Tech Tuesday

That Google is some clever sh*t

Quite by accident I discovered that Google can be very clever.

Clever Google - MFish

Clever Google - MFish


Tech Tuesday – X.T. mockery

Spotted at the Wild Food Festival and now for sale on Trademe.

XT We don't mind if you go down on us

XT We don't mind if you go down on us


Tech Tuesday – More iPad Mockery


Tech Tuesday – Lesson One – Burning Bridges with Fergus Cleaver

Early Edition: Just received this and have to post it. I’m, on the third circuit so it hasn’t spread far yet. I have edited the email so it reads properly from top to bottom. Look how many brands he is burning with just one intemperate remark.

This is a classic case of pressing send before the brain is engaged. Welcome to your fame ignominy Fergus Cleaver. Dickhead.

From: Francis Pickworth [
mailto:[email protected]%5d>
mailto:[email protected]] ?Sent: Thursday,
18 February 2010 3:13 p.m. To: Anna Isaac
Cc: ‘Fergus Cleaver’
Subject: Sound Advice (special edition)

Afternoon Anna,

I trust the week has been good to you!

Further to our conversation re BlacknotBlack and possible sponsorship, I have another possible event that Tiger may interested in coming on board with.

Myself along with a number of partners are holding an event coming up at Khuja Lounge on the 27th March, it is the fifth instalment of “SOUND ADVICE” a gig that we hold on a quarter year basis.

Previous “SOUND ADVICE” events in the past have consistently been greatly successful generating huge crowds, great music and a fantastic atmosphere for all who attend. The upcoming promises to be no exception as we move to support the people of Haiti as they recover from the current earthquake that has hit.

We have confirmed Sponsors 42 Below and Red Bull as they have eagerly jumped on board. We are looking for a beer sponsor to help make the event a great success.

We have a big DJ line up of Andy JV, LO-Key, and Arash, all Auckland based heavy hitters in the DJ scene and we are putting 100% of all net profits towards the charity of our choice to support the people of Haiti.

What we are asking for from a beer sponsor is either assistance with printing costs for flyers and posters etc being sold, or at least some boxes of Tiger thrown Khujas way. In return we will put Tigers name on all posters, flyers, web links and any other promotional material.

Currently we are also in communication with clothing sponsors to get there name on bar staff, the door girls and possibly security to the event.

Please find the flyer attached that we have had designed that will be printed in posters, flyers and any other promotional sources that we will use. Current sponsors have not yet been attached however they will be included in the final draft that we will send to sponsors for final conformation before commencing printing. Please note that on the draft flyer the date has been listed wrong. The confirmed venue and date for the event is Khuja Lounge, March 27th, 10pm till late. Please let me know if you can’t open the PDF file.

Any questions or queries please call myself on 021 153 6543, or Fergus on 021 665 188 or email me on the return email. It would be wonderful to get Tiger and DB Breweries involved in helping the people of Haiti out.

Thanks Anna, I look forward to hearing from you soon.


From: Anna Isaac [ <mailto:[email protected]>
mailto:[email protected]] ?Sent: Thursday, 18 March 2010
4:55 p.m. To: Francis Pickworth
Cc: Fergus Cleaver
Subject: RE: Sound Advice (special edition)

Hi there

Sorry for the late response, we have been inundated with sponsorship requests.

We’ll decline the opportunity this time as our calendar is very full at the end of March. ?All the best for the event.


Anna Isaac
Brand Manager Tiger Beer, Monteiths & RTDs
DB Breweries
09 2593121


From: Fergus Cleaver [ <mailto:[email protected]>
mailto:[email protected]] ?Sent: Thursday, 18 March
2010 8:06 p.m. To: Anna Isaac
Subject: RE: Sound Advice (special edition)


Fergus Cleaver Cleaver Richards Limited Chartered
Accountants PO Box 47585, Ponsonby, Auckland 1144 Level 1,
26 Crummer Road, Grey Lynn, Auckland 1021

DDI: ? ? ? ?(09) 376 7999
Ph: ? ? ? ? ? (09) 376 2445
Fax: ? ? ? ? (09) 376 6441


From: Anna Isaac
Sent: Monday, 22 March 2010 11:24 a.m.
To: ‘Fergus Cleaver’
Cc: Damien Collins; Luke Rive; Dave Shoemack; Jarrod Bear; [email protected]; ‘Marisa Govorko’; Russell Browne; Jo Jalfon; ‘Quentin Reade’; Lydia Blatch; ‘Angely Grecia’; Donna-Marie Brunt; Brent Gemmell;? ‘[email protected]’;? ‘[email protected]’; ‘[email protected]’; ‘[email protected]’;? ‘[email protected]

Subject: Lesson One – Burning Bridges with Fergus Cleaver

Hi Fergus

Thanks for your intelligent response above.

