Mega Minister, Super Shocker
On Monday TV3 News reported it had heard rumours of a new super ministry being established, to be led by a mega Minister believed to be Steven Joyce, aka Super-Steve. The official announcement came on Thursday from PM John Key, who also took the opportunity to lambast government IT systems, saying “I’ve actually been shocked at how obsolete many public sector IT systems are, and how big the challenge will be to upgrade and modernise them.”
He really doesn't like his BlackBerry, aye. Missing your iPhone, John?
Tron Dance Party
Via Kottke.org, a dance crew performs while wearing Tron-like outfits in darkness.
Get yourself some Pi
The Raspberry Pi, for those of you who’ve been buried under an avalanche of iPad articles, is the little computer that could. The device is roughly the size of a credit card, and needs to be plugged into a connector dock via a USB connection that will hook it up to a monitor, a keyboard and a mouse. The computer runs on open source operating system Ubuntu and uses other open-source software such as the Iceweasel web browser and the KOffice productivity suite.
It costs US $25 for the basic version and US $35 for the deluxe model and the first batch of 10,000 sold out in less than a day. But its UK creators, a non-profit organisation that wants the device to ignite an interest in computer programming in school-kids, say the devices will be back on sale soon.
You can’t buy Pi direct, you have to go through a reseller. According to sister publication Reseller News, the two reconised channel partners are being inundated with queries.
Comment of the week
In an occasional series that may, or may not, have begun today, Fry Up recognises the best comment of the week. Take it away ‘Mark’:
“Am I missing something really obvious here? It seems to me that if they can prosecute Kim Dotcom then they should also be prosecuting NZ Post who delivered all those mix tapes I created for girlfriends back in the (early) 90's.”