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At around 5:30 NZDT this morning, the combined forces of the USA and
its allies began knocking the stuffing out of the Taliban's military
infrastructure in Afghanistan.
the contents of Aardvark's "million-dollar ideas" notebook
are revealed for all to see!
Just under a month ago, when civilian airliners piloted by terrorists began dive-bombing
strategic US targets the Net ground to a halt. This morning however, nothing
really happened at all to any of the major news sites -- they showed no signs
of slowing down or stuttering under load.
Did they learn a lesson from the chronic overloading that occurred last time --
or is it just that on a sunny Sunday autumn afternoon, most people in the USA are
not about to come inside and park themselves in front of a PC to get their news?
A reminder that those looking for the latest headlines and links related to
the attacks on Afghanistan can find them
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Lean Times For Local Industry?
In the period of just a week or so we've seen the demise of WebMedia
and Genie -- two local high-flyers which only a few months ago were being
held up as shining examples of how we can compete globally in the knowledge
Given that two of these brightest stars have fizzled -- what hope is there
for other somewhat less candescent local players?
Let's not forget either that what used to be another showcase Kiwi IT enterprise
has recently closed its doors after being acquired by a big multi-national. I
refer of course to Gateway NZ -- formerly PC Direct.
And what hope is there for those keen, smart, hard-working wannabes who are
just loaded with enthusiasm and good ideas but badly need some bankrolling
to get them going?
Well -- if
is anything to go by then IT is not going to get much help from the government.
I also have to wonder what's been happening to some of those other lights
on the horizon that have been highly touted in the past.
They've been successful in attracting a few million dollars in funding to
develop what appears to be a revolutionary intelligent networking technology.
What worries me about Indranet is their apparent lack of focus. What is
the relationship between their fancy schmancy intelligent networking development
importation of air-powered cars??
Isn't their dabbling with zero-emission vehicles simply a distraction from
the core technology on which they will live or die -- and therefore is
it a sensible use of resources?
There's still a lot of good Kiwi smarts out there -- let's just hope that
we can continue to improve the flow of venture capital and ensure that
once these things are off the ground, they are managed using sound, proven
techniques that insure against the kind of meltdown we've been seeing.
Save The Aardvark Fund
Yes, I have had several donations to the Aardvark fund and I thank those
who put their money where their mouse is :-)
If guilt is gnawing away inside you then there's still time to donate.
Just drop by and
hand over your loot.
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