Telcos, power companies and the like tried to pull a fast one when they claimed the New Zealand Government might need to up its NZ$1.5 billion budget for the Ultra Fast Broadband roll-out.
Darren Greenwood keeps his feet on New Zealand's shaky ground and his head up in the long white cloud.
Darren Greenwood has been in journalism, not all of it IT, since the days of typewriters and long before the web spun its way around the world. Coming from Yorkshire, he can be blunt, and though having resided in New Zealand, as well as Australia, for quite some time, he insists he is not one of the 'sheeple!'
If Telecom NZ wants to have any of the NZ$1.5 billion the government intends to spend on its new broadband network, it had better think long and hard before offshoring 1500 jobs.
Telecom's XT mobile network has been renamed Monica. She goes down without warning and screws you.
Waiting for open source to give Microsoft a much-needed kick up the jacksie has seemed like waiting for Godot. We wait, we wait and we are still waiting.
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has just given a landmark speech on internet freedom. But before we chide China and others, shouldn't we look in our own backyard?
The crystal balls are out with the local and global consensus seemingly predicting recovery in the IT market, including budget spends, but times will remain hard.
Do our businesses really need to be in the CBD, taking up so much valuable office space, when so much of the workforce could be offloaded to the cheaper countryside and suburbia and simply telecommute?
Do the largest telcos carry the arrogant monopolist attitudes of the days when they were nationalised and cared little for the consumer?
Was Vista the biggest mistake Microsoft ever made? Judging by the rows of unloved laptops in a Wellington computer store last week, you just might think so. Every machine that had Vista installed was 25 per cent off.
The blogs are claiming 2010 will be the "Year of the Blogosphere". And with some high priority examples in New Zealand, it's becoming hard to argue the point.