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Lighten Up 9 August 2002 Edition
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Whatever Happened To...?
According to talkback radio, there are rumours flying today that there may be plans afoot to provide Maori with free (or heavily subsidised) digital decoders which will allow them to pick up Maori TV broadcasts when they finally start.

If the rumours are true then it would seem that SkyTV might well be the chosen broadcaster for the MTS -- since they're currently the only satellite broadcaster offering a "direct to customer" satellite-based service right now.

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    I've also got to ask -- what's happening with MTS?

    They've clearly missed their earlier projected transmission date by a huge margin so what are taxpayers getting for their money?

    I'm sure the directors and board-members are still drawing a healthy stipend but what do we have to show for that money, apart from the hiring of a silly little Canadian with a fake diploma.

    Given all the stuff-ups, blunders and lack of performance from this organisation, wouldn't it be a whole lot more sensible right now to pour at least some of that money into the emergency services of Auckland's cash-starved hospital services? -- particularly in light of recent news that half those needing it aren't getting emergency surgery within the recommended timeframes.

    This suggestion is race-neutral, after all I'm sure that plenty of those suffering from the lack of emergency medical resources are Maori too.

    However, MTS does have a website - but believe it or not, it's a dot-com rather than a dot-co-dot-nz. So much for preserving your national identity?

    It's well worth taking a trip to www.maoritelevision.com where you'll find a perfectly serviceable website that will give you more info on the plans, goals an aspirations of this organisation.

    Hmmm.. does that little dish at the top of the page provide further evidence that this is going to be a satellite-based service?

    I certainly hope that MTS gets its act together real soon -- it seems that right now we (including all Maori) are paying a heap of money with nothing to show for it.

    Coming Up
    If the news wires are anything to go by, it appears that many people's tolerance for spam is getting close to breaking point.

    Both private individuals and companies are getting totally fed up with the increasing levels of unsolicited commercial email clogging up their mailboxes and even the best filtering is not 100% effective -- although it does help an awful lot.

    As a result of this, I'm planning to resurrect my Memo-to service in coming weeks as time allows. This will provide Net users with an alternative to giving out or publishing their email address -- thus providing a very effective method of dodging the spammers' bullets.

    Note also that sometime next week I'll be hopping the ditch to Oz for a few days with my new net engine designs under my arm. As a result, you might have to go without Aardvark for a couple of mornings -- but I'll do my best to ensure the disruption is minimal.

    However, it looks as if NZ might be about to lose another valuable knowledge-based industry through lack of local investor interest. C'est la vie!

    Have your say.

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