Summer lovin', happened so fast
For those starting back today a welcome blast of rain (in Auckland at any rate) seems to signal the end of the golden weather and is fitting for the return to work.
A quick look back at the summer that's been.
Start your year with a massive security flaw
While New Zealand holidayed in the sun (or torrential rain, depending) the IT world has suffered something of a quake with the discovery that almost all computers (using the widest possible definition of "computer") suffer from not one but two major security flaws that could expose private data to the world.
Major tech skills report released by Digital Skills Forum
The Digital Skills Forum, made up of IT Professionals NZ and other leading tech bodies and core government agencies, today released the most comprehensive report on skills in New Zealand's tech sector in a generation.
Perhaps unsurprisingly, the report found a significant mismatch between demand for skills from industry and supply within the market - in short, a significant and growing skills shortage. However for the first time this shortage has now been quantified, and detailed research has identified the areas of greatest demand.
The future: coming, ready or not
What a year it's been. Bitcoin, net neutrality, the return of the content wars, the change of government, ransomware, the mother of all hacks (parts one, two, three and probably a few more), copyright…
CERT quarterly report - ransomware down but beware fake invoices
The latest quarterly report from government cyber-safety agency CERT NZ shows over $1.1 million was lost to scammers in 390 reported incidences.
More than half of those reports came from individual…
Brislen on Tech
New minsters are setting up shop in Wellington. So what do they need to know? Also, InternetNZ's long and winding journey and... Brislen like you've never seen him before. Well, for 15 years anyway.
Copyright law reform
It's been a decade since the Copyright Act 1994 (the Act) was last updated, and during this time, we have seen so much change - New Zealand's technology and media sectors have both blossomed and we ar…
Taxing internet shopping - a tax problem looking for a technology solution
As Christmas approaches, plenty of shoppers are taking to the internet to make purchases, some will be buying goods from New Zealand, while others will be buying items from further afield.
Brislen on Tech
In which Sky fires a broadside at the telco industry (and the consumer)... Apple drops the ball security wise... and New Zealand's retail arm: is it getting into the swing of things yet?
Apple computer users are being urged to update their operating system after Apple discovered an easy to exploit security hole in macOS 10.13 (High Sierra).
Sky fires broadside in war on piracy
Sky TV has asked local ISPs to block access to certain websites it claims are breaching copyright laws by offering customers access to content that Sky has the rights for.
Local telcos have been as…