Aardvark Daily aardvark (ard'-vark) a controversial animal with a long probing nose used for sniffing out the facts and stimulating thought and discussion.

NZ's leading source of Net-Industry news and commentary since 1995
Australasia's "New Economy" News And Commentary Site
Headlines | XML feed | Contact | New Sites | Press Bin | Job Centre | News Search | For Sale
Telecom & Microsoft -- What Else? 14 May 2001 Edition
Previous Edition

Million $ Ideas
At last, the contents of Aardvark's "million-dollar ideas" notebook are revealed for all to see!
Click To See
Well it wasn't hard to figure out what to write about this morning -- after all, the Telecom/Microsoft announcement on Friday is probably one of the biggest things to happen on the NZ Netscene since the Southern Cross Cable was commissioned.

But what are the implications for local Net users?

Despite Trevor Mallard's ongoing denial of suggestions that the government is about to leap into Microsoft's bed in respect to the upcoming e-Government project, Bill Gates was on Friday quoted as saying: "The initiatives that Microsoft New Zealand is working on with the government and our other local partner swill create growth opportunities for the country's entire technology industry."

7amNews Sci/Tech

CLICK HERE TO ADD THESE STORIES TO YOUR SITE

Now look closely at the core of that statement: "with the government and our other local partner".

So Bill considers the NZ Government to be a partner eh? What could have possibly led him to form that opinion? After all, as far as we (the taxpayer) are aware, Microsoft has received no special treatment or fiscal concessions from government have they?

Remember that this comment by Gates comes hot on the tail of several clear slips of the tongue by Mallard that tend to indicate that Microsoft is the preferred partner for this venture.

Just what kind of understanding do Bill and Trevor already have in place that we're not being told about? When it comes to Mallard's denial of Microsoft's involvement in the eGovernment project, me think he doth protest too much!

So what about the merger of XTRA.co.nz and MSN.co.nz -- what will be gained here?

Well it sounds like a great piece of synergy to me. XTRA has a good site with some good content and MSN.co.nz has a lot of traffic because of the way most copies of IE are configured to use MSN as their homepage (I mean really, would anyone really use MSN.co.nz their homepage by choice??).

The combination of these two factors almost guarantees that if the two companies build a single co-branded site (such as the NineMSN site in Australia, then it will be the most highly visited piece of realestate in the .nz namespace.

Readers Say
(updated hourly)

  • Bill Only Tells The Truth... - Hamish

  • Who visited Seattle?... - Grant From Friday...

  • Mallard say no, Bill G says YES!... - John
  • Have Your Say

    And what will this co-branded site be called? Well it's not brain surgery -- A visit to xtramsn.co.nz will help you figure it out.

    So why would Microsoft bother investing $300m in a tiny country such as New Zealand?

    Okay, so $300m is probably less than Bill Gates spends on reinstalling Windows on his laptop each year -- but he's not silly and he obviously expects to see a significant return on that money.

    Now... someone remind me -- how much was the government budgeting for that e-Government project? $16 million was it?

    What's that Bill, your back is itchy?

    Free Tech/Net News
    Looking for some free Tech/Net news for your website from 7amNews/ShockHorrorProbe?

    The headlines and stories you see in the reddish box on this page are now available for others to place on their own website -- free of charge. What's more, for a limited introductory period, you can include the entire story within your own pages so that people don't leave your site when they click on a headline.

    Check out this page for more information. Note -- this is in Beta test at this stage so please report any problems.

    Add Aardvark To Your Own Website!
    Got a moment? Want a little extra fresh content for your own website or page?

    Just add a couple of lines of JavaScript to your pages and you can get a free summary of Aardvark's daily commentary -- automatically updated each and every week-day.

    Aardvark also makes a summary of this daily column available via XML using the RSS format. More details can be found here.

    Contact me if you decide to use either of these feeds and have any problems.

    Did you tell someone else about Aardvark today? If not then do it now!

    There is 1 Vacancy In The Job Centre

    There are 14 Domain Names for sale UPDATED 14 MAY

    There are 3 Events/Seminars listed

    Latest
    Security Alerts
    Unchecked Buffer in ISAPI Extension Could Enable Compromise of IIS 5.0 Server (Microsoft - 01/05/2001)

    Severe Security Flaw Threatens Netscape Users Betanews - 24/04/2001)

    Multiple Vulnerabilities in Alcatel ADSL Modems (CERT - 12/04/2001t)

    File Globbing Vulnerabilities in Various FTP Servers (ZDNet - 11/04/2001)

    Latest
    Virus Alerts
    Worm: New 'Homepage' virus rated X (ZDNet - 10/05/2001)

    New virus hits both Windows and Linux (Fairfax - 28/03/2001)

    SANS Detects Lion Worm (TechWeb - 23/03/2001)

    Bookmark This Page Now!

