Ballmer blames pirates for poor Vista sales

By Steve Biddle, in , posted: 25-Feb-2007 09:18

Has he considered that maybe people just don't care about Vista?

Vodafone BestMate advertising ruled misleading

By Steve Biddle, in , posted: 23-Feb-2007 14:14

Failing to mention that BestMate was only available to PrePay customers has got Vodafone in trouble.

Full details here on the ASA website.

New Wellington Bypass? What a joke!

By Steve Biddle, in , posted: 19-Feb-2007 16:56

After spending yet more time stuck in traffic I'd love somebody from Transit NZ to explain why it now takes longer to get across town than it used to? Saying it's a settling in period just doesn't do it for me, there are serious flaws in the whole traffic plan which are causing bottlenecks.

* Why is Northbound traffic on Willis St and Taranaki St limited to turning into the bypass from the left lane only? Willis/Vivian and Tarakani/Vivian used to be 2 left turning lanes with the right lane a turn/straight thru. This worked fine before, why change it now?

* Pedestrians crossing the bypass at Taranaki St have their green cross light on the same phase as turning traffic from Taranki onto the bypass. The result being numerous near misses as (frustrated) motorists tear out of the lights to realise that pedestrians are crossing. Due to the large number of pedestrians who also use this crossing in the afternoon it's not uncommon to sit at lights when they do change to green and then watch 2 or 3 cars go through before the lights turn red. This is probably the prime cause of the usual afternoon bottleneck all the way up Taranaki St past Massey University that simply didn't occur as often prior to the bypass. The same problem also occurs on Willis St. Why can't pedestrians have their own cross phase?

The time it takes me to get from the John St lights to the Terrace Tunnel is now approximately 4 mins on average longer than before the bypass. I was never somebody who was anti the bypass but it certainly seems like a bit of a lemon if it's making the traffic worse not better..

Telstra aren't interested in the Apple iPhone

By Steve Biddle, in , posted: 18-Feb-2007 16:23

Looks like Telstra aren't interested despite all the earlier talk of them trying to get the rights for the device in Aussie and people even saying they were currently even testing one.

Telstra Next G hits 14.4Mbps

By Steve Biddle, in , posted: 16-Feb-2007 13:33

Telstra flicked the switch on their Next g (800Mhz WCDMA network) yesterday and enabled speeds of up to 14.4Mbps and 200km range on some cellsites.
Just a shame there no devices available that are capable of more than 7.2Mbps! :-),22049,21231885-5006009,00.html

Apple iPhone killer.. Before the iPhone is even released

By Steve Biddle, in , posted: 11-Feb-2007 09:40

The Koreans seem to be coming out with some very cool stuff at present!

RIP iPhone - looks like you've met your match.

Vodafone Group now links up with YouTube and eBay

By Steve Biddle, in , posted: 10-Feb-2007 06:56

After the announcement earlier in the week that Vodafone Group have reached a deal with MySpace to offer access to the site from within Vodafone Live! (makes you really wonder if anybody in NZ even knows that's happening in Newbury considering Vodafone NZ just launched their own site) Vodafone have just announced deals with both You Tube and eBay to allow access to the respective sites through the Live! portal.

As to whether we'll see any of this in NZ - who knows? With the current competency in the upper ranks of Vodafone NZ I would highly doubt we'll be seeing anything innovative from a company that used to define the word..

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.

**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.

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Steve Biddle
New Zealand

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.

+My views do no represent my employer. I'm sure they'll be happy to give their own if you ask them.

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