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By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 10-Aug-2008 15:34

A few days ago over on Twitter there was a discussion about "free" services and one of the topics was about selling features that are valuable to users.

So here is something we don't promote much but is available: Geekzone Subscriptions. In summary Geekzone subscribers have the ability to upload images (handy for forums and blogs), the option to browse Geekzone without advertising and the ability to create and manage their own "by invitation only" private forums on Geekzone.

To make things a bit more interesting we have just changed the private forum limit from one to 15. That's it: each Geekzone Subscriber can create and manage up to 15 private forums, each with its own access list, only visible to those allowed to access the private discussions.

We also have our own e-mail domain available to our users, free of charge. Geekzonemail gives users a Windows Live ID that can be used wherever Windows Live ID are accepted - including Windows Live access, Windows Live Messenger (MSN) and more. It provides Windows Mobile users with push e-mail and you can access your email with Microsoft Outlook Connector or Windows Live Mail Desktop.

Geekzone increasing numbers

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 5-Aug-2008 16:28

I've just looked at our numbers on Nielsen//Netratings for July 2008...

In terms of page views we had 25.72% increase (total traffic), with 45.04% increase in our New Zealand traffic.

This comes from a Unique Browsers increase of 8.37% (total traffic) and 19.33% (New Zealand traffic).

Great stuff! Thanks to all our users, thanks to our moderators, thanks to everyone!

The Windows Mojave experiment results

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 26-Jul-2008 11:18

Yesterday I posted about Microsoft Windows Mojave, an experiement in perception.

A set of people were asked what they think is bad on Windows Vista during the Mojave Experiment. Their answers were recorded.  They were then shown "Microsoft Windows Mojave", a new operating system that impressed everyone.

Microsoft then revealed "Windows Mojave" and "Windows Vista" are the same one.

I have just found out the full "Mojave Experiment" results will be available 29th July on The Mojave Experiment website.

Orb helping Women's Refuge - and you can too

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 18-Jul-2008 13:10

This is a worthy cause Orb Communicatons is working on. The company has announced a partnership with Women’s Refuge that will see women that Refuges are working with, given second-hand mobile phones pre-loaded with airtime credit. 

This is a New Zealand-wide initiative, which also encourages Kiwis to recycle their old mobile phones. The effort begins during the Women’s Refuge Annual Appeal Week, 21-27 July, and will continue indefinitely.
If you have any old mobile phone you can drop in at any one of Orb’s 40 stores around the country.  Orb technicians will refurbish the phones so they’re in good working order before adding airtime credit and giving them to their local Women’s Refuge. 

Of course if you do not have an old mobile phone lying around then you can still donate money at the collection boxes in store at Orb as part of the Appeal Week.
From the press release I received today, it looks like the Ministry for the Environment estimates there are up to one million unused mobile phones in New Zealand. 

Free beer - as in beer

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 17-Jul-2008 21:35

I am back home now after an interesting evening where we all got to taste the Armageddon. I met lots of local technologists and bloggers, plus beer lovers, thanks to Epic Beer.

From there a few (myself, Alan and Stuart) walked to the always good Nicolini's for some Italian food and lots of geeky talk.

Some very entertaining tweets during the evening. Epic Beer's Luke is doing a great job of using Internet-based social networks - the back of his business cards lists their addresses on Google, YouTube, Facebook, FriendFeed, Flickr and Twitter - and Luke is an avid Twitter user.

The Geekzone Pizza evening in Christchurch: thanks to sponsors

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 3-Jul-2008 15:54

This weekend I am flying to Christchurch where I will be meeting some other Geekzone users for our Geekzone Pizza Evening Christchurch Saturday evening.

If this even goes like the ones in Wellington and Auckland it will be a success! It is Thursday only and we know of some people from Auckland who are already in Christchurch (or rather they flew in this morning, got a car to visit Queenstown and back Saturday). Some of the Wellington people are flying this Friday too, so I am sure everyone will be ready for a weekend of fun with the local Geekzone users.

