NZ Prime Minister John Key in youtube video to promote napier

John Key in new YouTube video

Prime Minister John Key has featured in a YouTube video to promote Napier’s 2011 Art Deco festival. In a jaw-droppingly fearless 7 minutes of non-stop banter, John chats with Australian tourist “Shaun Wayne”, played by comedian and Shane Warne lookalike, Peter Flaherty.

Firefox 4.0 review

Firefox 4.0 review

Hot on the heels of IE9 comes Firefox 4.0. At first appearances, it looks a lot like IE9, but a quick test reveals that there are many differences. I have to withdraw my comments about IE9 catching up with Firefox. Firefox 4 is yet another leap ahead in terms of user-friendly functionality.

England Grand Slam Video

England Rugby Football Union YouTube Fail (oops!)

In a glorious example of how the power of the internet can backfire, the England Rugby Football Union have been embarrassed by the release of a video on YouTube celebrating themselves as the “2011 Grand Slam Champions”. Unfortunately, it didn’t happen! (includes video)

Yazoom & TreatMe enter the ring

Yazoom and TreatMe enter the online discount, impulse shopping arena to compete with GrabOne and DailyDo. It’s unlikely that all these sites will survive so will Yazoom be able to capture enough subscribers with their expensive TV campaign or does TreatMe have the edge by having TradeMe’s backing? Is the massive cut in price worth the time for businesses or are these kinds of deals just helping them tread water?

google panda algorithm update

Google conspiracy theory: Adwords bidding wars?

The Google Farmer update has destroyed rankings, and therefore web traffic and advertising revenue for a large number of good quality websites that are now struggling to recover. Was it planned that way or just an unfortunate side-effect?

ie9 review

IE9 browser review: sleek, fast and elegant

IE9 has been officially released to the public. This is Microsoft’s latest version of the widely used Internet Explorer Browser. Is it good enough to prevent a further exodus to Firefox and Chrome? At first blush it looks pretty good, it’s fast, nicely designed and I have high hoped for it. Read this IE9 review to see if it’s right for you.

boats for sale

Boats for Sale on www.BOATS.co.nz

If you’re looking for NZ Boats for Sale or for somewhere to sell your boat, check out UsedBoats.co.nz – it’s a new website that was launched just a month ago to offer free boat listings to both the public and boat dealers. It’s really easy too use and has some great advanced features that you can access if you sign up for a free account.

Bluehost.com management refuse to take down hate-filled website

Amid the tragedy of the Christchurch Earthquake, I was shocked to find this website. The (clearly un-medicated) owner has hidden their identification but the website is hosted by BlueHost.com. As you can see from my discussion with Blue Host customer support (below), their management have decided not to remove the website and are hiding behind the excuse of needing legal direction from a court before they can do anything. This is clearly unnecessary and the cynic in me thinks that they are hoping to generate some media attention from it. Either that or their company management is utterly spineless.

Christchurch Earthquake Information: websites & phone numbers

Christchurch Earthquake list of useful websites and contact phone numbers. I will update this as I gain further information. Please feel free to send me any more links you think may be useful. The Christchurch city centre is inaccessible and the roads should be kept free for essential traffic only. Trains are not running. There is substantial damage to all utility services. Water should be conserved. Much of the phone network is running off battery backup power. If possible, text rather than call to conserve power.