Bill Bennett

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2022-12-03: My weekly NZ telecommunications newsletter is out: billbennett.co.nz/lifting-c… “The …

2022-12-03: Even Brazil’s second team is exciting to watch in a World Cup game. ⚽️

2022-12-02: I wonder if Finland’s PM Sanna Marin has to put up with this sexist nonsense in Europe?

2022-12-02: If you’ve had it with Twitter and don’t warm to Mastodon, Micro.blog could be the …

2022-12-02: Infrastructure: How Spark is moving NZ forward with 5G and fibre rollouts …

2022-11-29: Linkedin madness Six years ago I quit using Linkedin and closed my account. I explain why in a blogpost. My work as a …

2022-11-21: [www.theguardian.com](www.theguardian.com/football/… World Cup 2022: England, Wales and …

2022-11-21: You know how on Star Trek, there are matter transporter machines that can “beam me up …

2022-11-21: When the news broke about lowering the NZ voting age to 16, my immediate, knee-jerk reaction was: …

2022-11-21: I moved from England to New Zealand in 1987 with my wife. At first it was going to be a temporary …

2022-11-21: Farewell WordPress It’s time to move on from WordPress. Because I’m not a developer, I now find the PHP …

2022-11-01: Some people have already left Twitter. Others are watching and waiting. I’m not jumping yet, …

2022-10-31: How long before Microsoft buys Meta?

2022-10-31: As a useful rule of thumb, any film that has “Christmas” or “Love” in the …

2022-10-31: Impressed at how many people on social media are experts on Brazilian politics. I could be the only …

2022-10-31: A major MacOS update is a fabulous opportunity for work procrastination.

2022-10-31: For the last four years we bought tons of chocolates in case kids came to the house on Halloween. …

2022-10-31: Congratulations to the Pīwauwau New Zealand’s bird of the year for 2022. Such a pretty bird. …

2022-10-31: Got up extra early on a wet Monday morning because there’s a heavy workload this week. Clicked …

2022-10-29: Companies who sell packets of peanuts could charge fancy restuarant prices if they presented them as …

2022-10-04: I’ve never understood why TV and radio news bulletins include reports on individual share …

2022-08-05: A man’s reach Ah, but a man’s reach should exceed his grasp, or what’s a heaven for? — Robert …

2022-08-02: I like the fact that micro.blog doesn’t have likes.

2022-07-28: Narcissistic capitals Companies and insecure people often insist their job titles should be spelt …

2022-07-26: Predicting the future “The best way to predict the future is to create it.” Peter Drucker

2022-07-25: Exclamation marks: Caution! Exclamation marks, some people call them bangs, have almost no place in serious writing. Tabloids …

2022-07-24: Engines of War “I will ignore all ideas for new works and engines of war, the invention of which has reached …

2022-07-23: Companies are singular not plural A company can have many employees. Yet in law and in grammar it is a single entity. Use singular …

2022-07-22: Cold comfort The life of the journalist is poor, nasty, brutish and short. So is his style. – Stella …

2022-07-20: Can you start a sentence with And? At school we were taught never to start sentences with “And”. And …

2022-07-19: Orwell on language Everyone who thinks at all has noticed that our language is practically useless …

2022-07-18: Does spelling still matter? Erin Brenner at the Writing Resource asks in a blog post: “Does spelling …

2022-07-17: David Ogilvy: How to write “Never use jargon words like reconceptualize, demassification, …

2022-07-16: The verb of attribution Earlier I wrote that most of the time you should use said when reporting …

2022-07-15: First, second, third Remember when list posts were all the rage? There’s nothing wrong with writing …

2022-07-14: Among and Amongst Modern newspaper style books tell journalists to use among, not amongst. Unlike …

2022-07-13: In defence of clear, crisp communications From the Rut – a site well worth investigating.

