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Please avert your eyes Universal, Apple or whoever owns the music these days

Even though internet users are now under the watchful eye of the poor sods administering the Copyright (Infringing File Sharing) Amendment Act, Fry Up would just like to quote Kenny Rogers: “You've got to know when to hold 'em, Know when to fold 'em, Know when to walk away, Know when to run” (from The Gambler). We understand that some of our readers may be allergic to country, not to mention western, but it has been a hold ‘em, fold ‘em kinda week in technology. Here's the Fry Up guide to playing tech poker...

Blackberry’s come back The makers of the world’s first major smartphone have been struggling for relevancy with the advent iPhones and Androids. But Research In Motion would probably not have wished for the Blackberry to have become the device of choice for London’s rioters this week. Fold ‘em London rioters plan on Blackberrrys as RIM speaks to police

Southern Cross is OK, maybe The blame for low data caps in consumer broadband plans is usually laid at the feet of Southern Cross Cable (SCC), the owner of New Zealand’s only international telecommunications cable. The argument goes that because SCC is a monopoly provider it hikes the price of international bandwidth so high even an Adidas marketing manager would blush. As such, this means ISPs have had no choice but to manage the outrageous cost via data caps. But an InternetNZ report makes the point that SCC bases its pricing on the Australian market, and international bandwidth pricing has fallen due to increased competition across the Tasman. Aussie ISPs have increased data caps, so why haven’t their Kiwi counterparts? Maybe Southern Cross has achieved the seemingly impossible – good press. Hold ‘em InternetNZ considers barriers to increasing data caps

TelstraClear sees red TelstraClear has posted an operating loss of $5 million before interest and taxation in the past financial year. Revenue for the year to June was up $8 million at $701 million, but operating expenses climbed by $32 million to $568 million, and the telco was blaming the rise in costs on the Canterbury earthquakes. While it’s good to see the telco stay loyal to the region, you’ve gotta ask how it can maintain a dominant market position in Christchurch with competition in the fixed line infrastructure market from both Chorus and the taxpayer (and ratepayer) backed Enable Networks.

Fold ‘em Quakes put TelstraClear $5m into red Amazon’s lightning strike Weather events on the other side of the world aren’t usually the concern of New Zealand IT managers. But those thinking about clouds (in the IT sense) would have found the storm in Dublin, in which a lightening strike caused an outage in one of Amazon’s massive data centres, a little unsettling. Can it be that the big guns can’t provide 100 percent (or even 99.999 percent) uptime? Will the CEO read a news story about it on his Windows 7 phone (hey, they were giving them away...) and throw out the business case for cloud services? Unlikely, the cloud momentum is unstoppable. Hold ‘em Lessons from Amazon cloud lightning strike outage

MED’s dilemma The battle for the 700MHz spectrum has commenced. Vodafone says let the highest bidder win, Telecom says it has no strong view, 2degrees says sell it to the little guy, and complicating the matter is a Maori claim. What would you do if you were the Ministry of Economic Development official advising the government? Run Telecom ambivalent on 700MHz spectrum auction Don't price us out of spectrum: 2degrees

Vodafone declares its spectrum agenda

Wonder if these fellas play poker? The week on the world's financial markets as told on broker's faces.

See The Brokers With Hands On Their Faces Blog

Forget the shirt, buy the music There’s been a bit of fuss about overpriced All Black shirts this week, but the upcoming album celebrating rugby try-umps appears reasonably priced.

There are dozens of NZ rugby songs in Rucks, Tries & Choruses: - The History of NZ Rugby... in Song, which features everyone from the Howard Morrison Quartet (My Old Man's An All Black) to the Mirimar Chess Club (I'll Never Be An All Black). Strangest selection in an album celebrating rugby is Right Left Of Centre - Don't Go, an anti-tour song from 1981 fronted by Don McGlashan and Chris Knox. The CD (remember those?) is on sale in a couple of weeks. In the meantime check this out from The Swarm.

Maybe they could support Kenny when he’s in town next?

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