Category Archives: thegeekstories

I spend online therefore I work online

Acquisitions today. I hope Avril isn’t reading this:

1. Windows Home Server from Tranquil PC

After much procrastination, I’ve decided to buy something that’s already built. And isn’t going to require lots of coal to be burnt to keep the thing going.

2. Meraki Standard Mesh

All the cool kids were doing it, honest! Attempting to wire up Liam whilst he is at school. The antenna purchased in Fry’s has helped out within the house, but doesn’t beam far enough.

3. A surprise that should be arriving tomorrow.

Windows Live Chat on Windows Mobile

Imagine: you are out having a pleasant dinner with your parents-in-law. One thing leads to another, and you start playing with your new toy: Windows Mobile 6.0 and my new Palm Treo 750.

Minutes before leaving the house, I had downloaded and installed the Windows Live client for Windows Mobile into my Treo, and had yet to log in to the service.

Over dinner, when the conversation turned to something where I could merely «nod», I un-pocketed by Treo 750 and signed in.




Appearing on my «Today» screen was my Windows Live login details: Windows Live / Windows Mobile pic 1
Ooh, Messenger sign in. Tap here to sign in, let’s sign in and see who is online. pc_capture2
I nod politely pc_capture3
At 6:10pm on a Friday, Sydney time only my European friends tend to be online. In this instance, Paul Foster fellow enthusiast from the UK is online, so I start up a quick chat.

The Contacts are exactly the same as your desktop and web list. No matter where I am, with my trusty Treo I can chat with them.

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Yes, in our chat we refer to each other as «dude» as it sounds cool.

Notice the little «Voice clip» option at the bottom left? By clicking on this, I was able to send a quick «G'day» to Paul.

Windows Live / Windows Mobile pic 5

A voice clip? Yes, just like the desktop version of Windows Live Messenger on your PC.


Windows Live / Windows Mobile pic 6


I demonstrated this to my parents-in-law to show them I was a worthy husband for their daughter. Thankfully, they were impressed.

Oh, and thanks to Paul Foster for his assistance.

Australian Seniors Computer Clubs Assoc -Conference

As Simon Higgins came down with the 'flu over the weekend, and I had not been anywhere need a TAB or horses, I volunteered to present. ASCCA here we come!

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Hmmm, 45 minutes on Vista. I think I am going to show some interesting things in Windows Vista plus do some vox-pop on Seniors. See if a few memes actually apply. Also spruik for speaking and video experiences around Australia. Large WA contigent here. Future WebJammers?

Whilst I am not sponsored by Telstra NextG, I am starting to find out how excellent it is to present with an internet connection — no matter where you find yourself.

Nan Bosler, OAM: Statistic: Seniors spend 42 hours per month on the internet. Generation-Y, 37 hours. Use: Email, lookup product information, exchange photos. Security is important as threats from viruses. Concerned about consumer protection, and threats to grandchildren. The Hon Kristina Keneally MP is stealing my stories and jokes!

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Ultimately, it was great to speak with 120 people, all taking a day to hear and learn about technology.

Links from my talk:

Talk to your kids, in the next room with Live Messenger.

Family.Show (genealogy)

Live Spaces (make your own blog)

Windows Live Writer (easy to use tool to create blog entries, and post photos)

NEW! Microsoft Vista Upgrade Advisor (To check your PCs to see which version of Vista will work on them)

A Geek’s 4.5 Days in Perth

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Whilst driving from Perth airport to the Hotel on Sunday, I determined that I haven’t been in Perth since late 2005. Nearly 2 years. Perth is greener now.

My first visit to Perth was in 1993. I think I’ve been here at least 27 times through my last 4 employers.

The Duxton Hotel’s high-speed internet access is wireless only, and keeps dropping VPN connections to work. As a video-blogger, I am constantly moving around multiple-hundred of Mb files around the world, and the lack of network stability is frustrating.

This danah boyd video is killing me. Note to self: choose a different hotel. And one that doesn’t think I am a Ms.

Duxton Perth gets Creepy...

I’ve already captured two videos: one with Gary Barber and one with Stephen Price.

Stephen is the cartoonist who created my new avatar, and Gary is the geek-father of Perth.

