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Spark IoT network now covers 98% of New Zealand population
Posted on 19-Feb-2019 09:28

Smart metering service, intelliHUB, start switching off old 2G connections in favour of the completed IoT network starting in Tauranga with 150,000 Trustpower smart meters....

Two e-Scooters company to trial in Wellington streets
Posted on 14-Feb-2019 20:33

Seven companies have approached the Council to operate electric scooter share schemes in Wellington: Blip Scooters, Flamingo, Fuutr, Lime, Onzo, Scoot International, and Goat....

Vocus and Vodafone to unbundle fibre connections
Posted on 14-Feb-2019 18:30

The telecommunications companies joined forces to unbundle fibre in mid-2018, seeking to accelerate innovation and improve the reliability and performance of broadband connections for their customer bases. Today they demonstrated an unbundled fibre connection at an Auckland home, running at 10Gbps - ten times faster than the fastest residential product currently available....

See it, buy it - Trade Me and Samsung partner up to launch Trade Me for Bixby Vision
Posted on 14-Feb-2019 09:39

You can new search for and purchase new products on Trade Me simply by taking a photo on a Samsung smartphone thanks to the new app....

Pet product specialist Sure Petcare announces Animo activity tracker for dogs
Posted on 28-Jan-2019 23:52

New state-of-the-art activity and behaviour monitor for dogs, Animo, learns and reports the unique activity and behaviour patterns of your pet....

New Ring Stick Up Cams available in New Zealand
Posted on 23-Jan-2019 20:54

Ring Stick Up Cam Wired and Stick Up Cam Battery feature motion detection, 1080p full HD resolution, night vision, two-way talk, a siren, and a wide viewing angle....

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Sky announced performance numbers and drops HD Ticket Fee
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Miniature horse Star... I have no words.
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Oma Cyclone
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Spark and RWC
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Vocus and Vodafone: fibre unbundling
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Require a solution for SMS-based 2FA whilst roaming
Created by MrAndreas, last reply by wellygary on 19-Feb-2019 11:46 (14 replies)

Internet disconnects exactly every 4 hours for 10 seconds
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Switched from Bigpipe to Skinny at a new address
Created by mattak, last reply by michaelmurfy on 19-Feb-2019 17:48 (11 replies)

Yubikey 5 review
Posted on 18-Feb-2019 15:34

Managing ones access to services in general (online and offline) is something everyone does in their lives but not many consider the implications around chosing weak passwords, the problems of reusing passwords, the lack of security by design in some services and so on. Yubikey devices (and second factor authentication in general) can enhance security online, if used right....

BenQ EL2870U review
Posted on 11-Feb-2019 19:58

The BenQ EL2870U is a good mid-sized entertainment-oriented monitor....

BenQ EX3501R review
Posted on 10-Jan-2019 17:33

The BenQ EX3501R provides you with enough desktop space to comfortably have side-by-side Windows applications that in effect works as if you a couple of smaller monitors working together....

Dyson Pure Cool Purifying Fan review
Posted on 9-Jan-2019 12:13

The Dyson Pure Cool is an air purifier, fan and IoT "appliance" all packed in one sleek looking unit....

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Useful SNMP OIDs for Home Automation
Posted by BarTender on 14-Jan-2019 17:37
I've been playing with Home Assistant and using a few devices around my home network so thought it would be useful to document some of the useful SNMP OIDs I have found: Switches: Device SNMP OID On Value Off Value Notes APC 7920 PDU . 1 2 Incre...
Boxing Day is one of the biggest retail shopping days of the year in New Zealand. After a day of overeating on Christmas Day, New Zealanders rush out in their droves to the malls enduring traffic chaos and crowds all in the hope of picking up a bargain. Big retailers advertise their "huge" Boxing Da...
Wordpress 5.0 - Ideology Trumps Usability
Posted by nunz on 14-Dec-2018 20:32
As some people in GZ know I can present as a grumpy old man (GOM) and I've certainly been accused of berating new technologies. This post certainly shouldn't disappoint them. However I will state my cause for this post - usability, specifically Jo(e) Average's ability to use a technology - in this c...
Lime Scooters launch in the Hutt Valley
Posted by sbiddle on 14-Dec-2018 07:25
Lime scooters have launched in the Hutt Valley overnight. Reports came in of scooters on streets late last night, and the app slowly updated as the scooters came online.Geofencing on the map indicates they are only available in the Hutt Valley, and not in Wellington or Porirua. Lime had demonstrated...
New Zealand Dialing validation regex
Posted by BarTender on 10-Sep-2018 16:10
Was doing some work with the NZ Dialing plan and needed to write some regex to validate NZ numbers. Using the information from the NAD this is what I ended up with ^0[34679][2-9]\d{6}$|^020[1-6]\d{6,7}$|^0210[03-8]\d{5,6}$|^021[12]\d{6}$|021[3-9]\d{5}$|^02[279]\d{7}$|^028\d{6,8}$ Local area cod...
I've been a fan of Polycom IP phones for many years, but haven't used these for deployments for many years in part due to the price of the hardware in New Zealand compared to other brands of phones. Recently I decided to pull out my IP335 to make some configuration changes and picked up a new VVX410...
Cloud services = bad for business
Posted by nunz on 28-Jul-2018 14:05
Looking back at some old blog posts I find myself revisiting some of the things I said about cloud services being dangerous or potentially bad for business. A few years later I am more convinced of this than ever. Here is why: When I talk about cloud services in this article I am generally looking ...

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Chorus Fibre install - they want to tack it to the fence
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Unauthorised domain transfer from to
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Watching Spark Sport (including launch and pricing)
Created by freitasm, last reply by tdgeek on 20-Feb-2019 15:41 (79 replies)
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Sky announced performance numbers and drops HD Ticket Fee
Created by networkn, last reply by networkn on 20-Feb-2019 15:41 (28 replies)
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Samsung Galaxy S10/S10 Lite/S10+ Announcement And Owners Thread
Created by Dial111, last reply by dafman on 20-Feb-2019 15:39 (35 replies)
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Strange changes in ADSL Noise Margins - What is going on???
Created by res, last reply by hio77 on 20-Feb-2019 15:39 (3 replies)

EV (electric vehicle) general news
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Formula1 2019
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Missing search country on Google Chrome
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Geekzone giveaway: Animo dog activity tracker
Created by freitasm, last reply by evilonenz on 20-Feb-2019 15:14 (11 replies)

Best place to buy an external siren strobe for a Bosch 880 alarm
Created by KaroriPete, last reply by KaroriPete on 20-Feb-2019 15:05

Help needed - Light automation with Aeotec Nano Dimmer and PDL switches
Created by anandpatel18, last reply by Decal on 20-Feb-2019 14:51 (5 replies)

New Spam getting through my Spark xtra account
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General Blackcaps Chat
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Spark and RWC
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Disney+ (launching Q4 2019)
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Is anyone still alive at WXC?
Created by Beaker, last reply by xpd on 20-Feb-2019 14:23 (3 replies)

Miniature horse Star... I have no words.
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Residential VOIP Providers in NZ
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Exterior House Painting Questions
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