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Windows Mobile Security model explained

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 12-May-2007 12:58

Have you always wanted to know for sure why your Windows Mobile Smartphone requires signed applications, while a Windows Mobile Pocket PC doesn't need them?

Check this post in thw Windows Mobile Team blog about Windows Mobile Security White Papers. You will find out a lot in two booklets avaialble online, Security Considerations for Windows Mobile Messaging in the Enterprise and Security Model for Windows Mobile 5.0 and Windows Mobile 6.

Engrish takes the streets

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 12-May-2007 12:13

A light humour post for today... One of the funniest sites on the Internet is Today I've sent this picture as my contribution to that site:

This is in the back of a MR2 and says:

Nature sporty professional
More innovation more adult
A man in dandism
Powered midship specialty


Fairfax: the mistake is fixed

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 12-May-2007 11:45

This is an update on an early post of mine regarding Fairfax's The Independent Financial Review subscription problems.

I've received a phone call from The Independent and I was told that the person doing the subscription updates made a mistake. They genuinely believe (and so do I) it was an honest mistake because the person wasn't receiving any commision on subscribers' renewal.

Since I wrote a full post about the incident, it's only fair I write another full post about their process, contact and the (valid) apology.

Xero IPO

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 12-May-2007 10:51

The guys at Xero are announcing their IPO in the NZX. The offer opens this Monday 14 May, closing at the end of the month. The listing date is 5 June 2007. All information and investors' prospectus are available now.

Xero is accounting with web 2.0 technologies. Think of an on-line accounting package full of Ajax, flash charts, moving timelines, integration with banking systems and more technology goodness.

Rod Drury did a demo during the Kiwi Foo Camp and since then launched an open beta. I've joined the service which is aimed at small and medium business companies and individuals, with plans to launch in the UK pretty soon as well.

At the Kiwi Foo Camp we were also told about the new offline features coming in Mozilla 3.0 and that got Rod thinking about new future features for Xero.

Xero is another example of kiwi technical abilities, and was developed here in Wellington.

Xbox 360: Halo 3 preview coming soon

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 11-May-2007 19:15

I've got an invitation to visit the Microsoft offices in Auckland this Monday 14 May, for an exclusive sneak peek at HALO 3 beta in their Xbox 360 Lounge.

The beta officially opens 17 May, for people who bought the Crackdown game with the beta key. HALO3 beta will be available for download from Xbox LIVE.

This is the invitation I received:

This preview is only available on Monday 14 May so it will be a great opportunity for us to have a look at this. I will try to bring some pictures to the blog.

TelstraClear answers to the metering fault with cable modem service

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 11-May-2007 10:06

Regarding my post yesterday, about my surprise with an e-mail from my cable modem provider TelstraClear charging my connection to 15TB traffic, here is an e-mail from TelstraClear received this morning:

Please be reassured that customers will not be billed, via direct debit or otherwise, for the fault yesterday with the usage meter.

We are sending an e-mail out to all customers affected within the next 24 hours explaining the issue we had with the usage e-mail, reassuring them that they won't be billed for this and apologising for any inconvenience.

This is the official communication and I can only assume this is how it will happen.

The issue affected almost everyone using the cable modem service - there were cases of people going home to turn the modem off, fearing their connections were hacked and someone was using it to distribute software or download content over their wireless routers. A long discussion is evolving in our Geekzone forums.

Vodafone pit stop

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 10-May-2007 15:20

A cursory look in our Geekzone forums might reveal some users disgruntled at the way Vodafone New Zealand's current billing system works.

People complain about not being able to cancel services, change account settings and more importantly, they complain about the apparent "preference" Vodafone gives to Prepay users when offering specials not available to On Account users.

Some time ago we published a Q&A with Vodafone New Zealand CEO Russell Stanners, but the answers did not clarify much on this aspect.

