Archive for July, 2008

Last Summer of Code Bootcamps tonight

Thursday, July 31st, 2008

Last of the Summer of Code bootcamps tonight

On the menu is Introduction to PHP, .NET and Pizza.

Should be fun…

Xlinks – 31/7/2008

Thursday, July 31st, 2008

Xlinks is a collections of links as discovered by the ProjectX team.

    NZ govt details HTML switch off plans
    Added on 07/30/2008 at 02:19PM
    The website is down heh 🙂
    Added on 07/30/2008 at 09:06AM

    Techcrunch on Cuil
    Added on 07/29/2008 at 08:37PM

    Dark Knight and Game Theory
    Added on 07/28/2008 at 04:30PM

    Firebug lite – Firebug for other browsers
    Added on 07/27/2008 at 03:35PM

    Ruby / Rails books for all programmer levels
    Added on 07/26/2008 at 11:07PM

    Paul Graham – Ideas we’d like to fund
    Added on 07/26/2008 at 01:20PM

    Batman sets new box office record in US
    Added on 07/22/2008 at 07:42AM

    Startups and the role of capital and investments
    Added on 07/20/2008 at 08:32PM

    Four reasons why most startups fail
    Added on 07/20/2008 at 08:32PM

    Does genuine tech innovation happen in a recession
    Added on 07/20/2008 at 08:30PM

    Why Silicon Valley should be worried
    Added on 07/20/2008 at 08:29PM

    GPS tracking device beats Radar gun in court
    Added on 07/19/2008 at 12:53PM

    AMD loses US1.2 billion and its CEO: Ouch
    Added on 07/19/2008 at 12:53PM

    Yahoo hires Blaine Cook
    Added on 07/18/2008 at 11:23AM

    Amazon / McDonalds a lesson in awful cross marketing
    Added on 07/18/2008 at 11:22AM

    15 resources to get you started on jQuery
    Added on 07/18/2008 at 11:04AM

    JQuery plugin for smartlines
    Added on 07/18/2008 at 10:38AM

    What to eat to make you smarter
    Added on 07/18/2008 at 10:37AM

    Radiohead data visualisation using canvas and javascript
    Added on 07/18/2008 at 09:45AM

Bus Theory…

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2008

For the longest time, I’ve been using the concept of “Bus Theory” when talking to our team. ie. ‘What happens if someone gets run over by a bus’. It’s suppose to make you think about contingency plans and all that stuff.

Unfortunately on the weekend, one of my friends was hit by a bus while he was putting his young son into his car seat. Thankfully, he has been able to walk away with only  multiple fractures in his arm. Thankfully, his young son was completely unharmed.

Its humbling to when you think about the whole thing. Its a timely reminder that sometimes we take things for granted and that our relationships with our friends and family are what really matters.

New google crawling speed record for a ZoomIn place

Monday, July 21st, 2008

I was just testing the new add place functionality on ZoomIn and I added the Hippopotamus Restaurant in Wellington to the site. Google crawled the page and put it in the Google index in only 12 minutes and it became the top match! A new record for ZoomIn ! (Previously down from just over 30 minutes)

Adding a place on ZoomIn just got a whole lot easier!

Monday, July 21st, 2008

We’ve completely overhauled the add place process on ZoomIn. Now, if you want to add a place to ZoomIn is as simple as 1, 2, 3.

1. Drag the Add place marker onto the map

Position the marker with X marks the spot. You can adjust the position by dragging the marker to the correct location.

2. Refine your address using the drop down box

We automagically figure out the closest address based on your location. All you have to do is refine the address in the dropdown menu to match your desired location.

3. Add your place content

You can add the name of the place / business, a description and tags .

And you’re done!

Talking about ICT Careers at Victoria University tomorrow…

Monday, July 14th, 2008

I’m giving a talk on “How to have a kick-ass ICT career” at Victoria University tomorrow.

