At Fry Up we like a bit of metophorical biff and bash. We also like getting out of the office.
Which is why we decided to take Fry Up live and create breakfast debate series about a topic 'du jour'. For our first debate series we chose the Ultra Fast Broadband. The moot was that UFB will render telcos irrelevant to end users.
Speaking for the affirmative was Vikram Kumar and Lance Wiggs in Wellington and Rosalie Nelson and Scott Bartlett in Auckland. For the negative Gabrielle Gauthey spoke in both centres, Brett O’Riley joined her in Wellington and Hayden Glass in Auckland.
So what did they have to say? Check out the soundbites in our videos.
Meanwhile, back at base
While we were out on the road channeling industry dissent, back on our website the open source community – or at least some of its more vocal members – were waging battle through the comments section of the Computerworld website.
Contentious debating point number one – is it possible spend less than $8000 on software per secondary school PC?
Contentious debating point number two – does Microsoft really care about open source?
Some people need to get out more
To paraphrase a popular song in Fry Up’s youth - “I’d like to teach the world to sing” - we would like to buy the Ministry of Economic Development a plane ticket. One that went around the world.
Then the folk that advise the Minister and create policy on really, really important telco stuff could learn first-hand about what countries other than Australia and Britain are doing. Yep, even the ones whose native language isn’t English could be quite useful.
U2 played in Auckland last week and brought with them an amazing stage set enabled by some incredible technology.
To paraphase a song from Fry Up’s youth – “Nice video, shame about the song” – as the concert was a bit like “nice stage set, shame about the preaching”. The evangelical tendencies of U2’s lead singer are a little distracting – as the following send-up illustrates.
But hats off to Bono and The Edge. Fry Up debates were also held at stadium venues and we didn’t manage to fill 40,000 seats... although it is early days for us.