PNG Bloggers

Since we have been of this journey – of ‘trying’ to move to Papua New Guinea, we have done shitloads of research on both PNG as well as Port Moresby, and of course my new employer.

I thought it was really important to post about a few of the places, that not only provided me research matter, but also have enabled me to keep a connection to a place that I am desperate to get to.  A lot of these are blogs, but you’ll have to excuse me if The list is small – I will add to it as I remember websites.

The PNG hot list:

A fantastic resource – with lots of forum posts.  The people that setup this website have shared a lot.  Basically the first place to go for information – although some of it goes back to 2002

The new breed of social media driven information.  Skerah has recently setup a real estate website, is very active on Facebook and tweets as well.

Another website with lots of resources (although lots that are old) but well worth a visit.

Dr Wendy is an American Expat living in Lae.  Beware, Wendy has all the tact of a pissed off crocodile, and plays the sarcasm card far too well for it to be unnoticeable… However, I read Wendy’s blog just about every day – she is witty, smart and full of life.  Once you get hooked – you’ll get disappointed when her Internet is out… Again!

The Andersons are recent arrivals to Port Moresby and it’s been interesting reading how they have gradually swung into PNG life.  Blog posts only happen every couple of weeks, but cover the whole two weeks.  They are now living in Era Dorina – which is the compound that we would love to live in, but have almost no chance of getting into.

Sadly, the bloggers here have had a SHIT time in Port Moresby, but yet also had an awesome time.  Very disappointed that as I write this, they are packing up to leave PNG :(. Hopefully you get to read their blog – as it is very entertaining

A family with 3 kids who have only been in PNG for a month or so, we have been in contact with them prior to their arrival, and hope that we can get together once we are up there.

Ben has been up in PNG for a year or so, he seems to be always doing exciting things (do you ever work Ben?) and although an errant blogger, is another blog I always check.

Well – those are my starters, I will add more – but please, if you have a PNG blog (that isn’t political etc) or enjoy reading some, or know of websites, please – leave a comment!


Port Moresby is a long way away

It’s been a good few weeks since my last post – and unfortunately I thought I would be prepping my bags and *leeeeeeaving…. on a jeeeet planeeeee* in the next week or so, however I still haven’t got our Visa info back from PNG, so still haven’t submitted to the High Commission here.  Frustrated?  Yup – just a little.

As yet, I still have a house full of stuff, two cars, and all the normal everyday stuff you need – whilst living in Dunedin during the winter.  If it was summer – wouldn’t be too much of a problem, but winter….  You never know when you need the 4×4..!

In my last post I had a list of things I would miss – here’s the list again, but this time – I am going to scratch out a few things – cause we are still here!

1. I’m going to miss my wife and kids – who will be coming up maybe 6-8 weeks later   OK – the kids are driving us all around the bend!
2. I’m going to miss friends and family  Nigel No Mates, and the family have only visted once in 6 months, miss them?
3. I’m going to miss my uncles 60th birthday – sorry Kev!  Kev’s Birthday is soon!  Pity he is too slack to organise a party…
4. Rugby World Cup! Bugger  OK Super 15 almost gone, NPC to go 🙂
5. The opening of the Forsyth Barr Stadium  Might get there after all
6. All Blacks v Fiji – the official and definite last test match at Carisbrook  Might get to this too
7. Election 2011 and the banter with my National Member Boss. Can’t wait to rub in NZ First back in parliament :)  Boss is on holiday, but now not too early
8. My job, yes – I shouldn’t miss it, but I know I will…  ahh yes – I want to get stuck into my new role!!
9. Winter – I do enjoy the cold  stuff this – give me some heat!
10. Kids sport :( . Soccer/Hockey  Yup damn cold on the soccer field
11. My dog – even though he is already gone :(  Yup – still miss Jack 😦
12. My truck – going to have to sell it soon  OK – so this might turn into an issue – if I can’t sell it
13. Internet :(  Still have it!
14. Yeah – I could go on and on and on…..  Yeah – I could go on and on and on…..

What is an IT Department?

We all use them, they are a part of lives and as important as the knife and fork, and yet we don’t understand them, nor know how to use them properly. Here in lies a problem. We… Don’t know how to use them properly.collectively.

As the head of an IT department, it amazes me the things that I can achieve with technology, and yet – I could do so much more… However I am concerned that technologists nowadays – aren’t really technologists. When I started in IT, I was taught hardware level repairs, not replacing a hard drive – but board and component. If I could get my eyes to focus, I might still be able to do it today.. But I think I have lost the knowledge… Now, the focus is on software, we truly aren’t IT Departments any more, we aren’t ICT either, we are definitively IS Departments, where systems are enhanced and managed on top of IT. And technologists develop applications that people may or may not want, but most likely are not concerned about the hardware to an extent that it will run on. It amuses me when a company that develops software, but has never worked or been a part of that industry, tries to sell you a product that they have developed, for an industry they have never been in.

So an IT Department, is really a handholder, we are like the drawer that holds the knife and fork. And the dishwasher that cleans them. And sometimes, we either buy new knives and forks, replace them, scrape the rust off them, modify them to do things they shouldn’t be doing, sharpen them, and even show new people how to use them. Quite often we get bigger ones, smaller ones, and even different coloured ones. And at the end of the day, if you lose your knife and fork – you either eat with your hands, or get a new set.

iPhone's logging where you have been

There’s been a lot in the news lately about two “security” consultants who found Apple were logging iPhone’s location and storing them on the iPhone… WOW. – big deal…. not.

Really, who gives a shit if the iPhone is doing this. Some media are saying things like “your wife can find out about your errant ways!” … Hell, if my wife can get a hold of my iPhone, and if I have been unfaithful – she’ll properly see the text’s and emails to my personal email address that I only access from my iPhone. Note for honey: I am not having an affair!

Cmon, if she was really smart – then she’s on to you well before she has to try and steal your
iPhone, figure out what your PIN is, and then be smart enough to find the exact file that the “security” consultants found. By that time – you should just own up to a bit of errant shagging…

What cracks me up – is this useless piece of Internet media drivel

An iPhone has a GPS you numbnuts, cellphone triangulation – pffft, so last week