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Geekzone Weekly Chat is back

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 23-Sep-2007 19:24

We have an IRC channel (#geekzone on and most of the time you will see some conversations going on - at any time.

Based on requests from our users we decided to bring back the Geekzone Weekly Chat, an "official" time to meet. This is every Tuesday 8pm (New Zealand time).

If you don't have an IRC client, just visit the Geekzone Chat page to be automatically connected to the #geekzone channel.

So put down in your calendars and join us for a chat. If you work for one of the operators you are also welcome...

Google sued for Crimes Against Humanity

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 22-Sep-2007 09:35

Incredible how Americans sue for anything - and everything. Frivoulous lawsuits are everywhere. Even a judge, one who should know better, sued a dry cleaner for US$65 million because of a pair of pants. Of course he lost the case - and his job.

This one though is really something to laugh about. It's obvious that it has no merits and it's obvious Google will win. But hey, the dumb people need to overload the system, right?

Parts of the suit (pdf and full case):

1 The plaintiff Dylan Stephen Jayne Prose a Citizen of the County of Pike, State of Pennsylvania... wishes to file a complaint under 42 v.s.c. 1983 denial of civil and constitutional rights.

2. The defendant is Google Internet Search Engine.

3.STATEMENT OF CLAIM: Dylan Stephen Jayne, plaintiff, has a Social Security Number that when the Social Security Number is turned upside down in its entierty (sic) it is a scrambled code that does spell the name Google.

3. The UNITED STATES JUSTICE DEPARTMENT is heading the investigation into allegations of crimes against humanity all or in par on plaintiff of this complaint against Founders of Google Search Engine on the Internet.

4. Plaintiff's safe is in jeopardy.

11. Plaintiff DEMANDS $5,000,000,000 in damages from the defendant(s) if Founders of the Internet Search Engine Google.

12. Plaintiff is a UNITED STATES CITIZEN.

13. Plaintiff and defendant(s) have a responsibility to fight the War on Terrorism.

14. Plaintiff's Constitutional Right to Privacy is being violated.

15. Plaintiff discovered this Code of Plaintiff's Social Security Number on 9.16.07 September 16, 2007.

16. Plaintiff and defendant(s) could be subject to detainment by The UNITED STATES OF AMERICA for suspition (sic) and/or assisting in Terrorism or Affiliating with Terrorist Organizations.

Now, where is that "I see dumb people" t-shirt?

Back from the Microsoft Parners Conference

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 21-Sep-2007 18:52

This week I attended the Microsoft Partner Conference (ConnectionNZ) in Auckland. Mind you I am no partner, but I was invited to speak about Windows Mobile 6 in one of the sessions, thus being granted access to the conference grounds and sessions.

Great work from Microsoft New Zealand organising the first of its partners' conference in the country. The Day One keynote with Michael Moore was really good. Michael is a former Prime Minister and previously a Director-General of the World Trade Organisation.

On Day One I attended the "Co-opetition and Interoperability" session (Brett Roberts) and spoke at "Everything You Need, Everywhere You Go - Welcome to Windows Mobile 6". After drinks I managed to catch a ride with a Geekzone reader to the Wireless and Broadband Forum monthly meeting. Antonios was in Auckland that day, so we ended up meeting for dinner.

On Day Two Rod Drury did a good job speaking about partnership and how Microsoft helped him and his team get his startups off the ground - including AfterMail and lately Xero.

I then managed to attend another two sessions ("How Innovation Drives Revenues" and "Event Marketing for your Business").

At lunch time I met Paul Brislen, External Communications Manager with Vodafone New Zealand, and then had just enough time to rush to the airport.

Leaving that afternoon means I missed the black tie dinner at the Auckland Museum (picture courtesy of Microsoft), where Provoke and Xero won Partner Solution of the Year and Software Solution of the Year respectively. Other winners include Axon, Kinetics, IGA Systems, Intergen, Auldhouse, Integral, Koorb.

Halo 3 Wallpapers and ringtone for Windows Mobile

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 21-Sep-2007 14:09

Microsoft has made available the Halo 3 theme to be used as a ringtone for Windows Mobile devices, plus a set of four images to be used as background for your Pocket PC or Smartphone.

Visit the Halo 3 Ringtone and Wallpaper page to register and download the content.

Windows Mobile team seeking suggestions

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 20-Sep-2007 19:53

If you have a suggestion for a new feature or something you think should be fixed enhanced, head on to this new Windows Mobile Suggestion Box forum.

My first experience with broadband that's a joke in New Zealand hotels

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 18-Sep-2007 19:52

A few weeks ago I attended the Wellington Karajoz Great Blend, organised by Russell Brown of Public Address fame. The guest speaker was Mr Brown, a Singaporean blogger and podcaster who was insulted that his Wellington hotel limited his broadband access at 50 MB/day.

