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IT Rockstar: I am one of the judges now

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 14-May-2008 11:54

You may remember I posted about next week's IT Rockstar competition finale before. It is a promotion where top New Zealand IT professionals compete to reach stardom - some nominated themselves, others were nominated by felow IT pros.

It just happens that one of the judges declared a conflict of interest, since one of the finalists works for the same company as him - so I was called to fill in th judging position.

Since I was planning to attend the event anyway it sounds like a good fit. I am not familiarising myself with the finalists, their work and background.

The IT Rockstar final is next week, in Wellington and is being promoted by 920 - who just happen to have sponsored some prizes in our Geekzone Pizza evening in Welington and Auckland.

Geekzone Pizza evening - Auckland and Christchurch next

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 13-May-2008 20:04

When we decided to run a Geekzone Pizza evening in Wellington back in April (pictures) we decided to limit the numbers to 50 - and I had phone calls on the day from people wanting to join us. The prize list was incredible - and thanks to our sponsors (pizza by WorldxChange, beer by 3Bit and Google) it was a huge success.

We had so much fun that it wasn't hard to convince me to extend this to Auckland (26th May, fully booked) and Christchurch (5th July, almost full).

Again we have a healthy sponsors list and I will copy the current list here:

Auckland Sponsors:

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.

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.

Christchurch Sponsors:

Pizza: IT Maniacs is contributing towards the pizza.

Drinks: OnlineGroups.Net is contributing towards the drinks.

Prize pool:

McAfee is giving us three copies of McAfee 2008 Total Protection.

Microsoft NZ is giving us three copies of Windows Live OneCare and one copy of Windows Vista Ultimate with SP1.

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

PC Gear is giving us a Logitech G15 keyboard, two Kingston 2GB Data Traveler USB drive, and Ages of Empires 3 Gold Edition (including War Chiefs expansion).

The big prize for the evening will be a Xbox 360 courtesy of PC Gear. To get the winner started Microsoft NZ is throwing some games: Mass Effect, PGR 4 and Viva Pinata Party Animals.

One of the cool things is that we have a few people that are actually attending all three events, flying around the country for the pizza, beer and company!

As you can see we still need some help in Christchurch - I am looking for companies interested in sponsoring the pizza (sharing with IT Maniacs) and drinks. You can contact me for more information - it costs way less than you think!

More tools you should have in your Admin Toolbox: Blade TS

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 11-May-2008 11:10

A few months ago I posted a few notes about tools I have in my servers that help me a lot. Today I will be posting about a file transfer tool, Blade Tranfer Services.

The idea is simple: you have large files and need to safely transfer these across your network or the Internet. You might even want to have your users to upload by themselves, but have their files going into different folders so that they are completely separate from each other.

In my case I needed to transfer a couple of large (20 GB each) virtual HD files back to my home server. Those VHD were created from an image of the Geekzone server drives so that I can have a copy here I can use for testing - and backup.

Blade Tranfer Services
 is very easy to install - it will automatically configure itself as a folder on your IIS server and start. You will just browse to /bladets and be greeted with a page with direct links to upload and download applets.

There is also a full client, but the web-based service is very good. You can pause, restart the uploads and you know for sure the files are 100% transferred - no corruption, no loss of data.

You can also enable a /drop folder so people can browse the upload folder directly - but the download option is much safer.

It uses http and https to transfer files and a configuration page allows you to change the default upload folder on your server and SMTP and SNMP notidications.


The 31 days of the dragon continues

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 11-May-2008 10:00

If you read my blog before you are well aware we at Geekzone will be giving away a US$5,000 notebook later this month.

You also know that this is only one of 31 notebooks being given away by 31 websites, in a promotion called the 31 days of the dragon.

I read reports of the first notebooks being already awarded, so you should look at the list and enter the competition on each one of the sites, following the schedule.

We will be running our 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!

The GPS-enabled coconut - or Where is Niu?

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 9-May-2008 10:01

No, this is not a coconut, but it could be the high tech version of a message in a bottle.

The difference is that people following the Project Niu know exactly where it is, all the time.

You just have to point your browser to their Where's Niu? map page to see where this floating device is being taken by oceanic currents. The Niu was set off of the Hawaiian coast on this trip, and the group plans to take it to other regions later.

If you are a teacher in New Zealand you have one day only...

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 8-May-2008 13:22

To submit your entry to the Unisys Kidz Connect programme.

Twenty successful teachers will each be given a $1000 cash grant to spend on a programme or project of their choice.

The programme is open to all fully registered teachers working in New Zealand’s state, integrated and private primary and intermediate schools (Year 1- 8), of any decile and location.

Submissions are accepted until Friday 9th May 2008.

Geekzone is a Hitwise No1 Award Winner!

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 8-May-2008 12:32

Loading... I am pleased to say Geekzone has received an award from Hitwise - during 2007 Geekzone ranked #1 on market share of visits among all New Zealand websites in the News and Media - IT Media industry segment.

Add to that the exceptional Nielsen//NetRatings numbers - month after month Geekzone has been #1 in unique browser for total traffic for a New Zealand-based website in the Technology segment - and I can only be happy.

Really folks - thanks to you!

Microsoft 2.0 is out

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 7-May-2008 16:02

I haven't read the book yet - and no this is not an affiliate link drop. Microsoft 2.0, by Mary Jo Foley is out now. I might have to use some of my Amazon gift vouchers and grab a copy.

On July 1, 2008, a new chapter begins for tech-industry giant Microsoft. On that day, Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates will no longer be involved with the daily goings-on of the company he founded more than 30 years ago. Microsoft's official message is that nothing will change; it will be business as usual. But as anyone who has studied Microsoft knows, a Microsoft without Gates participating in product reviews and articulating Microsoft's strategies and priorities is going to be a very different company.

This is a book about Microsoft's future, not its past. The coming years will be challenging ones for the Redmond software kingpin. Many of the executives currently leading the Microsoft charge are likely to go their own way. Technology will continue to advance at a breakneck pace. Microsoft will forge deals of the size and scope it previously never envisioned in order to keep pace. Foley doesn't claim to possess a crystal ball, allowing her to predict flawlessly what Microsoft plans to do in the next few years … or even few months.

No viruses in your future...

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 7-May-2008 12:13

What a clever piece of marketing - so cool I had to post it here, with the appropriate link love of course.

Today I found this plastic bag in my letterbox:

These are the instructions:

i. Do not open
ii. Place in warm loctions for 2-3 days
iii.visit to find the cure (fill the blank with the letters that appear in the petri dish).

So, yes you have to visit to find out what this all about.

No, ths is not a bacterial culture. It's just cheese mould according to the instructions in the back. But very clever.

Speaking at Gen-i "Real Good Conference and Awards"

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 5-May-2008 12:50

I am in Auckland today and tomorrow to speak at the Gen-i's Real Good Conference and Awards. I will be talking about "new technologies" in a keynote session and later I am running a breakout session.

This is an internal conference for their technology people. Really good attendance here.

Tonight we have a special dinner, including Telecom and Gen-i CEO Dr Paul Reynolds - and yes I am still trying to get an interview with him, but more on this later.

If you are attending this conference look for me around the floor today and tomorrow.

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