September 2010

IWI rating 5 out of 5

IWI = I Want It

Same as iwi.

This has a Whaleoil IWI rating of 5 out of 5.

from Mashable

So what does the PlayBook have to offer? It turns out, quite a lot. Featuring a 7″ screen (much like the newSamsung Galaxy Tab), the PlayBook sports a 1Ghz dual-core processor, has 1GB of RAM, and touts the ability to multi-task and run Flash 10.1.

To a large extent, the PlayBook looks like it’s a showcase of RIM’s acquisition of QNX. QNX Neutrino is the base of the new OS.

RIM is selling this as the first “enterprise-ready” professional tablet.

Check out the specs:

  • 7″ LCD, 1024 x 600, WSVGA, capacitive touch screen with full multi-touch and gesture support.
  • BlackBerry Tablet OS with support for symmetric multiprocessing.
  • 1 GHz dual-core processor.
  • 1 GB RAM.
  • Dual HD cameras (3 MP front facing, 5 MP rear facing), supports 1080p HD video recording.
  • Video playback: 1080p HD Video, H.264, MPEG, DivX, WMV.
  • Audio playback: MP3, AAC, WMA.
  • HDMI video output.
  • Wi-Fi – 802.11 a/b/g/n.
  • Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR.
  • Connectors: microHDMI, microUSB, charging contacts.
  • Open, flexible application platform with support for WebKit/HTML-5, Adobe.
  • Flash Player 10.1, Adobe Mobile AIR, Adobe Reader, POSIX, OpenGL, Java.
  • Ultra thin and portable.
  • Measures 5.1″x7.6″x0.4″ (130mm x 193mm x 10mm).
  • Weighs less than a pound (approximately 0.9 lb or 400g).
  • Additional features and specifications of the BlackBerry PlayBook will be shared on or before the date this product is launched in retail outlets.
  • RIM intends to also offer 3G and 4G models in the future.
  • Flip, flop, flap

    I wasn’t, then I was, then I wasn’t, then Andrew wasn’t and now I’m not again. Poor Matt McCarten, not only does he have a battle with cancer, but he is probably fighting off legions of Andrew Williams emails and txts taking umbrage at being called a fraud for his stance in the mayoral campaign. Now the media are hassling him for his on again off again endorsement policy.

    Left wing union leader Matt McCarten has performed a triple flip flop over endorsing a candidate for Auckland Council’s Albany ward.

    McCarten formed the website to help voters select a left-leaning Auckland Council in the upcoming local body elections. …

    But yesterday McCarten withdrew his support for Williams entirely.

    “Originally I thought progressives should support Andrew Williams. But my leftist and even centrist mates gave me a biff on two fronts,” McCarten wrote.

    “That he’s made his city a laughing stock and  he’s totally self absorbed and even his own allies have deserted him. The other reason is that he knows he had no chance to win as mayor and is deliberately drawing votes away from the only other candidate Len Brown who can beat John Banks.

    “Privately he claims to support Brown, yet is helping Banks by not telling voters his real position. On that basis he’s a fraud and shouldn’t be supported by progressives.”

    McCarten said Slater was “the only other candidate I know in that ward with any chance of winning”. He said the blogger was right of politics but “has a social conscience, does volunteer work and has a good brain”.

    Since then Andrew Williams has attacked me again from his Facebook page, with an extremely defamatory post. All Andrew Williams does these days is spray all over Facebook.

    From McCarten’s withdrawal of support I’d say that Len Brown’s team have done the numbers and they have realised that their cosy deal with Andrew Williams has in fact cost them big time, especially on the North Shore. But worse they have realised that while it is costing Len Brown support in the Mayoral campaign, Andrew Williams is a political corpse in Albany and so they no longer have to honour their deal for the Deputy Mayoralty. So the word has gone out to their media patsies and commentators to “Get Williams” in a last ditch attempt to shore up Len’s flagging support.

    The turn out appears low and Len Brown is needing a massive and impossible turnout in South Auckland to win. They have to spike Williams, the best way to spike Williams to to make it appear he can’t win.

    Len Brown’s pact with the Clown of Campbells Bay appears to be back-firing in the last days of the campaign.

    For what its worth, I know where Matt stands, and his endorsement or otherwise matters not to me, but more to others. Matt is still a mate no matter what his handlers want him to say or not say.

    Meanwhile another nasty smear that Andrew Williams has been spreading via email and again by Facebook is the attacks against Gary Holmes and Chris Darby.

    Today we have seen that little smear totally refuted and Williams challenged to put up or shut up. He doesn’t of course, nor can he, because he has simply lied utterly.

    I even had one of William’s flunkies trying to shop the allegations to me. Allegations that have been totally refuted by the North Harbour Business Association.

    Mr Holmes says the allegations are “categorically untrue and I refute those suggestions totally.

    “As reported on the association’s website, and as NHBA chairman Graham Boult has confirmed, we agreed to part ways amicably after a divergence of views on processes and the way forward.”

    Mr Boult confirmed Mr Holmes’ comments when contacted by the North Shore Times.

    We are seeing that everything I have said about Andrew Williams for the past two years has been true, that his excuses and obfuscations were simply a charade, and now the real Andrew Williams, desperate, drunk and nasty, is showing himself for the voters of Albany.

    Fortunately there is a way to stop Andrew Williams, Vote for Cameron Slater in Albany Ward, and rid yourself of the Clown of Campbells Bay.

