Tripod and Flight of the Conchords

A bit off topic, but these two bands one form Australia (Tripod) and the other from New Zealand (Flight of the Conchords) are incredibly funny.

It is a form of comedy that seems to really get me laughing, it is funny clever and they are not bad musicians and singers as well.

You can see their Homepages here:

And also searches for their performances on Youtube here

Have a look they are great, Flight of the Conchords even have their own HBO show.

Till Next time


WiMax war hotting up

The local Wimax war gets hotter by the day as the looming auction of spectrum closes in. After delaying it already, the Government needs to make sure they dont shoot the industry in the foot by pandering to the largest players.

To do so would destroy the benefits delivered by unbundling.

Stealing visitors from your competitors

Hands up, who has put a competitors brand or competing product in their keywords to attract people looking for it?

There should be a large number of people all around the world holding their hands up.

Unethical, Illegal?

4% of Americans are buying from SPAM emails

Wow, thats big. 4% might not sound like a lot, but for the cost of sending out a spam campaign, 4% represents a concrete return on their unethical activities.

While we no longer get the porn emails that were so prevalent a few years ago, the enhancement products and stock price announcements are still rife.

How can we stop it?

Deepweb Spiderbyte Newsletter May 2007

Message from The WebMasters

We are nearly halfway through the year and things are looking pretty exciting at Deepweb and the wider internet community.

We will be making an announcement next month about a new e-commerce package that will provide a lower cost alternative than a full on Shopping Cart system. While not as pwerful and flexible a solution, some people may find it suits their needs and budget better. We will provide an overview next month

In addition Deepweb has been asked to present a couple of workshops in Northland relating to Internet and the Arts. We are working with Biznorth to provide two great sessions for Northland Artists

Gadgets are the new iPod

Gadgets are everwhere, electronics, software and now the internet

Connectivity and aggregation seem to be the name of the game, with Windows Vista getting in on the act with their gadgets. Even developers in New Zealand are getting in on the act.

See this article from Computerworld

Locally developed gadgets for the Windows Vista sidebar are being downloaded by the thousands across the world. Wellington-based software developer Mindscape, for example, has built a Powershell gadget that has been downloaded by over 2,000 users so far. It has also made it on to the top-10 list of best gadgets compiled by IDG Sweden, says Jeremy Boyd, director of Mindscape.

A gadget is a mini-application that provides real-time graphical system information, or other information such as weather, stock quotes or the latest headlines.

Youtube getting smacked with lawsuits, all because Google have money

SAN FRANCISCO — The media’s recent legal and competitive challenges to Internet video pioneer YouTube haven’t fazed co-founders Chad Hurley and Steve Chen, who have diligently sought to make money for new owner Google Inc., as well as the creators of the content that fuels their Web site’s whirlwind growth.“We have been a little bit silent, but we haven’t been sleeping,” Chen told The Associated Press during the duo’s first extensive interview since Google closed its $1.76 billion purchase of YouTube last November.

Read the entire story here at

Youtube is rich and ready for the picking, or so that seem to be since they were bought by Google.

With billions burning a hole in Googles pocket, many publishers of content are (possibly rightly so) suing for breach of copyright.

Some publishers are seeking to embrace this new technology, the BBC are actively promoting and supporting BBC content online, and I for one am glad I can see back episodes of Topgear via their BBC Worldwide initiative

So who is right in this case? Are publishers too trigger happy with their lawsuits to get money from a cash cow like Google?

Or should they embrace this channel and enhance their brand by entering into partnerships Youtube, Google Video and others.

I for one am now a Topgear watcher on the TV, won over because I was able to see a substantial amount of previous content to make up my mind. Who knows, I may have even bought something from the advertisers in that timeslot.

Now sport is at it, Whereas Chelsea FC have entered into an agreement to show their own content on Youtube, The PremierLeague has entered a class action suit to prevent EPL matches and highlights from being shown.

Now the NZRFU and AFL and NRL in Australia are all looking to see if the Premierleague is successful, or to join the lawsuit as co-complainants.

I hope these guys can come to an arrangement, Youtube has a process issue in that they rely on complaints to take down material that infringes copyright. The publishers dont think this is good enough.

Again it comes down to intent and interpretation, If you post something about your team how can Google tell programatically that something infringes copyright.

I hope the internet user wins