All my utilities have now been arbitrarily cut off

First they came for my electricity, and I did nothing. Then they came for my gas, and I did nothing. Then they came for my electricity again, and I got mad and blogged about it. Now they have come for my internet. and my phone. and my Sky TV. I arrived back home here in …

XNET are Spineless and Uncaring

I was at a friend’s house the other night, and we were trying to work online. The DSL router/modem was working just fine, our phones and computers were all just fine, but no internet. The ISP was XNET, who have no phone customer service at night after 8pm – which is not exactly a quiet …

Statistics takes down poker cheats

This story of busting a $15m poker scam by and Australian is fantastic – and is a wonderful demonstration of the benefits of being open with your customers. The full story is on poker community site twoplustwo, and has been going on for a while. Customers of Canadian tribe owned AbsolutePoker and UltimateBet analysed poker …

Economic Judgement Day: 2008 edition

Markets have them all the time, and it is finally here – judgment day. The day when lousy economics and fundamentals get confronted with harsh reality and bright lights. Prices plummet, businesses fail and jobs and economies fall. My portfolio was hedged against this day – indeed it even went up, though not to the …

Travelling with the iphone for a week

First some rants; “nz” gets auto changed into “ms”, and the auto replacement function does not learn from its’ mistakes. Safari keeps crashing, with increasing regularity YouTube videos simply do not work anymore I can’t flip photos in wordpress Mail does not flip horizontally, making it really hard to read HTML emails that assume a …

Australia fix your roads

On the one hand it’s great for people like me that there are vast roads of days of sand and corrugations. It was tough at first but ultimately I was skimming through the sand pit that is the NT part of the great central road. Some of the road has not been graded for months, …

To Leonora and my first skimpy

From Kalgoorlie to Leonora was kangaroo country – with dead roos every 150 meters on average for much of the ride. I am not kidding. So playing safe I stopped well before dark, which is when the roos come out to play (and lose badly) ‘chicken’ with the four trailer roadtrains. Once here I dropped …