Hands up all those who remember when the entire NZ Internet was connected
to the rest of the world by a single 9600 bps modem and you had to pay
$10 a megabyte for traffic?
the contents of Aardvark's "million-dollar ideas" notebook
are revealed for all to see!
I suspect there aren't too many who have a Net-memory that extends that
far back -- but it appears that if you're looking forward to using
fancy new Net-services through your next-generation cellphone then
it's going to be a case of deja vu all over again.
Okay, this time we've got a lot more bandwidth -- but the price!!
If this story
from Computerworld is to be believed, users of GPRS cellphones will be paying
an incredible $30 a megabyte for their data.
recently questioned the practicality
of Net-enabled cellphones on the basis of ergonomics -- now it must be
questioned on the basis of affordability.
Okay, so we're looking at early-adopter pricing here and it's a certainty
that prices will drop as time goes by -- but I still can't get over the
prospect of paying such a huge amount.
And what about the effect of spam?
Imagine -- a 10 Kbyte junk email offering to fix your credit, enlarge your manly
parts, or set you up with a massively profitable home business will cost you
30 cents to receive. Of course sometimes you'll pick them as being spam when
they have a subject such as 'FA$$$$T CA$$$H', but what about the ones that
have the subject line 'Re: appointment time'?
From a business perspective, will it will soon be possible to bankrupt your
competitors by mailbombing them?
But what do you think... will you be prepared to pay $30 per MB to access your
email and do a bit of web-browsing from your GPRS phone?
Share your thoughts.
Here's a little gem that an Aardvark reader sent me last week and I felt
was just too good to ignore.
The New Zealand Society for Risk Management
has started an email-based newsletter to disseminate useful information --
presumably about risk and its management.
Here is the cover note that accompanied the first issue:
Subject: RiskPost - NZSfRM Newsletter
From: Janet Simes
Attached as a word document is Issue 1, Number 1, of
RiskPost, the newsletter of the New Zealand Society for
New Zealand Society for Risk Management
P O Box 41 016
Wellington, New Zealand
Phone 64 4 562 8792
Fax 64 4 562 7252
Did you spot the paradox?
"Attached as a Word document"... ????
Ha! Risk Management indeed!
Have they never heard of MS Word macro trojans and viruses? Or perhaps
the more subtle and harder to detect
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