US State Department disconnects 900 Lenovo PCs fearing they're bugged

, posted: 20-May-2006 20:26

This news item from AFP in the Sydney Morning Herald is very curious. I'd say it's fair enough to object to Chinese-made PCs on grounds of human rights violations, but surely the mighty US State Department with its well-oiled support mechanis (read the entire post)...

GPforums fisks Ian Wishart

, posted: 20-May-2006 19:59

As a certain aggressive journalist isn't often challenged, it seems appropriate to give this thread on GPforums wider airing.

The Ian Wishart in that thread is the proprietor of Investigate magazine and the verysame scourge of the Labo (read the entire post)...

More on TelstraClear's 100Mbit/s cable upgrade

, posted: 20-May-2006 15:33

Small update on the entry about the 100Mbit/s upgrade for TelstraClear cable customers rumour: an industry source in Wellington says such an upgrade has indeed taken place, but not for TelstraClear and not in New Zealand.

Instead, the sour (read the entire post)...

Save Nazanin

, posted: 20-May-2006 10:43

This entry is a break from all the geeky stuff and levity, and it's one that I really didn't wish I had to write. Nazanin Mahabad Fatehi is an 18 year old Iranian girl who has been sentenced to hanging. Her "crime" was that she defended herse (read the entire post)...

The spoofed Telecom commercial aka 'telecon'

, posted: 19-May-2006 16:59

The Telecon spoof commercial everyone's talking about

And finally... here's the embedded GoogleVideo player. Swearing toddlers warning still applies.

[Removed link to dead Google Video]

Update: here's ano (read the entire post)...

Tony Chor and Internet Explorer 7 beta talk on Monday

, posted: 19-May-2006 10:18

I've been using the Internet Explorer 7 betas for a while now and have been, well, somewhat underwhelmed by them actually. I like the tabbed browsing but that's been in Firefox and Opera for ages now. IE7 gets full marks for quick (read the entire post)...

Goodwill credits for Xtra customers!

, posted: 18-May-2006 17:51

After four days of technical issues that led to sporadic Internet access for customer of Xtra, New Zealand's largest ISP, things now appear to be back at normal.

Although Xtra said at first it wouldn't refund customers (read the entire post)...

New computer... and I hate it

, posted: 17-May-2006 20:53

I finally got around to assembling various bits and pieces into a new computer system as I thought it was high time to move away from old tech like DDR memory and AGP video cards.

Not that there was much wrong with the old box (read the entire post)...

A Cork radio station was running a competition...

, posted: 15-May-2006 15:14

Thanks Leanne. (read the entire post)...

Commissioner Webb loses PM's support; to resign soon?

, posted: 15-May-2006 08:19

Tim Hunter at the Auckland Sunday Star Times has looked into Telecommunications Commissioner Douglas Webb's role in the regulation debacle. While not quite getting his marching orders by Prime Minister Clark, it's clear that Webb's report (read the entire post)...


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