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.
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?
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.
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!
Now we are ready to start planning for the Geekzone Pizza evening in Auckland! This will happen Monday 26th May 2008.
If you plan to attend it, please RSVP here. We have no idea of venue and other stuff yet, but the thread will be updated with everythng you need to know.
As before, sponsorship is welcome!
Pizza: WorldxChange is paying for the pizza.
Drinks: Google and 3Bit are sponsoring the drinks.
Internet: APT will be providing Internet access through its AnyData RevA/WiFi router connected to the Telecom New Zealand network.
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).
ASUS is coming to the sponsors list with an ASUS Eee PC (Windows version).
BDT is giving us some Altec Lansing headsets (through the help of QuayCorp).
Campbell Software has given us a Zyzel P2000w V2 WiFi SIP Phone (through the help of QuayCorp).
Dell is participating with a Dell Photo Printer 948 printer/fax/copier/wireless.
Duo is providing us with some swag to giveaway.
Google provided a box full of swag to giveaway.
HP is providing a 120GB 5400RPM HP Personal Media Drive (through the help of QuayCorp).
Linksys is giving us a Linksys WAG160N (through the help of WorldxChange).
Microsoft provided some copies of its software to giveaway at the event.
Novell will be bringing some swag and software to the evening.
Philips is providing a Bluetooth stereo headset for our prize pool.
QuayCorp will have a couple of people attending and are bringing a Viewsonic vx2235wm widescreen monitor, a HP Deskjet F4185 printer to the prize draw.
Telecom New Zealand is participating with a couple of their mobile broadband express cards as prizes.
Vodafone New Zealand is providing us with an Express Card Mobile Connect Card (HSDPA, 3G) and a Blackberry Curve (through the help of QuayCorp).
We are planning to have a live stream if you can't make it this time.
I am thinking of doing a Geekzone Pizza evening in Auckland sometime in late May when I will be staying a couple of days in town. More details will be posted in our forums when we close the Wellington event. I also received an e-mail from a friend who has offered his help in organising a similar one for the South Island.
There is still time for your company to contact me and join this list - or to sponsor the Auckland event.
You should go ahead and read the NZ Digital Strategy 2.0, comment on the Draft, or participate in the Digital Strategy Wiki.
But you have to it quickly. Public consultation closes 12 May 2008 5pm.
The speakers lineup looks good and it is the main reason I registered to attend the Summit. We will have the Hon David Cunliffe (Minister for Communications and Information Technology), Maurice Williamson (Transport, Communications & Information Technology Spokesman, National Party of NZ) plus Keynotes by
Dr Paul Reynolds (CEO, Telecom New Zealand), Russell Stanners (CEO, Vodafone NZ) and Dr Allan Freeth (CEO, TelstraClear).
One of the sessions will even have Michael Wigley & Stuart van Rij talking about "Regulatory and legal landscape for telecommunications & ICT". Stuart van Rij is a friend of mine, solicitor at Wigley & Company - look for him for all things ICT and law related.
The reports in our forms are that NZ Communications is now accepting incoming roaming connections in Auckland.
It appears that it won't accept Vodafone NZ roamingon its network - I can't also find their official website even with all my "Google Mad Skills".
According to the companies website, in 27 March 2007 Econet Wireless changed its name to NZ Communications. At the time shareholders were ECONET WIRELESS LIMITED (London and Zimbabwe), HAUTAKI LIMITED (New Zealand) and KLR HONG KONG LIMITED (Hong Kong).
This post by Jama is an interesting view on a company launched in 2001 - it took them only seven years to get a cell site operational in Auckland.
During this time Telstra replaced its Australian CDMA network in record time with a fully operation HSDPA service covering the country, Vodafone has deployed WCDMA, HSDPA 2100 MHz and is right now finalising HSDPA 900 MHz deployment, and Telecom New Zealand announced its own EDGE/HSDPA network deployment to be fully underway in about one year total.
Exactly what is Freeview HD? Freeview is the direction New Zealand broadcast is taking for its free to air channels - those channels you can receive on any TV without having to subscribe to a service. Freeview launched sometime ago as a sattelite (DVB-S) service covering most of the country.
But now it is coming with a "terrestrial" version (DVB-T) which will be initially available in the major centres and brings an even bigger change: high definition (HD) broadcasting.
The service has been in test mode for a few months and you can now buy the set top boxes from major retail stores. The first HD programmes shown in New Zealand was Boston Legal, on TV3. Other TV shows will be coming in this format, and soon some local content will be producted in HD.
What do you need for Freeview | HD? First you will need a receiver. It can be a set top box you buy from retails stores, or a Home Theatre PC (HTPC) with appropriate hardware and software.
You only need a HD TV if you want to see the HD content in full glory - in practice any existingTV will work and show HD shows in standard definition. In the future TV sets will come ready for Freeview | HD so you won't need an external set top box.
As for HTPCs, a warning! Not every "Home Theatre PC" will work 100% and not all those DVB-T cards and USB sticks in retail and auction sites will work without appropriate software.
For HTPCs you will need a state of the art rig, including a good video card, fast CPU and plenty of memory. The video card is an important piece of this, because the best ones will process the decoding on its own hardware, freeing up the computer's CPU for other tasks. If you don't have this combination you might have stuttering sound, synchronisation problems or poor picture quality.
You will also need software and codecs. The software that successfully captured Freeview | HD so far is GB-PVR (free), Media Portal (free) and dvbviewer. These are all for Microsoft Windows and at the moment we don't know of any software for Mac OS that can work with the local DVB-T flavour.
When you buy a DVB-T card or USB stick you should have in mind that most of those don't come with the software needed and you might have to purchase some software to use it. Don't trust people that say the card is 100% DVB-T compatible. It might be compatible with the DVB-T and HD flavour used in the UK or France, or Hong Kong, but the New Zealand service is so new many (if not most) of these cards don't have the software to support this, yet.
Today is the official Freeview HD launch in New Zealand. I will be attending the event (thanks Throng!) and will have the opportunity to get even more information about the service.