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Behind the scenes: Introducing HP ProLiant G6 servers

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 9-Apr-2009 15:58

During the visit to HP's Houston offices we had the chance to attend a couple of deep dive sessions into the new HP servers. Here are a few pictures from those meetings and some HP videos with background information on each model:

You can check the HP ProLiant G6 announcement here and HP Pod pictures here.

Internet Marketing is biggest threat to Twitter

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 26-Mar-2009 09:18

You all know those websites promising fortune and glory. You could get $5,000 a week without leaving home! Learn how to earn Google money using a "system" someone is selling for $49 - a $250 off!

What a bargain, isn't it? If this could really provide you with $5,000 a week why is this guy selling his "secret"?

Yes, you get the idea. If it's too good to be true, then it probably is.

And we have Twitter, the microblogging service that is fun - until you start getting the damn spammers in your "followers" list.

For example I've created a new Twitter account to share my favourite RSS clips with friends - and the world. After only a couple of days it has a few followers. But let's look at their profiles:

"Internet Marketing & Attraction Marketing Instructor"

"I will help you learn how money works and how to make it work for you!"

"Husband, father, social media,tax guy, blogger, startups, entrepreneur, consultant. How can I help?"

"Internet Marketer/Author/Entrepreneur"

"Hustling my way through life, Marketing, SEO, Affiliates, Comedy, Youtube, Motivational; I rarely check DM's if you sent one please @ me letting me know thxs"

"Internet Marketing & Attraction Marketing Instructor"

"I help entrepreneurs grow their businesses while working less."

"Full time network marketer and loving being able to help others. In top 25 of company I work with."

"Clickbank ready packages - book, website etc. Please ask me for more info"

"Father / Husband, Internet Marketer, Traffic Specialist, Affiliate Marketer, and Coach"

Oh yes, they are all my "friends". And what do they post in their tweets? Just have a look at these:

Or this one:

Look at those numbers. This person is obviously spamming away, and he still has more than 40,000 people following his tweets!

I said it before about blogging: the people making most money with blogging are those teaching others how to make money with blogging.

And look at all those messages. What are those links you ask? Don't bother visiting, I will give you a glimpse of some of those:

One of these actually create a long video with precise instructions on how to get more than 30,000 Twitter Followers in a few days. With big loud words and all:

These days I had to turn off the Twitter e-mail notifications. If people noticed I don't follow back, it's simply because managing Twitter followers is too much of a time consuming task, when you receive a few notifications every day, check each profile and decide that 80% of those are spammers.

There are two types there: the ones that have a huge following (such as those examples here), or those who use automated tools to create an account, follow a couple of thousand people and post a single tweet saying something like "It really works, I got a free iPhone, visit my site".

Even if you decide to block these "gurus" you still have to visit their profiles at least once. And that's when you see their (very annoying) messages.

There's also the problem with people who are so eager to have followers and show how "engaged" they are that auto-follow tools are used to automatically follow new "friends". It means at least in a few cases those "gurus" get undiscriminate follow back. If you are not discerning who you follow back then your list is probably already filled with these contacts - shame on you for feeding these guys!

Twitter is not helping either - they should attach the new followers' profile to the notification e-mail - this would save users a lot of time managing the list. They should also include a "Block this user" link on each email too.

Seriously. When people start talking about "Twitter Conferences", "bringing Twitter to schools" or "companies should use Twitter" you have to stop and think there's something wrong there. The service should really exclude these type of spam/scam otherwise it will have so much noise soon that it will die. A well deserved death.

... and please remove this information or we will call our lawyers

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 25-Mar-2009 15:27

There's a New Zealand company asking me to remove some information from the Geekzone forums, otherwise they'll be calling the lawyers in.

The information they want removed from the forums is someone's name who is not related to the company anymore - he once was the majority shareholder until something showed up on the newspapers and he had to sell his participation in the company to his brother.

Now comes the thing: the "information" they want removed from the forums is just a quote from the New Zealand Companies Office (@CompaniesOffice on Twitter), part of the Ministry of Economic Development.

This information that causes so much trouble is only a copy of the publicly available records for this company, showing that this person was a shareholder and sold his participation back in September 2008. Nothing else. Just a record of ownership and transfer.

