Year of the Apple
Life before the iPad probably did exist, but who can remember? Pitched as a consumer device when it was launched in April, it has been embraced by business users. And New Zealand is not immune; official sales figures since it was available here are hard to come by but a source suggests as many as 50,000 have been sold.
Who is buying them? Readers of Computerworld and our sister publications CIO, Reseller News, Unlimited and PC World, if responses to our survey on creating a mobile app are anything to go by.
Of the hundreds of replies we've received so far, iPad and iPhone devices were the most popular, with Android coming in third. Although, according to some commentators the Droid’s success is down to Apple, because the iPhone’s touch screen has revolutionised device design. So, yeah, it was the Year of the Apple in 2010. Even when they made mistakes — remember iPhone 4? remember that day it went on sale in New Zealand and no one could find any? — even then, we couldn’t get enough of Apple.
There’s that moment on the dance floor at every office Christmas party when someone shouts “Conga line”. Usually during a George Michael song. If you’re on the floor you freeze mid-step in your disco move; in your head you know you should move to the side and wait in the shadows until it’s over. But in your heart you want to join that line.
Sometime during the last election campaign, the National party yelled “$1.5 billion for broadband” — and the telco industry has been a crazy kind of place to party in ever since. First it looked as if Maurice Williamson would lead the dance but he was replaced by Steven Joyce, who has cut a slow, careful — almost studied — progress through the floor. This week Telecom joined the line as a prioritised bidder in negotiations with Crown fibre. The telco is not known for fancy moves, but is a solid anchor at the end of the line.
Conga lines are strange things though, one minute everyone’s holding on tight, the next they’re letting go. To maintain a line to the end of the song you’ve got to stay focused, you’ve got to trust the person in front of you, and you gotta have faith.
Looking to buy services on that fibre line will be Orcon's former owner Seeby Woodhouse, who officially launched his new ISP Voyager this week. He intends to offer bespoke solutions to SMEs, and he is bringing $20 million to table.
When his restraint of trade expired three years after selling Orcon to Kordia, Woodhouse decided it was time to get back into the game. “With the UFB (Ultra Fast Broadband) effectively the Government’s going to build the network. So as a new internet provider I can basically say ‘I don’t need any legacy network, I can just hook into the new network and provide services to customers on an equal basis with any other provider’,” he told Fry Up.
Voyager so far consists of a staff made up of “a loose band of contractors” and more than 10 “decent business customers”.
Give a cat a camera
As Gizmodo – who featured the video this week – points out, it might be an advert for cat food, but strapping cameras to a bunch of kitty cats is inspired.
Cup of tea and a lie down
This is the last Fry Up for 2010, and what a year. We've undergone a few metamorphoses, we've gone out on the road with live debates, we've posted more random videos for your Friday arvo entertainment. Time for a drink and a lie down.
Merry Christmas and see ya in the new year.