Chris Barton's NZ Herald column

By Steve Biddle, in , posted: 8-Feb-2007 11:02

Chris Barton: Telecom cabal leaves legacy we all have to suffer

IMHO the best column you've written for a long time! A+++++

More FUD from Vodafone NZ

By Steve Biddle, in , posted: 2-Feb-2007 11:08
Vodafone suggests its British parent might scale back its investment in New Zealand as the amount of revenue it earns from each customer declines.

   Yeah Right!

 Vodafone NZ is a cash cow - We all know that.

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**Breaking News** Theresa Gattung to stand down from Telecom.

By Steve Biddle, in , posted: 2-Feb-2007 08:56

Has just been officially announced, she will be finishing at the end of June.

Campbell Live TV3 tonight - Broadband in NZ

By Steve Biddle, in , posted: 30-Jan-2007 13:40

Might be worth watching..

"Why are broadband subscribers still simmering with discontent months after the promised unleashing of the local loop? We examine the complaints, demystify the technology, and ask Telecom if unbundling has left it tangled in knots."

NZ Herald inaccurate reporting yet again!

By Steve Biddle, in , posted: 25-Jan-2007 08:54

Jenny Keown has done it yeat again - written a story full of a few facts and then.. FUD

In the story entitled "She's a multi-millionaire and still can't get broadband" it seems that Jenny Gibbs who is worth $30 and lives on Paratai Drive has been trying to get "broadband" for 2 years but can't because the Remuera Exchange is full - even though Telecom said that they only ran out of ports late last year.

It seems that Ms Keown is unaware that Broadband is not a TM of Telecom NZ and that there are other ways of getting "broadband" high speed internet access in Paratai Drive.

How about trying

* Vodafone
* Woosh Wireless
* Wired Country offered by numerous ISP's

I am sure there are other wireless providers who can also provide access - post them as a comment if you want the business! :-)

The ideal Xmas/Birthday Gift!

By Steve Biddle, in , posted: 24-Jan-2007 15:26

Kids relying on the interweb for homework?

By Steve Biddle, in , posted: 17-Jan-2007 14:33

I was reading the latest Telecom Press Release today:

"In October last year, as part of a survey of nearly 450 ten-year-olds,
Telecom found that 57 percent used the Internet as their main source of
homework information, alongside library books at 18 percent,
encyclopaedias at nine percent and text books at four percent."

Is this a scary thought? We all know that the internet is an amazing place but as we all know not everything you read is correct. How accurate is the information that many could be relying on for their homework?

Telecom price increase - How to save yourself $36.60 per year

By Steve Biddle, in , posted: 15-Jan-2007 10:59

I notice today in the Dom Post that Telecom are increasing their Homeline service in the Wellington & Christchurch Regions from $34.80 to $36.00 per month. If you're elsewhere in NZ where TCL don't have a network this will be increasing from $42.20 to $43.60 per month.

If you are in the Wellington or Christchurch area why not move to TelstraClear? You pay $32.95 per month for the same service, can add cable broadband which is *far* superior to ADSL in every respect and can keep the same telephone number?

What reason is there to stay with Telecom?

Hamilton pair fuming over TV text rip-off

By Steve Biddle, in , posted: 11-Jan-2007 12:45

From stuff today

"A Hamilton woman who entered a television text competition is fuming that her mobile phone provider refuses to do anything to stop money being taken from her. "

Hellooooo..Welcome to the real world.

I personally think premium rate SMS competitions should be banned in NZ but the simple fact is they aren't. Why is this woman bleating to the media however that Vodafone are some how to blame? If you want to be unsubscribed from the service pay your $3 to send in a TXT which will stop the service.

For once I want to defend Vodafone. I'll be annoyed if you refund this customer due to her stupidity. Compare it to another real world scenario - should Holden be responsible for your speeding tickets if you get caught speeding in one of their cars?

Apple iPhone - The Ultimate Geek Gadget?

By Steve Biddle, in , posted: 10-Jan-2007 08:52

Well it's now been announced - the Apple iPhone (not be confused with the Linksys iPhone and the minor issue that Linksys own the TM to the word 'iPhone' in many countries!)

Is this going to be the ultimate must have gadget? Looking at the presentation and specs you really have to wonder whether Apple can do anything wrong. IMHO it's the first device that could be considered to be an iPod killer! As we all know however specs and glossy brochures don't cut it in the real world and we'll have to see how this product compares when it's available.

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Steve Biddle
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I'm an engineer who loves building solutions to solve problems.

I also love sharing my views and analysis of the tech world on this blog, along with the odd story about aviation and the travel industry.

My interests and skillset include:

*VoIP (Voice over IP). I work with various brands of hardware and PBX's on a daily basis
  -Asterisk (incl PiaF, FreePBX, Elastix)

  -xDSL deployments

*Structured cabling
  -Home/office cabling
  -Phone & Data

*Computer networking
  -Mikrotik hardware
  -WAN/LAN solutions

*Wireless solutions
  -Motel/Hotel hotspot deployments
  -Outdoor wireless deployments, both small and large scale
  -Temporary wireless deployments
*CCTV solutions
  -Analogue and IP

I'm an #avgeek who loves to travel the world (preferably in seat 1A) and stay in nice hotels.

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