You’ll notice I’ve copied in the key members of the DB brand marketing team, as well as our friends at Pernod Ricard, Lion Breweries and Pead PR so best of luck with further events and gaining sponsorship for these.


Anna Isaac
Brand Manager Tiger Beer, Monteiths & RTDs
DB Breweries
09 2593121


—— Forwarded Message
From: Damien Collins <[email protected]>
Date: Mon, 22 Mar 2010 11:33:51 +1300
To: <[email protected]>, Damien Collins, <[email protected]>, <[email protected]>, <[email protected]>, <[email protected]>, <[email protected]>, <[email protected]>, <[email protected]>, “Hinton, Thomas” <[email protected]>, <[email protected]>, <[email protected]>, “Bates, Tom” <[email protected]>, Rich Henry <[email protected]>,Daniel Thorn [email protected]>, Daniel Phillips <[email protected]>, “Dan Maas (Fairfax)” <[email protected]>, adam gunser
> <[email protected]>, Callum O’Brien <[email protected]>

Conversation: Lesson One – Burning Bridges with Fergus Cleaver Subject: FW: Lesson One – Burning Bridges with Fergus Cleaver


A lesson above on how to ensure you never get beer sponsorship again!!! Well done Fergus Cleaver of Cleaver Richards accountants!!!



Sent: Monday, 22 March 2010 11:57 a.m.
To: Distribution SSNZ All_Saatchi; Distribution SCNZ
All_Starcom Subject: FW: Lesson One – Burning Bridges with Fergus Cleaver


An email from our friends at DB above regarding an interesting response to being declined sponsorship. It might be worth thinking twice if any sponsorship requests come to you from Mr Cleaver…



Saatchi & Saatchi
123-125 The Strand, Parnell, Auckland, New Zealand
Tel: +64 9 3555 000.

Rural Broadband rollout approved

Cabinet has signed off plans for the rollout of high speed broadband in rural areas – signifying what the Government has labelled a “major step change” in rural broadband.

Communications and Information Technology Minister Steven Joyce said the plan would give 97 per cent of households access to broadband services of at least 5 megabits per second, with the remainder reaching at least 1Mbps.

Good news, except for the silly jargon “step change”. Would someone please send the press secretaries to a new jargon course or give them a fricken thesaurus.

Tech Tuesday – Fun with Google

from Mashable (see Mashable for the other three, these two are my favourites)

Try a Different Version of the Google Homepage

I feel Lucky Google gags

Sure, Google?s doodles make the famously sparse homepage a little more funky on certain days, but there are ways to jazz it up any day with some homepage tricks that will turn your search base into a pirate-, Klingon- or even Swedish Chef- themed online property.

Most of these work by entering an exact search term and then hitting the ?I?m Feeling Lucky? button. There?s a ton of these, some of which have been active for a while.

Google nods to open source software with Linux- and BSD devil-themed options that can be activated by typing ?google linux? and ?google bsd? then hitting the IFL button.

Those partial to a bit of grog meanwhile can get their Google homepage pirated by doing the same with ?xx-pirate.? Google will display in ?hacker-speak? if you type in ?google l33t.? The Klingon version can be found with ?xx-klingon,? and if you want some bork with your Google, enter ?xx-bork? to go all Muppet Show.

Even more options include pig latin (?xx-piglatin?), an Easter egg-themed page complete with bunny mini-game (?google easter egg?), and a dark gothic way to search (?google gothic?). Typing ?elgoog? offers Google backwards, and there?s an Elmer Fudd tribute at ?ewmew fudd.? Finally, it?s not quite a whole homepage change, but entering ?ascii art? will make the Google logo display in that style.

View Search Results Funnies

Chuck Norris search result joke

A classic, third-party search gag is revealed by asking Google to ?find chuck norris? and hitting the ?I?m Feeling Lucky? button. The result, in bold red, reads ?Google won?t search for Chuck Norris because it knows you don?t find Chuck Norris, he finds you.? Suggestions for the next course of action include, ?Run, before he finds you.?

Although not falling into the Easter egg basket, some of the auto-suggestions that can be found via Google?s search service are pretty funny, too.

Try searching name suppression and watching the auto-suggestions.