Basically they want us to remove a fact stated on a public forum because it doesn't look good - regardless of this fact being publicly available on a government website.

There you go. I replied asking for more information but no answer yet.

Windows Home Server Power Pack 2 announced

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 24-Mar-2009 15:51

Windows Home Server Power Pack 2 will be available shortly. It brings quite a few updates and the first Media Center-aware connector software:

I have been using it as part of the beta (codenamed Snoqualmie) and it's a solid build - very few bugs filled, and the RC is running on my Windows Home Server for some time now. Worth it!

Cisco Visual Networking Index

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 25-Feb-2009 10:44

This is an interesting application released by Cisco today:

"Cisco Visual Networking Index (VNI) applications are designed to empower consumers and capture network usage trends worldwide that can be publicly shared. As bandwidth-intensive advanced services make network resources even more precious, we hope that enabling a better understanding of our individual and collective network behaviors will help maximize another valuable resource—your time.  Become a part of this global movement and use these applications to get a new perspective of how the network can improve your Connected Life. "

Geekzone #blackout

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 23-Feb-2009 10:36

It is the 23rd February 2009, Monday morning in New Zealand and our local readers will notice that Geekzone (alongside with hundreds of other New Zealand sites) is redirecting to this blackout page instead of the normal frontpage you are used to see. This will last until about midday.

We joined those other websites to protest against the New Zealand Copyright Act S92a, which comes in effect 28th February 2009 and allows ISPs to cut Internet services to any user accused of downloading copyrighted material.

Note that this is not the same as fair course of justice. ISPs are required disconnect the service from users that are repeatedly accused of infringing copyright without any trial.

While I support copyright, I am not capable of supporting a law that denies the accused side any form of defense.

You can read more background information here here, and here.

I was told by the CEO of a large New Zealand-based ISP that costs to make its company compliant with this new law was already running around $500,000. This is to create the required infrastructure to deal with incoming copyright infringement notices, investigation, etc.

You can imagine smaller ISPs will not have this kind of money around so in such cases I expect a very quick disconnection procedure, so they can avoid any costs.

This is not good for New Zealand development. Many small and medium business will be affected by this law due to the required policies to be put in place, plus the cost of monitoring, warning, etc.

I recently joined a manifestation by the Parliament steps, where MP Peter Dunne received a petition against this draconian law. I've posted pictures on Flickr.

Happy 2009!

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 1-Jan-2009 00:00

I wish everyone a happy 2009!

It is here: enter to have a chance to win a Zero Gravity flight experience, and more!

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 24-Nov-2008 12:00

Wow! Since my own Zero Gravity flight experience a few months ago I have been waiting to announce this competition coming to Geekzone. And it's here at last.

It's huge: Symantec is taking the winner from this and other similar competitions from around the world on a business class flight to the USA and once there they will experience a Zero Gravity flight - about 90 minutes of excitment with 15 Zero Gravity sequences.

And that's not all. The winners gets a chance to enter a second draw with a suborbital flight as a prize.

How big is that?

Check all you need to know (sorry, long T&Cs, talk to the lawyers!) in our Zero G competition page.

Tech and autographed gear for auction on Trade Me - help the Auckland Under 15 Boys Basketball team

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 17-Sep-2008 16:41

Last night I've go an e-mail from Steve Graham, GM at Fronde AKL, also the coach of the Auckland Under 15 regonal basketball team.

In short Steve managed to get the support of some companies (Google, Microsoft, HP, Vodafone, Samsung, Kodak) and people (Hamish Carter, Dilon Boucher, All Whites) to a special "tech gear auction" to raise funds and help the Auckland's Under 15 Boys' Basketball Team to attend the National Championship in Rotorua.

There is a 60 GB Google Flip, 30 GB Microsoft Zune, HP iPAQ, autogaphed items, Family pass to Rainbows End and much more. 

So if you are looking for tech and sport memorabilia, check the tech gear auction or search for "under15bball" on Trade Me.


My Zero G flight experience: the pictures

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 16-Sep-2008 14:42

In my previous post you can see a short video with my Zero G flight experience. I have now uploaded some of the pictures to my Flickr Zero G set:

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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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