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Video: Microsoft Deepfish for Windows Mobile

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 30-Mar-2007 08:48

The Microsoft Live Labs are at it again... They have just announced a new paradigm for mobile browsing called Microsoft Deepfish. Is seems it works in a similar fashion as not much different from some other solutions, in which a server-side engine fetches and render pages, transferring an image of this page...

The following short movie shows how a page is rendered first in a completely zoomed out state. When you press the Action button the grey area will help you focus what area to zoom in and clicking the Action button again will enlarge that area.

Notice how the content is blurry after zooming in. Like some mapping technologies only the content needed to fill the screen is downloaded and cached, so the blur will go after a couple of seconds after you move to a new area in the page, giving way for a much better picture.

The product is currently on a semi-open beta. IT appears all the allocated slots for beta testers are taken, but you can register your interest on the research site.

Video: Microsoft Deepfish on Palm Treo 750v

The New Zealand on-line market under the microscope

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 29-Mar-2007 13:56

Even with all complaints about the current state of affairs when it comes to New Zealand broadband services and infrastructure, it seems the kiwis love to buy on-line.

Reaserch firm Nielsen//NetRatings has just released the results of a its new "Online Retail Monitor", a continuous study of New Zealand's on-line market. The results show just strong the New Zealand market is for online shopping.

According to the press release sent out today, in a month-long period over December 2006 to January 2007, 66% of adult New Zealand internet users made a purchase online and 95% researched goods or services via the internet.

These are very high numbers when taken in comparison with a similar study conducted in Australia where 54% made a purchase online in the lead up to Christmas, and 87% researched goods or services online,.

It seems New Zealanders are also spending on-line a lot more than . The average amount spent online was NZ$774 for the measured period, whilst in Australia the December figure was NZ$649.

When asked if these dollars figures included on-line auction transactions, Tony Boyte, Senior Analyst for Nielsen//NetRatings, confirmed that yes, this activity is included.

What would be interest to see is how much of this dollar figure is generated from Trademe alone. In January 2007 the auction web site alone was responsible for attracting 26% of unique users browsing the Internet in New Zealand, while generating 62% of the number of page impressions for all sites monitored by Nielsen//NetRatings.

The study tells us the most popular single item of purchase was tickets for flights. Mr Boyte explained: “Purchasing online is being more and more encouraged by airlines and booking agencies, and the results are very evident. The popularity of online flight bookings at this time may also be a result of people starting to plan their year ahead, including of course their holidays”.

It would be interesting to see if you have numbers for comparison with other countries, not only Australia.

PC World lists 101 Fantastic Freebies for the Internet age

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 29-Mar-2007 10:06

Interesting list put out by PC World (no, not the New Zealand one, the other one). PC World's 101 Fantastic Freebies article includes a wide range of free services, downloads, web sites, and more.

Here is the 101 Fantastic Freebies, broken out into 23 categories:

Desktop Search

Google Desktop (winner)
Copernic Desktop Search
Windows Desktop Search
Yahoo! Desktop Search

Windows XP Tweaks
Fresh UI (winner)
Microsoft PowerToys for Windows XP
Tweak and Tune

Windows Vista Tweaks
TweakVI Basic (winner)
Easy BCD

Instant Messaging, Voice, and Video
Meebo (winner)
Yahoo! Messenger
Windows GAIM
Google Talk

Avast (winner)
AVG Anti-Virus Free
Microsoft Windows Defender
Spybot Search & Destroy

VLC Media Player (winner)

Image Editing
Google Picasa (winner)
StudioLine Photo Basic
Microsoft Photo Info
FastStone MaxView
Media Purveyor
GIMP-GNU Image Manipulation Program

Email for Free
Gmail (winner)
Yahoo! Mail
Microsoft Windows Live Mail

File Sharing
AllPeers (winner)

Backup and File Synchronization
Mozy (winner)
Microsoft SyncToy
Everyday Auto Backup
Microsoft Foldershare

Office Productivity Software & Services
Zoho (winner)
Portable Apps
Google Docs and Spreadsheets
Num Sum
Ajax 13

Time Management
Backpack (winner)
Google Notebook
Sticky Notes
Easy To-Do

Registry Cleaner
TweakNow RegCleaner Standard (winner)
Clean My Registry

Hardware Utility
Belarc Advisor (winner)
M2 Information

Personal Web
Pageflakes (winner)
Google Personalized Home
Windows Live

Google Blogger (winner)
Microsoft Windows Live Spaces
AOL People Connection
Yahoo! 360

RSS Reader-Online
Bloglines (winner)
NewsGator Online
Google Reader

RSS Reader-Software
Sage (winner)
Active Web Reader
Tristana RSS Reader
MCE RSS Reader

