FryUp: Wild wild west

Diggers!

Wild wild west

I rode into town on my horse with no name. Townsfolk running in every direction. Kicking dustballs so high they were knocking out the flies in midair. It had been a while since I had travelled in these parts.

My throat was dry. I walked through the swinging doors of the nearest saloon. The place was rowdier than a media swarm at a mining disaster. I elbowed my way to the bar, flashing a dollar coin to catch the bartender's attention. When he got to me I asked him straight up what the fuss was about.

“Sheriff Power gonna shut us down.”

Review good, framing of it bad

Internet no wild west – lawyer

Can the internet be regulated?

Ready, set, GO

This time-lapse video, courtesy of website tvgawker.com, shows contractors in San Francisco replacing tram tracks on a busy intersection in four days.

It is 12 minutes long - but it has got lots of diggers!

Church and 30th St. San Francisco MUNI Construction from Ken Murphy on Vimeo.

Mayoral matters

Auckland has a super-sized ERP system to go with its new supercity status. Questions are swirling around why the $60 million-plus SAP system was selected without a formal tender process. Now that the political contest is over, it is surely time for closer scrutiny of how the council will function.

With the mention of contests, it was interesting that Wellington’s mayoral election – not Auckland’s – proved to be the nailbiter. Will the new, left-leaning mayor Celia Wade-Brown allow free, unfettered access to the city’s planned wi-fi? There are suggestions that traffic may be restricted to a limited number of websites, prompting one comment on the Computerworld story suggesting that pro-light-rail blogs will get the green light but pro-road blogs will not. We assume they are joking.

Auditor-General aware of SuperCity tendering concerns

Wellington council wi-fi free – but with conditions

Black coffee, two sugars please

IBM's share price hit an all-time high this week, soaring to US$139.34 on Monday. Analysts attributed the record share price to increased spending on IT by large organisations, a good second-quarter result and the receding recession. Such a great result kind of makes you scratch your head when you consider that, 18 months ago, in the depths of the recession, IBM started making staff pay for their own tea and coffee.

We wonder if IBM staff have been rewarded with free caffienated beverages in recognition of their contribution to the record share price?

IBM share price hits all-time high

Pay for your own tea and coffee, IBM tells staff

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