James Brown is dead

, posted: 26-Dec-2006 07:55

The Godfather of Soul, James Brown has died. Wikipedia has already been updated - I'm not sure what I think of the speed with which Wikipedia notes people's deaths; it seems a bit ghoulish. Then again, look at this blog entry...

Brown died (read the entire post)...



Thunderbird 2.0 beta 1 out - and I like it

, posted: 24-Dec-2006 16:47

Beta 1 of version 2.0 of the favourite - well, least sucky - email program, namely Mozilla Thunderbird, is out and I say... get it. Normally I wouldn't recommend people to use betas, but Tbird 2.0b1 seems completely stable. It's not actually (read the entire post)...



DRM behind lack of Windows Vista drivers... and fear the new content protection

, posted: 24-Dec-2006 16:24

The "professionally paranoid" Peter Gutmann at Auckland University has ripped into Windows Vista Content Protection (VCP) and written a paper, well, a web page then, called A Cost Analysis of Windows Vista Content Protection that makes for worrying r (read the entire post)...



Nokia 'gives' N70s to bloggers

, posted: 22-Dec-2006 15:04

The Al-Manazir blog entry First Look at the Nokia N70 is an interesting read for several reasons. First, here's a reviewer who really gives the camera component of a mobile phone a serious workout. Al-Manazir isn't fooling around and really (read the entire post)...



Hyperlinking to copyrighted material is illegal: Australia

, posted: 20-Dec-2006 09:42

The Federal Court of Australia has upheld last year's ruling against Stephen Cooper who ran MP3s4free.net, and the ISP who hosted the site, for copyright infringement.

Cooper's site didn't host any copyrighted material. Instead (read the entire post)...



Are New Zealanders being had by new copyright law?

, posted: 16-Dec-2006 16:54

Judith Tizard's Copyright (New Technologies and Performer's Rights) Amendment Bill is making its way through the Parliament at the moment after stewing in various instances for years.

I don't think anyone thinks the Bill is tot (read the entire post)...



Human search engine and a better Apocalypto trailer

, posted: 16-Dec-2006 16:17

I was reading Greg Sterling's post on SearchEngineWatch.com about Chacha the human-driven search engine and thought "that sounds interesting". Now "chacha" is a word I wouldn't use carelessly, and certainly not as the name for a family oriented searc (read the entire post)...



New Zealand Herald revamped website live now

, posted: 14-Dec-2006 20:09

I was wondering what the NZ Herald would do with the new website, seeing that they make more money out of online advertising than they do for the Herald on Sunday. Today was the launch and I have to say, the new site looks good:


Chec (read the entire post)...



Brislen's Last Issue

, posted: 14-Dec-2006 14:14

Here we are then, last Computerworld issue of the year and also the very last one for Paul Brislen, the editor of the newspaper, before he heads off to Vodafone as their externally acting executive communications spokesmanager.

I did some (read the entire post)...



FedEx thinks NZ and New Caledonia are the same country

, posted: 9-Dec-2006 12:34

To get an idea how much it would cost to send Christmas pressies via FedEx instead of Ye Olde NZ Post to family in the UK, I did what the any Modern Geek does, and looked at US courier company's website for the rates. The site helpfully picked Ne (read the entire post)...





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