FryUp: Aardvark's feeling much better: Microsoft's feeling much better: Webby's was robbed

Top Stories: - Aardvark snuffles on - Microsoft cleared by Commerce Commission - Wrong site wins Webby Award

Top Stories:

- Aardvark snuffles on

- Microsoft cleared by Commerce Commission

- Wrong site wins Webby Award

- Aardvark snuffles on

After pronouncing Aardvark dead on arrival last week we have to say that it's feeling much better today and is sitting up drinking a cup of tea.

Bruce Simpson was toying with the idea of ditching his online commentary site after seven years of publishing because of demands on his time - and the rent, phone and power bills demanding that he actually earn some money.

After a week of discussion on his site about the best way forward (subscriptions or a sponsor were two options) the country's third largest ISP, Ihug, rode in to the rescue with a sponsorship package.

Simpson had trouble in the past securing advertising on the site, in part because of his no-compromise attitude towards such companies. The Wood brothers are clearly taking their corporate life in their hands but kudos to them for such a move (even if Nick is running a cabana on some south seas island at the moment).

The site has only slightly changed shape to accommodate an ad and a declaration of sponsorship and Simpson says he won't pull any punches if he's writing about Ihug.

Ihug rides to Aardvark's rescue - IDGNet

Net pioneer blasts off - IDGNet

Aardvark calls it a day - IDGNet

Aardvark website

- Microsoft cleared by Commerce Commission

Microsoft has been given the all clear over its new software licensing scheme by the Commerce Commission.

Local lawyer, and sometime Computerworld columnist, Craig Horrocks had laid a complaint with the commission over Microsoft's new Software Assurance programme, claiming its introduction was anti-competitive.

The Commerce Commission, however, says it wasn't and there's nothing to stop Microsoft from charging for its software in this manner.

Part of the problem for Horrocks with the new licensing scheme is that it requires customers to pay for software upgrades two years in advance, even if Microsoft never releases an upgrade for that piece of software.

The commission wryly points out that anti-competitive behaviour would require Microsoft to do something that would stop customers moving to a competitor while this action seems destined to drive them there by the truckload, and certainly the last link below is to a story that seems to support that point of view.

Horrocks hasn't given up there, though. He has a second complaint, of breaching the Fair Trading Act, in with the commission so we'll just have to see what that brings about. Horrocks says he's glad that he at least raised the profile of the issue.

Complainant not surprised at Microsoft decision - IDGNet

Microsoft welcomes complaint decision - IDGNet

Commerce Commission strikes out Microsoft complaint - IDGNet

Law firm fires second complaint at Microsoft - IDGNet

Microsoft desktop licensing driving customers away - IDGNet

- Wrong site wins Webby Award

No, go back. You've got it wrong. Arts and Letters Daily picked up the People's Choice award in the News category (BBC won the judged award) but SciTech Daily failed to beat out the behemoth that is NASA for the Science award.

Ah well, it was fun while it lasted. SciTech ran a spirited campaign to get every Kiwi to vote for it (motto: vote early, vote often) but the sheer power of NASA's Earth Observatory's site meant it was beaten for the People's Choice award. NASA was nudged out for the voted award as well by a site called Becoming Human.

So science was the winner on the day. Full credit to the opposition and it was an award of two halves. Check out the winners and other finalists below. Good on ya Arts and Letters and remember, SciTech--there's always next year.

Webby Awards 2002

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