Tech News and Opinions (by Paul Spain)

Microsoft launches System Center Virtual Machine Maanger (SCVMM)

, posted: 22-Oct-2008 06:34

Microsoft have completed and launched their newest virtualisation product - Virtual Machine Manager 2008. VMM 2008 is part of Microsoft's effort to generate revenue from Virtualisation. In contract with the standalone Hyper-V product and the Windows Hyper-V role which cost nothing and close to nothing, VMM 2008 will sell for a recommended price of US$1,304 (license and 2 years software assurance).

Virtual Machine Manager 2008 provides management of three virtualization products - Micr (read the entire post)...

Hardware and Software prices to rise 10-20% in NZ and Australia

, posted: 19-Oct-2008 09:28

Due to the drop in value of both Australian Dollar (AUD) and the New Zealand Dollar (NZD) versus the US Dollar (USD) it is anticipated that the price of many products will rise in coming weeks by as much as 20%.

Rates today are as follows:
1 NZD = 0.61 USD
1 AUD = 0.69 USD

The last week has already seen Apple release new MacBooks in the region at prices higher than previous editions - something that's virtually unheard of. IBM and HP have also announced price rise (read the entire post)...

Apple releases new MacBooks, MacBook Pros, and 24'' Display

, posted: 15-Oct-2008 07:39

Apple have launched their new aluminimum MacBooks and new MacBook Pros with faster graphics capabilities. In addition new a LED backlit 24" monitor was released by Apple.

The new aluminimum MacBooks have dropped in weight to weigh in at just over 2kg. They include a multi-touch trackpad and 13.3" LED backlit screen and are available in 2.0ghz and 2.4ghz configurations operating with faster DDR3 memory. Prices for the new Macbooks have risen in New Zealand and Australia compared to pri (read the entire post)...

Blackberry Bold 9000 shipping, Blackberry Storm 9500 not far off

, posted: 14-Oct-2008 14:45

I noticed yesterday that the Blackberry Bold (pictured) is now available in NZ, Australia, UK and probably other markets too. This release is slightly ahead of schedule for this new handset which features Wifi, GPS, Quad-band GSM, Tri-band HSDPA and a few other nifty features.

Details here from Vodafone NZ:

Apparently the touchscreen Blackberry Storm 9500 (pictured at bottom on page) is nearly here t (read the entire post)...

Silverlight 2.0 released (updated)

, posted: 14-Oct-2008 07:39

Microsoft have finished off their Silverlight 2.0 browser plug-in and made it available for download along with related developer components such as 'Silverlight Toolkit' which includes dozens of Silverlight controls which are licensed as open source.

Surprising for many is that Silverlight already reaches an audience of 1 in 4 consumers, and in some countries it's understood that about 50% of computers already have Silverlight installed. Recently Microsoft signed a deal with Hewlett (read the entire post)...

Developers, now I need your help

, posted: 9-Oct-2008 00:33

Well, the time has come for one of our talented team members to move onwards to the next step in their career. So we have an opening at Gorilla Technology and Cloud Labs. Details below - if you know anyone who might suit this role please pass the info on.

Junior-Intermediate Microsoft .Net Developer
Gorilla Technology / Cloud Labs - Auckland

Full-time position available in young, exciting and dynamic organisation that is planning for growth in the coming year. Our gro (read the entire post)...

And the winner is... (updated)

, posted: 9-Oct-2008 00:26

My experiment with crowd sourcing a new logo for Cloud Labs is over. It was clearly a success and the winner has been announced. Here it is, with respect to the designer Shtap, and the dozens of others who participated.

Update: Based on comments of my blog readers it appears there is another logo being used by a local company that has some similarities to this one and they also have similarities with their name, so we're evaluating options to modify the logo accordingly.
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Update on a Crowd Sourcing experiment

, posted: 1-Oct-2008 21:43

During the early hours of Saturday morning I initiated an experiment in Crowd Sourcing at Read my previous blog entry for the details.

I am pleased to report that in less than five days I have received 96 entries. I'm staggered. If each designer was super quick and spent just 30 minutes on their design then about 50 hours of creativity has flowed so far in contributing to this experimental project.

And what do I think of the quality of the entries. Overall (read the entire post)...

Crowd Sourcing a new logo for Cloud Labs

, posted: 27-Sep-2008 10:29

I've been fascinated by the concept known as crowd sourcing for some time, so last night I decided to start an experiment. I'm engaging the techniques of crowd sourcing to obtain a logo for Cloud Labs (one of my business interests). Right now the process interests me more than the end result - but that said I haven't any particular expectations about the outcome so maybe I'll be pleasantly surprised.

So far, crowd sourcing creates as many questions as it does answers. In the case of (read the entire post)...

Silverlight 2 reaches release candidate stage

, posted: 27-Sep-2008 02:15

Running a little behind schedule, Microsoft have in the last few hours made Silverlight 2 RC0 available for developers to download. Originally the final release of Silverlight 2 was slated by end of the U.S. Summer which has now been and gone. Indications are however that it will not be long until Silverlight 2 is finalised and released to the public.

A substantial amount of performance, quality and feature improvements are included. Detailed information, and links to developer downlo (read the entire post)...