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Vodafone New Zealand no longer locking handsets

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 28-May-2008 10:09

Just about one month after Vodafone New Zealand started a new policy of locking their handsets, news are in that the company is reverting the decision.

I have just contacted Vodafone and confirmed this is a done deal, which means they will be providing unlocked handsets.

I am sure this will make the consumer in general and some of our users who discussed this on Geekzone in particular a bit happier today.

A great decision Vodafone!

Cisco Mobility webcast

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 28-May-2008 08:46

IF you are interested in mobility strategy for businesses, check the Cisco Mobility webcast. I just received the press release for this event.

The Cisco Mobility webcast will be on-line from 28th May 1:30pm PDT (click the link for other timezones).

Geekzone Pizza evening in Auckland done - and a success

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 27-May-2008 08:22

Last night we had our Geekzone Pizza evening in Auckland and again we had 100% capacity - pizza, drinks, prizes and meeting some of our Geekzone friends. Just a shame we couldn't have a venue with capacity to host all interested people.

Thanks to our sponsor, listed here again:


Pizza: Telecom New Zealand is paying for the pizza.

Drinks: 3Bit and Sprite Software are sponsoring the drinks.

Prize pool:

920 Career Agents are bringing Guitar Hero Legends of Rock 3 (game and guitar controller) for PS3 and Xbox 360 (check their IT Rock Star promo).

iway Computer is giving away an AverTV Hybrid Speedy PCI-e DVB-T card.

Ingram Micro is giving away a wireless laptop mouse and a Habu gaming mouse.

McAfee is giving us a few copies of McAfee 2008 Total Protection.

Quay Corp is giving us a Targus laptop bag to giveaway during the event.

The next event will be the Geekzone Pizza evening in Christchurch. Again, the event is 100% full now, but you can add your name to the waiting list - check the sponsors and prize list for that event. If you are interested in sponsoring the pizza, drinks or some prizes contact me now.

Ingram Micro Showcase

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 27-May-2008 08:19

I was just looking for the Ingram Micro New Zealand website and found out that another Ingram Micro Showcase is coming soon.

Dates are 8th July (Auckland), 11th July (Wellington) and 15th July (Christchurch).

We have three Dell Colour Laser printers to give away...

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 23-May-2008 14:20

As promised I have not one, but three Dell Colour Laser Printers 1320c to giveaway on Geekzone this week.

Visit the competition page now to enter. Due to the size and weight I am making this competition open to New Zealand resident only, sorry.

These Dell printers produce high quality output - I am using one here now and it's very good stuff. Recommended.

To find out more, check our Dell Colour Laser Printer 1320c review or visit the Dell website.

Star Wars Clone Wars animated trailer

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 23-May-2008 12:58

This looks really good:

Nokia N-Gage games are locked to individual phones

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 23-May-2008 08:23

If you thought DRM is bad look at this other example: games for Nokia N-Gage are locked to a device and if you buy a new one, get it replaced under warranty - whatever - you have to buy the games again. Period. Quote from the article:

Nokia's next gen N-Gage platform potentially ushers in a new age of high quality connected phone gaming. However, it now seems that there's a rather large flaw at the heart of the platform: if you upgrade to a new phone, you cannot transfer any of your N-Gage games from the old phone. The only way to move your N-Gage library is to buy all your games again.

Nokia's official stated policy is that N-Gage activation codes should only work on the device where they were first activated, because they feel this is an important way to combat digital piracy and ensure that their partners are not losing out on sales.

The 31 days of the dragon going strong - enter the competitions now!

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 22-May-2008 08:47

The 31 days of the dragon is going strong - one notebook a day during 31 days.

To enter the competitions (yes, 31 websites, 31 chances to win!) you should look at the list and enter on each one of the sites, following the schedule.

We will be running our Geekzone competition from 29th May through 5th June - this is the period you will be able to enter the competition on Geekzone to win one of the 31 HP HDX Dragon packages.

Before then, check the other sites and enter their competitions - you can win in any of the sites!

Free NewsGator Enterprise Server for up to 20 users

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 21-May-2008 15:10

That's right... NewsGator is making their NewsGator Enterprise Server free for up to 20 users. It is a great product, which I had the pleasure to use here for a couple of years for review and testing.

In summary it helps companies reduce the traffic RSS feeds brings to their network by creating a locl repository, shared amonsgt its users. Like the popular NewsGator hosted solution your users can access RSS feeds from a web-based interface, FeedDemon, Microsoft Exchange, Microsoft Outlook and others.

Your company can create groups, provide automatic searches for specific subjects, delivered as RSS feeds, and more.

I highly recommend it if your company is interested in keeping the information flowing.

Sci-fi film themes in Auckland

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 21-May-2008 14:56

I got an e-mail telling me about the "A Night at the Movies - Symphonic Pops Series, Concert 2" in Auckland, 14th June.

The concert features live performances of movie themes, including a number of sci-fi film themes, such as Star Wars, 2001: A Space Odyssey, ET, Superman and many more. 

The Star Wars pieces include the Intro Theme, Across the Stars (Attack of the Clones), Throne Room (A New Hope) and Duel of the Fates (Phantom Menace), backed by a choir.

Here is the official press release information with much more details:


Return of A Night at the Movies - Symphonic Pops Series, Concert 2
Saturday 14 June, 7.30pm, Aotea Centre, THE EDGE

Last year’s A Night at the Movies concert by the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra proved so popular it’s returning to the Aotea Centre on Saturday 14 June. But this year it’s bigger. And better. Return of A Night at the Movies will be an evening of immense excitement for young and old – including an innovative competition to enthral budding filmmakers.

The concert is part of the APO’s Symphonic Pops Series and will be held at the Aotea Centre, THE EDGE, presenting a thrilling opportunity to here iconic film scores played live and loud by a full orchestra.
The concert features pieces from your favourite films, including Laurence of Arabia, 2001: A Space Odyssey, Star Wars, Lion King, Titanic, Pirates of the Caribbean, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, Bodyguard, ET and many more. Return of a Night at the Movies will be conducted by Brett Kelly, who, continuing a stellar career conducting Australia’s leading orchestras, makes his debut with the APO.
This year the concert incorporates an innovative new competition called CUT TO: MUSIC. The competition invites film-makers to create a short-film to fit a prepared orchestral score. The winner will have their film screened at Return of A Night at the Movies with the score performed live by the full Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra.

It looks (and sounds) interesting. I won't be there though... Perhaps next time?

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Mauricio Freitas
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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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