Writings on technology and society from Wellington, New Zealand

Thursday, October 4, 2007

The ascent of Firefox

On Radio New Zealand National today I talked about the Firefox web browser – what it is, where it came from, where it’s going to and what you can do with it. Read on for my notes, and links (including how you can get your own copy of Firefox) are at the bottom.

posted by colin at 10:50 am  

Thursday, September 6, 2007

Building your own website

Today on Kathryn Ryan’s programme on Radio New Zealand National I talked about building your own website. There are a vast number of websites in the world – it can’t be that hard or no-one would have one! Making one can be as easy or as hard as you want it to be. Below the fold are my speaking notes and some useful links.

posted by colin at 11:59 am  

Thursday, August 30, 2007

World votes No to Microsoft standard

Updated 5 September – the vote in the the world standards body is “no“. Sanity rules. Well done, everyone who has worked for this. It’s still not over, though. More below.

Updated 1 September – are votes being bought in the international standards body?

Standards New Zealand has voted “No” to the proposed Microsoft standard, OOXML. This is the Right Thing for many, many reasons, one of which I blogged a few days ago.


posted by colin at 3:11 pm  

Monday, August 20, 2007

Bubble popped!

And Telecom’s new service branded jointly with Yahoo certainly seems to have. Telecom has got right up people’s noses with its implementation of Bubble. There’s at least three different problems going on here. (more…)

posted by colin at 5:04 pm  

Thursday, August 16, 2007

Is Internet Banking Safe?

Updated 29 August.

Internet banking is used by many New Zealanders every day. People like it because it’s quick and convenient and banks like it because it’s cheap to run. And on the rare occasions when it has gone wrong and people have had money stolen, the banks have always covered. That’s changing: a few weeks ago the New Zealand Bankers’ Association released a new code of practice which makes the banking customer – that’s you and me – at least partly responsible for the security of Internet banking. If you report a fraud, the banks are demanding the right to inspect your computer to see if you have secured it, and “may decline your claim if you refuse”. Hmm.

I talk here about whether we should trust Internet banking if the banks are no longer prepared to pick up the tab when people get their accounts drained by thieves. Links at the end. (more…)

posted by colin at 2:01 pm  

Thursday, July 26, 2007

How to support your own computer

Today on Radio New Zealand National I talked about supporting your own computer. A little time invested up front can save you a great deal of bafflement and frustration. And, when choosing a computer, consider ease of use!

posted by colin at 12:20 pm  
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