The meeting was the initiative of Stuart Maxwell, through a Facebook group called... Wellington Bloggers (which is open to join, no invitation needed).
Present there were Stuart Maxwell, Martha Craig, Brenda Leeuwenberg, Tom Ackroyd, David Farrar, Will de Cleene, Mike Gregg, Jo (sorry I don't have a link!) and Sandy Mamoli (if I forgot anyone, please post in the comments!).
We had eight people confirmed, seventeen "maybe", eighteen "sorry" and eight people who couldn't be bothered replying to the invitation.
It was a good night, knowing a bit more of people we get to read (almost) daily.
Just for some testing I also posted the event on a new New Zealand-based event website called Eventfinder.
This year high profile industry players will also be sharing their tricks of the trade as headline speakers. Glynn Foster from Sun MicroSystems will talk about Project Indiana - a binary distribution of OpenSolaris, and Mario Wynands will talk about the latest accomplishments for New Zealand’s leading game development studio Sidhe Interactive.
Exhibitors this year are expected to be as exciting and progressive as ever. Returning exhibitor Vision Limited will be displaying their ergonomically designed gaming chair which is based on NASA space technology.
The event will be held at the Wellington Convention Centre on Wednesday 8 August from 4:30pm and is being run by ICT industry networking group Unlimited Potential.
Last year's was a good event, and I will show up there again - but
Geeks, Gadgets and Games is free and open to the public.
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"Auction sniping" is when users place bids in the last seconds of an auction, trying to buy the item, without revealing their intentions by placing bids early on the process.
It seems the software works with local on-line auction giant Trade Me and the American service eBay.
Actually, looking at their logo, even the colours are similar to Trade Me, so we know they are really after the local market for this kind of software. Have a peek:
I think the company might do well with the local New Zealand market, since I haven't seen similar software around. Of course trying to compete with other eBay auction sniper software is going to be tough: Google alone returns a million results for "auction snipe".
I have contacted Rowan Simpson, who's just left Trade Me, about this. He confirms that automated tools are not allowed and changes in the "auto extend" feature means that currently all auctions will automatically extend if there are bids in the last minutes - and this can not be turned off. This change alone makes any "sniper" tactics somehow innefective.
UPDATE: And this is the reply from Trade Me support, which surprisingly came during the weekend (I was actually expecting to receive a reply on a business day):
I have looked into this for you and can see that we do not support the use of third party software that interfaces with the website, due to corruptions that can occur.
If you aren't able to be at the computer when an auction is closing I would recommend setting up an auto bid.
If you have any further questions or if I can be of any further help please do not hesitate to contact me. Have a great weekend.
Very cool, thanks guys!
As a result we get an overview of the on-line media industry in New Zealand, plus we get onto "the radar" for advertisers, press relation and players in the tech industry.
Every week Nielsen//NetRatings sends out a chart with the top ten sites in different categories, and this week Technology was again the focus. The last Technology chart was six months ago, just after we joined the service.
The great news is that Geekzone is still the top technology New Zealand site (Unique Browsers and Page Impressions). I sent a copy of the chart to some PR companies, telcos and other tech companies - some even replied to me with "I didn't know you guys have this reach".
So thanks to all the readers and contributors to Geekzone, its forums and blogs - you help make the site what it is.
I keep an eye on numbers because the service is available on-line 24/7 for publishers, but these charts are great snippets of information for the public.
But enough said. Looking at some of my ego feeds I found Neil Anderson's comments on this chart, comparing with the same one from six months ago. Neil is the former editor of the New Zealand Herald on-line and says:
If you’re on top of technology news in New Zealand, then you’re probably a frequent visitor to geekzone.co.nz, the unflashy but highly credible site run by Mauricio Freitas from Wellington.
Geekzone offers its readers tech news and reviews, chats and discussion forums [don’t geeks love those!], plus blogs such as Juha Saarinen’s popular Techsploder.
The site is quite a success story too, with the latest Nielsen NetRatings showing the site drew almost 122,000 unique visitors last week [see first table above].
By comparison, the tech sections of the major newspaper-based websites [stuff.co.nz and nzherald.co.nz] each drew less than a third that number.
I dug out the corresponding chart from last November [see above], and you can see that Geekzone’s latest results are no fluke.
Neil, thank you for the kind words. It is really a great feeling to be able to do this job and I enjoy it - a lot.
Russ is also director of corporate strategy for Sprint, responsible for developing the strategic vision and strategic framework for that telecommunications company. It shows he knows the business, right?
Now I've found out he's working on a book called The Power of Mobility, due September 2007:
This book’s value will be measured by how well it helps readers look forward, to envision the Power of Mobility in their business, and to implement the steps required to turn vision into reality. What in any business today is stationary that, if it were mobile, would create tremendous value for customers? What steps must be taken to deliver that value and win customers' hearts and wallets?
These questions and more will be addressed in the core of the book, The Seven Steps to the Power of Mobility. This section will clearly define the specific thought processes and actions required for businesses determined to win in the new Mobility Age. Additionally, the book closes with specific examples of how companies have successfully followed these seven steps to redefine the rules of competition in their industries.
Microsoft's own on-line advertising service called Microsoft AdCenter seems to never leave a closed beta, and it's only targeting U.S. market at the moment anyway.
Now it will be even harder for on-line advertising networks to catch up with Google's AdSense.
The official press release says Google is paying US$3.1 billion for DoubleClick Inc., a company with 1200 employees and interests in digital marketing technology and services.
The acquisition will combine DoubleClick’s expertise in ad management technology for media buyers and sellers with Google’s leading advertising platform and publisher monetization services.
The combination of Google and DoubleClick will offer superior tools for targeting, serving and analyzing online ads of all types, significantly benefiting customers and consumers:
For users, the combined company will deliver an improved experience on the web, by increasing the relevancy and the quality of the ads they see.
For online publishers, the combination provides access to new advertisers, which creates a powerful opportunity to monetize their inventory more efficiently.
For agencies and advertisers, Google and DoubleClick will provide an easy and efficient way to manage both search and display ads in one place. They will be able to optimize their ad spending across different online media using a common set of metrics.
DoubleClick is headquartered in New York, and counts 17 offices and development hubs and 15 data centers worldwide.
Interestingly in the last few days I've seem a few banner ads being served by Google AdSense, and the images were being hosted by Doubleclick. Was that an indication or was it always possible to do?
A complete FAQ is available (pdf) from Google.