Archive for October, 2006

The importance of User Experience…

Tuesday, October 31st, 2006



I was in the Hansel office the other day and I saw this great poster that encapsulated the Importance of User experience. The assoicated blog article explains all the concepts in detail.

Any one who is building any new website should be using this as a guide to building more customer centric applications. ENJOY!

Httpd tuning – Optimising Page load times

Tuesday, October 31st, 2006

One of our readers just sent me a link to a post about Optimising page load time.
The article contains lots of tips to reduce page load times including tuning of Expiry cache, keepalives and my favourite httpd compression.

Thanks for the link Geoff!

NZ Inverse Geocoder

Tuesday, October 31st, 2006

Click on this Link or Drag/Save this link:
!Rossz reverse NZ Geocoder!
to your browser’s Bookmarks Toolbar

This is a tech showcase, not a stable product, it might not work sometimes, just play around

Interesting Links….

Sunday, October 29th, 2006

Interesting reading from the blogspace….

  • Scott Berjun on “Why innovation efforts fail”.
  • Paul Graham’s / Y Combinator incubator links on Startups.
  • 37 signals on why “A transaction makes a customer”.
  • Scott Adams rewires his brain!

    Sunday, October 29th, 2006

    I’ve just been reading the Scott Adam’s blog on how he has managed overcome Spasmodic Dysphonia. Its an amazing story about how he rewired his brain to his overcome his disability.

    This story also re-inforces <a href=”
    ”>David Rock’s lecture on how the brain is more receptive to creating new connections.

    Useful NZ Maps bookmarklet (javascripts injection)

    Monday, October 23rd, 2006

    Drag/Save this link:
    !Rossz NZ Map Mashup!
    to your browser’s Bookmarks Toolbar

    This uses cross domain javascript injection technic(quick hack? ;-)) to inject Zoomin maps to your current webpage. So you can always check out maps of your neighbourhood without leaving the page.

    Just simple drag(or right click and select Bookmark this link) it to your boomakrs toolbars.

    Thanks for checking it out

    Useful link:

    Cross domain On-Demand JavaScripting

    Random web stats…

    Sunday, October 22nd, 2006

    I was having a look at our webstats and it seems that the average screen sizes are on the rise…

    Screen Size Percentage
    1024×768 54.10 %
    1280×1024 18.30%
    800×600 9.31%
    1280×800 5.33%
    1152×864 3.04%
    Rest 10.01%

    Creative HQ – A resident's prespective…

    Sunday, October 22nd, 2006

    There seems to be some mis-understanding about Creative HQ offers the residents.

    Here are 10 things about Creative HQ from a resident’s prespective.

    Creative HQ (CHQ) provides:

    1. Subsidised Office space – ie. Internet, Fax, phone systems, desks etc.
    2. Discounted rates for key services – Accountants, Lawyers, Employment laywer, business coaches, and media training etc.
    3. Mentoring – Every company has a couple of mentors who work with the companies every month to help them accelerator their growth. They get at least 3 hours of mentoring time every month for free. The list of mentor includes previous CEO’s of EDS and IBM etc. They have a wealth of experience their skills covers a wide range of knowledge.
    4. Network OpporunitiesCHQ has plenty of functions. There is a lot of cross pollination between various business people, groups and associations in Wellington.
    5. Access to VC funds – We have access to VC funding networks. Most companies at Creative HQ are at a pre-VC stage.
    6. Knowledge share
      * We have monthly seminars on a variety of topics eg. Funding, employment law, running accounts, tax, HR, company structure.
      * Learning from other companies inside the incubator about the in’s and out’s of running a start-up company.
    7. Colloboration – Many companies work together on projects. Eg. LetUseIt and ProjectX are running the CreativeHQ “Summer of Code” for benefit of CHQ, residents and CHQ Alumni. I have met several CEO’s that I am sure that I will together on future ideas.
    8. Free stuff – We get the opportunities to participate in seminars and training that benefit the CEO, and the companies involved.
    9. Kudos – Getting into CHQ requires a bit of effort that prove the viability of the business idea and the level of commitment of the people. This helps open doors for those companies as they have been “qualified” by CHQ. I can personally say this kudos has helped us with PR and our grant applications.
    10. Social side – Its great to have a support network of people who understand the trials and tribulations of running a company. We have a tight knit bunch of companies in here. We have a great time in our journey together in creating our businesses. ( Out of the companies that have graduated over the last 2 years, over 6 of companies that have moved into new premises together)

    The focus of Creative HQ is to help people take a smart idea and turn into reality.

    IMHO I would thoroughly recommend that any person who has an idea, to come and talk to the people at Creative HQ or (other incubators in NZ). For one, its good practice to have smart people asking the right questions about your business ideas.

    In our case, we had difficultly explaining our idea, and this process really helped us to define our pitch.

    Silicon Welly part ii

    Friday, October 20th, 2006

    Idealog’s article is now online. ProjectX features in the section “
    Mash it Up

    And here’s the link to the full article on Silcion Welly

    IE 7.0 is out

    Friday, October 20th, 2006

    Just read that IE 7.0 is out… (I’m not going to switch over until they sort out running multiple browser versions.)

    I am interested to see how long it takes before IE 7.0 overtakes IE6.0’s market share. This will be interesting to see if IE 7.0 follows the typical Technology adoptation curve. (ie. Innovators / Early Adopters, Early Majority, Late Majority, Laggards).

    Looking at web browser stats on ZoomIn tonight, IE 7.0 is definitely in the early adopter phase on ZoomIn. And Firefox 2.x is even further behind.

    IE 6 75.0%
    IE 7 2.4%
    Firefox 1.x<t />

    Firefox 2.x 0.5%

    Safari 3.7%
    Rest 3.4%

    Anyone want to place some some bets on when IE 7.0 will pass IE 6.0 ?