here is the only data provided:

- more than 962,000 uniqye IP addresses, a 3.78% increase from Q1 2008, about 0.23 per capita (or about 1 for almost four people here);
- only 2% connected to Akamai servers at 5 Mbps or more - 0.01 "high broadband" per capita;
- 52% connected to Akamai servers at 2 Mbps or more;
- 10% connected at 256 Kbps or less.



My Zero G flight experience: the pictures

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 16-Sep-2008 14:42

In my previous post you can see a short video with my Zero G flight experience. I have now uploaded some of the pictures to my Flickr Zero G set:






My Zero G flight experience: the short version

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 16-Sep-2008 09:50

Thanks to Symantec I had the opportunity to experience a Zero G flight experience, departing from Las Vegas.

This was an event for bloggers and journalists attending a special briefing with Rowan Trollope, Sr VP of Consumer Products and Solutions.

Rowan talked to us about the Norton 2009 products, including the Norton Antivirus and Norton Internet Security - more on this later.

Below is the short, edited version of the video Symantec produced for us to use on-line. I will post pictures and another video later. For now enjoy:





Going Zero G - and please update your Geekzone profile

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 8-Sep-2008 13:29

Later this week I am off to Las Vegas to participate in a Zero G flight.

I will have some videos and photos from the flight - but in the meantime I recommend people update their Geekzone profile...



The ACTA submissions to the New Zealand MED

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 8-Sep-2008 12:07

The Ministry of Economic Development has made public the submissions received in response to the ACTA.

You find the submissions in HTML here or PDF here.

Which groups submitted comments?

NZFACT: New Zealand Federation Against Copyright Theft, Distilled Spirits Association of New Zealand (DSANZ), New Zealand Retailers Association, InternetNZ, Google Australia Pty Ltd, New Zealand Institute of Patent Attorneys Inc., Trade Me, Cosmetic Toiletry and Fragrance Association of New Zealand Inc. (CTFA), Recording Industry Association of New Zealand (RIANZ), and New Zealand Open Source Society.

Worth a read.



Geekzone Software Store reopening - and a sofware discount code

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 7-Sep-2008 09:55

A few months ago we entered into an agreement with Mobihand to power a new Geekzone Software Store, which came live a couple of weeks ago, under a new subdomain (store.geekzone.co.nz) - but it still can be accessed from the old www.geekzone.co.nz/store address.

Their platform offers a very complete range of mobile software for Windows Mobile Professional, Windows Mobile Standard, Symbian and Palm OS.

That worked quite well because their platform offers an incredible flexibility for me to configure campaigns, discounts, bundles, specials and most importantly to get reports out of the system - now I know exactly what is selling and what is interesting for users of all these mobile platforms.

We started with a 20% discount code that expired today. This code was well used, so I decided to create a new discount code - "Geekzone" - that will give buyers 15% discount in all products.

I've created a couple of best-seller modules and inserted in our Software page. There you can see all the best-seller software for each platform. Really cool information. Note that this page is only a selection - for the full catalogue you have to visit Geekzone Software Store.

And remember to use the discount codes.



TVNZ7 Internet Debate in association with InternetNZ

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 3-Sep-2008 16:20

The TVNZ7 Internet Debate (in association with InternetNZ) will be broadcasted live, 23rd September 2008 9:10pm on TVNZ7 (Freeview).




This will be an organised debate on ICT issues, streamed live to the official website and TVNZ7’s site, directly from Avalon Studios.

The debate involves four politicians quizzed on major areas of ICT policy with questions coming from you through the online chat, a studio audience, and experienced journalists.

The politicians are Labour’s Minister of Communications Hon David Cunliffe, National ICT Spokesperson Hon Maurice Williamson, ACT Leader Hon Rodney Hide and Greens ICT Spokesperson Metiria Turei.

You can participate live through an IRC channel or by posting your questions in our Geekzone forums - we have created a special ICT Policy and Regulation forum specially for this event. There you will find the discussions for each topic (direct links below) and you will be submit questions:

     * Broadband (includes infrastructure, productivity, sustainability)
     * Convergence (includes broadcasting and mobile)
     * Copyright (includes open source)
     * Cybersafety (includes privacy and security as well)
     * Digital Divide (includes rural and TSO as well)

You need to login to post in the Geekzone ICT Policy and Regulation forums or complete our quick registration to get started.



Xero goes more mobile...

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 2-Sep-2008 16:05

Web-based accounting just got more mobile than before - Xero has just announced they have added support for Windows Mobile (Internet Explorer Mobile) and BlackBerry (Opera Mobile), in addition to their previously announced Apple iPhone mobile site.

Point your mobile browser m.xero.com to see it in action.




Welcome to New Zealand, land of useless Internet

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 30-Aug-2008 07:57

Welcome to New Zealand Scott... You just found out what we have been complaining about all along. And don't even try using mobile data roaming on your iPhone or instead of sucking dry "the pipes" it will suck dry your wallet.



And another one:




And then:




Oh, and if you are staying at the Skycity Hotel, like me - be prepared. They have "unlimited" broadband in the rooms, capped at 50 MB/day. Disgusting.

Seriously people, that's what tech visitors see when they arrive here.



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Mauricio Freitas
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New Zealand


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

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