Jobs cuts iPad's throat

I see no logical reason why Steve Jobs has decided that iPhone tethering for wireless internet access to an iPad is a no go, but he has.

from Mashable

The succinct answer was communicated by Jobs via email (from his iPhone) to Jezper S?derlund of Sweden who emailed Jobs to ask, ?Will the wifi-only version somehow support tethering thru my iPhone??

9to5Mac has both emails in question, along with email header information, and all indications point to the one word buzz-kill response being legit. You can read the text of the email inquiry and Jobs? response below:

S?derlund?s email:

I?ll keep it short.

I?m Jezper from Sweden, a long time Apple fan, currently about to replace the very last computer at home with a brand spanking new iMac i7. I?m also awaiting the release of the iPad. However, I have one question:

Will the wifi-only version somehow support tethering thru my iPhone?

Two devices, based on the same OS, with already built-in technology to share one data plan suggests a secondary contract could possibly be redundant.

From the look of your keynote, where the iPad sits well between my MacBook Pro and my iPhone, I was hoping the three of them could interact as seamless as possible.

All the best,
Jezper S?derlund[a famous DJ in his own right]

Jobs? response:


Sent from my iPhone

The bottom line is that those of you who were hoping to buy the cheaper WiFi version of the iPad and tether your iPhone for 3G Internet access are out of luck.

I’d say that has pretty much screwed the iPad here in New Zealand where we are ripped off by our two biggest carriers for wireless data. This decision means essentially that the costly iPhone data plan would be applicable to the iPad. The idea of paying a per device monthly wireless Internet fee is suckful in the extreme. I call D.O.A.


Tech Tuesday – Product Review – NoiseHush Bluetooth Handsfree

Noisehush N600As you all know the inch by inch implementation of the Police State crept another inch forward with the introduction of a ban on hand held cellphone use in vehicles. This has resulted in a huge number of bluetooth car kits coming on the market and sorting the wheat from the chaff is hard.

The challenge is to find a bluetooth handsfree under $100 with acceptable clarity and zero echoes. I hate echoes, try talking to DPF when he is careening all over the road driving and you will know what I mean.

Originally I got a Bluetooth handsfree from venerable Dick Smith and boy was it a piece of poop. It was under $100 but only just at $99.95.

Conveniently Digimonster sent me a NoiseHush N600 to trial. I have had it for a bit over a month now and love it. It meets all the criteria. It is $99.95, it doesn’t echo and boy does the battery last a long time. I used it on my recent tiki tour to Wellington and Wanganui and it performed flawlessly. You can either charge it via the USB charger or fit the USB charger to the car adapter that is supplied and charge on the run. Word of warning though, it doesn’t appear that you can charge and speak on it at the same time, but that was the same as with the shitty DSE one that I tossed in the rubbish.

The sound quality is as good as some more expensive option I have seen out there, even when you are driving a 4WD with knobblies on a rough road.

Pairing is an easy one touch process and it has an auto-off if there is no handset present for 15minutes. The visor clip is the best I have used. It clips to the visor and then you secure the hands-free with the incredibly strong magnets to the clip. These are strong, it never shook loose despite some very bumpy roads. The other benefit of the clip system is that the N600 is very light, hardly weighs anything and therefore doesn’t drag down your visor when traveling uneven surfaces.

The NoiseHush N600 is stylish and easy to use with no installation requirements. The N600 offers the latest in DSP handsfree speakerphone technology, providing safety while you drive.

As a special, Digimonster has agreed to give WOBH readers a 10% discount if you email [email protected] and tell them you are a reader and saw the product there.


  • Dual Microphone, DSP Technology
  • Lightweight, compact and powerful
  • Attaches to sun visor
  • One touch voice dialing
  • Includes car and usb charger
  • Crystal clear sound quality
  • User-friendly, easy to pair

PS: Thanks to Digimonster for the trial, unfortunately for you guys I’m not giving it back….it…uhmmm…disappeared.

Tech Tuesday – The iMaxi

from Mashable

When it comes to branding its products, Apple is one of the most successful companies in the world. iPod has all but replaced the words ?MP3 player,? and iPhone, MacBook, iMac and most of its other products are equally as successful.

The iPad, however, invokes an obvious joke, and that obvious joke just got very literal with the introduction of iMaxi, the protective case for the iPad that looks, well, like a completely different kind of pad.

Funny or not, this joke obviously isn?t going away, and when someone fashions it into a real, preorderable product, you have to admire the effort. The $40 price seems a little steep, though.


Tech Tuesday – Whose idea was Windows 7?

You may have seen the Microsoft ad for Windows 7. Well here is a remake of it. Actually I’m not sure it is a remake, maybe it is a semi-official version as yet unreleased.