Ihug Surfboards

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Ihug Surfboards

Postby YetiSeti on Thu Feb 17, 2011 10:01 pm

I just bought an Ihug Surfboard and was wondering if anyone has one, had one, knows much about them or has loaded anything else onto one?

Does anyone know how often they might appear on trademe? They're not likely to appear in Computers/Vintage so I never would have seen them. It's the first one I've seen in the Vintage category. I wonder how many are still out there as obsolete technology they're good recycling/dumping material and not something I would think has been kept around much.

I don't have the manual and have recently deleted the digital camera pics I took a year or so back of the manual I saw in an offline (you know, the traditional type) auction where I took a picture of the front cover and specs on the inside back cover of the manual. It was in a box of books that I knew a dealer would buy and be chucking out the manual but they wouldn't let me have just the manual without bidding on the lot.

2000-2001 might not be considered vintage, but any computing technology that comes and goes without too much success is worthy of a pause (no, not key on the keyboard) why it wasn't so.

I'm in the market for something like this to set up for my nana. She's 90, doesn't know what the internet is, possibly not really what a computer is, but she does use teletext. I think that's a promising sign. I think something that could display some internet pages on different tv channels without nothing more in function than say, a forward, back, home, print and bookmark button would be ideal. I think the internet nowadays is far too confusing and not so age friendly.

A few links below :

"Internet Now Available On TV", Monday, 20 November 2000, 5:16 pm, Press Release: Ihug
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/SC0011/S00079.htm
http://pcworld.co.nz/pcworld/pcw.nsf/reviews/a-techno-lust-xmas , December 03 2001
http://www.nethistory.co.nz/index.php/Chapter_23_-_IP_Channel_Surfing
"Big players need to get interactive on TV front" http://www.nzherald.co.nz/technology/news/article.cfm?c_id=5&objectid=180996
http://www.linux.net.nz/lists/NZLUG/2002/02/0059.html
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Re: Ihug Surfboards

Postby tezza on Fri Feb 18, 2011 11:58 am

Interesting. I remember vaugely hearing about these kind of things in the day but yes, they never caught on. These technologies continue to integrate though. I've just got myself an android phone. It's a big leap up from my old mobile with was bought around 2004. Wow! I can certainly see how these smartphones and tablets are the wave of the future.
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