Online column

A weekly tech column written for The Southland Times, a company that pays well enough to keep me in handbags and Drambuie

One wedding and a funeral

One wedding and a funeral

(This is the Online column, written for The Southland Times) It’s been a busy old week or two on the interwebs, with the royal wedding popping up at every turn to fill in the gaps between the fake “Osama’s dead” and fake “renew your bank password” emails. And there I was, naively expecting things to get back to normal now that the wedding has been and gone when all of a sudden a bunch...

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iPad 2 lacks some handy features

iPad 2 lacks some handy features

(This is the Online column, written for The Southland Times) Shopping for techno-goodies is always a fun pastime (nearly as fun as shopping for handbags) but I’m still undecided on whether or not an iPad will join my family of gadgets. There’s no denying the sleek little machines are sexy to the nth degree but I’m still disappointed by the lack of a micro USB port in the iPad 2 that came out last...

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Illegal downloads same as shoplifting

Illegal downloads same as shoplifting

(This is the Online column, written for The Southland Times) I’d like to take this opportunity to raise my hand and say I couldn’t care less about the ”controversial” copyright infringement bill that seems to have everyone else getting their¬†¬†knickers in a knot. It’s been interesting-ish watching all the dramas online as all and sundry predict the end of the free world as we know it on the back of this new law that...

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Internuts: they’re out there

Internuts: they’re out there

(This is the Online column, written for The Southland Times) I love the internet. Yes, I know love is one of those incredibly overused words like munted (someone’s been complaining about it on the Trade Me message board so it must be true), seriously (Grey’s Anatomy, you have a lot to answer for), literally, hate and the other one that has been so overused our editor has banned it so I’m not allowed to...

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Apple’s timing is off

Apple’s timing is off

(This is the Online column, written for The Southland Times) It’s always heartening to hear that the big guns have misfired. Apple has had another whoopsie with its sexy wee iPhones, with daylight savings time in the United States causing the latest hiccup. Instead of the one-hour ”spring forward” that should have happened, the phones did the old one-hour ”fall back” that should happen at the end of daylight savings. New Year was also...

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Don’t follow the advice I won’t give

Don’t follow the advice I won’t give

(This is the Online column, written for The Southland Times) I suppose it should come as no surprise that once again, that “triangle of life” email is doing the rounds following an earthquake. Every time there’s a sizeable quake here in New Zealand, this email pops up. Unlike a certain television presenter, I’m not going to claim that I’m getting all wound up over the scaremongering that goes hand-in-hand with this email while actually...

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Net proves worth in quake coverage

(This is the Online column, written for The Southland Times) The past week or so has been surreal but I can’t even begin to imagine just how bad it has been for those living through Christchurch’s devastating earthquake, dealing with it all first-hand instead of taking it all in as a reader or viewer via the new websites and TV channels. The coverage has been amazing and I think it’s fair to say the...

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New kid in hallowed company

New kid in hallowed company

(This is the Online column, written for The Southland Times) I was temporarily filled with hope for the youth of today when I saw a report saying more than 75 per cent of their entertainment searches are for music. Sadly, that hope disappeared like a sock in a washing machine when I read further into the Norton Online report and found that the No 1 top “entertainment” search was Justin Bieber. Really? Justin Bieber?...

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Scams, spams: it’s hardly cricket

Scams, spams: it’s hardly cricket

(This is the Online column, written for The Southland Times) Valentine’s Day is nearly upon us and it looks like the scammers see the day as a perfect opportunity to rip people off. And you thought romance was dead. Symantec has been keeping an eye on what’s happening in the world of online scams and reckons Valentine’s Day and the cricket World Cup have got all the spammers and scammers busy. I suppose you’d...

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Unending Explorer security woes

(This is the Online column, written for The Southland Times) To further prove my point from a couple of weeks ago that yes, they really are out to get us and that my healthy level of paranoia is a good thing, Microsoft has announced another security hole in Internet Explorer. Now, I could be unkind here and say something about it being nothing more than the latest in a long line of security holes...

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