for sale

, posted: 6-May-2007 15:55

I've decided to put one of my (many) domains names up for sale given I'm not going ot use it in the near future.

The domain name is which is a great domain if you have a cafe or a small chain of cafes and want to have a great URL to go with it - one people will remember anyway.

I've put it up for auction starting at $100, so if you have a cafe and think this might be a good domain take a look.  Its not too expensive Laughing

The auction is here on trademe now.


, posted: 23-Apr-2007 22:37

Olfaction is the sense of smell.

I picked this up from this article on Wikipedia which states:

Sensory Integration Dysfunction is a neurological disorder causing difficulties with processing information from the five classic senses (vision, auditory, touch, olfaction, and taste)

So how is your olfaction today?  Generally mine is pretty bad, but your milage may vary.

Probably not a word you'd use lots, but there you are :-)

Permalink to Olfaction | Main Index - assessing the risks of text messaging

, posted: 19-Apr-2007 13:48

Technology is a good thing in terms of what it enables, however as with everything on this rock, everything that can be used for good can also be used for evil.

Text messaging is an example of this.  While it enables individuals to communicate across a room or across the world quickly and conveniently, it also enable people to send bad messages.

Today Text Bullying (as it is called) is a endemic problem in schools. Teachers are increasingly unable to address problems because where they once took place in the school yard, they are now taking place over invisible airwaves and they are almost invisible.

I'm trying to get my head around the issue, so I've put together a survey that asks questions to try and find out how big the problem is and think through a solution.

You can access the survey at  There are 37 questions in total, but some are optional.

If you have kids with mobile phones, please take 10 minutes to fill out the survey.  If you know of someone who has kids, please forward the URL or a link to to them and ask them to fill it in.

Thanks for your help!

What rich text control for ASP.Net 2.0?

, posted: 12-Feb-2007 21:03

I have a need for a rich text edit control for ASP.Net 2.0.  I've had a quick look around and found that there are a few out there ranging from aweful to very good.

I need a control that will allow the user to do the basics: bold, italic, underline, strikeout, indenting, bullet points, images, hyperlinks, copy and paste change font and colors and thats about it.  Nice to haves would be undo/redo, smilies, preview and paragraph alignment.

There are some really good controls out there (such as this one from Telerik), but the good ones cost money - serious money.  The telerik control is US$395!  I've got two websites I want to use the control in - initially just once on each site, and US$395 seems a little over the top - particularly given neither of these stiesa are businesses which will give a ROI.  It makes the US$795 control kit (with 18 controls in it) look really attractive.

So what do other peolpe do?  Do you fork out or make do with second rate stuff?  Is there a good and reasonably priced control out there that I can get hold of that anyone knows about?

Is this my next UMPC?

, posted: 19-Jan-2007 08:50

Engadget have the scoop on a nice looking UMPC.  No one knows who the manufacturer is, but it looks interesting none the less.

Engadgets story is here, and Carrypad has more information here (Go Steve!)

I've got clearance to get a new UMPC (at some stage - not tomorrow), so maybe this is it?

Tag - I'm it (or at least one of them)

, posted: 1-Jan-2007 15:54

Craig tagged me a few days ago - but I've been cleansed away from computers (man that feels good) and missed it - but I found it in my ego feed (see the end of Craigs post)

So for what its worth - here are five things you didn't know about me.

1) I used to be into Tae Kwon Do - and was training for the 1992 Olympics where is was going to be a demonstration sport. This was all interrupted by #2

2) I'm a Christian - not born into a Christian home, but I became a Christian when I was 17 - changing my ideas of what I should do with my life (see #1). If you know me you probably know this, but lots of people dont know it.

3) I didn't go to University - instead I spent five years working in a Freezing works as a Meat Inspector. I also think that university can sometimes be overrated

4) Two weeks after I met my wife I decided she was the one for me (I was 18). Consequentially we married young (20 and 21) and are still together.

5) When I was at school I was the quiet shy guy who did pretty average in school and got picked on by my peers.

Who to tag... Lets do a circuit of the .Net Bloggers in NZ.

