Archive for July, 2007

ResourcesNet, MetroMesh and free wifi in Perth

Friday, July 27th, 2007

When ResourceNet was announced last month, I was a little suprised. I did not expect a free wifi service to be launched without so quietly and to cover such a large area of Perth’s central business district (CBD). I also wondered how MetroMesh a commerical provider of wifi over most of Perth’s CBD would react to the competition. These question where answered at a West Australian Internet Association breakfast seminar with representatives of both ResourceNet and MetroMesh.

Review Nokia BH501 bluetooth stereo headphones

Friday, July 20th, 2007

As I have previous mentioned I am pretty hard on headphones and my current pair of Koss KSC-75 headphones only lasted 10 months. As my last three pairs of headphones all had problems with their wiring and my Dopod 838Pro needs a special adapter for a standard headphone jack which does cause me problems. So I decided to try a pair of bluetooth stereo headphones. After a quick look around the reviews on the net, I settled on a pair of Nokia BH501s that were on special in a local phone store.

It is good to be 3 or at least a 3 mobile data customer

Thursday, July 19th, 2007

Got home and found a letter from my telco. I wondered what it was about, opened it and got a pleasant surprise. 3 is really going after the mobile data market in Australia, they were already the cheapest mobile data provider. They are now dramatically increasing data allowances on all their plans, mine went from 1Gb to 2Gb a month.

It is interesting to see how the other telcos are going to react …


Thursday, July 19th, 2007

A few days after BarCamp Perth 2007, one of the Perth Twitter Mob found the PodCamp Australia and it was passed quickly through the local social network.

At that time the PodCamp site was very bare, there was no information about the people behind the concept, just an About PodCamp page and a sign up page. However, after the buzz of BarCamp Perth 2007 the opportunity for another unconference concentrating on the social side of the web was to good an offer to refuse …

This blog now with advertising

Friday, July 13th, 2007

After Miles’ post about making money blogging and an approach to sell text link advertising on a certain post. I have finally taken the plunge and put advertising on this blog. I know I said I would in last December, well I finally did it. Some advertising might also appear in my RSS feeds, so be warned.

This is really an experiment to see if what happens …

UnconfWALib: Library 2.0 On The Loose

Thursday, July 12th, 2007

I really enjoyed BarCamp Perth 2007 and am looking forward to the next one. Well I getting involved in the next local unconference UnconfWALib. It would be a little hard to avoid, it is at my place of work, it is about technology I am passionate about and hopefully will involve a lot of people […]

MacBook Pro, Merlin XU870, Parallels and Three customer service (part 2)

Wednesday, July 11th, 2007

Looks like the end of the story for now …

How not to be prepared for a presentation

Wednesday, July 11th, 2007

I had a visit from our venues coordinator this afternoon, needing a Macbook Pro to VGA connector, I was happy to oblige. This was shortly followed by a phone to help the presenter get the projector to display properly. Arriving at lecture theatre I found…

Macbook, Merlin XU870 and Parallels

Wednesday, July 11th, 2007

I have been running a Novatel Merlin XU870 Wireless card with my powerbook for some 5 months now and it is a great way to connect to the net at decent speeds (400 to 700kps on average, at times faster) anywhere inside you providers area of service, which for me is most of the Perth’s extended metro area including the 30 minute plus bus ride to work. But I wanted to go faster and this is my tale of woe

Eight Random Things

Sunday, July 8th, 2007

AKA eight semi-random feeds

After being tagged by Gary for the Eight Pieces of Random meme and putting it off, Kay pushed me into action by her response Eight random things? You’ll be sorry…. So here are eight feeds from my feed reader, not exactly random as I picked the less obvious feeds to highlight.