Coface downgrades New Zealand and 22 other countries' credit rating

, posted: 10-Feb-2009 15:30

The credit crisis spares no-one, says credit rating agency Coface, and moves New Zealand down to A2 together with Australia. Ouch. Things look set to remain dire until at least end of the year, says Coface.

Adding to the gloom, the IMF is (read the entire post)...

Microsoft takes the wind out of Windows 7's sails

, posted: 4-Feb-2009 11:07

Microsoft operates in mysterious ways, there's no doubt about that. While I expected there to be multiple versions of Windows 7, I thought Microsoft had listened to customers and would take the opportunity to weed out some of less than useful S (read the entire post)...

Should Fairfax sell Trade Me to Ebay?

, posted: 29-Jan-2009 15:26

Russell Brown over at Public Address has heard rumours that Fairfax is talking to Ebay about selling Trade Me to the US ecommerce giant, and I'm thinking it might just happen.

Some history: Fairfax is a large Aussie media conglomerate that (read the entire post)...

Conficker wreaks havoc

, posted: 26-Jan-2009 14:41

I'm a little surprised to see the how fast Conficker (link goes to Symantec's page on the worm) is spreading everywhere. Chris Keall at NBR has a good story on the worm in all its evilness, with estimates from Symantec and F-Secure that the number of (read the entire post)...

Further adventures in media

, posted: 21-Jan-2009 13:08

2009 looks like it'll be a busy year, sagging economy notwithstanding. Apart from my other gigs, I've started contributing to ZDNet Australia, and I'm very pleased about that. It's a great tech news site with a massive amount of information that shou (read the entire post)...

Telecom closes Ferrit

, posted: 12-Jan-2009 12:58

That's that then: online shopping site Ferrit will close down. Last orders are at Wednesday this week, 5pm. Tech journos like myself have been taking bets on when Ferrit would close, but expected it to happen much sooner after Dr Paul Reynolds took o (read the entire post)...

Draconian identification powers for police sneak into New Zealand law

, posted: 28-Dec-2008 13:12

Lance Wiggs reads stuff very carefully, and noticed an NZPA story in the NZ Herald, about criminals giving fake names to avoid facing the music when apprehended. The story appears to have originated at the Sunday Star Times, and been regurgitated as- (read the entire post)...

Pipe Networks signs PPC-1 MoU: Sydney-Guam cable to go ahead

, posted: 19-Dec-2008 13:15

The always vigilant Commsday reports that Pipe Networks has rescued the PPC-1 cable between Sydney and Guam by signing a deal with cable layers Tyco Telecoms and an unknown key customer. Pipe Networks says in an announcement to the Aussie stock excha (read the entire post)...

What will happen to telecommunications in New Zealand next year?

, posted: 17-Dec-2008 16:00

There was plenty of pork-barrelling over broadband during the election, with National outdoing Labour in promising $1.5 billion to build a high-speed network that will reach most of us (the exact percentage of the population covered is still being de (read the entire post)...

TVNZ finally revamps website

, posted: 11-Dec-2008 16:17

Our state broadcaster has had a quite awful website for too long now. The old site did its best to hide some really good material, so it's good to see a shiny new one replacing it that has a clean layout that actually makes you want to spend time on (read the entire post)...


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