It's been rather hard to come up with a good lighten-up section this week --
which is a shame, given the state of the Kiwi dollar and our present lack
of Olympic medals.
I found nothing particularly strange or funny during my own week's surfing
and while some of the reader suggestions were "interesting", nothing really
grabbed me enough to solicit even a smile.
So now's your chance -- get those suggestions in and if any are received
throughout the day I'll post them here.
Have Your Say
No Comments Yet -- send me yours and fill this space!
Has Your Domain Disappeared?
A number of people have begun voicing complaints that their .nz domain names
have "disappeared" from the NZ namespace -- seemingly because the renewal
fee wasn't paid.
However, these same people are saying that they've never received an invoice,
reminder or warning from Domainz, despite the fact that their registered
contact details are correct and haven't altered for years.
What's going on? I don't know -- in my own case, the Domainz reminder/billing
system seems to be working almost too well with a regular flow of pre-billing
advice emails, invoices, reminders and last-chance reminders arriving on an
almost daily basis.
If you've had problems with Domainz billing (or the lack thereof) please
let me know.
Afraid To Win?
NZ's Olympic medal count stands (as of Friday morning) at zero -- just
another dose of bad news for a country weathering the storms of
a sinking currency and declining optimism?
Could it be that our sporting athletes are worried that it's now so
politically incorrect to be "successful" that they fear the backlash
that winning a medal might produce?
I must admit that I'm only half tongue-in-cheek when I make these comments
and worry that perhaps the government may turn around and decide to take
39% of any gold medals won by Kiwis (in order that they can meet the
state's obligations under the Treaty of Waitangi of course).
What I'm hoping however, is that if/when we win gold, the national pride
that will ensue might just be enough to remind our bureaucrats and politicians
that success (in sports and business) is something to be encouraged -- because
winning benefits everyone.
At present, the vast majority of NZers, and certainly all politicians, seem
happy to promote NZ's athletes and their efforts to win -- but we don't see
the same attitude towards those who are risking more than their spare time and
some sweat to build a winning business.
Perhaps it's about time we recognised the sacrifices and efforts made by
those Kiwis who try to beat the odds and roadblocks to build their own
businesses in the new economy.
While athletes who bring home medals may be great for the "warm fuzziness"
of the nation, it's the hard working Kiwi entrepreneurs, business-people
and workers who pay the bills for health, welfare and education.
Our returning athletes will probably get public accolades and praise --
our hard working entrepreneurs and new-economy workers will, if they're
lucky, get taxed at 39 cents in the dollar.
Is it any wonder that we see stories
4 like this
in our daily newspapers when
the group which have the potential to be this country's real heros, those
trying to build the new economy, are the ones getting the least help and
As always, your feedback is welcomed.