02 November 2009
23 October 2009
12 October 2009
LCA2010 will be held from Monday 18 January to Saturday 23 January 2010 at the Wellington Convention Centre inWellington, New Zealand, home of the little blue penguin or Kororā as they are called in Māori, New Zealand's indigenous language. What better place to bring the world's biggest gathering of Linux enthusiasts?
Registration is now open
02 October 2009
The Expurgation of Maniac Mansion for the Nintendo Entertainment System
30 September 2009
31 August 2009
Hi-tech Wellington manufacturer 4RF has defied the global economic gloom and posted a $2.9 million profit for the year ending March.
The company, which makes microwave radio equipment for transmitting data wirelessly over long distances, boosted its revenues 24 per cent to $23.7m.
Chairman Peter Troughton says the economic conditions have made sales growth difficult.
"4RF has experienced instances of major project delays, particularly in the highly cyclical telco sector.
"That said, the company continues to be successful in winning new business, having signed up an average of four new end users per month in the fiscal year."
Most of these customers are in the utility and government sectors and should be relatively protected during the downturn, he says.
The company will trial a new product with large European customers towards the end of this financial year.
Chief executive Ian Troughton says that, as with any product, it will take a while to build sales.
"We don't think it will have any major impact on our results in the short term, but as a longer-term prospect we're really excited about it."
4RF has boosted its research and development and international sales teams and now has 75 staff, most of whom are in Wellington, he says.
"One good thing about the credit crunch is that there are quite a lot of good-quality people around. It's a good time to hire internationally."
The lingering downturn will make business challenging for the rest of the year and into 2010, he says.
4RF has customers in 111 countries and offices in North America, France, Britain, the Middle East, Asia and Africa.
Exports account for more than 90 per cent of its sales.
The firm won the global gold category for its export success at Wellington's Gold Awards this year.
06 May 2009
The information overflow problem is certainly one of the biggest we need to solve in the near future
13 April 2009
07 April 2009
04 April 2009
31 March 2009
27 March 2009
TiVo HD Review - Personal Video Recorders
the TiVo HD is one of the ugliest set-top boxes we've ever seen. It's big, it's silver and black, and the front-mounted LEDs tell you almost nothing. It looks less like a luxury AV component and more like a network storage box.
24 February 2009
There's a nice discussion about the mobile space: how it'd be nice to have JavaFX for UI stuff on Android. As they've noticed, JavaFX is not a complete stack, it doesn't want to compete against the numerous existing OSs for the mobile. But instead, it sits only at the application level.
That's a departure from the original project, Savaje.
Also, Android's declerative UI is not well suited for animations or games so there JavaFX would make sense.
Very funny the story at the end of a child being named after Martin Odersky, the creator of Scala.
15 February 2009
14 January 2009
4.30pm Registration and afternoon tea
5pm Session commences