     

    MORE NEWS
    NZL Sites
    IDG.Net.nz
    NZ Netguide
    NZ Herald Tech
    PC World NZ
    Scoop
    NZ.Internet.com
    NZOOM Technology

    AUS Sites
    Fairfax IT
    Australian IT
    AFR Tech
    AUS Netguide
    NineMSN Tech
    APC Magazine
    Corporate IT

    USA Sites
    Wired.com
    CNet
    CNNfn Tech
    TechWeb
    Yahoo Tech
    ZDNet Tech
    USA Today Tech
    7am.com SciTech

    UK Sites
    The Register
    BBC SciTech

     

    The Day's Top News
    Open in New Window = open in new window
    New Zealand

    Open in New Window Hackers defend 'unethical' trade
    Two internet security consultants deny they are "blackmailing" organisations into using their services by hacking into sites and subsequently contacting the owners...
    IDG

    Open in New Window Alliance calls for law banning Net betting
    The Alliance has called for New Zealand to follow moves in Australia to halt the tide towards gambling on the Internet...
    Stuff

    Other

    Open in New Window Are dot-com execs damaged goods?
    A couple of years ago senior executives, managers and other employees of dot-com companies seemed to have it all, enjoying heady, fast-track careers in growing industries where it seemed the only place to go was up...
    CNet

    Open in New Window Rivals Upset at Windows XP Features
    When computer users install the next generation of Microsoft's Windows operating system this fall, they will get an Internet chat program automatically. Plus a new security program, a DVD player and software to make personal CDs...
    Yahoo/AP

    Open in New Window Watching Aimster's "private" network
    An anti-piracy company shines a light on people trading music files despite the file-swapping network's privacy features that theoretically place it beyond the reach of copyright police...
    CNet

    Open in New Window Schools Battle Computer 'Copy-And-Paste' Cheats
    A scandal at the University of Virginia last week has focused attention on the battle against ''copy-and-paste'' plagiarism, which has made academic cheating in the Information Age easier, faster and -- until now -- harder to catch...
    Yahoo

    Open in New Window Microsoft posts Windows 2000 update
    Microsoft has quietly posted a second collection of Windows 2000 bug fixes, indicating the official release of an update could come this week...
    CNet

    Australia

    Open in New Window ABC Online boasts 10m hits a week
    ABC Online has defended its funding allocation of $9.3 million, citing a large rise in the number of users...
    Australian IT

    Open in New Window Tapping into our secret service
    ASIO's spooks seem fairly adept at invading the privacy of others; so can we presume they're fully equipped to protect their own?...
    Fairfax

    Other

    Open in New Window Windows XP Gets High Marks
    What is XP? Do you really need it? Should you upgrade? Will installing it be a nightmare or a dream? A team of Windows experts reviews the Beta 2 version of Windows XP...
    Wired

    Open in New Window Iran Police Close Hundreds of Internet Cafes
    Iranian police have closed down more than 400 Internet cafes in the capital Tehran, demanding that the owners obtain licenses to stay in business, newspapers and cafe owners said Sunday...
    The Times

    Open in New Window Permission-Based Marketing Gets In Your In-Box
    Banner-ad sales might be sucking wind, but e-mail campaigns are rising in popularity...
    TechWeb

    Open in New Window Palm slashes prices again
    Handheld computer maker Palm on Friday launched another offensive in the price war against its smaller competitor Handspring, slashing the price of one of its high-end devices by more than 33 percent...
    CNNfn

    Open in New Window What They (Don't) Know About You
    A Georgia data supplier collects all kinds of information about you and shops it to businesses as well as law enforcement. Although the material is often wrong (which can be bad for you), that's the way the cookie crumbles, company officials say...
    Wired


    Looking For More News or Information?

    Google
    Search WWW Search Aardvark
    Try the Aardvark News Search page or look here.co.nz

    Privacy Policy | Copyright © 2001, Bruce Simpson, free republication rights available on request

    jet engine page