Peter Jones - who probably thinks this is silly and childish and may refuse to participate.

Jeremy Boyd - MS Regional Director and all round nice guy

Chris Auld - MS Regional Director and proud owner of red shoes

Ivan Porto Carrero - NZ web dev guru

.Net User Group Blogger of the year JD should also be included...

Lets see if any of them read my blog

New Halo 3 Trailer

, posted: 21-Dec-2006 14:49

I dont know how old this is, but given that I just spotted it on Soapbox, I thought I'd put it up here.

There is a new (for me at least) Halo 3 trailer available.

Check it out

Xtra customers getting Peeved

, posted: 16-Dec-2006 11:36

My post on Xtra Broadband going seriously downhill has had a few comments on it now.  Mostly from Xtra customers on the Go-Large plan.

It seems to be that you get regular line speeds on any of the other plans but as soon as you switch to the Go-Large plan, you get seriously degraded service.  I cant help but think this has something to do with their traffic management plan being a little too aggressive, but there could be other reasons too.

Regardless.  This sort of customer experience (going for over a month now) is beyond a joke.  Telecom needs to sort this out now.  Its just not right.

The Go Large plan states has the following advantages:

Promise: Flat Rate - Unlimited Data (within the limits of the Fair Use Policy)
Reality: Consumers' Institute believes this "Fair Use Policy" effectively puts a limit of 700MB per eight hour peak period on Xtra's "unlimited Internet usage."

Promise: Maximum Speed - as fast as your line allows (traffic management applies)
Reality: Users can't download webpages without them timing out due to slow speeds (see story and comments here).  In addition traffic management specifically reduces speeds for certain types of usage - meaning you dont get maximum speeds where it doesn't suit Telecom.

The Consumers Institute complaint about the Go Large plan is here.  This complaint deals with the marketing aspect of the plan. The speed complaint above is both a marketing problem and a technical problem.

If you have performance problems, my advice is to switch to another provider.  It doesn't look like Telecom cares - of if they do they cant fix it.  Switching ISPs is as easy as filling in a web form and changing the account details on your DSL modem.

Telecom: This is pathetic.  You have some good network gurus - let them fix it!

Internet speeds & now it works!

, posted: 4-Dec-2006 11:11

The switch to orcon happened on Friday, so I have usable internet again.

I've spent the weekend doing a bunch of uploads that just didn't work before.  They were snappy as they should have been.

My modem reports a downstream speed of ~2Mb and upstream of 415kb.  I know that doesn't necessarily reflect what the performance really is, but it is noticably faster than before and things just work (as they should!).

The world is a happy place again!

Blogging on Geekzone - four differentiators

, posted: 29-Nov-2006 07:53

I've been blogging for a few years now.  I started on my own site at, then I started at Microsoft and got a MSDN blog, Not long after that I also got a Space, and since then I've had a little experience with blogger too. 

If you think I have too many blogs... you are probably right.  I do pull them all into one RSS feed on Smile

But there is something unique about blogging on Geekzone that I've been thinking about blogging on for a while.

I've harped about this before, but I dont know of many (if any) blogs that allow you to monetise them as easily as geekzone blogs.  Very nice.

Because Geekzone is well ranked on the various search engines and because Mauricio does a very good job of understanding search and net rankings this means that when ever I post on a subject it gets good readership.  Promoting the latest blog entries on the front page makes a big difference too.  The end result of this is that generally you'll get one to two hundred reads within 24 hours.  And this is on a blog with very low readership.

The geekzone community plugs into the blogging engine really nicely.  Even on my MSDN blog, I'm often lucky if I get one or two comments over a week.  On Geekzone, I consistently get several comments within a couple of hours of posting.

The comment management system is unique too.  If a user posts a comment it require confirmation.  An email confirmation gets sent to them - they have to click the link to confirm the comment.  If they dont confirm their comment it automatically gets deleted after 3 days.  I dont even have to worry about it.  And no comment gets posted without my approval.

I still think there are a couple of things that would be nice to have... referral information would be nice :-)

But I'm here to stay - this is a cool place to blog Smile

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