Speed in the snow…

One of the many great things about France is the infrastructure. The inventors of the TGV knew what they were doing, so it is easier to take the train anywhere in France than to fly. Here’s what it is like going through a snowstorm at 300kmph or so…

More snow…

As requested, a couple more photos from my travels. I am currently in Paris, having just returned from a week in Val d’Isere, where the snow was great and the sun incessantly shining. I finally invested in a ski helmet, which is having a bad impact on my “willingness to do something”/”ability to do so” …

Telecom post Theresa

So Theresa finally retires from Telecom NZ. finally. But sadly not until June. She is proud that there has been ‘almost no involuntary turnover in the top 100 in Telecom’ and is ‘proud of culture of Telecom’. I wouldn’t be. Sure it was a tough hand-over – inheriting under investment in infrastructure, and antediluvian CDMA …

shill bidding on eBay

Shill bidding on eBay is, anecdotally at least, a big problem. eBay’s recent decision to hide the ID’s of other bidders has not helped the community policing. Slashdot has some interesting comments on the issue – including one chap that has the following advice: 1) Never bid on camcorders, computers, automobiles, or any other high …

France…

A snapshot of France.. I’m wirelessly surfing the internet in a bar, vin rouge beside me, very polite French folk around me also sipping wine, dogs playing in the middle of it all and right outside in the hallway a patisserie with perfect coffee, croissants and baguettes for breakfast… Outside are huge mountains (this is …

Telecom overvalued?

Yes says Goldman Sach’s local branch, but if you use the “what’s it worth to a takeover buyer?” approach (see Marty Whitman)¬† then Telecom is probably undervalued. Imagine the extra value that could be dredged from Telecom by an operator that understood where the internet is taking telecommunications…

Online Dating – at $3,500 a year

Match.com’s new Platinum service is not a bargain at $3500 a year. They promise personalised matching with¬† Match.com members and (eventually) with other Platinum members. The high end of the dating market really is limitless – personal net worth is not really material when it comes to meeting and marrying the perfect partner. The USA …