marsden_online: (Blueknight)
Little bit of a link dump

Toggle (via IdeaLog)
Discover Me (via Public Address)
Etsy filtered to display NZ items (this isn't as easy to find as in the past but I eventually located a "Search Local" link on the right of the "Buy" splash page)

And some specific friends (FB pages)
Foxes' Forge
Nerd Bird Craftings
Rubble Bubble
Vicissitude Jewellery

Did I overlook a friend? This is a brain dump not a comprehensive. Comment and I'll update :)
marsden_online: (Blueknight)
Last week a new ISP appeared on the radar. Fyx offered flat-rate broadband and a "global mode" which would mitigate some of the geolocking preventing kiwis from viewing certain content over the internet (even if prepared to pay for it).

Not entirely surprisingly global mode has already been pulled for the meantime. Fyx has dropped their prices and offered refunds in compensation.

I was less interested in global mode than in how the pricing stacked up against the capped plans more generally on offer. Having an unexpectedly free evening I've done some spreadsheeting.

It's difficult to exactly compare like with like - every company has a slightly different take. But what I'm looking at here are phone+broadband packages with the phone cost (typically about $40) stripped out because although Fyx don't provide a phone service their baseline service does require you to have a copper landline with another provider. I may do the naked broadband comparisons in another sheet at some point. I've included TelstraClear's fibre options although it's not really an apple/apple comparison. I've charted Gb used (on the x axis) vs Cost ($ on the y axis) up to 100Gb.

Conclusions? Slingshot is generally the cheapest option followed by Fyx, although at the very top of the range (100Gb) Fyx is overtaken (undertaken?) by Snap and Telecom is closing fast. Although both those providers have steps coming up that won't cause them to lose much ground. At the slightly more expensive rates Fyx initially offered (with global mode enabled) I don't know that it would have beaten Slingshot at any point. OTOH it's not generally considered hard to beat Slingshot on service... which beings us to it being important to bear in mind that this is purely a $/Gb comparison, it doesn't take into account speed (promised or actual) or anything else.

This is of course purely academic as I'm not considering switching away from my fibre connection - almost but not quite the most expensive option.
marsden_online: (Blueknight)
I am now formally on holiday for at least two weeks [touch wood]. It's actually been a pretty good day, save Skype being down the one day I was -planning- to use it, and an annoying issue with Telstra Clear (or possibly someone upstream from them) caching the website I was waiting to come around so I could check the transfer had gone cleanly. Following a hunch formed of frustration I finally re-powered the modem to force a new connection and lo! new site. (Manager could see it hours ago. I could have been done hours ago).

So the good stuff
- finished the waterblasting this morning, also did some pruning
- received an unexpected bonus from work in the main in the form of a $100 Prezzy card :D
- all projects are more-or-less tidily packed up for the break. Two invoices sent and I know one has already been paid
- the 'on call' work I was expecting has been moved back to a period mid-January-March
- my parents dropped off mother's laptop for "maintenance" and we had a nice chat in the sun

Tomorrow I have a small list of pre-Xmas chores that need done, and tonight I still have time for a walk around the block before bed.

Two tabs

Dec. 2nd, 2010 10:40 am
marsden_online: (globe)
Mapperiffic visualisation of a day's Twitter traffic, via the Herald and SciBlogs (recommend watching on the Vimeo site in HD, w. scaling off)
[Edit - LJ doesn't want to accept the embedded version, you'll have to follow the link :( [/edit]

Mapping a Day in the Life of Twitter from Chris McDowall on Vimeo.

Pumpkin Patch wins this year’s NZTE International Business Awards. Idealog has an interview with the CEO which contains this ponderable quote about "Made in New Zealand".
It’s worth noting that if Pumpkin Patch was manufactured in New Zealand we’d be a much smaller company and we’d employ a lot fewer New Zealanders.
marsden_online: (globe)
Tracking the cyber footprint - NZ Herald reveals how it has used the internet (Facebook, Google et. al.) to track down people of interest...

