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Geekzone Agony Aunt – Brand relationships

, posted: 8-Apr-2013 21:34

Dear Geekzone Agony Aunt,For a number of years I have had a pretty strong crush on a particular brand. Some would even call it a case of 'fanboyism'… I confess I have been in a pretty committed relationship with Kordia. I wear one of my Kordia shirts every week. Sometimes twice a week!In my defence they are awesome Greg Norman polo shirts. Those of you who know me personally will know what I'm talking about… I am even partial to my Kordia hat. My Kordia branded items have been in m (read the entire post)...



Review: MS Surface RT - 3 days in

, posted: 7-Nov-2012 17:58

Who am I?

Whenever I read a review I like to know a bit about the person who wrote it to get a feel for how they may or may not be biased. I am a senior technical consultant for LANWorx (www.lanworx.co.nz). Usual disclaimer this work is my personal perspective only and does not represent the views of my employer etc. I work primarily in windows based corporate environments.

I own 2 x iPads a V1 and a V3 I have owned the following iphone's 3Gs, 4, 4S. My current phone is a (read the entire post)...



Why I don't like CAA today

, posted: 21-May-2011 19:26

Today while attending a fly-in (plane geek speak for get together with planes) I found out that CAA are going to stop funding for MetFlight-GA. At first I didn't think much of it until it began to sink in.

For those non plane geeks let me give you a quick introduction to MetFlight-GA. MetFlight-GA is a service provided by MetService and funded by CAA (up until June/July 2011). Just like boats need a marine forecast (provided for free to all of NZ by funding from NZ Govt) planes need (read the entire post)...



New Zealand's iPhone support divide

, posted: 19-Oct-2010 19:29

With iPhone 4's dropping like flies and heading in for service I thought now would be an opportune time to share the delight that is the iPhone service process for New Zealand.

In New Zealand we have only the 2 ways to buy iPhones 'legitimately'. Online from Apple or alternatively from Vodafone. Being a sucker for handset subsidies I purchased my iPhone 4 from Vodafone.

A few weeks ago my iPhone much to my surprise developed a fault. I was no longer able to hear anyone un (read the entire post)...



DurableDNS - DNS thats, well, Durable!

, posted: 12-Oct-2010 20:02

Over the last few weeks I have been slowly putting together a hosting business in a misguided attempt to get cheaper domain names. For years I have had a 1U server hosted in a datacentre with cPanel running various websites and my collection of domain names amongst other things so I figured may as well sell some domain names and hosting etc to cover some of the cost.

After a bit of research I figured domain name purchasers fall into 3 main categories:

1. Domain name (read the entire post)...



Vodafone has Northland covered

, posted: 27-Apr-2009 05:43

Roadtrip!
On Friday night I passengered Auckland to Doubtless Bay (Kaitaia). What sort of a geek would I be if I didn't give the v-stick a whirl. I had heard rumors that the 3G 900mhz rollout was live in Northland. Well I can now confirm that Vodafone have northland pretty much covered. If there was 2G coverage before then it's a pretty safe bet you will find shiny new 3G coverage.
On the way up I used my tablet pc from Auckland CBD all the way to about Kerikeri. Site handover is cle (read the entire post)...



Vodafone mobile data

, posted: 21-Apr-2009 18:02

I recently acquired a Vodafone vstick device. Tonight I connected to the work terminal server and worked all the way home (I was not driving this time). A 25 min trip. The connection did not drop once. It did flick to GPRS once thru the bowels of Mt Eden, but resumed 3G very quickly.


This is the first time I have found mobile data to be this reliable... I am not sure if its improvement in the network or if the device just works as it should. This combined with the new effecti (read the entire post)...

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My half week affair with the HP Mininote 2133

, posted: 14-Jun-2008 15:48

Short HP Mininote Review 2113 (2113b)

I have spent the last few days using nothing but a HP Mininote as my only PC. I am on my way back from a 4 day trip to Sydney. Right now I am sitting in cattle class on an Emirates 777 bound for Auckland. The mininote fits on the tray table very well and enables you to work quite comfortably even in cattle class.


Poor phone pic of the mininote onboard the 777

My unit is the 1.6Ghz, 2GB RAM, 160GB 7200RPM HDD model with (read the entire post)...



DHL you make me angry!

, posted: 6-Jun-2008 17:41

I know i am not the only one here to be less than happy with dhl.

Over the last week I have *tried* to have 3 shipments sent to me. Each one has come up against a 'clearance delay' The first delay I sort of understood as customs flagged the package as they wanted to inspect it. However the last 2 have been held up by DHL's Auckland customs brokers not being able to clear the package... Every time the package has made it to NZ nice and quick but then spent hours/days waiting for cleara (read the entire post)...

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Wiki Wiki on the wall who's the most knowledgeable of them all?

, posted: 28-Feb-2008 21:17

I kinda feel like i have been missing out on the world of Wiki. I mean sure i have used Wikipedia lots and lots and found it great, but i don't really think I stopped and really thought about having something that anyone can edit.....

One of my clients uses Wikis for internal documentation so I was pretty much forced into the whole wiki thing... Then I found I loved it! It is sooo quick and easy! Since then, which was all of a few weeks ago I have started to find allsorts of uses for (read the entire post)...



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