Election time

(This is the Online column written for The Southland Times) Good morning. I don’t know what time it is out there in newspaper reader land but at the time of writing this it’s 5.41 on a rainy Wednesday morning. Not being able to sleep, I decided to see what I could find on the net that might send me into such a deep state of boredom that I’d wander off to the land of...

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Surfing for memories

(This is the Online column written for The Southland Times) Is it your birthday today? If it is, you share it with Burt Reynolds’ former main squeeze Loni Anderson and Neil Armstrong, the original moonwalker (Michael Jackson, eat your heart out). If you want to know more about famous birthdays, then check out the simply named Famous Birthdays. You’ll find stars of the big and small screens, singers, athletes and even the odd astronaut...

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Microsoft wireless desktop (review)

Microsoft wireless desktop (review)

MICROSOFT WIRELESS OPTICAL DESKTOP EXECUTIVE EDITION Optical Desktop Elite has an estimated retail price of $299 (and batteries are included)  If you’re sick of getting tangled up with cords and wires, Microsoft’s new Wireless Optical Desktop Executive Edition could be the answer you’re looking for. I got a new kitten just before Christmas and, like most kittens, Neville has a fascination for attacking anything at (her) eye level — ankles, spiders, copies of The Southland Times...

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A for ingenuity; F for effectiveness

British anti-virus firm Sophos found a work wanted ad tucked away in the code of the MyDoom.U and MyDoom.V worms. In a bad sign for the virus-writer, the worm isn’t spreading too fast but I suppose you have to give him or her an A for ingenuity. If you use a webcam, take note: Sophos has found Rbot.GR virus doesn’t simply follow the usual trend of infecting hard drives, stealing passwords and launching denial-of-service...

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Game review: Presents and aliens

Game review: Presents and aliens

TOEJAM AND EARL III: MISSION TO EARTH (Xbox; published by Microsoft Game Studios. RRP $129.95) Funky aliens Toejam and Earl are back, along with their new homegirl, Latisha, with a whole new adventure in this fun game that will suit the whole family. As in earlier games, presents are a big part of the game as you embark on your mission to retrieve the 12 sacred albums of Funk that were stolen from the...

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Trade Me: listen to the masses

(This is the Online column, written for The Southland Times) Top New Zealand auction site Trade Me has had a bit of a facelift during the past couple of weeks. Trade Me’s management team had been promising the revamp for months in an effort to break some of the auction categories into smaller groups and even posted a list of the proposed new categories on the site for users to give feedback before the...

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Amazing images

If you have an interest in checking out some amazing “photoshopped” images, take a look at Worth 1000, where you’ll find some stunning images manipulated by talented computer artists. The site features photography, multimedia and text competitions but it is the Photoshop category that constantly blows me away.

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The evolution of language

The evolution of language

(This is the Online column written for The Southland Times) The internet has had a huge impact on our day-to-day lives and now it’s starting to make an impression on our day-to-day language. Not so many years ago, the average punter (myself included) would have been baffled by talk of modems, megabytes and meta tags. Now, I can surf the net and feel like I know what I’m doing. Most of the time. I...

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Joys of a Kiwi lizard in Oz

Joys of a Kiwi lizard in Oz

I recently had the opportunity to travel to Austraila courtesy of the South Australian Tourism Commission. Here is some of what I experienced. The concierge at the Hilton Adelaide smiled and introduced himself to us as Christopher before asking if there was anything he could help with. A couple of my travelling companions asked for directions to Rundle Mall, the city’s main shopping area. Then it was my turn to ask if he could...

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