Posts by Chris Lipscombe

  • Hard News: Friday Music: NME – it was…,

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    Used to enjoy sending away for the NME mixtapes. Still have a few cassettes in my collection :)

    Wellington • Since Nov 2011 • 17 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Public Address Word of the…,

    Whether as a response to international terrorism, a cosy tête-à-tête with our security-minded cousins abroad, or an increased sensitivity to perceived transgressions at home, the word of the year for me is 'surveillance'.

    Red Peak and Paris also resonate.

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  • Hard News: Friday Music: Going Large, in reply to Simon Bennett,

    Ah, vinyl. It's why I still have a good quality functioning turntable. My complete stereo setup (Linn, Naim, Yamaha, Wharfedale) is pretty much a 1988 reference system.

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  • Hard News: The Web, in reply to ange wither,

    Brisbane-based Digital Video Productions -- acquired by Telecom as part of their ill-fated PacStar purchase -- was contracted to produce the first Xtra site. Being mostly developers of interactive training materials on CD-i, they went for a home page that at something like 200KB took an age to load over a 14.4k modem. Neal Stephenson's Snowcrash was required reading for all new employees, and the company was hooked on turning Xtra into some version of the Metaverse. It was never going to happen, but this was also one of the drivers behind the e-ville look and feel of the home page.

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  • Hard News: The Web, in reply to Russell Brown,

    I might have some XTRA screen grabs in my files. All archived on 3.5" floppies -- but I do have an external USB drive that I can use to access the files. I'll let you know if I find anything.

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  • Hard News: The Web,

    Speaking of intellectual origins of the Web... does anyone remember Xanadu? I've always thought Ted Nelson's idea of non-sequential writing, first developed in the 1960s, was an interesting alternative to Tim Berners-Lee's work on one-way hypertext links. I heard Ted Nelson speak in 1991 at the Digital Equipment Computer Users Society (DECUS) Conference in Auckland, and by 1995 researchers at the University of Auckland were apparently experimenting with a two-way hypertext linking system. Xanadu seemed to me like an exciting possibility at the time but it seems to have ended up as the Neanderthal of web evolution. Are there any survivors?

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  • Hard News: The Public Address Word of…,

    I'm for selfie or hashtag...

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  • Hard News: Friday Music: The First Time,

    Good Lord... first international concert? Slade at Te Rapa, Hamilton on a hot day in January 1973, when I was 16. Don't think I've intentionally listened to the group since :)

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  • Hard News: nz.general: a speech,

    Enjoyed your piece Russell. Made me think fondly of old Deep Throat BBS days.

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  • Hard News: Friday Music: Record Store Day,

    Your mention of Waves struck a chord with me – the album was well played at our student flat in Christchurch in 1975, and over the years I’ve looked for another copy in vain. Big ups to my local record store Evil Genius – a great combination of coffee and second-hand vinyl goodness.

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