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IT Rockstar finale: voting starts tomorrow

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 22-Apr-2008 15:07

The folks at 920 Career agents have invited me to attend the IT Rockstar finale, happening in Wellington. 21st May. 

Public voting for the top IT professional opens tomorrow 23rd April and goes on for two weeks. The top prize is a $10,000 all expenses paid trip to attend an IT conference - the winner chooses it!

Judges are Jon MacDonald (CEO Trade Me), Marie-Claire Andrews (NZ Business Development Manager at PlanHQ, GM at AngelHQ), Suri Bartlett (Managing Director, Tenzing Limited Management & Technology Consultants).

The folks at 920 sponsored the Guitar Hero games in prize pool at our Geekzone Pizza evening in Wellington and Auckland.

Invites for Google Developer Day 2008 Australia

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 22-Apr-2008 15:02

I have a couple of invites for Google Developer 2008 Australia and I can send the codes out to you - just reply here if you want one.

Google Developer Day 2008 will focus on pushing the boundaries of web applications using Google developer technologies. Google engineers and web development leaders will lead you through one full day of in-depth breakout sessions on the latest Google technologies and hands-on codelabs.

Google Developer Day 2008 is also about bringing bright developers together to share ideas. There is plenty of time to meet other developers, discuss ideas, and share what you've been working on.

The event happens in Sydney, 18th June 2008. If you can't make it please don't ask for the invite code.

Freeview HD: any HDMI cable will work

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 20-Apr-2008 13:05

Here is something for you that are buying or planning to buy a Freeview HD box: any HDMI cable will work and provide you with High Definition if your TV set supports it.

Simply put, some retailers are known to push higher priced HDMI cables claiming those are the only ones that can provide true HD. This is known as HDMI scam. The most recent case I can think is Rod buying two $400 HDMI cables... Yes, really.

That's just wrong. Whatever the $400 HDMI cable does it can be done with a $50 HDMI cable. It is just a bitstream.

The HDMI standard provides for two types of HDMI cable: Standard and High Speed. HDMI Standard cables are good for 1080i, which is the HD you get from TV3 for example. You don't need anything else. You don't need the "High Speed" cable, regardless of what the sales person tells you.

There are some other issues. For example Freeview sells a box so people can watch HD - why don't they provide the HDMI cable in the box then?

Barcamp Auckland: register now...

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 19-Apr-2008 15:11

I was talking to the organisers and it seems the Barcamp Auckland (12th July) still have some space available.

If you want to participate on a great day, I recommend it. I flew to Auckland for the first Barcamp and I am planning to attend the second one too.

Register now.

Synchronising desktops and Windows Mobile devices

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 19-Apr-2008 12:00

I use GoodSync to synchronise my two laptops to our Windows Home Server, and today I was notified of an updated versions - not unusual as it seems the team released an updated GoodSync every week or second week.

But this time one of the changes immediately jumped on me:

- Add syncing with Windows Mobiles phones and Pocket PC devices.

I haven't tested this yet because I first posted here - but it looks promising. If it allows more than one folder to be synchronised to Windows Mobile devices, it's great!

Geekzone Pizza evening (Auckland)

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 17-Apr-2008 18:53

The event in Wellington was great, lots of people enjoyed themselves and lots of prizes.

Now we are ready to start planning for the Geekzone Pizza evening in Auckland! This will happen Monday 26th May 2008.

If you plan to attend it, please RSVP here. We have no idea of venue and other stuff yet, but the thread will be updated with everythng you need to know.

As before, sponsorship is welcome!

Geekzone Pizza evening update

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 15-Apr-2008 12:43

The Geekzone Pizza evening in Wellington is happening tomorrow. It looks like a full house event (sorry, we can't accept more registrations as the venue is full!) and the list of sponsors and prizes is now huge (and attractive). Check it out:


Pizza: WorldxChange is paying for the pizza.

Drinks: Google and 3Bit are sponsoring the drinks.

Internet: APT will be providing Internet access through its AnyData RevA/WiFi router connected to the Telecom New Zealand network.

Prize pool:

920 Career Agents are bringing Guitar Hero Legends of Rock 3 (game and guitar controller) for PS3 and Xbox 360 (check their IT Rock Star promo).

