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NEC Technology showcase in Wellington (including NGN)

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 19-Nov-2007 11:08

I just got an invitation and I am happy to pass this along: NEC will be showcasing its technology as part of its 25th year in New Zealand.

The show includes guest speakers from Japan, Australia and NZ providing an insight into the latest global technological developments with a series of short presentations in the morning on NGN (the next generation network and its impact on the telecomms industry in NZ), the Virtual PC Centre (NEC's thin client solution), and the increasing use of biometric technology including digital fingerprinting, facial recognition and intelligent video. 

There will be a light lunch and then a showcase - they will even have the PaPeRo robot (pictured) coming from Japan to pay us a visit!

Register on-line for the showcase (22th November, in Wellington). Look for me there if you are attending!

AMD Spider: overclocking

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 17-Nov-2007 17:29

Yet another AMD Spider video, this time showing how easy it is to overclock the platform. The overclocking was done on the standard AMD Spider platform (AMD Phenom processors, ATI Radeon HD 3800 series discreet graphics and AMD 7-Series chipsets):

UPDATE: check the platform demo video too...

AMD Spider platform video

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 15-Nov-2007 14:04

I got this video from a blogger friendly contact at AMD. The video shows the new AMD Spider platform - worth watching it:

The platform combines AMD Phenom processors, ATI Radeon HD 3800 series discreet graphics and AMD 7-Series chipsets.

Next week I will be attending an AMD Spider Webinar hosted by Patrick Moorhead, vice president of Advanced Marketing for AMD. He will explain the features of the AMD Spider and provide live demonstrations.

UPDATE: check the overclocking video too...

How to get Geekzone up to date information

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 13-Nov-2007 15:51

Sometimes I am surprised to see how many people frequent our Geekzone Forums but don't realise we have news, reviews and others sections on Geekzone.

To make it easier for people to get up to date information from Geekzone, here is a handy list of features you can use:

Homepage: Yes, visit our Geekzone homepage!

RSS Feeds: We have lots of RSS feeds. The main Geekzone RSS feed provides updated information on the latest articles posted on the site Then we have a Geekzone Blogs RSS feed with all blogs posted by our users. In addition, each individual forum has its own RSS feed, so you can keep an eye on those discussion that interest you most.

Windows Vista Sidebar Gadget: If you run Windows Vista you can then keep an eye on all forum discussions as they happen with our Geekzone Gadget for Windows Vista Sidebar.

Geekzone Friends for Windows Mobile: Lots of Geekzone Friends? Follow the discussions, group messages and more using the Geekzone Friends for Windows Mobile client. In addition, visit your Geekzone profile page and grab the private RSS feeds.

FeedBlitz: You can receive a daily e-mail with new Geekzone items by subscribing to our FeedBlitz e-mail (sample)

Windows Live: We have a custom Geekzone Windows Live page with the latest information that you can add to your personal Windows Live starter page.

Windows Live Alerts: sign up to receive Geekzone notifications via Messenger or e-mail when a new article is posted on Geekzone. If you correctly configure your MSN Mobile account you can even receive a SMS when new articles come up on Geekzone!

And for the more social network inclined between us:

Twitter: Check the Geekzone Twitter feed.

Jaiku: Check the Geekzone Jaiku feed.

Facebook: Check the Geekzone Facebook group - no updates there, but a growing community of Geekzone users from around the world.

Zune v2 video reviews

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 13-Nov-2007 08:32

My friend Jason Dunn has published stacks of video reviews on the new Microsoft Zune v2 over at his site Zune Thoughts.

Below is a promotional video Jason's found in the reviewers kit. I won't be sharing his own videos because it is better for you to watch them on his site, with the associated comments.

It's worth checking these out - I won't publish individual links because he's posting a video for each interesting feature, so just hit the Zune Thoughts homepage and go from there.

Android: the first videos and Google $10 million bounty

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 13-Nov-2007 08:21

Google has setup a $10 fund to award developers who create the best applications for its new mobile platform, Android.

