The key issue with Novopay, and the school payroll system, and many other huge black-box IT projects (yeah, I’m looking at you, $1.5bn IRD replacement system), is the approach of replacing the system as a whole. Forget about the elephant, let’s look for a system of interconnected components that – as a whole – gets us to where we need to be.
I’m not sure when it was decided that electronic product launches had to be a) gaudy affairs in major event theatres and b) completely devoid of availability information; but nonetheless this is the currently accepted formula. Samsung’s announcement of the GALAXY S4 yesterday was nothing more than appropriately bizarre.
It’s just some guys testing the range of their FPV hobby plane out to 7.4 km. It only looks sinister because we’ve been trained that the grainy view with an information overlay means we’re about to see an explosion and bodies flying.
We should be celebrating the arrests in the MegaUpload case. They show that large-scale copyright infringement can be investigated and acted upon under existing laws and treaties. They show that even without SOPA and such draconian laws, copyright holders can seek remedy. Note: I say we should celebrate the arrests. I question the seizing of [...]
Looking Back Let’s start by looking back at the most highly-visible* changes in technology from previous years: Smartphones: Apple reinvigorates the market by introducing a responsive, capacitive-touch device with the iPhone. Google follows, then Microsoft. Google gets great market share, but no one makes more profit than Apple. Microsoft currently languishes, despite Nokia’s heft. RIM? [...]
And Guatemala! Press release follows: iPhone 4S Arrives in New Zealand on 11 November Pre-Orders Begin November 4 AUCKLAND, New Zealand – 2 November, 2011 – Apple® today announced that iPhone® 4S, the most amazing iPhone yet, will be available in New Zealand and 14 additional countries on Friday, 11 November. Customers will be able [...]
Press release follows: Samsung delivers a unique smartphone experience with Omnia W, a phone that puts people first This is the first Samsung device utilising the latest release of Windows Phone and offers power, social connectivity and a vivid SuperAMOLED display that delivers a stunning visual experience AUCKLAND, New Zealand – 31 October 2011 – [...]
At Nokia World last night (New Zealand time), Stephen Elop and the Nokia team announced two new phones: The Lumia 800: very much based on the Nokia N9 hardware that I reviewed yesterday. The Lumia 710: a lower-cost phone sporting the same internal hardware as the 800, but with a LCD screen. The phones will [...]
You can have your cake, and eat it too, but only after it is fully baked. This is my one-sentence summary of the first day keynote sessions from Microsoft’s Build conference. Build replaces the long-running Professional Developer Conference (PDC), with the most visible change being a ton of Metro-style branding: bold colours, strong typography, attention [...]
Samsung have just announced that the Galaxy Tab 10.1 will be available in Vodafone stores “this week”. No word on pricing or whether sales will be stopped by Apple, like they were in Australia. Full press release follows: Samsung GALAXY Tab 10.1 hits New Zealand Kiwis to get their hands on the world’s thinnest mobile [...]