Archive for April, 2007

Summer of Code 2.0

Monday, April 30th, 2007


I’ve just put details for Summer of Code 2.0 on the SoC website. Its going to bigger and better in 2007!

We’re aiming to get 30+ students into this years programme. We’re actively looking for companies to and sponsors who want to be a part of Summer of Code 2.0

Check out the Summer of Code website for more information. Be quick, places are limited! We have space for 20 participating companies.

Summer of Code 1.0 putting on big numbers

Monday, April 30th, 2007

I’ve just got confirmation that the last Summer of Code was the biggest employer of Victoria University IT students! We had 14 students in 7 companies.

Woo Hoo!

New advertising feature on Smaps

Saturday, April 28th, 2007


We have developed a new dynamic content delivery system. Its currently being used to display advertising on Smaps. Eg. If you look at Queen St in Auckland. You’ll find a lot of ASB, National Bank and the Warehouse icons showing on the map. Move around or zoom in on the map and it’ll dynamically update the points.

What do you mean we can't fit that into 30 seconds ?!

Saturday, April 28th, 2007


We’ve been busy in the last couple of days working on our Gold Awards promotional video. We’ve managed to secure Aston Fiacé, renowned Wellington socialite and media promotions expert to direct our promotional film.

For our film, we decided to make the clip in the form of a movie trailer (even with our own ratings screen.) We have drawn influences from a number of great movies, Rocky, Reservoir Dogs, and the Matrix. Within 24 hours we were able to come up with some remarkable ideas. We’ll be releasing the video out on youtube closer to the event. In the mean time I’ll leave you with a quote from our director.

“…Making a movie using iMovie is like building a beautifully designed house but with mud, a spoon and a rusty pitchfork!” – Aston Fiacé

Free "broadband" in India by 2009

Saturday, April 28th, 2007

Spotted this on slashdot this morning, Indian Govt is proposing free 2Mb broadband to ALL of India by 2009.

India is working on a broadband future, what about NZ?

Read write web interview with Chris Di Bona

Friday, April 27th, 2007

Read / Write web has just interviewed Chris Di Bona. He talks about the new Google Summer of Code and open source.

More Spolsky wisdom

Friday, April 27th, 2007

Joel Spolsky has provided some wisdom on hiring the top 1%.

My theory is that the best way is to find them (the top 1%)before they realize there is a job market–back when they’re still in college.

Joel has hit the nail on the head and re-iterates the driving philosophy behind the Summer of Code. Get smart coders into smart start-up companies.

Hmmm. Now that one of the secrets is out, we’ll have to try harder… (Summer of Code 2.0 is coming)

New ProjectX logo and website

Friday, April 27th, 2007


This one's for Rod…

Friday, April 27th, 2007

Here’s a collection of post’s on the relationship between Service Oriented Infrastructure (SOA) and SaaS.

We really believe in SOA at ProjectX. All of our new services have been designed as a part of SOA. As we refine and improve our services, we’ll be making to available to developers to enable their own applications.

Any job openings at Nintendo??

Friday, April 27th, 2007

Sad news to hear that Ken Kutaragi, father of Playstation has resigned.

Mr Stringer had been hoping Sony’s video games unit, Sony Computer Entertainment, would be a bedrock of the group’s revival. Instead its losses are expected to balloon to $2bn (£1bn).


Meanwhile, Nintendo, known for game characters such as Donkey Kong and the diminutive Italian plumber Mario, said yesterday its profits had leapt more than 77% to 174.3bn yen (£733m) in the year to the end of March.

Double Ouch!!