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New VFX advanced VoIP services

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 25-Apr-2008 12:40

I have just posted in our Geekzone forums about the upcoming VFX advanced VoIP services. Worth a look if you are considering porting from your current telecommunications provider to this VoIP service, like I did late in 2007.

We haven't had copper here at home for some time now, all coming down through the most excellent TelstraClear cable modem service (except that they want to charge a fortune for a 25 Mbps service!) - and then we ported our phone line to WorldxChange VFX so we do everything over the Internet here.



Want Safari? No thanks...

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 24-Apr-2008 10:55

A nice FAIL there:



And by the way, no I only have QuickTime installed. Why Apple thinks it's cool to offer me Safari or iTunes is beyond me.

As Chaks noted before, reporting some of his friends' reaction to "Safari":


...let me meet some of my friends here and ask them about this. These people use iPod and iTunes either in XP or Vista, and, these users aren't tech savvy or know much about Computers. They just want their PC or Mac or whatever, to work.

So, here is what some of my friends told,

1) Some thought Safari "was something" that iTunes requires
2) Some thought iTunes browser "was upgraded" to Safari
3) Some didnt even knew that something called "Safari" had been installed



The Intel Hell

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 24-Apr-2008 09:01

On a not so shameless copycat of "Dell Hell", I introduce "Intel Hell". This is how I call when you contact Intel's customer support, reports a problem (1, 2) that only occurs on their Intel 945GM chipset - and they tell to contact the manufacturer.

You then point out to the support person that this problem is occurring across a series of different boards from a variety of manufacturers, so it would be better if Intel could update their reference drivers (which work well and even include Windows Vista EVR support). And they reply with this:


Thank you for contacting Intel(R) Technical Support.

We appreciate your feedback on this matter. We will make sure your comment reaches the proper department for future consideration.

Thank you for taking the time to communicate this issue to us.


This reply basically it means "sorry, I don't think we will be doing anything, and if this problem really annoys you then just get another computer with a decent chipset. Preferably not one of ours".

Shame on you Intel, leaving your customers behind like this...




Help bring the Sci Fi channel to Sky

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 23-Apr-2008 12:45

A discussion started on Geekzone a few days ago, asking people for opinions and help trying to get the Sci Fi channel into the Sky TV channel line up.

This is not a new topic, and it was discussed already almost a year ago. Apparently someone was told by Sky that "Sci Fi channel is a niche channel" - which is something I disagree with.

This time someone started an on-line petition - and the number of signatures is quite good now. You can help by signing the online petition to bring the Sci Fi channel to Sky TV.

Sign this petition now.



Geekzone Pizza evenings - Auckland, Christchurch

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 22-Apr-2008 19:27

The Geekzone Pizza evening Wellington was a success and we are now running the Geekzone Pizza evening Auckland (26th May, fully booked, waiting list open) and just opened registrations for the Geekzone Pizza evening Christchurch (5th July).

We don't know yet where we will be holding the Christchurch event but this time it will be on a weekend. If you want to come to this one please RSVP in the discussion.



IT Rockstar finale: voting starts tomorrow

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 22-Apr-2008 15:07

The folks at 920 Career agents have invited me to attend the IT Rockstar finale, happening in Wellington. 21st May. 

Public voting for the top IT professional opens tomorrow 23rd April and goes on for two weeks. The top prize is a $10,000 all expenses paid trip to attend an IT conference - the winner chooses it!

Judges are Jon MacDonald (CEO Trade Me), Marie-Claire Andrews (NZ Business Development Manager at PlanHQ, GM at AngelHQ), Suri Bartlett (Managing Director, Tenzing Limited Management & Technology Consultants).

The folks at 920 sponsored the Guitar Hero games in prize pool at our Geekzone Pizza evening in Wellington and Auckland.



Invites for Google Developer Day 2008 Australia

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 22-Apr-2008 15:02

I have a couple of invites for Google Developer 2008 Australia and I can send the codes out to you - just reply here if you want one.


Google Developer Day 2008 will focus on pushing the boundaries of web applications using Google developer technologies. Google engineers and web development leaders will lead you through one full day of in-depth breakout sessions on the latest Google technologies and hands-on codelabs.


Google Developer Day 2008 is also about bringing bright developers together to share ideas. There is plenty of time to meet other developers, discuss ideas, and share what you've been working on.



The event happens in Sydney, 18th June 2008. If you can't make it please don't ask for the invite code.



Freeview HD: any HDMI cable will work

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 20-Apr-2008 13:05

Here is something for you that are buying or planning to buy a Freeview HD box: any HDMI cable will work and provide you with High Definition if your TV set supports it.

Simply put, some retailers are known to push higher priced HDMI cables claiming those are the only ones that can provide true HD. This is known as HDMI scam. The most recent case I can think is Rod buying two $400 HDMI cables... Yes, really.

That's just wrong. Whatever the $400 HDMI cable does it can be done with a $50 HDMI cable. It is just a bitstream.

The HDMI standard provides for two types of HDMI cable: Standard and High Speed. HDMI Standard cables are good for 1080i, which is the HD you get from TV3 for example. You don't need anything else. You don't need the "High Speed" cable, regardless of what the sales person tells you.

There are some other issues. For example Freeview sells a box so people can watch HD - why don't they provide the HDMI cable in the box then?



Barcamp Auckland: register now...

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 19-Apr-2008 15:11

I was talking to the organisers and it seems the Barcamp Auckland (12th July) still have some space available.

If you want to participate on a great day, I recommend it. I flew to Auckland for the first Barcamp and I am planning to attend the second one too.

Register now.



Synchronising desktops and Windows Mobile devices

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 19-Apr-2008 12:00

I use GoodSync to synchronise my two laptops to our Windows Home Server, and today I was notified of an updated versions - not unusual as it seems the team released an updated GoodSync every week or second week.

But this time one of the changes immediately jumped on me:


- Add syncing with Windows Mobiles phones and Pocket PC devices.


I haven't tested this yet because I first posted here - but it looks promising. If it allows more than one folder to be synchronised to Windows Mobile devices, it's great!



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