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 Thursday, 26 August 2004
The Blue Angel

Lukas is blogging about the new HTC Blue Angel. I played with one of these a couple of months ago in Beijing.... very SEXY... will try and dig out some photos.... pity they didn't stick a nicer processor in it though :-(

Mobility|Thursday, 26 August 2004 04:29:53 UTC|Comments [0]|    


Stephen D Taylor (serial Maxim Institute letter writing guy) wins the cunning linguist of the year award from me for using the term Fundaphobia in his letter in the Chch press today.

I think Fundaphobia must be a 'fear of fundamentalist conservative christitan bigots'.... but I could be wrong. Mr Google tells me is means a paranoia of conservative, biblio-centric Christians. What a cool ^*&%ing word. The next time some stupid #*^*%er down the main street asks me to listen to him ranting on about 'Jeezus' I'm gonna say 'sorry mate, I'm a fundaphobe!'

Sacrilegion|Thursday, 26 August 2004 04:14:05 UTC|Comments [0]|    

 Wednesday, 25 August 2004
Some Thoughts On Vote Splitting

This post is realy quite NZ centric so all you yanks who peruse these pages might like to switch off now. I may come back and give some context as to our voting system later but no time at the moment.

So anyway... while it's the Local Body elections soon I've been giving the general election some thought and have some ideas on vote splitting. I'm the kind of person that will be VERY inclined to split my vote because being a TRUE classical liberal I tend towards the economic policy of the right and the social policy of the left.

We really have two different types of voting in Parliament. Party Votes and Concience Votes. Under the MMP system, the party votes will be most influenced by your list vote in the election.

Concience votes on the other hand really depend on a much broader set of factors. As a classical liberal- and by this I mean you're likely to support a free market economy in prostitution- I think that vote splitting (in most electorates) is going to be essential. basically what you want to be trying to achieve is to have a right leraning party (ACT is the obvious example) doing well in the list vote. This is because economic policy generally (almost exclusivly) falls under the guise of party voting. Then you want to give your candidate vote to the most socially liberal candidate in your electorate who has a realistic chance of winning. It doesn't matter if they are Labour, National, ACT or even Watermelon (Green)... overhangs are VERY unlikely in all but the Maori seats so realistically you want to use your candidate vote to influence the makeup of the party caucuses such that each caucus (whose total numbers will be determined by the list vote) contains as many socially liberal candidates as possible.

So what does this mean in practical terms?

Well for some people it will be bloody easy. Live in Epsom? Two ticks Rodney Hide as he is liberal on both arms. But say you lived in a hypothetical electorate where the Labour candidate is a good liberal who supports prostitution/abortion/homosexual law reform while the National Candidate is a died in the wool Catholic... You would have to have ROCKS IN YOUR HEAD not to split your vote for Labour. Remember, tha party vote will determine how many Labour MPs et into parliament. The candidate vote importantly helps to determine who those candidates actually are.

Politics|Wednesday, 25 August 2004 03:06:40 UTC|Comments [0]|    

More Google Goodness

Just to show how wonderful the Google ranking system... Technology Head Me who gets most of his Google karma from links with technology sites is ranked @ #2 site for the search term Alison Annan

What a crazy world we live in.... I've posted on this before here, but I wonder if, in this age of all over the subject range blogs, Google are doing anything to correlate their ranking system with subject clustering.

Politics | Rambles|Wednesday, 25 August 2004 02:44:48 UTC|Comments [0]|    

 Tuesday, 24 August 2004
Auto Updating Smart Client Applications

I showed off some of this tech during my presentation @ Tech Ed Auckland this year and have had a few questions on it so here are some pointers to get you going. You have a few options for updating your smart client apps.

.NET|Tuesday, 24 August 2004 07:00:25 UTC|Comments [0]|    

Damned if you do... Damned if you don't

Scoble posted on the Spyware problem in Windows.

It's a pretty simple problem to solve- build virus and spyware protection.

So... why hasn't MS done this? Simple! Three letters D O J.

The anti trust implications of MS bundling virus protection are huge. The 'new look' Microsoft (of which Scoble is serious flag bearer) will not stand up against the US Anit Trust laws any more- been there, tried that, got bitten in the ass once already. Result- piss poor Virus protection baked into the OS. Who loses... you guessed it... Joe Public.

Me..? I say %%$&^$ 'em.... bundle it anyway- this has to be the most blatant case of Anti Trust hurting the consuming public that I have ever seen.

PoliTechLaw|Tuesday, 24 August 2004 06:43:47 UTC|Comments [0]|    

 Monday, 23 August 2004
Test News Item For Kognition Site

I'm about to start aggregating some blog entries from my blog into the website of my company. All apolitical posts of course. This is just a test post.

Kognition|Monday, 23 August 2004 07:39:17 UTC|Comments [0]|    

 Sunday, 22 August 2004
Casey and the Toys He Covets

Lot's of peeps (incl Bill and Julia) are having kittens over CC's /tabletWeb article. Doesn't really do it for me to be honest (well not like his other articles do)- been living the smart client dream for too long now. The web is soooo last decade for LOB applications- and I don't see ink as a mass market web thing for a helluva long time yet).

But, Casey also posts on some other gadgets he is looking at playing with and it reads somewhat like my list at the momnt.

