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Friday, January 31, 2014

So long and thanks for all the fish

I stopped updating this blog some time ago, mainly because my work started taking me overseas so much I couldn’t keep up with it.

But now I am blogging again, perhaps a bit less frequently than I used to, over at my new website Jackson Strategy. I’ll be covering technology and how it changes our lives, and what we should be doing about that. Please drop by!

posted by colin at 11:33 am  

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Homage to a piece of Kiwiana

A whimsical story referencing a piece of Kiwiana that we all know. Figure out which one before you get to the end!
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posted by colin at 10:00 am  

Thursday, December 10, 2009

The Geek Within

Today on Radio New Zealand National I’m gonig to talk about several things, including ACTA, copyright and, of course, Pompeii. My main topic will be about what it means to be a geek. You can read my speaker notes below.

I’ll be on air after the 11am news. After the broadcast you’ll be able to download the audio as ogg or mp3. (more…)

posted by colin at 8:25 pm  

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Don’t sign away our rights in secret

Today on Radio New Zealand National after the 11am news I talk about ACTA, the secret treaty being negotiated by your government that has the potential to take away your rights. It’s worth getting angry about. You can see my speaking notes below the fold, read my blog post about it at Public Address, or after the broadcast you’ll be able to download the audio as ogg or mp3. (more…)

posted by colin at 8:20 pm  

Thursday, October 1, 2009

What programmers do (and why you should give it go)

Today on Radio New Zealand National I’ll talk about how computers are programmed. Getting started may be easier than you think! There’s a conference for may favourite language, Python, in Christchurch next month. And, as usual, I’ll have a few other nuggets from the world of technology.

You can listen in live after the 11am news, or after the broadcast you can download the audio as ogg or mp3. (more…)

posted by colin at 8:25 pm  

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Are reports of the death of newspapers greatly exaggerated?

Today on Radio New Zealand National at 11:05 I talk about the Internet and the death of newspapers – is this real or is it just another request for corporate welfare?

You can read on for my speaking notes, or after about 11:30 today you can download the audio as ogg or mp3. (more…)

posted by colin at 7:13 pm  

Thursday, May 28, 2009

The Rapture of the Nerds

Today on Radio New Zealand National at 11:05 I talk about a lot of things, but my main topic is the Rapture of the Nerds – or, rather the technological singularity (as more sober commentators describe it). Who knew that it, like so much of modern computing, came out of Bletchley Park?

You can read on for my speaking notes, or after the broadcast you can download the audio as ogg or mp3. (more…)

posted by colin at 9:02 pm  

Thursday, May 14, 2009

The Mobile Wars

Today on Radio New Zealand National I talk about the mobile wars – the new Telecom XT Network, the new “Two Degrees” mobile company, and the existing Vodafone network. What are we to make of all the hype, the court cases and the bluster?

Read on for my speaking notes or download the audio as ogg or mp3. (more…)

posted by colin at 11:03 pm  

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Radio today: does technology change our language?

Today on Radio New Zealand National I’m going to talk about several different things. One of them is how technology changes our language. Read on for my speaker notes or download the audio as ogg or mp3. (more…)

posted by colin at 8:50 am  

Saturday, February 28, 2009

Where it all started

This week on Radio New Zealand National I talk about the Colossus computers built by the British during the second world war. They were the first computer that we would recognise today as a general data-processing machine, and to compare one with a modern server room you wouldn’t think that computers had changed that much. Apart from the rows of glowing valves and the streams of high-speed paper tape, that is.

Read on for my speaking notes or download the audio as ogg or mp3. (more…)

posted by colin at 2:05 am  
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