Archive for October, 2007


 31 October 2007 

 Wake Up USA ! Get With the Mobile Phone Program.

I think it was Will Harris on Leo La Porte’s TWIT program  that commented about how the USA is out of sync with the likes of the UK, when it comes to mobile phones.

Here in Australia (the place god made when he wanted paradise),  due to the evolution of mobile phone plans (1st UK, then Australia, now USA), my fellow USA countrymen and women seem at odds with being able to fork out a few dollars for a phone. 

Hearing the whinging about the I-phone cost at $USD600 when it came out (now $400), we folks here down yonder laughed (and cried), wanting to get our hands on one.  

 You see Australians had mobile phones before they really had mobile phone plans, think about that. If everyone buys a phone then sorts out a phone plan, the system just works. 

 Now that there are more mobile phone plans (and confusion) then you can shake a stick at, we Aussies (been one for 2 months now), can choose our destiny, buy a phone cheap (unlocked on eBay or the corner shop) then pick any plan we want.

You can do this in the UK and the USA but not as common as they are here.

This means the idea of forking out AUD $1200 for a new HTC TYTN 2 (my phone of choice) or a Palm Treo 750 (also made by HTC) and my wife’s choice just under $1000 is often cheaper then the plans where you may have to pay over $2000 for the phone with service over 2 years ($89 per month). 

 The problem for phone companies is they know Aussies being a resilent bunch will order from China, Taiwan, Hong Kong or Japan, if they feel they are being ripped off. 

This makes Australia a country the size of the USA but with the population of a few more than Holland (The Netherlands) and less folks per square mile than almost anyone, a tough egg to crack.

When (and if) the I-Phone comes to Australia, if it is on a phone plan and folks get too upset here, they will just buy one from one of our nearby neighbors, and screw Apple. 

Until then we will import them from wherever or  whomever we choose, unless someone comes along and offers us a good reason to do something else. But we got it right. A mature well educated market close to countries that now how to sell cheap.

 As long as the USA market is what it is, the likes of AT&T and Apple can force folks how to buy, when to buy and now how to pay.

USA, get with the program.


 <Edititor> I often heard in college, ‘Plagersim is the greatest form of flattery”.  I tend not to ‘flatter’ very often but wanted to archive the story.

October 30, 2007

The guys from The Pirate Bay are always working on interesting side-projects, but there is one in particular that’s so significant, it might be the future of filesharing. For a while now, they have been working on a brand new protocol – which may come to replace BitTorrent in the near future.

Why a new protocol? Well, the current BitTorrent protocol is developed and maintained by BitTorrent Inc. This company, founded by BitTorrent inventor Bram Cohen, recently decided to close the source of some newer additions to the protocol. According to The Pirate Bay, this gives them too much power and influence.

Another reason for a new and improved protocol is the massive number of spammers and anti-piracy organizations that abuse the BitTorrent protocol, either to make money or to bust people who download infringing material. The new protocol will be designed with these potential problems in mind.

The protocol will most likely use the .p2p file extension compared to the .torrent extension BitTorrent uses right now. The good thing is that the .p2p files will be backwards compatible which should ensure a smooth transition from .torrent to .p2p files.

It will be interesting to see whether other BitTorrent sites will support the new protocol. Erik from Mininova, the most popular BitTorrent site at the moment, told us they will absolutely support the new protocol. We at TorrentFreak are of course a bit concerned about these new developments since we owe our name to BitTorrent, but we wish The Pirate Bay crew the best 😉

The new protocol is still in the development phase, but the initial release is planned for sometime early next year. More features and information about the new protocol, which is still nameless at this point, can be found at the protocol design page.

Plagiarized with thanks from from TorrentFreak

John Ilhan, the founder of mobile phone retailer Crazy John’s, has died of a suspected heart attack today at just 42 years of age.

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Hmm, Ok MS fan boy here, I am looking to deploy exchange for some of my 80k customers.
I plan to go MS Exchange 2K7 then someone mentions Zimbra. I think open source for this pup no thanks.
A quick Google on Zimbra vs MS exchange 2007, brings up this document from MS themselves showing where Zimbra is better than Exchange.

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A recent interview where Steve (Yes I can Monkey Dance) Ballmer, talks about life at MS before and after Bill’s ‘transition’.

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An elderly man died after his dog panicked and dragged him into the path of an oncoming express train in Melbourne’s east. Folks left on train for hours.

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Not bad, but I like my quad core…

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15 Ridiculously Useful Websites

Posted: October 10, 2007 in Misc Tech

Here is a diverse list of useful websites – some you may know, but many you probably don’t, that are there just to make life a little bit easier. From fitness and travel, to online coupons and recommended reading lists, this collection has a little something for everyone.

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ISPs aren’t known for encouraging users to share bandwidth, but that’s exactly what BT wants UK customers to do. The Spanish WiFi specialist FON offers routers that enable people to “securely” share their high-speed connections with strangers; in return, the sharers get access to any other FON access point in the world. Now, the model is coming to

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Big W launches Quickflix movie store

Big W has become the first major Australian retailer to launch an online DVD rental enterprise.

Launched yesterday, the service is backed provides access to the 27,000 strong Quickflix database

and the company’s established logistics system. Big W is Quickflix’s first white-label partner.

Big W will push the value and convenience of online order and mail deliver over traditional

store movie rentals. It produced research claiming that Australians had owed video stores at least

$85 million in late fees. More than 20% of Australians had incurred video store late fees of almost

$20 with up to 250,000 people racking up to $100 in fines at any one time, the research said.

Big W is arguably the largest brand, other than Telstra BigPond, to launch into Australia’s nascent

online movies market. It is expected the service will eventually extend to broadband delivery.

Kyle XY Get’s a Season 3

Posted: October 7, 2007 in Misc Tech

Hmm, titile explains all.

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Happy Birthday Sputnik, Fear, and the Pursuit of Competition.

We owe the founding of what is now the Internet(s) to being partly a result of fear.Fear from the US of A believed was not only a risk militarily due to the then USSR but|strategically as well. It could be said that any technologically advanced country especially one like Japan,
if it believes it will be left behind by a technology like search engines of all things, they do one thing VERY well, take it head on. We saw this with many things just after world war one and that has been replaced to some extent by China as much a manufacturing superpower as anything. Japan’s government has decided to do the same thing with Google. The Japanese
Government is throwing $150m at it, and who best to enlist support to do this than power houses in Japan. The 10 powerhouses include well known names such as NEC, Sony, and Toyota. This will be a good thing for consumers and interesting to see what comes out. Hopefully one less toolbar and perhaps the first real change in searching for some time to follow. Expect Google to make a push into the region to quell techo-fears and of course competition.

The price is a bit for now perhaps, but this is looking pretty sweet. For those of us using HTC kit already, and those with an open mind this is not a bad bit of kit.

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