Speech on an iPod?; Budget blather; SA versus SA

'Most people don't know the full capabilities of products like Microsoft Windows and Office whereas things like the iPod are very easy to use.' - David Cunliffe, Communications and IT minister.

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- Did he write his speech on an iPod then?

- Budget blather and delayed strategy

- SA versus SA

Did he write his speech on an iPod then?

"Most people don’t know the full capabilities of products like Microsoft Windows and Office whereas things like the iPod are very easy to use." – David Cunliffe, Communications and IT minister.

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Budget blather and delayed strategy

Ah yes, it's Big Government Announcements Time again. It's great to see that tax cuts are on the agenda, and from a Labour government to boot. As an impecunious geek freelancer, the thought of having another 67 cents a week is a mouth-watering prospect. In the old money, it'd buy three more megs on JetStream. I can't wait ... but have to, for another three years. Sigh.

A more immediate sweetener is the faster depreciation rates for computers and appliances, however. Cullen says that this tax year, businesses purchasing computers can depreciate them at 60% of the value instead of 48% as before. That's better, but why not face up to fact that IT investment drops in value like a stone and go for a 100% depreciation rate? Software, especially, has no actual capital value once it's been purchased and registered, so why can't it be written off as an expense?

While everyone saw the budget as flat beer, the IT industry was quite cock-a-hoop over IT Minister Cunliffe's Digital Strategy. It's probably the shock of seeing the Government actually doing something in that area that generated the joyousness, but honestly ... isn't it all about ten years late? "Fast broadband" which is a rather middling 5Mbit/s for everyone in 2007 isn't very exciting at all. And lifting NZ to the OECD top quartile in broadband uptake by 2010? Doesn't anyone believe in doing things sooner rather than later? How do we exorcise this damaging Cult of the Waitandsee?

- Government promises $400m for Digital Strategy

SA versus SA

This week, the latest Sober variant burrowed through the internet but I was safe because the totally excellent SpamAssassin saved my inbox from the flood of Sturmabteilung-spam it generated.

All praise the power of Perl regexps!

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You can't stop the SARE Ninjas!!

Death to hunt-and-peck weaklings!

Sleek, black and no, I'm going to call a keyboard "sexy" but this one is ... deeply aesthetic. Probably won’t pass Cunliffe's "iPod Test" however.

- Das Keyboard

"... my colleagues looked at me like I was a superhero"

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