Here are five Australian and New Zealand loosely tech-related websites which are relatively unknown, but deserve far greater recognition.
Mark Fletcher runs a handful of Melbourne newsagents and gift shops along with a company developing newsagency software. He has some great ideas about the industry and often acts as an advocate or even agent provocateur. The blog is extremely busy with at least four posts on most days. My only real criticism of Fletcher’s views is that he is too optimistic (or possibly pessimistic depending on your point of view) about the speed at which technology will eclipse traditional paper-based media.
Sydney-based Simon Sharwood runs a fairly low traffic site, posts come along every week or two. He is a working freelance journalist with tons of experience, mainly writing about technology and some time in the public relations business. Australian journalists are extremely forthright and Simon is no exception. I agree with most of what he has to say, including his ‘rants’. If you work in technology or marketing you can learn a lot from this site.
Lance Wiggs is a Kiwi, but he spends some of his time in Australia. He works as a management consultant, in many cases to technology firms in Australia and New Zealand. Like Fletcher and Sharwood, Wiggs is more than happy to call a spade a spade, which means he often delivers profound insights into some tech and online business issues. I’m not always in full agreement with Wiggs although he is never off target.
Australian Mark Neely doesn’t post often. In fact, the most recent post at present is three months old (if you read it you’ll understand why there’s not been much else). He rarely posts more than one item a month at the best of times. But the material on his site is first class, more like features than off-the-top-of-my-head snippets. Neely writes well and has a unique insight into technology issues.
Brett Roberts works for Microsoft, but unlike some people in that company, doesn’t appear to have been through the remove-part-of-the-frontal-lobe-and-replace-it-with-a-low-powered-chip operation that stops rational, objective thought. These days you’d be hard pressed to find any of those automatons at Microsoft New Zealand. Apart from being useful and letting us know what smart people inside the company are thinking, Roberts occasionally veers off piste into other interesting technological areas.