Category Archives: open source

OS//OS = OS


The OS//OS (Open Source//Open Society) conference has got itself a new definition – at least for the OS bit. OVER SOLD! What a great problem to have. But maybe the organisers had a cunning plan up their sleeve, because they’ve … Continue reading

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Open for thinking, open for participation, open for collaboration


The name of the two day Wellington conference on Thursday and Friday 16/17 April says it all. Open Source//Open Society (OS//OS). As a digital immigrant who has, without sometimes knowing why, gone down he android path for my devices, I’m … Continue reading

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A buried treat in WordPress’s Terms of Service


It’s in keeping with the spirit of WordPress that its Terms of Service are simple, freely available to be repurposed by others, and, the tiniest bit quirky. WordPress co-founder, and part owner of its tech-tools parent Automattic, Matt Mullenweg, pointed … Continue reading

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Chipping in for multicore champion – let’s get parallel programming


 You’ve got to admire someone who has a vision, almost as much as someone who is prepared to use the word vision. So here’s a plug for Nicolas Erdody, founder of Open Parallel, and more importantly the organiser of Multicore … Continue reading

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You’ve got to kiss a lot of frogs – or, how to spot a good idea


Engineer, entrepreneur, venture capitalist, and raconteur Neville Jordan reckons he needs to kiss about 99 frogs before he’ll find an idea worth investing in. Speaking as the IPENZ 2013 William Pickering Fellow at a Wellington lecture (part of the body’s … Continue reading

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Creating a deep infrastructure tool and asset for Christchurch – a (relatively) cheap idea well worth NZ Inc considering


Here’s an idea, so time topical it deserves much more thinking about by Christchurch, government and NZ Inc. The Cement & Concrete Association of NZ’s (CCANZ) education and development manager Joe Gamman spoke at the recent Multicore World 2013 conference … Continue reading

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Getting to grips with multicore’s hugely disruptive technology – an opportunity for NZ Inc


There was some serious brainpower assembled at the recent Multicore World 2013 conference in Wellington. Some of the subject matter was way-beyond the once over lightly understanding that I have of computers and computing. But the clear message was that … Continue reading

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Patents Bill Second Reading: A Software Storm in an Ideological Teacup


By guest blogger Doug Calhoun Thirty years after the Muldoon government first looked at patent law reform, a new patent law is on track to come into force by the end of 2013. This guest blogger has been involved in … Continue reading

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Gunning for better play; Makerspace takes aim at crowdfunding


The Wellington Makerspace [TWMS] wants to build a better gun, well that’s not strictly true. The community actually play a lot of what are commonly known as first person shooters [FPS], such as Medal of Honor, Battlefield, Team Fortress and … Continue reading

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“So Makerspace, can you create this?” – workshop eases into existence


A couple of months into its life, and The Wellington’s MakerSpace is finding its feet, getting into gear as a physical product incubator for people testing their ideas. Co-founder Lee Bennett says as businesses around the place learn of its … Continue reading

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