It seems Vodafone New Zealand is now changing their billing systems, and has declared a pit-stop. I haven't seem any advertising on TV, but they have a webpage with information on this transition. And you better be prepared: there are lots of things you won't be able to do during the transition period.

For example you won't be able get an accurate account balance. According to Vodafone New Zealand, you’ll still be able to access your account balance, bundle balance and data details but during the changeover period these will not be up to date.

This includes information you gather by calling their customer services, using SMS or even on-line. Their recommendation? check your account before 17 May and then monitor your usage during the changeover period. Mind you, call detail information (eg, Vodafone to Vodafone calls, off-peak and on-peak calling, etc.) will be unavailable during the changeover period.

So be careful there. Any dispute is going to be your word against their word. Not good, uh?

You also will be unable to change your existing Vodafone plan, or add/remove/change Add-Ons to your plan or talkZone group during a smaller period.

Vodafone says they are even unable to activate/deactivate roaming during this time.

But more importantly, new connections connections can be added to your account but there will be delays in doing this.

Still according to the site, there are some changes to your account that you won’t be able to make on-line via ‘Manage Your Account’ (MYA) during this period. After this time, there will be a 5-day turnaround period for some changes via MYA.

The periods covered are from 17 May throgh end of June... A long time and I expect to see even more disgruntled customers...

Make sure you read the information about this transition period.

I didn't use 15,800 GB today... But TelstraClear says it so

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 10-May-2007 12:33

I've just received an e-mail from TelstraClear saying I've used 7,891 additional blocks of data. Each additional block is 2GB, meaning they believe I've used about 15,800 GB in a single day - according to their meter. I couldn't be bothered checking the math since this is obviously wrong any way.

Since each additional usage blocks are charged at $2.95, their stats page says I owe them about $23,280 in excess usage:

I posted in our Geekzone forums and found I am not alone... Currently I am waiting for someone to answer my call...

UPDATE: I've managed to talk to the TCL help desk and they are aware of this. The official word is that this will not be charged to people's accounts.

UPDATE: I have received an e-mail from TelstraClear clarifying the situation and explaining the next steps.

Summer of Code 2.0

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 10-May-2007 11:33

Hey, I've just looked at the Summer of Code 2.0, and I can see our Geekzone logo there now, with other companies such as ProjectX, Trade Me, PlanHQ, Silverstripe,, Xero, Sisu Software, Provoke, Innaworks and Spikefin.

Summer of Code 2.0 is an internship programme that gives Computer Science and Engineering students the opportunity to work in cool Tech companies over the summer. Students will gain on the job experience, get paid and learn from the best minds in the business about their knowledge on cutting edge technologies such as:

  • Working in a Start-up
  • High Volume Databases
  • Distributed Computing.
  • Mobile Development
  • Ruby on Rails

Last year Summer of Code 2.0 was the biggest employer of IT students in Wellington. And now it's back bigger and better in'07.

That's cool... We have lots of plans for Geekzone, and come Summer you too can be part of the work here. Check the Summer of Code 2.0 website for more information.

Geekzone Gadget, Trade Me Gadget, XML APIs

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 10-May-2007 09:11

Rowan has announced the guys at Trade Me have released their Trade Me Gadget for Windows Vista Sidebar, and what's more important they also exposed the first accessible Trademe API through XML.

The cool thing is that some have already implemented other "toys" with this API, including a mobile friendly page to monitor your Trademe auctions, a Google Gadget to list Tade Me auctions in iGoogle, and a cool widget to list Trademe auctions in your blog (below).

Since we released our own Geekzone Gadget for Windows Vista (below) I've been thinking of exponsig the API XML, so here it goes: is the main XML file, with a list of forums, timestamp. To list each forum's discussions you can use the forumID and retrieve the RSS for each forum for example

I know someone is working on an Apple Mac OS Dashboard widget. Anyone else interested in creating a mobile friendly version and perhaps a widget for iGoogle?

I just ask one thing: don't hammer the XML with requests every second... A good start is a ten minute cycle.

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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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