    Vote Slater - Albany - Auckland - Keeping the Buggers Honest

    Vote Slater - Albany - Auckland - Keeping the Buggers Honest

    How much does a tattoo hurt?

    It hurts, I know, but not this much.


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    And still more abuse, this time it is actionable

    Andrew Williams is showing his true colours. Unfortunately for him and North Shore City he has now crossed the line, not only of decency but also legality.

    Andrew Williams entices legal action against himself and North Shore City

    Andrew Williams entices legal action against himself and North Shore City

    Hmmm…not sure how that's going to work

    I was just looking at the Mangrove’s post about Labour’s fanciful GST policy and realised they have a problem. It seems that their policy is for “No GST on fresh fruit OR vegetables.”

    Imagine the chaos for shoppers at the checkout….”Excuse me ma’am, would you like the GST off your fruit OR off your vegetables, Labour says it can be only one.”

    Labour's policy: No GST on Fruit OR Vege. How does that work then?

    Fruit OR Veges? Your choice

    More abuse from Williams

    Now Andrew Williams is calling me a “disturbed psycho nutter”, and apparently Matt McCarten is changing his endorsement yet again, I wonder if poor Matt copped a barrage of abusive emails from the Mad Mayor late last night.

    I know what Matt really wants to write, but on this issue he seems to be caving to undue pressure from anonymous influences.

    Andrew Williams abuse

    Andrew Williams abuses blogger again

    Where'd I leave my bulldozer

    Today in the Herald we see a veritable list of liberal elite luminaries who are prepared to lay down their lives in fornt of bulldozers for someone else to pay for their pipe dreams but not dip into their own pockets.

    Top English actor Sir Donald Sinden has threatened to lie down in the path of demolishing bulldozers to save the historic St James Theatre.

    The 86-year-old, who last visited Auckland eight years ago, said all civilised people should gang together to prevent such desecration.

    “How dare they even think of pulling down the great St James Theatre. Philistines,” wrote Sir Donald in a letter backing protection of the theatre.

    The stage and screen actor, most recently known for his role in Judge John Deed, is one of many international and national arts luminaries who have called for the theatre to be saved.

    Instead of writing letters, how about tossers like this guy, start writing cheques to keep their dream alive. This is just typical of the liberal elite, always expecting other people to pay for their lifestyles, careers and misty-eyed dreams.Instead of lying down in front of bulldozers he could perhaps cough 1/80th of the estimated $80 million that he suggests be picked from ratepayers pockets, after all he has made literally millions from a lifetime in theatre and movies.

    Other actors who have lent their support include Sam Neill, Lord of the Rings star Sir Ian McKellen, multi-award winning actress Dame Judi Dench and Poirot’s Sir David Suchet.

    How about a million from each of them too? If the St James is so important to them let’s start getting cheques. How much was Sir Ian McKellen paid for Lord of the Rings? How much of that was footed by the taxpayers of New Zealand in the form of subsidies to veteran arts beneficiary Sir Peter Jackson?

    Sam Neill is a classic liberal elite and the worst kind of nimby. If we picked their pokcets instead of ratepayers we’d already have $5million raised….and there are plenty more targets,

    Baron Andrew Lloyd Webber said “yet another wonderful theatre [is] under threat”.

    Andrew Lloyd Webber is hardly short of coin. Let’s stiff him for a fiver, that rounds out donations to save the St James at $10 million. But they won’t pay of course, because they only believe in saving something just so long as some one else pays. In fact how about his arts and culture foundation just stump up the whole lot by selling just one of his paintings?

    As of March 2010, Webber has made the decision to auction off a piece of rare Pablo Picasso art to benefit his arts and culture foundation. The piece comes from Picasso’s blue period and will be auctioned at Christie’s in June. The name of the painting is Portrait of Angel Fernandez de Soto (The Absinthe Drinker) and was painted in the year 1903. Experts estimate that it could sell for as much as $60 million.

    See, this is what gets my goat….this guy has literally millions of dollars (actually at £750 million it is more like a billion dollars) made from “arts” and “culture” but expects other people to fund a tatty old building.

    The Sunday Times Rich List 2006 ranked him the 87th-richest man in Britain with an estimated fortune of £700 million. His wealth increased to £750 million in 2007, but the publication ranked him 101st in 2008.[

    Well stuff the lot of them. If they want the St James saved then create a charity and go pick the pockets of people who actually care rather than the unfortunate ratepayer. Between all those multi-millionaire letter writing arts fans surely they can stump up at least some of the cash and put their money where their big mouths are.

    Meanwhile I’ll just get my bulldozer started up.

    Su'a William Sio on Len Brown

    Why such strong langauage, Su’a? Looks like Labour’s polling isn’t going so great.

    Strong language about Len Brown from S'ua William Sio

    Strong language about Len Brown from S'ua William Sio

    Before you call fake, it is his official Twitter account. Here is a screenshot from his own website.

    Su'a William Sio is not happy with Len Brown

    Su'a William Sio is not happy with Len Brown

    Total Endorsement from McCarten

    Well colour me surprised, Matt MCarten has upgraded his endorsement of me.

    Matt McCarten endorses Slater for Albany

    He has called Andrew Williams a fraud and shouldn’t be supported. He now says that voters in Albany should vote for Slater.

    Thank you Matt, I will definitely dance on your grave now if I win, and most certainly will represent the voters of Albany hard out like you’d want.