FryUp: Domainz explains; Telcos sleeping; Microsoft DOA

Top Stories: When good projects go bad; quiet week on the telco front; still no word from Microsoft

Top Stories:

- When good projects go bad

- Quiet week on the telco front

- Still no word from Microsoft

- When good projects go bad

The long-awaited report into just What Went Wrong with Domainz and its registry system has finally been released.

The report has been sitting in the hands of lawyers for nearly six months, and is damning in its conclusions. The DRS that Domainz CEO Patrick O'Brien introduced, and which the new Domainz CEO is in the process of replacing, was a million-dollar turkey.

And yet there are questions that remain unanswered. O'Brien and the contractor, Advantage Group, bear the brunt of the report's findings, but what about the Internet Society (now InternetNZ) and its role in the debacle? What about those Domainz board members who sat by while the bill jumped from $400,000 to well over $800,000?

And what about the country's first successful internet defamation case - the one O'Brien brought against Alan Brown? Brown had slammed O'Brien over the DRS implementation and while he apparently used language that he shouldn't oughta have, the report supports the view that O'Brien contributed to the project's failure.

Why were there no checks and balances? What happened to the project management that let it get so out of hand? Why were issues raised by the ISPs and other customers seemingly ignored by Domainz, the board and the council of InternetNZ?

The problem is, nobody wants to know. This all happened two years ago, it happened to people who are no longer working for the various companies involved and most InternetNZ folk would like to forget the whole sorry chapter.

On another front, the Maori Internet Society has managed to get its proposed new second-level domain past its first hurdle. Now the society needs to raise $1000 to pay InternetNZ to take the proposal further. Quite what the money is for I don't know, but it's a requirement and InternetNZ is always a stickler for the rules.

Having as a new unmoderated domain will help bring the internet and, in particular, New Zealand's participation in it to more Maori. The more the merrier, I say, so good luck to the society on that score. I think they're doing a good job of raising awareness of the imbalance between Maori and non-Maori New Zealanders on the net and this will help address that issue.

O'Brien and Brown agree: report got it wrong - IDGNet

Domainz report slams $850,000 DRS debacle - IDGNet

Domain names safe even if registrar folds - IDGNet

Domainz reshuffle sees new company formed - IDGNet

New second-level domain name leaps first hurdle - IDGNet

Landslide for '''' - Stuff

The NZ Maori Internet Society

- Quiet week on the telco front

That's quiet week, not quite weak. Both Telecom and TelstraClear have kept their heads down following the public spat over their interconnection agreement, or lack of one. And so they should.

Ihug hasn't had a spectacular outage.

The telecommunications commissioner has started his new job, and is immediately playing his own game rather than doing what is expected of him. He's said, quite rightly, I think, that he can't get involved in Telecom's wrangle with the rest of the industry over interconnection until someone invites him in. Even then he can only be involved if the negotiations have broken down irretrievably.

Instead he's going to work on that most tricky of areas: how much do the other telcos owe Telecom for their share of the kiwi share obligation, or the telecommunications service obligation (TSO) as it is now called.

Telecom maintains that it costs the company money to pay for all those free local calls and to keep charging rural users at the same price as urban. It's even released figures which demonstrate a cost running into the millions.

However, the company has never told us how much it earns from owning the local loop and charging everyone to connect to it. Apparently that's too difficult a number to work out, so that's what the commissioner is going to spend his time on between now and December. Good luck to him.

I can't believe Telecom makes a loss on the local loop. All those connections paying monthly fees to Telecom to maintain the network; all those other telcos paying to connect their own customers; all those businesses using very expensive broadband technology; all those individuals dialling in to the web or buying megabytes like they were going out of fashion. All that money paid to shareholders in dividends during the 1990s.

TUANZ first major interview with new commissioner - TUANZ

- Still no word from Microsoft ...

Well, it's been busy, what with being a monopoly, building all those black helicopters and fixing all those security holes.

Oh, did I mention it hasn't got back to us yet about how it managed to let a dozen people's email into colleague David Watson's Hotmail account? Well, it hasn't. Watson is still waiting to hear from the Microsoft "experts" as to what actually went wrong. Mind you, it only happened at the end of January ...

Microsoft is still under the impression that if it doesn't respond to the problem, the problem will go away. Personally, if I was a Hotmail user, I'd be looking for alternatives in the absence of a believable explanation from Microsoft for what went wrong--check out Nzoom's Nzoomail, for example; it's free and so far it works.

Nzoom - Nzoomail

Hotmail mystery still unsolved - IDGNet

Trustworthy computing? Not Hotmail - IDGNet

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