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What does it take to be an I.T. Rockstar 2009?

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 15-Apr-2009 15:34

So, you think you are an I.T. Rockstar? Or do you know one? (Warning: some NSFW images around)

PS. I am one of the judges in this year's I.T. Rockstar competition. Bribes, tips,bottles accepted. You know how to find me ;)

AT&T Pantech Matrix Pro smartphone giveaway roster

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 13-Apr-2009 08:45

Very soon we here at Geekzone will be participating with another 25 websites to give away an AT&T Pantech Matrix Pro smartphone - each, to our U.S.-based readers.

That's right, it will be 26 of those AT&T Pantech Matrix Pro, plus a US$100 gift card that you can use to top up your account.

To make it clear: we have 26 websites in this promotion, and each will give away one of these smartphones. Each site will run its own competition, so you can enter in as many of those sites you want, following their own rules.

What's so cool about this handset? Besides being a super fast 3G/HSDPA device, connected to the AT&T network in the U.S., it's a smartphone running Windows Mobile 6.1, with a bright screen, sliding keypad and keyboard:

You can see more about this smartphone here and here.

But even if you don't win in the competitions we are able to give you a special deal from AT&T exclusive to this promotion: buy an AT&T Pantech Matrix Pro and receive a free Jabra BT4051 Bluetooth headset.

I suggest you bookmark this page and come back here often to find which sites are running their promotion in which date. Better still, subscribe to each site's RSS feed so you can keep an eye for when the competition post comes live:

Tools for Thought (15-Apr 19-Apr)
ChipChick (16-Apr 20-Apr)
VivirLatino (17-Apr 21-Apr) (18-Apr 22-Apr) (19-Apr 23-Apr)
Gadgetell (20-Apr 24-Apr)
GeeksRoom (21-Apr 25-Apr)
OSNN (22-Apr 26-Apr)
Techmamas (23-Apr 27-Apr)
Clintonfitch (24-Apr 28-Apr)
Justanothermobilemonday (25-Apr 29-Apr) (26-Apr 30-Apr)
MediaBlab (27-Apr 01-May)
Smartphonethoughts (28-Apr 02-May)
Mobilityminded (29-Apr 03-May)
The Gadgeteer (30-Apr 04-May)
Geekzone (01-May 05-May)
Techie Diva (02-May 06-May)
Bostonpocketpc (03-May 07-May)
GearDiary (04-May 08-May)
MobilitySite (05-May 09-May)
AbsoluteWindows (06-May 10-May)
Mobilejaw (07-May 11-May)
Experiencemobility (08-May 12-May)
HackCollege (09-May 13-May)
Gear Live (10-May 14-May)

PS: Make sure to check back frequently just in case the schedule changes...

Apple iPhone scam: buying fakes in New Zealand

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 12-Apr-2009 10:06

Last week I received an email from Tracey Forward (her story is now also showing up on Computerworld). Here are her words:

I am writing to warn your readers about the latest internet scam.  There is a website called  that sells well known branded mobile phones for discount/sale prices. I ordered an Apple 8G 8GB IPhone for the reduced price of $599.40. 

When it arrived a few days later I was surprised to see the shipping note in Chinese when it was a NZ website although this thought was quickly replaced with the excitement of my new phone.  However there was a significant part missing which made it impossible to insert a SIM card. 

I sent the website dozens of emails without any response.  There is no physical address or phone numbers available on the website.

Because of the delay, I took the phone to an Authorised Apple repairer only to be told that the phone was a fake.  Because of this, they nor any other repairer would be legally allowed to attempt repair. I am trying to channel my anger (towards myself and the situation) into preventing this from happening to anyone else.  I have informed the Police, Commerce Commission, Dept of Consumer Affairs, Consumer Institute, Chinese Embassy, Target and Fair Go.
I would be very grateful if you could publish this letter in order to prevent anyone else being stung for this enormous amount of money and disappointment. Regards
Tracey Forward

Be warned folks...

Behind the scenes: Introducing HP ProLiant G6 servers

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 9-Apr-2009 15:58

During the visit to HP's Houston offices we had the chance to attend a couple of deep dive sessions into the new HP servers. Here are a few pictures from those meetings and some HP videos with background information on each model:

You can check the HP ProLiant G6 announcement here and HP Pod pictures here.

Behind the scenes: Inside the HP Pod massive storage truck

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 8-Apr-2009 03:27

During the visit to HP Houston our group had the chance to see one of the HP Pod massive scale out "computing truck" - in short a datacentre in a container.

This HP Pod has storage racks, with each individual drive in these pictures a 1TB drive:

Behind the scenes: HP Factory Express

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 8-Apr-2009 03:05

During our visit to HP Houston the group also had the chance to visit the production line responsible for manufacturing HP ProLiant and Blade servers.

HP c ustomers can take advantage of HP Factory Express, a portfolio of flexible, pre-priced, configured, customized and integrated factory solutions and deployment services – supporting HP products from the desktop to the data center with Windows, Linux, and HP-UX.

Behind the scenes: Announcing the HP ProLiant G6

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 8-Apr-2009 02:28

As part of my visit to HP in Houston the group was given a lot of background information on their new ProLiant G6 Server series, as well as their blade servers.

Below you can watch Krista introducing the ProLiant G6 Server, explaining the new features on this series:

Apple iTunes RSS feeds

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 3-Apr-2009 11:46

FusionOne awarded patent for mobile backup and sync

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 2-Apr-2009 18:54

FusionOne has just sent out a press release saying they have been awarded a patent covering "mobile content backup, transfer, and sync". In their own words:

FusionOne, the leading provider of mobile content portability solutions, today announced that the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has granted FusionOne a new patent for its revolutionary development on mobile content synchronization technology. Patent No. 7,505,762, titled “Wireless Telephone Data Backup System”, was granted on March 17, acknowledging FusionOne’s pioneering work in the mobile industry.

This groundbreaking patent is for the backup, transfer and restoration of a user’s personal information stored in any mobile telephone having data storage capabilities. The patent incorporates all major features essential to a mobile content portability solution, including an account transfer interface, the transfer and restore process itself, scheduling and automatic sync of changes at regular intervals, and a phone and web interface for managing content and changes.

I hope this doesn't end up in a patent war against Microsoft (My Phone), Apple (MobileMe) or Sprite (Virtual Mobile)...

HP ProLiant web jam: the new G6 invite

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 2-Apr-2009 14:37

As I wrote in my previous post, I will be joining the HP ProLiant web jam: the new G6, live from HP offices in Houston next week (7th April 2009 10am CDT). Here is a banner HP put together for us:

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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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