Category: In the news

Plucked from the headlines, online and in print

The celebrity curse

Reports are coming out on a plane crash in South Carolina involving former Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker and DJ AM. The breaking news reports say the two musicians have been critically injured and have been taken to a burns unit.…

… and I still can’t get a Taser!

Teachers in one Texas school district have been given approval to carry guns, apparently just in case some psycho manages to make it through the already-in-place security measures. The report says: Recent school shootings in the United States have prompted…

RIP Robert Adler

The man who has made billions of blokes happy and revolutionised the way we watch telly died this week. Robert Adler was one of the two men credited with creating the remote control. Without him we’d still be wearing a…

Sites to help you grin and bear it

(This is the Online column, written for The Southland Times) It’s been a bit of a bumpy old ride during the past few days with the quakes that have been rattling their way around the south. In fact, it’s beginning…

Listen up head honchos

Trade Me’s announcement that it reduced the number of free listings available to traders has caused a bit of grumbling but is really likely to have minor impact. The new rules say you can have up to 50 items listed…

Don’t listen to them, Mr Fairfax

(This is the Online column, written for The Southland Times) Hasn’t Mrs Morgan’s little boy Sam done well for himself? The Trade Me message board has been running red hot with threads discussing the sale of New Zealand’s No 1…

Still in the slow lane but a good start

The news that Telecom is about to launch new broadband deals has had a mixed response online, with many net users taking issue with the fact that Kiwis are still in the slow lane when it comes to online speed.…

Halo 2 release for Vista machines

Microsoft has  announced plans to release the Halo 2 video game for personal computers running its new Vista version of Windows. Halo 2 will run only on Vista machines and not on older versions of the Windows operating system. Microsoft…

Branded: Google hits No 1

Google it bumped Apple out of the No 1 spot in the 2005 global poll of the world’s most influential brands put together by online branding magazine Brand Channel. The survey often gives controversial results, such as when Arabic TV…

Symantec details six months of nasties

Symantec’s eighth volume of the Internet Security Threat Report, one of the most comprehensive sources of internet threat data in the world, was released this month. The semi-annual report, which covers the six-month period to the end of June, says…