How to have a kick-ass ICT career
Tuesday 15th July 2008 – MYLT 101 13:10 – 14:00


Getting a job can be tough. In the first of the career seminars,
John Clegg will provide some information on how to get a great ICT job and
kick start your career. John will tell you what the hottest companies like
Trade Me, Sidhe, Weta and a host of start ups are acutally looking for in a
new graduate. He’ll also offer advice on how to get a job, where to look,
who can help you and some tips on how to impress.

Should be interesting, I’m trying to graduate my presentation style to Presentation Zen style. (Looking for good images is time consuming!)

Xlinks Digest – 11 / 07 / 2008

Friday, July 11th, 2008

The Xlinks digest is a interestig collection of links as discovered by the ProjectX team.

    Yahoo Boss – an insiders view
    Added on 07/11/2008 at 10:12AM
    Google Lively
    Added on 07/11/2008 at 09:42AM

    What good is collective intelligence if it doesn’t make us smarter
    Added on 07/11/2008 at 09:39AM

    Economics of Software
    Added on 07/11/2008 at 09:37AM

    37 signals on Pixar’s tight knit culture is its edge
    Added on 07/11/2008 at 09:35AM

    Scaling on EC2
    Added on 07/11/2008 at 09:34AM

    Amazon and Google discover erlang
    Added on 07/11/2008 at 09:32AM

    Live full text search on ruby on rails
    Added on 07/11/2008 at 09:30AM

    First fullscreen demo of Android
    Added on 07/11/2008 at 09:23AM

    Why Project Management is important to Start-ups
    Added on 07/11/2008 at 07:41AM

    Auckland University rolls out gmail to 50k
    Added on 07/10/2008 at 08:48AM

    Understanding YSlow
    Added on 07/10/2008 at 08:46AM

    State of the web Summer 2008
    Added on 07/09/2008 at 05:09PM

    B-Trees – Balanced Search Trees for Slow Storage
    Added on 07/08/2008 at 02:08PM

    Google Zen Master of the Market
    Added on 07/07/2008 at 05:57PM

    Easy Development setup with mod_rails
    Added on 07/05/2008 at 04:41PM

    Sparklines – Theory and practice
    Added on 07/05/2008 at 04:20PM

    LBS developers wary of iPhone
    Added on 07/05/2008 at 04:14PM

    Rat proxy test out those security issues in your web app
    Added on 07/04/2008 at 09:38AM

    Why the Helio didn’t connect
    Added on 07/03/2008 at 09:33PM

iPhone pricing…

Thursday, July 10th, 2008

The net is ablaze with all the iPhone pricing rip off.(Although that haven’t stopped some from queuing up already)

My 2c on the whole pricing thing is Vodafone have set the prices so that they don’t marginalise the rest of their smart phone line up.

If you sell a iPhone 3Gfor $500 or $199, then why would you buy a Nokia N95 at $1399 ?

Steve Jobs set the pricing in US so that iPhone would blow away the competition. The pricing here doesn’t reflect that 🙁

Unfortunately, NZ’s probably not big enough to invoke Apple pulling the iPhone from the Canadian marketplace.

New suburb update

Tuesday, July 8th, 2008

We’ve just completed an update to the underlying data on ZoomIn. We’ve just switched to a new suburb set on ZoomIn base onto the “New Zealand Fire Service” (NZFS) suburb set.


Its about accuracy, we want to provide the most up to date map service around. The NZFS suburb set is being used by all of New Zealand emergency services ie. Police, Ambulance and Fire Service. This update will better represent the way that you think and use addresses in your neighbourhood. The update adds another 1500 suburbs to ZoomIn. We’ve now got a total of 2986 suburbs in our address database.

We’ve completely rebuilt our address system from scratch, which gives us a chance to get all of the address cobwebs out of the system.

Changes to ZoomIn urls

The new address data means changes to the ZoomIn URL’s. Don’t worry, all of the old URL’s will still work, they’ll automatically redirect to the new address url.

Here are some examples:



New map imagery out on ZoomIn

Monday, July 7th, 2008

We’ve just completed the update to the map imagery on ZoomIn. It’s now live on ZoomIn maps API. (There’s no need to change any code, its an seemless update)

We’re in the process of completing the update to the addressing backend and geocoders.