Below you can see a video showing the capabilities of this platform on a reference design device - don't expect to buy this specific handset anytime soon, but if all goes well, by the end of 2008 we should see the first devices hitting retail stores:

For more information visit the Android Developer Challenge webpage or the Android Developers Blog.

New forum on Geekzone: offers and wanted

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 12-Nov-2007 11:18

A couple of months ago we launched the Geekzone Jobs forum. It's free to post a job offer and to contact companies there. I hae received reports that some have already applied to jobs listed there - which is great.

Then last week we decided to create the Geekzone Offers and Wanted forum. It's just a forum where you can post something you want to sell, or you are looking to buy or trade.

Again there's no fee for listing anything there. But there are rules. Basically the moderators won't accept first time posters. If the post is not coming from someone that has already participated in the community then it will be deleted.

We will be doing this to prevent spam - and because it's a way of giving the known users the credibility they deserve.

In the future we will be working on some system to provide feedback on users' participation in all forums, so the system will be automatic.

Just as an example, Brad sold his HTC Titan only a couple of hours after posting it up for sale in the forum. He used the sale income to purchase the HTC Okta.

So it works, and you don't pay anything. So use it. Ad make sure to grab its RSS feed to keep an eye on new offers (each forum has is own RSS feed).

The Okta Touch on Geekzone

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 12-Nov-2007 11:03

I got an Okta Touch during the Okta Mobile launch, a week before it hit the retail stores.

During the Geekzone Moderators' Meeting the following weekend I was showing the Okta Touch around (of couse).

Just to show how impressed the moderators were, four out of seven Geekzone moderators now have an Okta Touch - replacing even some brand new PDAs.

A fifth Geekzone Moderator is complaining, but he's almost moving his mobile from Vodafone to Telecom just to get this device.

I can say this device was a big hit in some technical circles...

Review coming soon on Geekzone.

TechNet EDGE launching

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 11-Nov-2007 09:13

Microsoft's TechNet EDGE will be launching this Monday (Pacific timezone) but the site is live already and you can go there now and create a login linked to your Live ID

TechNet EDGE will bring content for IT Professionals, plus a forum called The Perimeter.

The initiative is clearly something to complement the developer focused Channel 9 and the more consumer-orientated On 10 initiatives.

If you are an IT Pro check it out: TechNet EDGE.

m-net reporting on TV3 and Geekzone links

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 9-Nov-2007 14:50

Here's something cool: m-net is reporting on our link exchange with TV3:

Top Kiwi technology website Geekzone is partnering with TV3 with links to each other's sites in a move both organisations hope will broaden their reader content and boost online traffic.

"There is no money in it - it's not a financial deal for either party. It's more of an experiment to see if we can each boost traffic by giving readers on both sites a greater choice of content."

Exactly right: it's about relevant content to our readers. We do not have the resources to produce videos commentaries and TV3 provides a great complement in the technology segment. You can find those links in our news stories and all forums pages.

It's also interesting to note that m-net is one of the the few media sites that actually link to sites and blogs in their stories. I am still waiting to see this happening more often from the big names in the media industry in this country.

This week I had the opportunity to listen to Bernard Hickey (Head of Digital, Fairfax Media), just before my own user generated content session at TUANZ Business Internet and Conference Awards. He seemed worried about moving his leading news site Stuff into a web 2.0 context.

Bernard even mentioned "link love" during the Q&A part in my session - but Stuff is one of the media sites which lack the concept of "linking".

I think having a big name such as TV3 allowing us to link directly to their stories, and in exchange linking to a non-mainstream provider such as our own Geekzone is really a great move and will benefit readers in both sites.

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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! 

I'm the Geekzone admin. On Geekzone we publish news, reviews and articles on technology topics. The site also has some busy forums. Also worth visiting is TravelTalk NZ, a community for travelers!

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