2022-07-12: You can tell from my review that I liked the Microsoft Surface Laptop Go 2. …

2022-07-11: Hartman’s Law of Prescriptivist Retaliation I found this online years ago. The original site is lost forever. Hartman’s Law of Prescriptivist …

2022-07-11: Going by last night’s game, it’s only a matter of time before Ireland beats New Zealand in the …

2022-07-11: I’m sure every freelance or contractor has reliable, predictable clients who are easy to deal with. …

2022-07-10: It's best to use said when reporting someone's words When reporting someone’s words, it’s best to use said in most cases. Newspaper and other …

2022-07-07: I always file my bi-monthly GST return and personal income taxes on time, but because my registered …

2022-07-07: On the whole the move from using Gmail for my own domain email address to using iCloud Mail has gone …

2022-06-17: Google News can be frustrating to deal with. Because I run a one-person site, news stories on my …

2022-06-10: PimEyes, Chorus fast fibre, fake photos, telecoms merger On Thursday I was on RNZ’s Nine-to-Noon programme talking about technology. …

2022-06-08: I don’t want to be a person who tells a call centre worker I’ll move my account if I don’t get …

2022-06-03: So it turns out the Google Docs file I spent a day working on and thought was lost was stored in a …

2022-06-03: Today I filed my GST and paid the largest amount of tax since before Covid, which, if you stop to …

2022-05-31: Apple’s voice recognition struggles with my accent. I’m a pom who has lived in New …

2022-05-28: From earlier this morning: Breakfast of champions at Daily Bread, Auckland.

2022-05-27: DIgital subscriptions that autorenew claim to be ‘convienent’ for customers. Yeah right. …

2022-05-27: Was hoping 2022 would be the year I could get away with not renewing the Microsoft Office …

2022-05-27: Zoom works first time every time when I’m invited to a video conference meeting. Microsoft …

2022-05-27: Project for when I don’t have a work backlog to deal with: change my email signature to point …

2022-05-27: It used to be a struggle getting coffee after 3pm in New Zealand. Since Covid, the cut-off time at …

2022-05-21: This came today: 15 years with WordPress.

2022-05-20: Noticed that my iPhone turned off WiFi Calling during this week’s software update. …

2022-05-20: ⚽️This could be one of those English Premier League seasons where one of the clubs that will be …

2022-05-19: One curious, unexpected side effect of Covid: not wanting to drink alcohol. I’m not a huge …

2022-05-18: I switched to iCloud mail hosting because I can use my domain name. On the whole everything works …

2022-05-17: Sometimes the best computer is a tablet. My NZBusiness column. nzbusiness.co.nz/article/s…

2022-05-16: Yeserday I was thinking “I haven’t had post-Covod brain fog for days now, perhaps it has …

2022-05-12: Those ‘crypto fraud’ news stories are not going away. …

2022-05-12: Electric seagliders sound cool. Probably not great for the choppy waters around New Zealand though. …

2022-05-11: I’d be interested to know if there has been any research to find out if cruise ships actually …

2022-05-11: Love @netnewswire, it’s great on Mac, iPad and iPhone. by far the best way to deal with feeds. …

2022-05-11: A test post to see if Microblog is cross-posting to Twitter. It wasn’t earlier.

2022-05-11: Although I was technically over Covid ten days ago, this is the first day that I feel normal again. …

2022-05-10: Had to print a document for the first time in at least a year. Amazing how awkward this feels in …

2022-05-10: Mid Century Modernity In my view what @ayjay calls “mid-century modernity” has a lot to do with the arrival of …

2022-05-10: Thinking about the English Premier League relegation tussle. Everton and Leeds play more attractive …

2022-05-09: Is there a pratical alternative to Mail Chimp…. perhaps something a little more in tune with …

2022-05-09: The Download Weekly - latest edition of my newsletter covering New Zealand telecommunications …

2022-05-06: It took an hour and 15 minutes for the Two Factor Authenication code to arrive from Mail Chimp to my …

2022-05-06: I’ve yet to figure out how and why stories I post on my WordPress site are linked to in my …

2022-05-06: My weekly New Zealand telecommunications newsletter resumes after an Easter (and Covid) break. …

2022-05-05: Making a case for renaming The Peter Principle as The Dick Principle. …

2022-05-02: Moving mail from G-Suite to iCloud At the start of the year Google gave notice that the grandfathered G-suite accounts that let people …

