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An open letter to Samsung about my S7 Edge

, posted: 20-Jan-2018 09:51

Dear Samsung,
Let me please preface this with the statement, I am a bit of a fan of your equipment. Currently I own the following mobile devices:

Samsung J1 Samsung J2 Samsung S7 Edge Samsung S8 Plus Samsung Note 8 Samsung Tab S3 LTE Samsung Gear S3 Frontier A few weeks ago, my S7 Edge which my Mum uses started dropping calls. I mean a lot of calls, but only when in fringe coverage areas. My Mum complained a lot. I did what I'm sure most Sons would do, I promptly blamed the (read the entire post)...

Back to Black (INK) a review of the HP Elite x2 1011 and MS Surface 3

, posted: 18-Oct-2015 11:58

Ok, so the title of this post is a bit of a mouthful. I guess you could call this more of a journey than a review. I will be touching on both devices named in the title, the Microsoft Surface 3 (not the pro, the baby surface 3) and the HP Elite x2 1011 which is pretty un-catchy moniker to begin with. A few weeks ago one of my customers (This review represents my personal views and not that of my employer LANWorx Ltd ( to quote I think Adam, my employer can get their own view (read the entire post)...

Why data caps are awsome

, posted: 30-Oct-2014 07:54

After reading the following blog post:

I decided to rehash a Facebook post of mine from October 2013 that went something like this:

I like data caps. With all this talk about data caps are bad i guess i kinda disagree.. then again i also like the idea of toll roads.

ISP's buy bandwidth per Mbit and actually pay quite a lot for it.

To throw some rough and bad maths about, the profit on a $99 (read the entire post)...

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 ( 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)...

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

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)...

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)...

HELICOPTER vs Light PLANE CRASH! - Paraparaumu, Wellington

, posted: 17-Feb-2008 12:00

Details are not very clear yet, but this is what we know:

A light plane has crashed into a helecopter in the Paraparaumu, Kapati area.

there are 2 dead from the helicopter, which has crashed thru the roof of Placemakers.

The pilot from the plane is in a critical condition.

The plane has crashed into a culvert on Dennis Taylor Ct. Just meters away from the runway at the Paraparaumu Aerodrome.

UPDATE: 12:30 - the pilot of the plane has been (read the entire post)...

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