Excuse me while I blog

A week of IT

Excuse me while I blog

E-tales was alarmed to note David Farrar's (InternetNZ's vice president and über-blogger) schedule of meetings last week: three meetings on Monday to talk about the registry; four meetings on Tuesday to talk about executive committee meeting stuff; only the one meeting on Wednesday but that's held in Auckland so fog-willing he'd be attending; and a couple more to round out the week.

Given Farrar's day job is running former Mayor Blumski's election campaign (not to mention running his own consultancy) how will he find time to do the one thing we're all keen on — keeping up his blog? [We are? Get back to work –Ed.]

E-tales encourages everyone to go on over to kiwiblog.co.nz and post a comment or two along the "There there, have a nice cup of tea and a lie down" line. Tell him we said hi. Failing that, can someone please approve human cloning so he can at least keep up his heady social schedule?

Bare Ascentials

At Computerworld, we like to pride ourselves on witty headlines, but we have to concede analyst firm Meta had a pretty good one in a recent newsletter. On the subject of IBM's purchase of Ascential, it read "IBM Deems Data Integration to be Ascential". Its ascentially a play on words on the similarity of Ascential and Essential.

Not present in cyberspace

A Computerworld staffer went to visit a certain big software vendor recently and was asked to log in electronically, typing his name, company details and email address into the monitor at reception. The idea is that when the visitor's name is typed in, their contact at the company receives an email announcing that their visitor is at reception. When the field for naming the company employee came up, our reporter duly typed in his contact's name, only for a message to pop up saying the employee wasn't recognised. Happily, the staffer was standing right there at reception by this stage, although he was a little nonplussed to learn he apparently didn't exist.

'Tis time to TiVo

We’ve always blamed the Brits for the lack of TiVo service in New Zealand. TiVo remains easily the best personal video recorder (PVR) we’ve ever used, but it’s appeared to remain locked forever in its North American ghetto ever since a foray into the UK market proved unprofitable and the company withdrew.

Now, however, TiVo is considering markets to the east. According to the Nihon Keizai Shimbun, and widely reported elsewhere, TiVo could be selling its wares in Japan as early as next year. TiVo’s had a tough few years with many expecting it to run out of money soon, but its technology remains popular, it has just completed a management reshuffle and it might still have a few tricks up its sleeve.

We hope it goes well and TiVo promptly decides to roll out its products around the entire Pacific Rim, starting with, well, Godzone.

Email etales@idg.co.nz with your stories of wit and woe

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