Photos from CeBit Sydney 2010 – Darling Harbour

Between May 24th and May 26th 2010, IT Professionals from around Australia gathered to converse and meet at one of the larger IT Roadshows to hit Sydney’s shores each year. I attended CeBit for a couple of days at the Sydney Convention Center, Darling Harbour and managed to see some interesting technologies from vendors such as 3M, Altech, Symantec and Wacom to name a few.

There were however a few things at CeBit 2010 that were a standout for me so I thought I would cover them in a little more detail:

Booth Babes

I thought I would begin with them just to try to catch your interest and hey… they deserve their own section šŸ˜‰

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Eye Tracking Technology – Tobii Technology

It is not difficult to imagine my surprise when I walked up to a stand, started looking at their computer (with a pretty stupid look on my face I imagine, trying to figure out what on earth this computer was supposed to do). Low an behold after a very short while looking at the screen the item that I was looking at activated and a new menu popped up. To cut a long story short after calibrating the computer to my eyes I was able to type on the keyboard and on the screens you see below, have an interesting game of Naughts and Crosses (or Tic Tac Toe). Awesome idea, not 100% perfect but pretty accurate, $25,000 starting price might be a bit out of most peoples league though. šŸ™

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Remote Control Cars with Wii Controllers

We have all seen Remote Control Cars and they are quite a bit of good fun. However Miray Software have taken this remote control cars to the next level developing a kit (and software) that allows a remote control car to be controlled via the bluetooth compatible Wii Controllers using the accelerometer in the controller to control the steering of the remote control car. In the photos below you can also see a car driving behind the front one with a Wii controller mounted on the roof, this car was following the one in front using the Wii’s infra red sensor to track two sensors on the lead car… VERY COOL!
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Portable Projectors

One interesting item I have been following for some time is the development of the portable mini projector. At CeBit I saw two interesting contenders one was Digislide and the other was Smartphone Hub & 3M. In the pictures below, the first two photos are from Digislide (white projector) and the rest are from Smartphone Hub & 3M’s booth (black projector). I liked the concept of Digislide’s snap on mount for a Wii however their projectors were darker than those of 3M. I have to say from the presentation I liked 3Ms far more and it was demonstrated to me to operate in a darkened room well at a 50 inch screen size.

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Finally a heap of other random images from the day

I have to say I had a lot of fun and got a lot of photos so here are a few more from CeBit Sydney 2010
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Bid Request Documentation on Rent A Coder

As I have recently been through a good handful of projects using Rent A Coder I have had the opportunity to fineĀ  tune the way I do bid requests within the system. For my latest bid request I had two somewhat complex coding problems that needed resolving and using the simple descriptionĀ  boxes would not allow me to define the problem completely. Therefore I found myself with a need to better define and document small projects/bid requests so that I could ensure the Workers bidding on my project would have a detailed understanding of what is required.

The result of this is a new document I have put together to help new users to Rent A Coder gather all the details they need to ensure when a bid request is put in they will eliminate a lot of the potential for confusion in putting forward a bid request. The aim of the document is to enable an easy and standard means of documenting a bid request when there is a greater level of complexity required than the standard descriptions boxes but simple enough to be used for a project in the sub $100USD or sub $500USD range.

Most of my bid requests have focused around getting CSS fixes for my WordPress or Joomla sites and sometimes resolving layout issues or making small design changes. While the document has been written with my specific bid requests in mind I have made every effort ensure it is generic enough that it could be used for other small projects such as logo design and so on.

I am making this template freely available, all I ask is that the template copyright notice at the bottom is kept in tact if you use the document template.

The document is available in Microsoft Word 2003 .doc format from my documentation subversion repository or by clicking the image below.

Click Here to Download Rent A Coder Project Initiation Document

I welcome any feedback on the template as I would like to continue to try to perfect it and tweak it with suggestions from the community.


Disclaimer: In this post I have used affiliate links to Rent A Coder, these links in no way affect the content of my post but in the interest of complete disclosure I like to mention that they are there.

Registrar’s hoarding Expired Domain Names

Recently I discovered that a domain that I have been wanting for some time had expired in early February this year. I have registered with a couple of services that snap up expired domains to try to get it but for the purpose of this conversation it is irrelevant.

Registrars Policy

After 90 days had passed I expected that the domain would be released and ready to be snapped up (either by me or someone else) however to my dismay I found out something quite disturbing about domain names. The domain was registered previously at and they have the following policy (excerpts taken from ):

Domain Expiration Protection

“The Domain Expiration Protection program is a service that prevents a domain name registered to you from becoming available to other parties for purchase if it is not successfully renewed prior to the expiration of its then-current term. Under the Domain Expiration Protection program, you will have one year from the date of expiration of a domain name registered to you to renew such expired domain name (the “Expiration Period”). During the Expiration Period, the domain name will remain inactive, will not be registered to you and you will not have access to such domain name unless and until it is renewed by you along with payment made for our standard renewal fees. Only the registrant of the expired domain name will be permitted to renew the domain name during the Expiration Period and must do so over the phone by calling Customer Service team. Renewals of domain names during the Expiration Period will be subject to our standard renewal fees. “

And from further down:

“Specifically, with respect to domain names, you acknowledge and agree that may, upon expiration or termination, elect, at its sole discretion, to: (i) delete the domain name, (ii) renew the domain name on behalf of a third party, (iii) sell or auction the domain name; or (iv) otherwise make such domain name available to third parties. Any expired gTLD domain name that is not sold, renewed or otherwise made available to a third party will generally be deleted between 35 and 45 days from the expiration date.”

Now the issue that I have here, is in the first section it states that you have one year from the date of expiration to renew the domain, therefore reserves the right to keep the domain as expired for 12 months. I have confirmed this with them over the phone.
However in the second section quoted above they state that generally the domain will be released 45 days after expiration.

There are two critical issues that I foresee here, firstly it appearsĀ  that reserves the right to keep a domain for up to 12 months even though no registration has been paid for, the second is that even when that expiration lapses reserves the right to renew the domain themselves or sell or auction the domain name. This means that once a domain has been registered with them once, if they desire they never have to release it back to the public again.

ICANNs Policy

Personally I think this is a terrible policy so off to ICANN I went to see what the official policies stated luckily I found the following (excerpt taken from

“ In the absence of extenuating circumstances (as defined in Section above), a domain name must be deleted within 45 days of either the registrar or the registrant terminating a registration agreement.”

Now I have to believe that this means that in direct breech of the above agreement, although it does leave open an interesting question, it states “terminating a registration agreement” is that defined as the domain name simply expiring or in this case would it be that the 12 months has to elapse before it is considered as the agreement being “terminated”.


Can anyone correct me if I am wrong please? I would certainly welcome any advice on if I am or how I can go about proceeding and trying to get the domain I want released.