Archive for November, 2006

More news…

Monday, November 27th, 2006

Reuben Swartz has written a piece on ZoomIn in this weeks Infotech Zooming in on Investment after re-jig.

Thanks for the article Reuben.

ZoomIn V2.0 in the News

Friday, November 24th, 2006

The new ZoomIn is the news. Peter Griffin of NZ Herald has written a piece on the ZoomIn v2.0 – ZoomIn puts dynamic mapping on the map.

Thanks to Peter for the article.

ZoomIn is alive again…

Thursday, November 23rd, 2006

ZoomIn is back in action again!

Ideas starters vs Idea Killers

Thursday, November 23rd, 2006

Scott Berkun has written a couple of posts on creative thinking and they highlight how certain language that can wither help or hinder the creative process.

From Scott’s posts here are his list of Idea Starters vs Idea Killers

Idea Starters

  • Great idea, keeping going with it.
  • What do you need to make this work?
  • How can I help you?
  • Who’s support do you need?
  • I’ll stay as late as you do to write this proposal tonight.
  • How much time will it take to flesh this out?
  • Good, but lets make a prototype
  • Here’s a blank check and the corner office
  • Drop what you’re doing and focus on this
  • What can you add to this to make it better?
  • What should change to help make this happen?
  • Lets run with this and see where it goes
  • This rocks!
  • This has potential.
  • Make it happen.
  • What can we cut to make room for this?
  • What’s the next step?
  • Idea Killers

  • We tried that already
  • That never works
  • Would you like a pony
  • Looks like ass
  • You’re fired
  • We will actively work against you
  • (Laughter)
  • Not in our budget
  • Not an interesting problem
  • We don’t have time
  • Execs will never go for it
  • Out of scope
  • But its the law
  • Too blue sky / Holy grail
  • This train is on fire
  • Wont make enough $
  • Not in our business
  • Its Non performant (engineering)
  • What are you on?
  • Can we get someone with a brain in here?
  • That isn’t what people want
  • No response at all
  • This make you think about how your language can foster new ideas!

    Some customers are experiencing problems accessing ZoomIn

    Thursday, November 23rd, 2006

    We’ve been struck by Murphy this morning. One of our disk on our servers has been giving problems this morning . We have reverted to our back-up server.

    Unfortunately, dns is playing up so some of you are struggling to get to ZoomIn. We are working to resolve the problem asap.

    Note: These problems do not affect the ZoomIn Mapping System or the API.

    ZoomIn Team

    Winner of Inspiration and Craft categories:TUANZ awards 2006 – ZoomIn

    Wednesday, November 22nd, 2006


    Sometimes you need to take a minute to catch your breath. Its nice to stop and think about what we’ve actually acheived. It’s great to get some recognition from the industry for the hard work we’ve put in for the last 14 months. Score one for the little guys!

    I want to dedicate the awards to my team. You are truly world class and it’s been my pleasure and honor to work with you.

    Tomek (The Rock) Piatek – Your attention to detail and dedication to ZoomIn have been an inspiration.
    Nick (Local Search) Chapman – The brains behind our search engine. Thanks for sticking with rails and making ZoomIn fast !
    Ross (Map Master) Lin – Your map fu is superior! Thanks for making ZoomIn maps the best looking maps in NZ!
    Ben (Javascript Master) Nolan – You took the idea of ZoomIn and made it real ! People are finally starting to get it!

    Thanks for doing the hard yards guys and thanks for making it FUN!

    Also thanks to all support from everyone in and around Creative HQ.

    Finally, a big thank you to Lulu – my partner. Thank you for the support and putting up with all the long hours, the weekends, and the endless ranting about ZoomIn and ProjectX.

    Its been a big night – Thank you and Good Night ! – Go ZoomIn !

    ZoomIn V2.0 – First Day

    Tuesday, November 21st, 2006

    ZoomIn V2.0 has been live for most of the day. A couple of niggling bugs have emerged and will be swatted soon. The focus on the next couple of days will be to fix bugs and improve the speed of the site. (There’s nothing like real traffic to put you through your paces!)

    We’re really happy with the site and it provides a strong platform for all the new features going forward.

    Zero hour , 9am

    Monday, November 20th, 2006

    New ZoomIn is coming 9am.

    For your enjoyment, check out William Shatner’s Rocket Man

    Cue the music…

    Monday, November 20th, 2006

    With the new zoomin only hours away, we’d thought we’d cue the music…

    Welcome to the new ZoomIn

    Monday, November 20th, 2006

    Welcome to the new ZoomIn

    The best mapsite in New Zealand just got better ! We made ZoomIn even more easy to use !

    New Features

    • Sleek new design: We have re-designed the entire site with a cool new look and feel. We’ve added pop-up windows to change or add content to the site.
    • Tabbed Search: We’ve introduced some new different search options. Now you can search for Addresses, Places or Tags on ZoomIn. And we have introduced All Search to enable you to find anything and everything on the site.
    • Tags: Now you can added your own tags or keywords to any place. Adding tags helps to improve the ZoomIn search engine so it makes it easier to find what you’re looking for.
    • Dynamic search: As you move around the map, ZoomIn will find search for your keywords within the current map. eg. Search for cafes in New Zealand and zoom in your favourite area to find cafes in that region.
    • Local search: Now you can search within in and around neighbourhood. eg. Hotel in Auckland or Bus near Seatoun

    Here are some ideas to help you explore ZoomIn.
    Things to do: Cinemas, Museums
    Something different: cool, fun, wild

    The ZoomIn Team