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Geek Things To Do In Auckland
Posted on 24-Nov-2005 22:27 by M Freitas. | Tags Filed under: Blog.

We got into Auckland on the 11am flight. Besides being a boring flight, nothing to comment here. Oh, actually yes. I was reading the in-flight magazine and noticed a full-page advert for the new Asus M6 laptop.

The beast runs Windows XP Pro, and the disclaimer “Asus recommends Microsoft Windows” was there too. Also a nice photo of a passenger using the new laptop on an airplane. The only thing out of sync though was that the agency responsible for creating the ad slapped a screenshot of Mac OS 9 (!) on a supposed to be “Windows XP Pro” machine. Gotta love clueless ad agencies – and company’s executives that approve the ads.

Anyway, after arriving in town I walked down to Viaduct Harbour and had an interesting meeting with the PR person behind the Symantec and Intel accounts in New Zealand.

After this I did a quick stop at Navman, where a box with their SmartST 3.0 Navigation Software for Pocket PC was waiting for me. Really nice of the guys at Navman to arrange that. I’ve reviewed their PiN Pocket PC with built-in GPS before, but I am interested in seeing this software running on other Pocket PC models and Bluetooth GPS.

I then visited the new Vodafone offices for some drinks (lots of press people were invited), and met some new faces. Very entertaining, good chat… Hamish showed me a cool service that allows a user to recharge someone’s account. You just browse to a new Vodafone live! Service, enter your friend’s mobile phone number and that’s it, his/her account is now recharged. By the way, thanks for the $8 credited to my account as a demo.

I am using my i-mate Jasjar as a Bluetooth modem (via UMTS) to work from the hotel tonight. The Telecom CDMA network is playing up again, and although much faster, I can’t get through the “Validating username and password”. Hope this is solved sometime soon.

Next is the Convergence 2005 at the SkyCity, and then the Geekzone Dinner Auckland 2005.

By the way, how many of you noticed that we now provide RSS feeds for our forums?

And, yes, we are going to have a girl, future geekette.

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