Stories by Rob O’Neill

Telecom makes no commitment to boost NZ’s mobile rankings

Telecom is not making any commitment to deliver mobile services that would boost New Zealand’s OECD rankings, despite suggestions from Vodafone that its services could reach the top half of the OECD rankings as early as next year.

Justice calls in users to select new software

The Ministry of Justice went to unusual lengths to select its new core software platform, hiring nine rooms in Wellington’s Westpac Stadium in 2005 and bringing in users from around the country to give their verdicts on three different options.

Forum: Meetings, meetings, endless meetings

When it comes to meetings, there are two classes of people in this world. Those that love them and those that loathe them. I’m in the latter category, which I guess disqualifies me from any claim to work at a “strategic” level.

How to get a handle on the NZ skills crunch

There is a lot said about the skills shortage, but getting a handle on exactly what skills are in short supply and the extent of current and future shortages is not easy.

SMX fights Telecom for brand

New Zealand secure internet start-up SMX is taking on Telecom over a trademark, saying it is too close to the brand it uses for its spam-filtering service.

Meccano ‘Dam Busters’ computer stars at MOTAT

They were used throughout the 1930s, 40s and even the 1950s to perform all sorts of difficult computing tasks — to create artillery firing tables, for example, and to calculate soil erosion. However, the only original, complete Differential Analyser left in the world happens to be the one that helped Barnes Wallis design his famous bouncing bombs. They were the ones used in the Dam Busters attack on German hydro electric dams, in the Ruhr Valley, during World War II.

Forum: Apple proves proprietary approach still has legs

Way, way back in 1996 I was sitting in the Computerworld New Zealand sub-editors’ area and pondering the recently delivered, and not very enthusiastically received, news that we were about to lose our Macintoshes. IDG, as we were then, was standardising on PCs.