Media Center Edition - Tried it (got a nice eval pack from MVP summit) but couldn't get MCE to play nice with NZ TV freqs so moved my box to Beyond TV ( Love it! Couldn't live without it now. means I can cut the time it takes me to watch the 6pm news down to about 20 minutes... AND... I am no longer bound by the TV to be home @ 6pm. It is the complete shiznit!

Personal Media Center- Much like casey I don't want one till I can write code for it. I was kinda pissy when I found out from the PMC team that they were keeping it closed :-( Had visions of writing a cute little video editor to work with my Mini DV cam- pity they don't have firewire too...

SPOT - No SPOT coverage here in NZ (yet!?!) but that ain't gonna stop me getting one as soon as the SDK ships. What I really want is for the Suunto N6 to allow me to code against the HRM and Altimieter in managed code... man I could have some serious fun working something up with those and some mappoint foo.... *salivates* There is defn. an SDK coming though Casey! You should email me and I'll tell you who to talk to to make sure you get a copy!

Telematics- Computer in car... erm... I've ummed and ahhed about a computer MP3 plyer etc... for some time but haven't got the $$$ to justify it atm. Currently I just take my Tablet PC (Toughbook CF18) in and use that with my GPS.


.NET | Mobility | Toy Box|Sunday, 22 August 2004 05:18:46 UTC|Comments [0]|    

Dunedin Mayoral Race

OK.. listened to just a wee bit of the conversation on Nat Radio this morning re: the Dunedin mayoralty. Is Teresa Stevenson on DRUGS!?!

The question was asked what would should be done as far as rates holiday type incentives.

She rambled on someting about there were many dark ally ways in Dunedin that could be turned into Cafe's. We should 'use the internet to contact investors in these venutures' she said. What a ^*&^&^%ing fruitloop! Does she really believe that this will help economic development in the city. I mean even if it were not prima facie daft (which it is) it would still be down right stupid as I doubt we would see a great number of the organic double shot espresso servings being exported out of the Otago region.

Too much under the counter 'special' Chai @ Arc for Miss S I'm afraid.

The smart money (well my money) is on Peter Chin. But in the end I think that anyone but the 'hippy' (above) and the ex con invalid beneficiary will be a darn sight better than the Roger Award judging greenie we've got at the moment!

Politics|Sunday, 22 August 2004 04:55:56 UTC|Comments [0]|    

 Friday, 20 August 2004
Shhh... don't tell maxim!
Sign seen at local library

|Friday, 20 August 2004 04:44:29 UTC|Comments [19]|    

 Thursday, 19 August 2004
EOS 20D *Drool*..... Jogle... I see you drooling from here.

This one goes out to Mr Jogle..... Hope King Kong provides the goods to let you have one of these- you can send me your 10D body if you get one :-)

Canon EOS 20DCanon has today revealed the EOS 20D, the eight megapixel successor to the EOS 10D. The new sensor is however only half the story the EOS 20D has a slightly smaller and lighter body, a brand new 9-point AF system, near instant power on time, 5 frames per second continuous shooting, support for EF-S digital lenses, true RAW+JPEG, a B&W mode and USB 2.0. In total we've counted approximately 30 noteworthy improvements on the EOS 20D. Naturally we have a detailed eleven page hands-on preview of the EOS 20D and will have sample images available in a few days time. Price on the street around US$1,500.

*Now if they'd only get around to putting a proper 35mm Sensor in their 35mm bodies (at the prosumer level) we could all have proper wide angle photos!


Best (cheapest reputable) place to buy this in Aus/NZ is funnily enough my local camera shop.

Toy Box|Thursday, 19 August 2004 21:28:26 UTC|Comments [0]|    

The Alison Annan Thing

Don't have time for a full comment on this... but a couple of thoughts.

  • Wallace should have known better. She can pay any constructive dismissal settlement for all I care!
  • The majority of the antagonists in this issue will be card carrying PPTA members with a bee in their respective bonnets over something totally different from 'learning outcomes' and 'standards'.

I come to this second conclusion as a simplistic fly on the wall mediaphile- from what I have observed the Annan side seems to be backed by a number of pretty smart people, the other side seems to have a majority share of thugs and losers... nuff said.

Politics|Thursday, 19 August 2004 01:43:42 UTC|Comments [0]|    

 Tuesday, 17 August 2004
Office SP1 - Oh the pain!

OK... so I'm trying to install Office 2k3 SP1 so I can test some Infopath stuff we've been working on. Thus far I have probably blown about 2 hours on it.... and I'm getting extremely PISSED OFF!

The install blows up at the end of the process claiming that it can't find It doesn't give me an option to help it find it just dies.

I am currently uninstalling office and then will reinstall it again to see if that helps. If none of that works I'm going to ring up PSS and yell at them.

Rants|Tuesday, 17 August 2004 23:16:59 UTC|Comments [0]|    


OK, so I'm a day late... But monday was a snow day here in Dunedin. Nick thought I'd be cold... but not me! Office Dog and I were out by 8am in shorts and T Shirt (well he was in his birthday suit) going for a run. Herewith some photos... off my Smartphone I'm afraid...

Dog Blog | Rambles|Tuesday, 17 August 2004 00:12:20 UTC|Comments [0]|