IDN’s in .nz

The second round of consultation regarding implementing IDN’s in .nz closed on July 17 with only one submission from the Sate Services Commission . The one submission which is in support of IDN’s is a sign of the multi cultural society that we live in. People recognise that the Internet is not only a European communication tool but is used and relied upon by all […]

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Google says 1 trillion url’s

Google recently announced that they indexed 1 trillion urls. In 1998 when Google first indexed the web there were 26 million url’s. For any individual or group who claims the Internet is not a viable communications vehicle need to re evaluate as does any indigenous/minority culture who see the Internet as threat to their culture. Even if you utlise the Internet to record your dialect […]

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Cybersquatting in the .maori.nz

Since 2001 when .maori.nz was introduced there have been at least 34 cases of cyber squatting that i am personally aware of. The biggest culprit bulk registered a number of tribal names the second .maori.nz was introduced, then put them up for sale often at 100 times the original price. We the Maori Internet Society went to the media and exposed this guy who ended […]

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13 Years of Māori Language integration into software and the Internet.

13 years ago when i started out in the ICT industry there were no Māori software products, writing a macron was impossible, and as hard as this is to believe now, only two Māori web sites existed. There was no .iwi.nz nor .maori.nz and no corpus of Māori computer terminology, not even for the word computer or Internet existed in the Māori language. Writing a […]

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Google Māori is live and functional

Google Māori is accessed via the google.co.nz page. Alas, do I note that there are still macrons missing on the word “Māori”. It is refreshing to see it finally go live after the several years it took to get there. One important thing i have noticed that nobody has mentioned, is that there is still a lot of translating left to complete: AdWords API static […]

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Google Māori

This morning i was informed that the Google Māori translation project is beginning to be rolled out and available at http://www.google.com/intl/mi/ . This site is still in English at the time of writing. So i imagine there is a roll out plan as with any newly developed system. There is also a small (up to 250 people) symbolic launch next week with one of the […]

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No locale for Indegenous people on the iPhone

An email conversation with Keola Donaghy about the new iPhone and the lack of the default Mac Hawai’i keyboard got me thinking. While it may not be a commercial reality to expect large corporations to incorporate all spoken languages into their products, they all do have some expectations to be good corporate citizens. They also dont know what they have not been told. Fortunalty ..

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Google Māori

This morning i was informed that the Google Māori translation project is beginning to be rolled out and available at http://www.google.com/intl/mi/ . This site is still in English at the time of writing. So i imagine there is a roll out plan as with any newly developed system. There is also a small (up to 250 people) symbolic launch next week with one of the […]

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iPhone

For those of you like me who didn’t run out and get the new iPhone last week, who chose to wait for the next generation, this article expresses the current owners wish list. I find the list absolutely amazing.1. Ability to copy and Paste.2. Apps that shut down when the phone rings3. And issues with taking a photo and video conferencing. But based on this […]

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Young computer hacker walks free – no suprises

18 year old Owen Thor Walker a.k.a Akill who was arrested for hacking and his part in an international cyber crime ring which from my reading of the media, took advantage of his extremely talented mind, was today discharged without conviction . Should any one really be surprised about this ?. This boy outsmarted many great technical institutions in the world. To convict him and […]

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