Posts by Russell Brown

  • Hard News: Friday Music: Nadia 2,

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  • Hard News: Sky and 2020, in reply to Paul Campbell,

    I nominally have a gigabit connection at home, in practice I can get 600Mb/s to a test server here in Dunedin, about 300Mb/s to Wellington, under 100Mb/s offshore ….

    I got some fairly spectacular speeds when I moved up to gigabit, but right now it's 400 down and 500 up to my ISP's test server. I gather no one gets actual gigabit.

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  • Hard News: Sky and 2020, in reply to Ben Campbell,

    I had a job interview at Xtra in what must have been mid-1995. I thought they were up and running at that time, but I guess I must be wrong if they launched in '96.

    They were somewhat grudgingly providing a form of internet access in 1995, but all the growth was with Iconz, Ihug and Voyager – they were very much dragged into consumer internet.

    It's actually a pretty amazing story. Rod Deane saw Tyler present at a conference, thought he was a visionary and hired him. I think Tyler's determination to create something outside Telecom's suit-and-tie culture was influential, but he was a very erratic character. He even disappeared for a while – we took to asking where he was every week in Computerworld – and I was later told that Deane had to fetch him back from a bender in Australia.

    Tyler was also directly responsible for Telecom suing me after I mocked the security failings of Digital Video Productions, the basket-case Brisbane developer he'd convinced Telecom to buy (they'd left work-in-progress for the NZ herald sitting out on the internet). DVP was responsible for the original Xtra site.

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  • Hard News: Sky and 2020, in reply to Chopper,

    I think it will actually be 21 years.

    Duh. I'm a bit post-Splore this week.

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  • Hard News: Sky and 2020, in reply to Hugh Wilson,

    As for the rugby rights, I would think the holders would want to avoid a ransom model approach (which is what has happened with EPL rights in OZ, under the current ownership of Optus) – instead a multi-platform approach would seem the most sensible, as encapsulated in the ‘season pass’ offerings which exist for leagues such as the NBA.

    Yeah, good point. What we may well be looking at is the end of exclusivity.

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  • Hard News: Sky and 2020,

    Gulp. Sky's share price slumps to an eight-year low.

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  • Hard News: Public Address and PressPatron, in reply to Kevin McCready,

    Questions of transparency, paygrades, profits and superprofits are still open. And I know these, especially the later, may not apply to Public Address.

    As I said, I'll publish the monthly income. Questions about profits would be a wonderful problem to have, but if we got to $2000 income a month I'd be delighted. The trickier problem for me is how to share revenue within Public Address. Given the likely cost of a site revamp (even at the very kind rates the wonderful people at CactusLab charge me), I can't commit to paying per post. But I think having a budget to provide a modest return for special projects is do-able.

    In a more perfect world it would be nice to see them handled in a public funding model.

    Yeah, but we can't sit around waiting for that. NZ On Air's budget has been frozen for nine years, remember. And news media commissioning budgets seem to be slashed every few months. If this can provide some income for me to do real journalism on the site, that'd be great.

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  • Hard News: Public Address and PressPatron, in reply to Brent Jackson,

    Made a one-off contribution, and was surprised that my credit card number was stored. There is no option to clear the credit card number. Nor is there any “contact us” information or “home” button on the accounts page.

    Noted.

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  • Up Front: The Little Things, in reply to Emma Hart,

    I’m pretty sure our Min learned his ‘lounging around between the keyboard and monitor’ trick from your Colin.

    DO NOT let the cats use the internet.

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  • Up Front: The Little Things,

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    Even mature cats do odd things. Here's Colin sitting in the cubbyhole by our new Ikea shelves last week.

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