Again, we couldn't do it without the help of our sponsors, so here is the list... Make sure you visit their websites to see what they are up to:

Pizza: Jobx is sponsoring the pizza.

DrinksIT Maniacs and OnlineGroups.Net are 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).

Snap Internert will be present and giving two Internet Packs (Linksys WAG54G router plus six months Snap Advanced ADSL)*.

Symantec is giving us a copy of Norton Internet Security 2008 and Norton Antivirus 2008.

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.

Although this event is fully booked, we still have some space left for the Geekzone Pizza Evening Hastings - and yes a lot of people are flying up to the Hawkes Bay for that one too!

Geekzone Pizza evening in Hawkes Bay

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 3-Jun-2008 08:17

Well it had to happen. With sucha success events as the Geekzone Pizza evenings in Wellington and Auckland, and a fully booked (yet to happen) one in Christchurch, we are planning a Geekzone Pizza evening in Hawkes Bay on 19th July.

It is likely to be held in Hastings.

We are currently workling with booking the venue but we have limited the event to 30 people this time.

As usual sponsors for the pizza, drinks and prizes pool are welcome - contact me for more details.

Please RSVP in the thread.

It is here: our Dragon competition

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 29-May-2008 20:02

So it starts: for seven days we will be accepting entries to our competition, part of the 31 Days of the Dragon.

If you don't know yet HP has partnered with 31 websites to give 31 HP HDX notebooks loaded with the ultimate hardware and software. Each site will give one of those beasts away - one a day during 31 days.

Enter our competition now, then follow to the 31 Days of the Dragon website to find out where to go next.

Geekzone Pizza evening in Auckland done - and a success

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 27-May-2008 08:22

Last night we had our Geekzone Pizza evening in Auckland and again we had 100% capacity - pizza, drinks, prizes and meeting some of our Geekzone friends. Just a shame we couldn't have a venue with capacity to host all interested people.

Thanks to our sponsor, listed here again:


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.

Ingram Micro is giving away a wireless laptop mouse and a Habu gaming mouse.

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.

The next event will be the Geekzone Pizza evening in Christchurch. Again, the event is 100% full now, but you can add your name to the waiting list - check the sponsors and prize list for that event. If you are interested in sponsoring the pizza, drinks or some prizes contact me now.

Sci-fi film themes in Auckland

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 21-May-2008 14:56

I got an e-mail telling me about the "A Night at the Movies - Symphonic Pops Series, Concert 2" in Auckland, 14th June.

The concert features live performances of movie themes, including a number of sci-fi film themes, such as Star Wars, 2001: A Space Odyssey, ET, Superman and many more. 

The Star Wars pieces include the Intro Theme, Across the Stars (Attack of the Clones), Throne Room (A New Hope) and Duel of the Fates (Phantom Menace), backed by a choir.

Here is the official press release information with much more details:


Return of A Night at the Movies - Symphonic Pops Series, Concert 2
Saturday 14 June, 7.30pm, Aotea Centre, THE EDGE

Last year’s A Night at the Movies concert by the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra proved so popular it’s returning to the Aotea Centre on Saturday 14 June. But this year it’s bigger. And better. Return of A Night at the Movies will be an evening of immense excitement for young and old – including an innovative competition to enthral budding filmmakers.

The concert is part of the APO’s Symphonic Pops Series and will be held at the Aotea Centre, THE EDGE, presenting a thrilling opportunity to here iconic film scores played live and loud by a full orchestra.
The concert features pieces from your favourite films, including Laurence of Arabia, 2001: A Space Odyssey, Star Wars, Lion King, Titanic, Pirates of the Caribbean, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, Bodyguard, ET and many more. Return of a Night at the Movies will be conducted by Brett Kelly, who, continuing a stellar career conducting Australia’s leading orchestras, makes his debut with the APO.
This year the concert incorporates an innovative new competition called CUT TO: MUSIC. The competition invites film-makers to create a short-film to fit a prepared orchestral score. The winner will have their film screened at Return of A Night at the Movies with the score performed live by the full Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra.

It looks (and sounds) interesting. I won't be there though... Perhaps next time?

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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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