2022-04-30: In memoriam Twitter So. Farewell Then Twitter. Social networking and micro-blogging service. Whatever that’s supposed to …

2022-04-30: The fact that more than 5 million WordPress users have installed a plug-in to workaround the woeful …

2022-04-29: I stumbled over this story scraped from my site years ago This is a story of mine that was syndicated on Scoop. Scraped by someone who then changed a few …

2022-04-29: Updated post about Wi-Fi 6 on my website: billbennett.co.nz/wi-fi-6/ “Upgrading your home …

2022-04-28: On reflection, “an infinite number of monkeys on an infinite number of typewriters” sums …

2022-04-28: I would prefer it if my iMac warned me the mouse battery was flat before it got as low as 2%. …

2022-04-28: Project Auckland: All you need is . . . love Here’s a feature I wrote for the NZ Herald about …

2022-04-28: Exciting. My copy of the ITP book has arrived. I wrote the chapter on New Zealand …

2022-04-28: I’m on my third or fourth day of having a really mild dose of Covid. Clearly the vaccine has helped …

2022-04-28: This is interesting. I found as a journalist I need to be more thorough in my preparation and write …

2022-04-27: One thing I will miss if Twitter crashes and burns is all the helpful expert advice and knowledge …

2022-04-27: Wrote this for the Network for Learning blog. Let’s tackle cyber crime together - N4L

2020-01-13: I think I’ve done this before, but can anyone remind me how to get this working? From …

2019-12-21: In the Beginning was the Website desmondrivet.com/2019/12/0… “Even if the entire IndieWeb consisted of a single personal …

2019-12-21: Syndication Links now supports per-post syndication to Micro.blog from WordPress …

2019-12-07: indiwebify.me reports that “micro.blog/billbenne… does not link back”. Is that normal? If …

2019-12-07: What happened to tagging? We did www.jeremycherfas.net/blog/what… I used tags a lot back when they were hot. I still use them …

2019-12-03: I’m interested to know how I can use the WordPress Indyweb Post Kinds Like option (Plugin by …

2019-10-07: Microsoft dabbling with Android devices…. I can’t decide if this is a stroke of genius or a …

2019-09-12: Spark marks Te Reo Māori week with Kupu update Spark has updated its free Kupu Te Reo Māori mobile app and included a version for desktop computers …

2019-07-01: So Westpac gave me a new credit card after a security scare. No problem. Until today. My domain …

2019-06-25: ‪Found a web site that blatantly scraps my site and publishes my stories under its own bylines …

2019-06-22: It may be in bad taste to say this now, but when Queen Elizabeth departs, we should replace the …

2019-06-17: When I was a child in the UK, a TV advert would tell me: “A million housewives every day would pick …

2019-06-11: KDC’s attempt to buy an election and some of his antics around that time flopped badly, it came out …

2019-06-11: Dotcom hasn’t been treated well by New Zealand. That said, there is (or was) a case to answer. …

2019-06-11: I no longer need to keep an objective distance about Kim Dotcom. Sure he is dodgy, but despite the …

2019-06-04: I wonder if the NZ Herald paywall has had any impact on the NBR? Anyone know? It’s probably …

2019-05-29: a Huawei thought Navigating the Huawei story is one of the toughest jobs in technology journalism at the moment. …

2019-05-29: ‪Amazed that those people who constantly talk about the power of “market forces” can’t draw a …

2019-05-28: Orcon first to trial residential 10Gbps broadband I’m impressed. Orcon makes a fetish of being …

2019-05-27: 12 years with WordPress. I started about the time of the first iPhone.

2019-05-27: Last night I was thinking: “Why didn’t Samsung’s DeX pad do better". On paper it looks …

2019-05-27: That moment when you wonder “do I have a cold coming on?” Then check there’s at least one lemon and …

2019-05-27: One of my biggest frustrations with the iPad, and a reason I can’t drop using a tradition computer …

2019-05-22: Pile on. Microsoft removes Huawei’s MateBook X Pro from its online store, stays silent on …

2019-05-22: Facebook and Google pressured EU experts to soften fake news regulations, say insiders - …

2019-05-22: The Most Expensive Lesson Of My Life: Details of SIM port hack He lost US$100 grand in …

2019-05-21: Any other New Zealand folk on micro.blog?