ASUS is coming to the sponsors list with an ASUS Eee PC (Windows version).

BDT is giving us some Altec Lansing headsets (through the help of QuayCorp).

Campbell Software has given us a Zyzel P2000w V2 WiFi SIP Phone (through the help of QuayCorp).

Dell is participating with a Dell Photo Printer 948 printer/fax/copier/wireless.

Duo is providing us with some swag to giveaway.

Google provided a box full of swag to giveaway.

HP is providing a 120GB 5400RPM HP Personal Media Drive (through the help of QuayCorp).

Linksys is giving us a Linksys WAG160N (through the help of WorldxChange).

Microsoft provided some copies of its software to giveaway at the event.

Novell will be bringing some swag and software to the evening.

Philips is providing a Bluetooth stereo headset for our prize pool.

QuayCorp will have a couple of people attending and are bringing a Viewsonic vx2235wm widescreen monitor, a HP Deskjet F4185 printer to the prize draw.

Telecom New Zealand is participating with a couple of their mobile broadband express cards as prizes.

Vodafone New Zealand is providing us with an Express Card Mobile Connect Card (HSDPA, 3G) and a Blackberry Curve (through the help of QuayCorp).

We are planning to have a live stream if you can't make it this time.

I am thinking of doing a Geekzone Pizza evening in Auckland sometime in late May when I will be staying a couple of days in town. More details will be posted in our forums when we close the Wellington event. I also received an e-mail from a friend who has offered his help in organising a similar one for the South Island.

There is still time for your company to contact me and join this list - or to sponsor the Auckland event.

New Zealand government using wiki and social media to design Digital Strategy

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 15-Apr-2008 12:34

The New Zealand government has asked us for comments on its Digital Strategy 2.0 - and the most interesting aspect of this update is the use of social media tools such wikis and blog-like comments on all sections of the discussion.

You should go ahead and read the NZ Digital Strategy 2.0, comment on the Draft, or participate in the Digital Strategy Wiki.

But you have to it quickly. Public consultation closes 12 May 2008 5pm.

9th Telecommunications and ICT Summit

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 15-Apr-2008 12:02

I just received the confirmation of my registration to attend the 9th Annual Telecommunications and ICT Summit, this year happening in Auckland, 23rd June 2008.

The speakers lineup looks good and it is the main reason I registered to attend the Summit. We will have the Hon David Cunliffe (Minister for Communications and Information Technology), Maurice Williamson (Transport, Communications & Information Technology Spokesman, National Party of NZ) plus Keynotes by
Dr Paul Reynolds (CEO, Telecom New Zealand), Russell Stanners (CEO, Vodafone NZ) and Dr Allan Freeth (CEO, TelstraClear).

One of the sessions will even have Michael Wigley & Stuart van Rij talking about "Regulatory and legal landscape for telecommunications & ICT". Stuart van Rij is a friend of mine, solicitor at Wigley & Company - look for him for all things ICT and law related.

Econet, I mean NZ Communications is live

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 15-Apr-2008 09:05

It looks like it finally happened. After years of promises and false starts, people are reporting another GSM network in New Zealand: NZ Communications (previously Econet Wireless) seems to be live in Auckland.

The reports in our forms are that NZ Communications is now accepting incoming roaming connections in Auckland.

It appears that it won't accept Vodafone NZ roamingon its network - I can't also find their official website even with all my "Google Mad Skills".

According to the companies website, in 27 March 2007 Econet Wireless changed its name to NZ Communications. At the time shareholders were ECONET WIRELESS LIMITED (London and Zimbabwe), HAUTAKI LIMITED (New Zealand) and KLR HONG KONG LIMITED (Hong Kong).

This post by Jama is an interesting view on a company launched in 2001 - it took them only seven years to get a cell site operational in Auckland.
During this time Telstra replaced its Australian CDMA network in record time with a fully operation HSDPA service covering the country, Vodafone has deployed WCDMA, HSDPA 2100 MHz and is right now finalising HSDPA 900 MHz deployment, and Telecom New Zealand announced its own EDGE/HSDPA network deployment to be fully underway in about one year total.

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