Stories by Jan Birkeland

Juniper adds Datastor

Juniper Networks has recently appointed Albany-based distributor Datastor as its second distributor in New Zealand.

Sony's marketing mastermind in the gaming world

Warwick Light sometimes has to pinch himself to realise how privileged he feels to have the job as general manager for sales and marketing at Sony Computer Entertainment. He talks to Jan Birkeland about how the gaming market has grown, the forthcoming Playstation 3 and his favourite game.

D-Link DSM-320RD media player

D-Link has found itself moving closer and closer towards the home entertainment and multimedia market, something that is clear in the company’s latest offering. The Medialounge DSM-320RD is a wireless media player with DVD and card reader designed to let the user wirelessly stream music, photos and videos from the PC to a television and stereo system.

Creative TravelSound Popz

There is an abundance of small form battery hungry speakers designed for Mp3 players on the market today. Creative Labs has an issue with batteries and has designed speakers that will run off the power from the connected player

Targus Solitaire Slipcase

IT products aimed at women have been sorely lacking in an otherwise masculine environment. Targus is looking to change that with the introduction of its Solitaire Slipcase. The new slipcase is designed to target the style-conscious female executive.

Where there's muck, there's brass

Local company Computer Dust Units (CDU) was given the opportunity to showcase its products at a government function, alongside other New Zealand companies such as Resene and Whittakers.

Callplus considers Linksys link

Callplus, the brand behind ISP Slingshot, has its eyes on convergence and is currently talking about a possible partnership with Linksys, adding hardware to its ISP capacity and WiMax distributor.

Check Point, Lan Systems trans-Tasman push

Security and networking specialist Check Point and Lan Systems are ramping up operations in Australia and New Zealand. Check Point has recently increased its staff numbers to 19 spread over the two countries – this time last year there were just 13. The company is looking to employ two more by the end of the year.

Revving up to become number one

New Zealand's peripherals market is competitive, so is Richard Olsen at IT Computer Products. He's working hard to become one of the top dogs. Jan Birkeland talks to Olsen about his passion for the peripherals business and his love for motorbikes.

Symantec's exasperation with Microsoft

Microsoft’s new operating system, Vista, has created a headache for security vendors like Symantec and McAfee. The software giant recently opened up its code, enabling other vendors to tailor their products to Vista, but the fight is far from over.

PQI U320 USB Pen Drive

Imagine being able to carry a device no bigger than a pack of chewing gum that can make any computer ‘like yours’ anywhere. No matter where you are, you can work, back up data, send emails, play games, listen to music, watch videos or view your pictures without having to worry about what software is installed on the host computer.

Creative's Zen Vision W

Creative Labs looks set to attack a crowded media player market with the release of its Zen Vision W portable video, photo and mp3 player.