Web Video Site
YouTube (winner)
Yahoo! Video
Google Video

Notepad Replacement
NoteTab Light (winner)
Crimson Editor
EditPad Lite

Multimedia Tools and Toys
Audacity (winner)
Free iPod Video Converter
PSP Video 9
DVD Shrink

Business Productivity
Google Apps for Your Domain (winner)
Microsoft Office Live

Google Earth

Scary: satellite debris on path of airliner flying Santiago to Auckland

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 29-Mar-2007 09:17

According to this story, "flaming space junk narrowly misses jet". The Russians provided the wrong time of reentry, and threfore wrong location. The Auckland Oceanic Centre, in charge of that part of air space gave airlines the option of not flying, but since the time was wrong... You get it:

The pilot of a Lan Chile Airbus A340, which was travelling between Santiago, Chile, and Auckland, New Zealand, notified air traffic controllers at Auckland Oceanic Centre after seeing flaming space junk hurtling across the sky just five nautical miles in front of and behind his plane about 10pm last night.

"Auckland is talking to (an) Aerolineas Argentinas (pilot) who is travelling (in the) opposite direction at 10 degrees further south asking if they wish to turn back to Auckland.

"They have elected to carry on at the moment.

A spokesman for Airways New Zealand, which provides air navigation services across airspace known as the Auckland Flight Information Region, confirmed the incident this morning.

He said it occurred about 10 minutes after the Lan Chile flight had entered the Auckland Flight Information Region.

Airways New Zealand had been warned by Russian authorities almost two weeks ago that a satellite would be entering the earth's atmosphere sometime today between 10.30am and midday NZ time (6.30-8am WA time).

That is scary. But it also makes me think... With all the current paranoia, if a disaster happened because of this, wouldn't people be quick to start rumours?

BlackBox M14 Noise Cancellation headphones giveaway...

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 27-Mar-2007 19:48

That's right: I got a pair of those incredibly cool BlackBox M14 Noise Cancellation headphones for review, and the manufacturers asked me to give those away instead of returning them.

Go ahead, read our review on Geekzone, and then enter the competition. It's open to everyone, in New Zealand or not.

Terrorized by war on terror

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 27-Mar-2007 19:06

The non-technology post of the day... A very interesting article by Zbigniew Brzezinski, national security adviser to President Jimmy Carter:  "Terrorized by 'War on Terror'" (Washington Post).

It should be a lesson to all leaders. A must read to all lawmakers.

Unlocking the Vodafone 1210 Windows Mobile Smartphone

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 27-Mar-2007 17:29

I've previously posted about the Vodafone 1210 (VDA IV) being locked, which prevents users installing self signed certificates, important for individuals and organisations running Microsoft Exchange Server and their own CA (Certificate Authority) servers.

Since that post I wrote a Vodafone 1210 review and after that I received a few requests on instructions on how to unlock this smartphone.

For all of you who have been waiting for this, Vodafone was listening and they have just sent me a firmware upgrade developed by ASUS, allowing self signed certificates to be installed on this device.

The upgrade software currently does not work on Windows Vista, but it should be ok on Window XP.

Also, if you haven't read the review yet, Vodafone has posted a comment there, confirming an update for Windows Mobile 6 should be avaialble for this device mid-2007.

Good move guys!

FAQs you should read: Windows Mobile 6 and encrypting storage cards

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 27-Mar-2007 16:36

One of the most interesting features released with Windows Mobile 6 is the option to encrypt the contents of an external memory card. This is important if you have some content that you are working on but can't just leave "in the open".

Until now I had the impression that the encryption keys were stored on the device only, and if you hard reset it or had a problem you wouldn't be able to read the memory card on another device.

But reading this most interesting Windows Mobile Storage Card Encryption FAQ I found out that you can actually store the encryption keys device PIN on an Exchange Server.

Threats are not nice

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 27-Mar-2007 11:07

There's a reason why we do not like Internet trolls. But it is worst when anonymous comments turn into threats.

This shouldn't be happening. Kathy Sierra shouldn't be afraid.

A great blog, with good market, marketing, product placement comments. But it seems some jerk thinks the person behind it is just another target for his/hers threats.

Sad. I really hope she's got some good police officers investigating. Some clued in police officers. Go get the prick.

I wonder if the New Zealand Police is prepared to work on such cases. I read somewhere they have some technology guys around.

AOL is not moving fast enough to remove spyware from their ad network

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 27-Mar-2007 09:27

A few days ago I posted about a series of spyware ads being served by AOL. The story comes originally from Spywaresucks.

This kind of spyware/adware is the same one found in the Microsoft's MSN network a few weeks ago. But at least Microsoft moved quickly and withdraw the ads as soon as they were notified of this.

But it looks like AOL either doesn't believe in external reports, or doesn't care about the security of their network. AOL is stil serving infected ads.

When is AOL going to clean their ad network?

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