Quitting the web Cartoonist James Sturm chronicles 4 months deliberately avoiding the internet (10 part series)

Tischen "aims to rid the world of unemployment" and seems set up for people with odd skills and schedules (so part timers, work from homers, night owls, freelancers...) It gives you a nicely templated, personalisable page to list your skills for free. I haven't signed up yet but may well do -after- my long overdue site rebuild (approaching critical mass for motivation).


Jan. 8th, 2010 04:04 pm
marsden_online: (globe)
Bumbling about on the internet today I came across
which I decided was an interesting local directory project, and the unrelated
network of wireless internet hotspots which I spent a lot of time pondering. I like the concept, have ever since I learnt about Tomi some years ago. Can't afford a $250 outlay just on an experiment though. (And it's probably against TC's T&C to on-sell their residential service in such a manner, but their smaller business plans are cheap enough).

It might be something to bear in mind for Creative Space if it starts looking to a different venue.
marsden_online: (Blueknight)
Buried in a NZ Herald article about TelstraClear testing their own PVR and IPTV service to compete with MySky (no surprises there) is this little gem:
Telstra is touting the T-Hub, a touchscreen device offering regular phone features and internet access, the ability to play music, look at videos and photos and run a household diary.

A residential VOIP offering? Please let it be so. Please let it be soon. Please let it be cheaper than a landline!
marsden_online: (Default)
Anyone know any reliable residential VOIP providers based in Christchurch or with a respectable nationwide presence? came to my attention this morning, but while their plans look good I'd have to be a network geek to understand their FAQ section and without that I have no idea what hardware I'd have to purchase (at minimum it looks like a new router or some sort of PABX).

The inability to call 0900 numbers is also a problem, since that's how I make most of my charitable donations.

Ideally of course all I want is a skype phone which accepts multiple accounts (bastards)
marsden_online: (Blueknight)

Log in for a summary of all the google services you use.
marsden_online: (Blueknight)
Something for the library geeks (although you probably already have it)
LibraryTechNZ blog

And for the postgrads (via RWW)
Deep Dyve (the scientific journal search engine) Launches Rental Service for Research Articles
Buying a single article from a scientific journal is usually prohibitively expensive if you are not a student or teacher at a school that subscribes to the journal. Most academic journals are available only behind these paywalls, but Deep Dyve just announced a new product that could radically change the marketplace for scientific, technical and medical articles. Until now, Deep Dyve only indexed articles and directed users to the journal's own site. Starting today, users can rent articles from Deep Dyve. Accounts start with a pay-as-you-go account, by which users are charged $0.99 to keep an article for one day, and go up to an unlimited account for $19.99 per month.
marsden_online: (Blueknight) (article from last week sometime)

Ziln, the brainchild of two local technology companies specialising in online broadcasting - e-cast and NetsideTV - is starting today with a lineup of seven New Zealand channels playing scheduled and "video on demand" programming, plus 14 international news and business channels streaming live.

TelstraClear, the country's second largest telecommunications company, is backing the venture, which it will promote through its Clearnet customer website.

This caught my attention because TelstraClear doesn't meter visits by it's customer to the streaming videos on it's site (which would be great, if I was interested in recycled sports from TV3/Sky, or video game previews - the only types of updated content they have there). If they did the same for this internet TV channel I'd be able to afford the bandwidth to watch it.

Alas the TV has it's own tab on the menu, and not an 'Unmetered' icon in sight. So until data becomes more affordable for me (one way or the other) - still won't be watching.

(The $70 a month I pay for Telstra Cable TV would cover an extra 20Gb, by the time I factor in losing the discount for having Phone/Net/TV package. I'm not convinced that would be enough having seen just how fast regular YouTube type video can chew through data and mentally upscaling that to a decent resolution/HD).
marsden_online: (Default)
Did anyone else get an email from '' asking for more information on their LJ RSS/Atom feed?

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