I've never come across this in New Zealand hotels ... until today.

I am here at SkyCity Grand Auckland, a five star hotel at $245 a night that charges $35/day for in-room broadband - with a 50 MB limit!

Everything over 50 MB is charged at $0.10 per megabyte.

This is a joke. I have stayed in hotels around the world and have never found such a limit...

I started my laptop, connected to my Exchange Server, downloaded my RSS feeds and I am already clocking 20 MB - in about 15 minutes.

How can anyone do business at 50 MB a day?

Ponoko starts at TechCrunch40

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 18-Sep-2007 11:50

This is really good news for a New Zealand company: Ponoko has launched today during the TechCrunch40 event.

It's a really cool concept, and Dave ten Have explained a bit to me during the Kiwi Foo Camp back in February 2007. We actually ended up sharing a motel room on that unconference (this is probably my only claim to fame now that he's a big startup).

Ponoko is the first personal manufacturing platform. Using their website, people can invent and design new products, then have them made to order, or sell their designs to others.

Testing a Windows Home Server configuration

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 18-Sep-2007 11:20

Yesterday afternoon we had a nice surprise here: a box arrived from PC Gear with a Windows Home Server build, ready to review.

If I don't hear from anyone else I'd say this is the first New Zealand company building dedicated Windows Home Server machines.

It's a nice box, with an ASUS P5S-MX SE motherboard, running an Intel Pentium Dual Core Processor. I don't know the exact memory and disc configuration yet, because I am right now packing and leaving to the airport - I will be back in a couple of days and then put this machine through testing.

I have now a copy of PerformanceTest 6.1 that I am using to test a Lexar SSD Express Card and will use to test this Windows Home Server too. Stay tuned!

Speaking at TUANZ Business Internet Conference

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 18-Sep-2007 09:10

I was invited (and accepted) to speak at the TUANZ Business Internet Conference 2007, here in Wellington, 7 and 8 November 2007.

The conference theme is "Moving Your Business Online - The Tipping Point us Upon Us". I will lead the "User Generated Content" session (7 November, 4:10pm) and also participate in a panel session "Blogging your customers" (8 November, 4pm).

I am also planning to be attending the TUANZ Business Internet Awards 2007 afterwards.

TUANZ (Telecommunications Users Association of New Zealand) is a not-for-profit organisation that for 20 years has been promoting the needs of end-users of telecommunications in New Zealand. 

There's a YouTube video inviting people to visit the TUANZ website and also to attend the conference. I don't think Ernie will be playing in the conference though...

Why Peter Gutmann is wrong about Windows Vista DRM

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 17-Sep-2007 16:15

Ed Bott is writing a series of articles to debunk New Zealand Reseearcher Peter Gutman for ZD Net:

Last month, I wrote about the FUD surrounding Windows Vista and DRM. The FUDmaster is Peter Gutmann, a New Zealand researcher who wrote a paper last December that made a series of outrageous and inflammatory claims about Windows Vista. Since then, Gutmann has expanded the paper to more than four times its original size. The current version available on Gutmann’s website clocks in at more than 26,000 words, making it longer than some recent works of fiction.

And length isn’t the only thing Gutmann’s paper has in common with the average pulp novel. Gutmann’s work is riddled with factual errors, mistaken assumptions and unproven assertions, distortions, contradictions, misquotes, and outright untruths. In short, it’s a work of fiction all on its own.

Gutmann is a clever writer, and he’s able to string together nouns, verbs, technical terms,and acronyms in ways that sound persuasive. In this three-part series (look for Parts 2 and 3 later this week), I’m going to dig deep into Gutmann’s work and show you just where he got it wrong.

I’ve been working on this story for months. Part of the problem is that Gutmann’s paper is a rambling, sloppy, disorganized mess, and nine months of additions have made it even more difficult to pick out the serious arguments from the scare stories and snark. Gutmann’s favorite technique is to string together anecdotes he’s plucked from magazines and websites, juxtapose those stories with sentences from presentations by Microsoft engineers and developers, and then speculate on the implications, often with wildly incorrect results. And worst of all, Gutmann appears to believe everything he reads—as long as he can fit it into his anti-Microsoft world view.

The other part of the problem is Gutmann’s lack of hands-on experience with modern consumer electronics gear and with Windows Vista itself, which shows in nearly every sentence he writes. I’ve done extensive hands-on testing and have personally seen Vista do things that Gutmann says are impossible. Rather than write 26,000 words of my own, I’m going to pick out more than a dozen substantive errors in Gutmann’s piece and explain why they’re wrong.

Peter is a "Professional Paranoid" as he describes himself on his page. You can read Peter's paper "A Cost Analysis of Windows Vista Content Protection" on-line for more information on his theories.

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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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