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Who are we without the internet?

‘I’m Paul Miller and I just spent a year without the internet. Can you tell?’ Paul Miller – tech writer for The Verge, amongst other things – has just completed a full year ‘without the internet’. On April 30th 2012, at a minute before midnight, he unplugged his ethernet, wi-fi and stopped using his smartphone (he got a ‘dumb’ phone instead). Why? As he describes it: In early 2012 I was 26 years old and [...]

Hanging out with Vint Cerf

Ever thought it would be great to have the chance to hang out with a computer scientist who’s recognised as one of the “fathers of the internet”. Well, you can :) And the luminary in question is Vint Cerf himself.   Let’s all just take a moment to think about the awesomeness of that…   How can you join in?  Well, at 1pm (NZT) today an open Google Hangout is taking place as part of [...]

Open Culture: The (internet) keys to the city, and beyond

I wrote this post for the Retake the Net site, where it first appeared. See the RtN website for more details about our work/projects, and how you can get involved! —– It’s a brand new year, and now that everyone’s back and refreshed, it’s time once again to work on the Open Culture project. Late last year, we got wonderful news.  CityLink, one of the premier providers of internet services in Wellington, would like to [...]

TOSP Episode 9: November 7th 2011

[Original post on the Sciblogs The Official Sciblogs Podcast site] Greetings, dear listeners! This week, aimee was joined once again by Chelfyn Baxter, co-host of the g33k show, to talk through some of the science stories of the last week.  They included using lasers to rip the universe a new one, Boeing building spacecraft, the weight of the internet, alternate living, radiation-cleaning Aussie nanofibres, asteroids, and some very interesting Sciblogs articles. We apologise (once again, [...]

TOSP Episode 8: October 31st 2011

[Original post on the Sciblogs The Official Sciblogs Podcast site] Featuring something ever so slightly different this week. Elf, as previously mentioned, is away for a couple of weeks (somewhere in the Pacific, possibly)? So aimee invited friend, and the g33k show co-host Chelfyn Baxter onto the podcast. This week, we covered the very real possibility of a functional malarial vaccine, carbon nanotube-containing silicon which could function like skin, a secret society’s opthalmic obsession (and [...]

TOSP Episode 7: October 25th 2011

[Original post on the Sciblogs The Official Sciblogs Podcast site] Featuring (very) bright sparks, biomimicry and flight, Dance Your PhD, NASA inventions, carbon nano-onions, Iceland’s renewable internet, spider silk, zoned-out rats, forecasting with Twitter, autistic facial characteristics, a new superconductivity, the geek book list, Tell Us A Story 2011 winners, and the economics of milk. Also featuring some Interesting Things, including a comment on a paper showing how cats lap water… Elf and aimee had [...]

New Zealand internet usage is on the up!

Internet usage in New Zealand is, not surprisingly, on the increase :) Apparently, we’re choosing easier access to the internet, more data and faster access.  Huzzah! Statistics New Zealand has released the results of the 2011 Internet Service Provider Survey, saying the following: A greater number of subscribers had access to faster upload speeds in 2011. The proportion of those with upload speeds of 1.5 megabits per second (Mbps) or more increased by over 70 [...]

The internet in 2015?

Just a quick one today. I came across this video comparing internet stats in 2010 with (projected) internet stats in 2015.  Not surprisingly, NZ doesn’t really have a standout role in the figures shown, but I’m curious: to what extent do we belive these predictions? Do we think NZ will follow suite, and if so, how so?  And with which economic regions? And on a smaller note: while it’s a very pretty infographic movie thing  [...]

The broadband sitrep

I found this awesome infographic on Gizmodo today (click on the picture to make it larger).The data’s been taken from various sources (which are named on the picture), and shows the costs, and speeds, of broadband internet around the world.Of course, a…