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The mess of checking Flash version on web apps (Xero example)

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 18-Oct-2011 11:51

Here is an example of how messed up things are with browsers. We all complain about Flash, from sometimes being resource angry, to having lots of vulnerabilities.

A lot of people also keep saying how great Google Chrome is. And Google Chrome comes with its own built-in Flash platform, something we can't update independently if a new Flash version is released.

Today when I went to the Xero login page it says "You do not have a current version of Flash installed. We highly recommend that you update to the latest version of Flash before using Xero." And since I am using latest and greatest Google Chrome, I have no way to update it.

This is another example of the mess created by having browsers incorporating third party platforms directly. Developers that want to make sure users have the benefits of the latest developments keep checking browser version ("hey you, stop using Internet Explorer 6") and platform versions ("hey you stop using this old Flash version" or "hey you, stop using the Java Runtime and upgrade it or risk being delivered something that will mess your computer).

The fastest browsers move to HTML5 and leave this behind the better. Also, Xero will need to update their code to make sure you are using the latest Chrome, not the latest Flash.

Twitter… It worked (or how we reunited a wallet and its owner)

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 11-Oct-2011 17:59

Today I engaged in a little social experiment. Quite simple really: would I be able to, using Twitter, reunite a lost wallet with its owner?

The answer is, at least in Wellington, yes.

In short, I found a wallet while walking down to lunch with an IT company and some tech journalists. Inside some cash, credit cards, library card, driver licence and family photos. No business card or contact number.

Since I was just on time for lunch I decided to look around for a police car. Seeing none I entered the restaurant and sent out a tweet saying "Looking for Ian Shannon. Found his wallet. I am having lunch at Aribtrageur until 130pm."

If nothing happened by them I would just drop the wallet at the central police station.

Ten people retweeted my message, and about twenty minutes later I received the following: "@freitasm @greermcdonald - Hi there! Told Ian that you have his wallet. He'll be there in about 15 mins."

And so we managed to reunite Ian and his wallet.

Quite a cool tale for our little capital city.

Off to Singapore with HP

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 11-Oct-2011 16:46

I'm will be in Singapore 17 - 21 October to attend a HP event on Converged Infrastructure in APAC. Will post updated information in my "unofficial" blog while there.

As usual, full disclosure: travel and accommodation expenses being paid by HP.

Case Study Challenge (ecentre Massey University)

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 11-Oct-2011 16:41

As part of the Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW), ecentre is holding a Case Study Challenge on the 15th November and a Business Idea Workshop on the 18th November. Details below:

Amazon AWS 101 Cloud Computing Business Seminar–everyone but me, thanks

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 10-Oct-2011 18:56

I registered to the Amazon AWS 101 Cloud Computing Business Seminar event happening in Wellington and Auckland. I am a tech guy, and I use technology. A lot. That's how we keep Geekzone running - we use the lot, including databases, performance optimisation, content delivery networks, balanced DNS, analytics, etc. Because that's how we keep the site running, and that's how we have it on the top.

So naturally I thought learning about Amazon AWS would be awesome and I could at some point use this.

But when I registered I put my title as "blogger" instead of "director". Because that's what I do for a living. The "director" at my company is just the signing title.

Then I got a strange phone call from Amazon asking what is my title, followed by this email:

Thank you very much for your interest in our Business Seminar in Wellington on Oct 13. This event is a customer-focus event and therefore not appropriate for Media and Bloggers. However, we would be very happy to answer any of your question and therefore set up a meeting with our PR Manager. Please let me know if you'd like to that.

So, there you go.

After I replied to this note with a clarification they sent me an email saying I am welcome to the event.

I think not.

Another Diarist test: Call of Duty

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 8-Oct-2011 14:59

Just another test using the Diarist app for Windows Phone...

Another Diarist test: a bag of SEO

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 8-Oct-2011 09:50


(Diarist is a metaweblog app for Windows Phone, developed by Kev Daly).

Why is TelstraClear sending New Zealand traffic to California through Hong Kong?

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 5-Oct-2011 16:36

Is TelstraClear having some routing problems? Why is it routing traffic from New Zealand to the United States via Hong Kong?

Isn't enough that we are far away from content, why use the longest route to get something then?

Discussion going on Geekzone at the moment.


Update: Yes, someone mentioned it's the Internet, if things are not well, alternative routes and all. Yes, I know that. Still, if we are so far away from content that 200ms influences the results, it would be good if a high quality network could make sure things were taking the optimal path and only use the fallback as an alternative for when things go wrong, not as the default for days/weeks. In this case, someone somewhere should be alerted.

Test post from Diarist

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 3-Oct-2011 22:46

Diarist is a Windows Phone blogging app, supporting the Metaweblog API.

Faster mobile data via 3G WiFi router than 3G USB modem?

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 22-Sep-2011 10:29

I have a Cradlepoint PHS300 and noticed something interesting when using mobile data: if I plug my 3G Sierra  Wireless USB modem to the PHS300 and connect my laptop to the router via WiFi I get faster speedtest results than if I plug the 3G USB modem directly to my laptop.

This is obviously for the same network, same location (Auckland CBD), around the same time (as in plug to laptop, test, plug to PHS300, text, plug back to laptop, test)...
Also the connection seems to be more reliable.

Interesting. I know both the laptop USB adapter and the 3G USB modem are USB 2.0, but why the speed difference?

And no, it's not a paid advertising for Cradlepoint products, but I would be interested to know if anyone have similar experiences with other 3G/WiFi routers.

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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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