E-tales: It was Reynolds, not Kenrick or Bogoievski

The Herald covers all the bases with Telecom CEO appointment
  • Rob O'Neill (Unknown Publication)
  • 01 July, 2007 22:00

NZ Herald gets the inside scoop

A friend of E-tales was scrounging around the internet last week, trying to find something (anything?) on who Telecom’s new CEO might be. The rumours were flying when Theresa announced her departure, but that game soon got tiresome and we all moved on to Millie.

In the serious media, however, it’s our job to stay on top of such stories and break the news first. As our friend pointed out, the New Zealand Herald takes its obligations very seriously indeed: if you went to the paper’s website last week and did a search on “new Telecom CEO” you found headlines, apparently relating to photographs, of “New Telecom CEO Marko Bogoievki” and “New Telecom CEO Kevin Kenrick”. When you clicked the link, however, you were told the story was “inactive”.

We’d heard about such stories being prepared in advance before, but usually only in the case of obituaries.

Speaking of which …

Theresa held going away shindigs in Auckland and Wellington late last month. Cameras were apparently banned, but at the Auckland event one E-taler deeply regretted not bringing one. The venue was the Auckland City Art Gallery and the guests a veritable who’s who, though notably there was nary a politician in sight.

Anyway, at the gallery there is a fiberglass security guard sculpture called Kapa Haka by Michael Parekowhai, and Theresa’s lectern was set up right in front of it …

Microsoft distributes Ubuntu

Yes, it’s true. We are not sure if it’s a new strategy, whether Microsoft is reading the writing on the wall, but word on the street is Ubuntu (which may or may not breach many of Microsoft’s unspecified patents) was briefly offered on a Microsoft site called Windows Marketplace. reports “for a brief shining moment, you and 10,000 or so other people could and did download Ubuntu Linux from a link on that page — thank you, Google Cache — which sent viewers to CNET for the download.”

And here’s the rave write-up the open source OS received:

“This is the desktop version of Ubuntu. Ubuntu is a community developed operating system that is perfect for laptops, desktops, and servers. Whether you use it at home, at school or at work Ubuntu contains all the applications you’ll ever need, from word processing and e-mail applications, to web server software and programming tools.

“Ubuntu is and always will be free of charge. You do not pay any licensing fees. You can download, use and share Ubuntu with your friends, family, school or business for absolutely nothing. Version 7.04, named “Feisty Fawn”, adds the Ubuntu Studio, a multimedia editing and production suite, to the distribution.”

No D-Day for boob-job website

This tale falls into the silly but sad category. As we all know, there are some loopy sites out there and the sure is one of them. It truly captures the tacky zeitgeist of our times — it not only offers girls the chance of a free boob job, but it also tries to persuade their chaps to sponsor them — the bigger boobs that is.

Yes, it truly is a boob-boob, and has been, rightly, slammed by BAAPS — don’t even go there, it stands for British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons — says British online news site The Register.

Of course, any chappess whose chap feels she’s not quite all she should be in the A-, B- or C-cup department should give him a boot not a boob for his trouble.