iPwn 2.0

The new iPhone has pretty much everything I was hoping for except for what was formerly my biggest requirement, which was at least 32GB storage. They seem to still be keeping only the 8GB and 16GB versions.

This would, until recently, have been a dealbreaker for me – I really need some significant storage to shuttle data back and forth from work, 16GB won’t do the trick once I have all my music and videos on board. I have a 60GB ipod, and even that ran out of space from time to time.

However, fortunately, I have recently moved to a laptop and now use that for sneakernet purposes. I haven’t used my ipod for storage since I got it. This kinda negates the storage issue on future devices.

So, I shall surely be purchasing the 16GB version of this phone.

Another gulp of the kool-aid!


I can has no data caps?

Vodafones new “Red” ADSL2 network has launched. And it’s a big step in the right direction. I didn’t actually think so at first. Here’s what I wrote about their three broadband plans before I noticed the cool bit that I’ll mention later:


1) “Retarded”. $70/month. Up to 24Mbits/sec, with a data cap of 1GB/month. An extra 1GB for $5. Note: At 24Mbits/sec you will go through 1GB of data in just under 6 minutes. This is the ideal plan for people who enjoy paying for things and then not using them. You may as well burn $70 each month and then scrawl “BROADBAND I HAS IT” on your computer monitor. In crayon.

2) “1998”. $80/month. Up to 24Mbits/sec, with a data cap of 5GB/month. An extra 5GB for $10. Over 30 minutes at full speed. Truly, the future is now. Please send me my robot butler.

3) “Getting there”. $90/month. Up to 24Mbits/sec, with a data cap of 20GB/month. An extra 20GB for $30. Their maximum X-TREME shit-yourself awesome pack. So awesome, it actually starts to hit the very lower limit of my interest.


But then, and this is the interesting bit, I re-read the thing and saw this at the end:

“Those who go over their limit can double their data for $5, $10 and $30 respectively, or continue surfing at 64kbps without incurring extra charges.”

Fuck! Yes! Someone who has decided to manage their network sanely, by speed-restricting people who hit the edges of their caps, instead of just gouging them for more money! BRILLIANT!

Okay, obviously 64Kbits/sec is weak sauce, but the fact that they are doing this at all is pretty much the kind of thing I was hoping unbundling would bring. A very big step in the right direction. This means that people will see hitting their data caps as an inconvenience rather than something that will cost them serious money. I’m talking to vodafone tomorrow.

Do you have a tiny tiny lap?

I am not feeling the love for very small laptops. There’s shitloads of them being released at the moment, and I’m really not sure who uses them. Not me, that’s for sure.

If I want something really portable, that’s pretty much always on me, I have a smartphone (Currently a Nokia N95, soon to be an iPhone when they make one with a bit more storage in it, and hopefully 3G comms) which is with me always, and if I need something that a smartphone can’t do then I want as close to a portable desktop as I can get. I currently own a laptop with a 17″ screen, and frankly, if Apple made a 20″ version … and maybe ever larger .. I’d own that instead.

A tiny laptop just doesn’t fit in my personal usage case at all.

Shaping up to be a fine day

Up at 0600, so I can get to work for 0645, to make a customer-impacting network change at 0700 hours.

A change which, annoyingly, didn’t actually work. For reasons which escape me at this time, but which I will be spending the rest of the day digging into.

On an related note, my already light motorway traffic is, at 0630, invisible. Would that every commute was that awesome. It’s not worth having to get up early for, but it’s pretty excellent, and especially good considering that last night was apparently Auckland’s semi-regular “How Many Dudes You Know Drive Like Dis?” inconsiderate driving contest, sponsored as usual by the asian driving council[1] but featuring very strong entries by everyone involved.

We had the usual solid performances by various drivers in various set pieces including “I think you’ll find the speed limit is a maximum.”, the classic “You can turn from any lane, right?” and the traditional Auckland regional favourite “In-dee-cay-tor?”

But on the day, there can only be one winner, and a couple of runners-up. Here they are:

The bronze medal goes to Dark Blue Panel Van for “I need to unload this stuff on a street with no parking areas, so I guess I’ll just stop in the middle of this lane full of traffic and slowly unload it.” A classic little number, and very well done. Bonus points for “I’ll switch on my hazard lights so that the vast number of cars I am holding up are fully aware that I know what I’m doing is retarded and pissing them off, and that I don’t care.”

The silver medal goes to Hello Kitty Dashboard Doll Celica, for her graceful performance of “I can totally park my car in this space that is 2/3 the size of my car, if I just keep shuffling back and forth, in and out of traffic.” Truly breathtaking. Or, at least, I was out of breath from screaming expletives, but whatever.

The gold, however, must go to MG Convertible for his superb and unusual “X-TREEM Parking” move, where he had positioned his car in a roadside parking spot so that the ass end of his car had both rear wheels touching the gutter, and the front was sticking out into traffic and blocking an entire lane. Bonus points for talking on his cellphone and ignoring the many .. many .. horns being sounded at him. Additional bonus points for having the balls to glare at people as he finally left, instead of hiding his face in shame. Double-extra Bonus Points for owning an old MG and wearing string-backed driving gloves and one of Those Hats when it would be easier to just write “Wanker” on a post-it note and stick it to your forehead.

Kudos to you, sir. Kudos to you.

[1] I’m not sure what the driving culture is like in Japan, but I am guessing that Japanese people are vastly more tolerant of others than non-Japanese are, or at least, more tolerant than I am.