The sign that impressed me most in on a recent visit to China
was the one warning me that using the internet could damage
my health. By clicking on to the world wide web, I
acknowledged those health dangers in deciding to continue.
While I was away, a few things happened so this week is a bit
of a wrap of the items that caught my attention on my return.
Of great note was the news that Microsoft was giving its
Office product a touch-up. The touch-ready version of
Office was launched last week by chief executive Steve
Ballmer who described it as the company's most ambitious
Office 2013 is fully touch-ready as is Windows
8, the company's latest operating system, and its new
tablet computer, Surface, which is expected to be available
Surface will be in shops about two and a-half years after
Apple launched its iPad on to the market.
Analysts say the power of Office gives Microsoft its best
chance at gaining a genuine foothold in the tablet market.
For the first time, Word, Excel,
PowerPoint and Outlook are all responsive to
touchscreen controls - taps, swipes and pinch and zoom can be
used within documents, files and presentations.
Long-time readers of Mackline will know I have a special
place for Yahoo, even given its troubles that have gone on
So, it was pleasing to see the former internet powerhouse had
picked Google's Marissa Mayer (37) to become its new CEO,
turning to an engineer with established Silicon Valley
credentials to head the struggling company and turn it
Mayer, who edged out front-runner and acting chief executive
Ross Levinsohn, started last Tuesday as Yahoo's third CEO in
a year. She hoped to stem losses to Google and Facebook -
which her high-profile predecessors failed to do.
Her hiring signalled the internet company is likely to renew
its focus on web technology and products rather than beefing
up online content. Mayer, who was instrumental in the birth
of a major technological innovation - Google's search engine
- joins the exceedingly exclusive club of female Silicon
She was Google's 20th employee and first female engineer, and
led various businesses there.
Images of the Antarctic huts used by polar explorers Sir
Ernest Shackleton and Robert Falcon Scott have been posted
online as part of the latest extension to Google's Maps
The prefabricated wooden cabins were built in 1908 and 1911
respectively and were used as bases for the men's attempts to
reach the south pole.
Users can navigate the 360-degree photographs to see some of
the kit and supplies used by both expeditions. The locations
The buildings have benefited from ongoing conservation work
by the New Zealand-based Antarctic Heritage Trust, which
co-operated with Google on the project, the BBC reported.
A news story published in the Otago Daily Times did
get Mackline thinking, coming as it did on the same day as
Twitter was alive with news that a former New Zealand Olympic
representative was again in court for violence-related
incidents. The representative has name suppression, as he did
previously in similar circumstances.
However, it is not hard to find his name, the sport and the
In Rotorua, a woman found out who her alleged burglar was and
named and shamed him on Facebook. The woman caught offender
in the middle of stealing from her house and gave chase
before calling police. She then outed them online.
From there, her post went viral among her Facebook friends
and she received plenty of support - even from the extended
families of the named and shamed.
Rotorua police were grateful for the community support but
warned people against posting information on social media
sites as it could jeopardise investigations.
There lies the dilemma for people who are savvy with
technology. The need many feel to be first with the news, or
in some cases release suppressed information from the courts
out of a sense of community justice, pushes legal boundaries.
Judges have previously criticised social media sites and
bloggers for releasing details of court appearances when they
have been suppressed. Some recent examples of that illustrate
rich and famous people are almost certainly the ones who win
suppression, while less affluent people without the best
lawyers are often named and shamed in public for crimes of a
similar or lesser nature.
There is a growing sense of injustice in online forums and
comments such as those from the Rotorua police will just
reinforce a bias towards law enforcement and the judicial
system. The immediacy in which many of us operate means that
when we want something, we want it now.
But we all need to take care we do not harm innocent people
in our quest for justice.