On Wednesday night a number of guests including myself gathered at Te Papa to say farewell to Roderick Deane.
Over the last 5 years (through my role at Telecom) I have had the privilege of personally getting to know Roderick. He is truly an esteemed and courteous gentleman, with a sharp intellect who always showed a great deal of interest in the opinions and ideas of others.
Now you would think that being the chairman of Telecom Roderick would have been very far removed from the day-to-day details of the technology that drives the company. I am proud to say that this could not be further from the truth.
In fact Roderick is a Geek, which is why he definitely deserves a mention on Geekzone. My role was to ensure that all Roderick’s various gadgets worked seamlessly so that when he travelled he could access his email and PIM on any device on any network. Along the way I learnt a great deal about how to make a mobile office truly mobile.
Obviously the irony of Roderick’s current collection of gadgets will not be lost on a few of you. As a roamer to the ‘4 corners’ of our planet Roderick required an array of gadgets to ‘keep in touch’ this included Treo 650 (CDMA and GPRS), Apache, AirCard and Voda mobile connect card along with various Nokia GSM handsets containing both O2 and Voda SIM’s.
Roderick is an avid Palm fan and has been from day one. As much as I tried I could not convince him to move to MS based devices. He admired the simplicity, seamlessness and reliability of Palm and felt that MS still had a way to go before he would ditch Palm entirely.
So, it is with a profound sadness that I say farewell to Roderick. I will miss our impromptu meetings and conversations, the frequent emails, phone conversations and the myriad of technological challenges from being a true global worker.
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Comment by freitasm, on 5-Aug-2006 13:54
An interesting post, yours... Open the eyes for the people behind the companies, but also the challenges in making technology work.
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