23 September 1996
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HELP - WHERE AM I??
Then came the compass - a magical improvement that allowed bold travellers to continue their journies in the dark - and rapidly lead to the demise of the Roman sandal - too many unseen rocks and stubbed toes I suspect.
Of course these days, if you don't have a GPS (Global Positioning System) in your Range-Rover or Jeep Cherokee then you're really a second class citizen and you'll be banned from most Remuera streets. After all, how could you possibly find your way to the casino without knowing your exact coordinates to the nearest 10 cm?
Unfortunately it appears that the fantastic star-wars GPS system is soon to come somewhat unravelled. While most of us terrestial beings are worried about the way our computers and software will resond to the dawn of a new millenium, people reliant on the network of satelites which are the cornerstone of the GPS are also in trouble.
It seems that the guys who wrote the software for the GPS satelites figured that global destruction was just around the corner so there was no need to think more than a few years ahead. Apparently the software on these systems doesn't track time in the normal manner - it counts in weekly blocks of seconds with a base-date of January 6 1980.
For some reason, the software in these satelites uses only enough bits to store 1024 weeks (isn't that a nice round number in binary terms?). Now the rocket-scientists amongst you will have already worked out that 1024 weeks from Jan 6th 1980 is in fact August 22 1999. On that magical date, all the GPS satelites will suddenly be reset to - you guessed it - midnight, January 6 1980.
What does this mean? Well if you've got a GPS unit (and this means all you BMW owners with the top-line models), then just as the satelites will take a trip in time, you will take a trip in space. Suddenly your GPS will become decidedly inaccurate - somewhat worrying if you're on a round-the-world cruise, tramping through uncharted territory or just looking for a parking space in Ponsonby.
Fortunately GPS manufacturers have been notified of the problem and newer models will take this into account - but there are already millions of older units in use which will effectively become useless in three short years.
Remember this when doing the rounds of the garage sales trying to find a second-hand unit to dress-up the Lada for that expedition into upper-middle-class suburbia.
EGG ON THE CIA's FACE
It's somewhat paradoxical therefore that the CIA's web site was recently broken into by a group of hackers calling themselves The Swedish Hackers Association. In true hacker style, these witty cyber-terrorists renamed the site the "Central Unintelligence Agency".
This came just a few short weeks after the embarassing episode where the US Department of Justice's web site was attacked and defaced by yet another team of hackers.
In the interim the CIA site has been shut down but may one day be activated again at www.odci.gov/cia.
Some advice for the CIA... "the end with the hole in it goes towards the target guys".
THE "BIG-BOYS" IN REAL ESTATE ON THE NZ WEB
I am aware that there are a lot of small property sites on the NZ web, in fact a quick look around reveals that there are probably more than you'd expect. Unfortunately one has to wonder just how effective an isolated site with ten or twelve listings is going to be when compared to some of the "big players" with their bulging portfolios. I've skipped the little-guys this time and just focused on the mainstream operators.
The Real Estate Institute of New Zealand
Notable by their absence are Wrightsons Real Estate, Allerby, Century 21 and a number of other nation-wide real estate chains. We'll wait and see how long it takes for them to create their own presence.
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