2019-05-17: Is anyone out there working on ways to integrate this into a WordPress site? …

2019-05-17: Also, I like the idea of bringing back webrings. Researching that will keep me out of mischief this …

2019-05-17: Matthias Ott just reminded me to check the microformat stuff was working on my billbennett.co.nz …

2019-05-17: Hey @vincent, I can see plenty of stuff about developing Glueon and it being cross platform, but I …

2019-05-03: ‪I can do about 95 to 97 percent of the things I need to do on my iPad Pro, the main problem …

2019-05-01: The term “content” is a barbarism that bit by bit devalues what journalists do. Jay Rosen, Chair of …

2019-04-26: Is there a semiologist out there? I’m interested to know why the poo emoji is smiling.

2019-04-26: Netflix is the ultimate embodiment of Bruce Springsteen’s “57 Channels and Nothing on”.

2019-04-22: May not be wise if the reports of screen breaks on review machines extend to the production run.

2019-04-21: Huawei P30 Pro review update Added this postscript to my Huawei P30 Pro review. billbennett.co.nz/p30-pro-r… When I …

2019-04-20: “You may wonder if there’s a market for a 7.9-inch iPad when you can buy a 6.5-inch iPhone.” Well …

2019-04-20: Started working on a review of the Audiofly AF56W wireless headphones. One of the points I was …

2019-03-29: Stuff makes a spat over development sound like an assault.

2019-03-28: Agree. Also, the headline does that clever “show not tell” thing…. ‘APPL STILL HASN’T …

2019-03-26: So, to clarify, the only part of Apple’s announcement that matters for New Zealand is the …

2019-03-26: A view from someone who isn’t a gamer but knows how the tech business works: Apple Arcade …

2019-03-26: Was interviewed on NewstalkZB about Apple TV Channels and TV Plus. Short version: Nice to have more …

2019-03-25: A day trip to China is hard yakka. The PM had better not be flying economy. PM Ardern to visit China …

2019-03-25: True story about growing up in England When I was six or seven I loved comics. A character in The Dandy or The Beano once said: “That …

2019-03-21: Asking clients or citizens to contact you via Facebook isn’t quite on a par with asking them to …

2019-03-19: 100 Proofs that the Earth is a Globe Number 5: Horizon dip angle …

2019-03-19: Benchmark pegs Apple’s new iPad Air or iPad mini at 2.49GHz with 3GB of RAM …

2019-03-13: This is one to watch. Will be fascinating. Sprint Takes Out Full Page NYT Ad Calling Out AT&T …

2019-03-10: Should have commented on this at the time. Chorus unbundled fibre design | Techblog by @bcarmody, …

2019-03-09: I must remember to use Micro.blog more often…

2019-03-06: I’m in two minds about banning Michael Jackson’s music. Many accepted artists are as despicable. I’m …

2019-03-06: For a long time I wasn’t impressed with the @WordPress iOS app. It has many limitations and is near …

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2019-02-06: I have a micro.blog as well as my website: micro.blog/billbenne…

2019-02-04: www.scoop.co.nz/stories/B…

2019-02-04: In my haste to publish, I hit the send button without proofing the headline The threat to Huawei’s …

2019-02-01: <<Bill Bennett>> «Listen to myRNZ Nine-to-Noon segment online. This week I look at Apple

2019-02-01: My segment on RNZ Nine-to-Noon programme yesterday. www.radionz.co.nz/national/… For non-NZ …

2019-01-31: New Zealand Just Found Out It Has Fewer People Than Thought - Bloomberg

2019-01-31: Big numbers from Microsoft. It’s now ALL about cloud… www.nytimes.com/2019/01/3…

2019-01-31: When I first came to New Zealand from London I was invited to a cocktail party. Following my …

2019-01-31: “It’s not a direct comparison, but is some ways Huawei is the Apple of China’s eye.” …

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2019-01-29: So that’s how stylish Italian fashion icons wear reading glasses when not reading

