Category Archives: open source

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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Enspiral’s collective model taking on the world


Wellington’s Enspiral is a difficult beast to describe in traditional terms. For a start, there’s very little to compare it to. The two-year old collective of developers and designers and other connected people, is a work in progress, which its … Continue reading

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Developers invited to a northern hemisphere ‘Summer of Code’


A couple of New Zealand based businesses are in on the wider opportunity for New Zealand-based trainee coders to gain invaluable experience (and pay) through Google’s Summer of Code. University students in New Zealand will have a unique opportunity to … Continue reading

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