Webstock Web Conference

Submitted by Mike Birch on 2 May 2006 - 2:34pm.

I'll be attending Webstock in Wellington in three weeks time.

Save power by switching off your PC

Submitted by Christina on 24 April 2006 - 10:13am.

Will New Zealand have power shortages this winter?

You can save power by switching off your home PC and other appliances which run on standby when you're not using them. Read about the Energy cost of PCs on standby.

Websites for Taupo Tourism Businesses

Submitted by Mike Birch on 20 April 2006 - 5:29pm.

Tourism businesses are often in a highly competitive marketplace, and their websites can be a very effective tool if they are well designed and constructed. This is a list of desirable features and goals for such sites, which could also apply to many other small business websites.

  • Rank highly on search engines
  • Incorporate a strong call to action
  • Be well linked to complimentary and industry websites
  • Be well constructed and scalable
  • Provide a good return on investment (ROI)

Here's how we do it:

We are very aware of the needs of tourism businesses. Mike Birch and Thomas Schwarz (OK Computer Ltd directors) have years of experience in tourism — Mike was the owner/operator of Rapid Sensations for twelve years from 1988 to 2000 and Thomas managed Helistar Helicopters from 1998 to 2000.

New Zealand Maps

Submitted by Anonymous on 18 April 2006 - 2:38pm.

Websites that provide maps of New Zealand:
One of my favourites is http://zoomin.co.nz. Our office in Taupo is shown here:


Security warnings for Internet Explorer

Submitted by Christina on 28 March 2006 - 2:12pm.

The BBC News website has posted a warning about security issues with Microsoft Internet Explorer. We recommend that you use Firefox for browsing the world wide web.

ANZ phishing scam

Submitted by Mike Birch on 24 March 2006 - 10:14am.

There are a few e-mails arriving in my in-box today, claiming to be from the ANZ bank. Beware of e-mails like this, which may look authentic, but actually link to a bogus website.

Banks are very unlikely to send you an e-mail requesting you to follow a link to their website. Always type the correct address into your browser, and bookmark this for future use. For example, for the ANZ Bank use: www.anz.com

Update: 31 March 2006
Harvard and Berkeley have released a study that shows why phishing attacks work (pdf 850Kb)
The report says "In our study, the best phishing (web)site was able to fool more than 90% of participants."

So, to repeat our advice: always type the address into your browser, don't click on a link in an e-mail.