News / Web Happenings:
First shots of IE Mobile 6 - looks promising, but I can't help think Microsoft are still missing the mark on this one when compared to other mobile browser offerings already available. I'll give them the benefit of the doubt for now seeing as it's not even finished :)
Chinese TV channel joins Freeview|HD - Having just got my Satellite TV card up and running (which I won at the Geekzone Pizza evening in Hawkes Bay) I can happily say "the more the merrier".
YouTube and TVNZ to bring New Zealand election debate on-line - welcome to the digital age.
SpaceX successfully launches Falcon 1 to orbit - the first privately developed liquid fuel rocket to orbit the Earth.
Xero now available in Australia - Go you good thing!
Paymex is back, but why would you trust them? - Great commentary here from Lance Wiggs on the return of Paymex this week. He's asked all the right questions - and to their credit the new (and previous) owners of the Paymex service have responded (read the comments).
Microsoft to launch 'Cloud Computing' platform - Steve Ballmer has announced Microsoft's new cloud computing initiative, most likely to be unveiled soon at PDC in LA. More commentary here and here as well.
Skype 4.0 beta take 2: Full screen mode now optional - Anyone using it? what do you think? Several people are commenting that the user experience falls apart as soon as you want to chat with more than one person.
Slingshot's misfire cuts off phones - Very, very poor form on Slingshots behalf to allow such an important domain name to expire - regardless of the reason.
Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2008 released - Microsoft's terrific new Virtualisation platform is available right now!
Telecom slashes broadband tariffs - Telecom updates pricing and bandwidth allowances on it's plans.
Coming Soon: Amazon EC2 With Windows - A good move from Amazon, more options for on-demand servers. (One wonders if this announcement shortly after Microsoft's 'cloud computing' platform announcement is pure co-incidence?)
GIMP 2.6 Adds 32-Bit Support, GUI Improvements - for all you GIMPers out there (you know who you are).
Skype surveillance: You can't trust closed-source software - News today that Skype is helping Chinese authorities monitor the Internet. An official response from Skype's CEO came through this morning also.
Vista - curb those annoyances - Kirk Jackson with a good rundown of some common Vista issues and how to remedy them.
Windows Server 2008 Workstation Converter - a neat tool that automatically tweaks Windows Server 2008 and sets it up ready to use as a day-to-day workstation.
Microsoft unveils next version of Visual Studio and .NET Framework 4.0
Apple Drops iPhone Developer NDA On Released Software - It's about bloody time. This rediculous farse was doing nothing but stifling iPhone development.
Flash for the iPhone confirmed - Again, it's about time. Apple have said all along it's the 'real internet' in your pocket - which doesn't really ring true without the abundance of video content etc. served by flash.
24 Hour, Air traffic visualisation - Incredible representation of the daily movements are aircraft across the globe. [video]
Desktop Wallpaper Calendar: October 2008 - Pimp your desktop!
FAIL of the week:
Incident Action Plan - Epic FAIL
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