Hard News by Russell Brown

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Hard News: Playing Nice?

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  • giovanni tiso,

    I for one vote for the supposedly unflattering one. Young persons who look confidently into the future scare the beejesus out of me.

    Wellington • Since Jun 2007 • 7473 posts Report Reply

  • Robyn Gallagher,

    And then -- because it's 20 years ago this month -- I'll be pondering the connection of New Zealand's first internet link to the rest of the world

    I just watched the episode on TVNZ ondemand and I really enjoyed it!

    Those three fellows all had interesting things to say. So much so that I wasn't happy when goings-on were disrupted to show that verging-on-advertorial vodka ad film festival EPK thing.

    In fact, I was left wanting more, like a feature-length documentary about the net in NZ. We all have stories to tell. Can't someone with a camera do something?

    Raglan • Since Nov 2006 • 1946 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown,

    I just watched the episode on TVNZ ondemand and I really enjoyed it!

    Thanks!

    I normally have a reasonable sense of timing in managing discussions. The internet one, I just got so absorbed I didn't even get to half my questions.

    Afterwards, Nat informed me of the look in my eyes as it dawned on me that I'd actually asked him a question about the relative robustness of the TCP/IP protocol ...

    In fact, I was left wanting more, like a feature-length documentary about the net in NZ. We all have stories to tell. Can't someone with a camera do something?

    I had exactly the same thought afterwards. So many stories. It's a long road to get these things to air, but I'd really love to do that.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22749 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha,

    You could call it something like Connecting the Clouds. :)

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 19683 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown,

    You could call it something like Connecting the Clouds. :)

    That would certainly be the primary text. But Keith Newman's book is almost unfeasibly comprehensive. A doco would be some people's best stories.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22749 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha,

    Skimming the clouds, prehaps.

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 19683 posts Report Reply

  • Knowledge Bro,

    Why is it that whenever the story of the internet in New Zealand is told, it never seems to involve women?

    Ok, it might not be New Zealand and it may not be interwebs but Women were pretty important from very early on in telecomunications.

    Behind the fridge • Since Mar 2009 • 58 posts Report Reply

  • Sam F,

    As a young lady Nana worked for some time on a switchboard in Manchester. I really must dig out a dictaphone and ask her all about it one weekend.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 1609 posts Report Reply

  • Kyle Matthews,

    As a young lady Nana worked for some time on a switchboard in Manchester. I really must dig out a dictaphone and ask her all about it one weekend.

    My Nana, between her first and second husband, worked for... the post office I guess it would have been then?... on the other side of the switchboard. She was connecting lines and phones at some sort of cabinets and so forth.

    Which I learnt when I interviewed her with a dictaphone as part of my history degree.

    Since Nov 2006 • 6243 posts Report Reply

  • Steve Barnes,

    I think that video proves you don't need a dictaphone.
    Sorry, couldn't help it. ;-)

    Peria • Since Dec 2006 • 5521 posts Report Reply

  • giovanni tiso,

    As a young lady Nana worked for some time on a switchboard in Manchester.

    So did my mum - well, not in Manchester obviously. And she has great stories. My favourite one is that in the early days people phoned the operator to ask the same questions that today we ask each other via Google. Except in those days they were answered by my mum.

    Wellington • Since Jun 2007 • 7473 posts Report Reply

  • Kyle Matthews,

    My favourite one is that in the early days people phoned the operator to ask the same questions that today we ask each other via Google.

    Robyn just picked up several coolness points.

    Since Nov 2006 • 6243 posts Report Reply

  • giovanni tiso,

    Robyn just picked up several coolness points.

    Yeah, like she needs any more of those.

    Wellington • Since Jun 2007 • 7473 posts Report Reply

  • Steve Parks,

    Robyn just picked up several coolness points.

    That must be why her STARmeter went up another 1% this week.

    Wellington • Since May 2007 • 1164 posts Report Reply

  • Kyle Matthews,

    Always the jealousy with you!

    Since Nov 2006 • 6243 posts Report Reply

  • Kumara Republic,

    I sure as fuck hope that this isn't the end of the Kordia-PipeNet cable...

    DomPost - Trans-Tasman cable funds withdrawn

    Then again, TeamTalk has a potential Plan B. And better still, it'd be run from Kapiti.

    The southernmost capital … • Since Nov 2006 • 5416 posts Report Reply

  • Kumara Republic,

    Stop Press: there's still hope yet.

    The southernmost capital … • Since Nov 2006 • 5416 posts Report Reply

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