2019-01-29: This will be a cracker… www.theguardian.com Chelsea draw Manchester United in FA Cup fifth …

2019-01-24: A true story. It isn’t recent, but it did happen. Client: You didn’t follow the brief. …

2019-01-24: Love this headline: www.recode.net/2019/1/23…

2019-01-22: A mere flea bite to Google French data protection watchdog fines Google $57 million under the GDPR - …

2019-01-21: I like the idea of science projects that won’t show results until after we are dead…. …

2019-01-21: Mourinho is annoying, but speaks the truth here. www.theguardian.com José Mourinho bemoans lack of …

2019-01-21: Things haven’t been right since Costa left. He was precisely the right striker to match the rest of …

2019-01-19: America has its own antisocial traveller story… Wanted: The ‘Traveling Bandit,’ a Bank Robber …

2019-01-17: Was asked for help doing something on a Windows computer and realised all over again why I no longer …

2019-01-16: A wonderful story about The Buzzcocks and the late Pete Shelly. I was there for some of this. …

2019-01-16: I always wanted an ARP, but couldn’t afford them when I was still playing in bands. Alan R. …

2019-01-16: Of course it would be best if this wasn’t necessary. Apple launches Smart Battery Case for iPhone …

2019-01-16: “Hundreds” of layoffs coming at Vodafone. That would be, what, 10 or more percent of the workforce? …

2019-01-16: Instagram is not your friend or a safe replacement for Facebook. Instagram caught selling ads to …

2019-01-10: Here we go… Astronomers discover 13 new fast radio bursts from deep space

2019-01-09: What good idea. When I lived in Birkenhead I commuted almost every day by ferry, it was so much …

2019-01-08: Call me cynical if you like, but this Taipan wireless router is sporting the tech-sector’s …

2019-01-08: If you mean “falling house prices” why not say “falling house prices”? …

2019-01-08: Happy Christmas the (broadband price) war is over. www.stuff.co.nz/business/…

2019-01-07: It’s the UK, but good news all the same www.theguardian.com Independent bookshops grow for second …

2019-01-02: Found my journalist notebooks from 1998-99. Was given a huge amount of Y2K propaganda by enterprise …

2018-12-31: www.theguardian.com Record number of Britons seeking Irish passports ahead of Brexit

2018-12-30: Measuring the Filter Bubble: How Google is influencing what you click

2018-12-30: Mark Zuckerberg did everything in his power to avoid Facebook becoming the next MySpace – but forgot …

2018-12-30: More movement away from Facebook manton.micro.blog/2018/12/1…

2018-12-30: Facebook’s Clear History privacy feature is still months from launching - Recode

2018-12-29: www.theguardian.com ‘For me, this is paradise’: life in the Spanish city that banned …

2018-12-27: Found out about this a few weeks back when researching a possible holiday, my first in almost a …

2018-12-27: Good question. What Happened to the iPad Split Keyboard? — MacSparky

2018-12-27: Blimey. www.theguardian.com Manchester City lose again as Ricardo Pereira hits shock winner for …

2018-12-27: That’s me done with buying anything from Japan or Japanese companies. Which admittedly isn’t a lot …

2018-12-22: Counting down the minutes until a UK tabloid uses the term “Norwegian Wood” or maybe ‘would’ in a …

2018-12-22: 10 million words I’m a journalist. Writing for newspapers and magazines has been my main job for almost 40 years. For …

2018-12-20: Interesting review of second generation Apple Pencil. My only issue is that a) I don’t use it …

2018-12-19: A scheme by Auckland Airport is helping local people into work. Which is important as it sits next …

2018-12-18: Can I adjust the text size on the iOS micro.blog app?

2018-12-17: WordPress Gutenberg is an ok idea, but it breaks my workflow. I can no longer easily extract the raw …

2018-12-17: Odd photo of my new MacBook Air taken at random turns up on my iPad. Wonder if I can pass it off as …

2018-12-17: I’m taking a fresh look at microblogging. I’m interested to know how people who have both a …

2018-12-07: My 2018 12.9 inch iPad Pro is my main mobile computer. I use it for all my work and had though of …


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