My discussions with Gary revolved around «why Perth?». Is it the tyranny of distance that forces Perth people together; which is like Australia. Why then do humans seek like minded people out and see a need to get together in meatspace? There is no doubt that Perth people have this innate drive to help each other in a way that you do not see in other cities. Maybe Melbourne at little. Adelaide should learn from Perth.

By strange coincidence, I ran into Nick Randolph and Brian H Madsen (and a bunch of .Net dudes) at the centre of Perth Silicon area, Tiger Tiger. Thankfully, they didn’t ask me some obscure .Net technical question. If they had, I’d probably called Joel Pobar.

On the return walk to the hotel, Stephen lead me astray into the Hay Street Border’s Bookstore. Yes, my book collection +1. And friendly staff. The geek-girl behind the counter loved my «geek» t-shirt. rscpt.

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Tomorrow is more than another Wednesday for Perth: its WebJam day. Lachlan Hardy and Lisa Herrod land to get the Perth experience. I hope that WebJam is a two-way experience for all conference people in Australia, especially in the online space.

Snippet on IronRuby: Aussie code inside

In ScottGu’s comments to his excellent post, he mentions that Microsoft licensed some of the QuT Ruby.NET work! w00t! Aussie code lives inside IronRuby. Well done, Dr Wayne Kelly and team.

New Microsoft hire (starting in September), Scott Hanselman, is also getting into the Ruby-way.

Also, Miguel de Icaza gives a big tick to the project.

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Some Monday Links

Alivetec (That's the Gold Coast health gadget guys) go larger than The Geek Stories: ABC’s Good Morning America. MSR + Australian goodness goes really large! A phone that tells you when you are not breathing. W00t!

John Lam gives an update on IronRuby. The first drop is available now. LOLCODE, Ruby, Python. A difficult choice!

Want to step out with Silverlight in Brisbane? Pop me an email and I’ll connect you up.

AMD Dual Core (2007) vs. Mac Plus (1986). Interesting comments on «large software» -- as I actually remember using Mac Plus’s for hard work (word processing, spreadsheets) and System6.0.8; I should write up what the Mac could not do in 1986. Meh. The Mac was only throwing around 22K of graphics (512×384 pixels / 8 bits as the Mac was only B&W); Word didn’t even repaginate in the background. This Mac could not have TCP/IP'd as there wasn’t enough memory on the logic board (1Mb hardwired, no upgrades) or speed in the SCC (serial controller for the RS423 on the Macs). An interesting read to see how far we’ve come.

1 Million Geek March

What is an Geek? Is Geek a pejorative term?

In the UK, being a trainspotter or anorak is definitely pejorative for those outside the craze. Duncan Riley uses the marketing term Prosumer (professional consumer).

If anyone comes up to me and calls me a Geek, I am proud. Having spent the last year breaking off the shackles of «sales and marketing droid», being a geek is refreshing. And having successfully passed on my geek genes to Liam — I am even prouder.

Self-proclaiming myself as a geek with the title Professional Geek still gets sideways glances — even at Microsoft — which has spent the last many years successfully becoming the enterprise software company. Thankfully, Microsoft’s heart still beats with a geek tune.

So what is the size of the geek virtual nation? This is a nation not divided by 19thC limits of Empire; nor separated by age, gender, language. A geek has a understanding over the last 250 years, technology has propelled humans at a rapid rate. The information age we live in may be seen as a different time to the industrial age — who can predict future historian’s categorizations?

There are two recent measurements of the size of the geek virtual nation as it exists today:

Whilst both numbers are Apple-centric, it is still an interesting number to ponder. How many borderless, hyper-online geeks are there in the world?

Alive at Pamplona

Hey, Jeffa The Geek Stories has the scoop, before The New Inventors: watch the interview with the Alive Tec CEO Bruce Satchwell — that blue device attached to the patient is made on the Gold Coast!

Emailing Bruce last night, apart from complementing me on my sharp eyes and good memory — he also broke the news that Alive’s Web Developer, Tim Hilliard, is wearing the monitor for the running of the bulls in Pamplona in a couple of weeks.

Alive have made a very crude map of the bull run route using Windows Live maps.

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Birdseye view!130&encType=1

Youtube video of the run in 2006

I hope this doesn’t end in tears.