I also use the NZPost's YouShop service when doing online retail shopping in the US. Most places will not ship internationally, you know. YouShop provides a shipping address in Oregon from which they onship to NZ -- for a price.
After moving to NZ, I found the retail scene to be lacking in choice. Eventually, I got over it.
When I read the summary of the article, the first thing that occurred to me is that it sounded really similar to the transportation system that prevails on the island of Efate in Vanauatu (but in Vanuatu there is no cellphone app for it. You just stand by the road and wait for the bus to come by), and when I was there I found it to be more convenient and more effective than any public transportation system that I had encountered before, first or third world.
What if you could build a computer that works just like the human brain?
My first reaction was: And what if you wound up with the brain of a Hitler?
And, also, they would be mainly in urban centers. Arrowtown is not an urban center, though it is a popular holiday spot. Much of NZ is very rural with small communities and they may have never had a booth.
It has been my thought that Telecom embarked on this program to cater to the tourists who come every summer.
The Telecom WiFi hotspots have been set up around NZ for a couple of years now. I guess it was a trial. Where I live in Nelson, there are at least two that I encounter often. They work, and they are free to everyone. I have used them several times when out shopping or getting a coffee. And I am not a Telecom customer.
My thesis work, computing a potential energy curve for a diatomic molecule took 8 solid hours of computing on the 6600 for each plotted point. I don't know what it would have taken on the machine we had before. I was the night operators' friend. They started my runs at the beginning of their shift, and had nothing to do until morning.
Streaming video services are just almost beginning to be available in NZ.
Here in NZ, we have limited choices I guess. There are quite a few ISPs, but they generally are reselling DSL services on lines owned by the telco. My speeds are ~12 Mbps down, ~1Mbps up. Almost all providers have data caps, either going to dialup speed or $$ extra when the cap is exceeded. I chose one that had no data allowance at all. I much preferred just paying for what I used at NZ$1/GB plus a base monthly charge. I am quite happy with that.
No decent human being would push young women in the direction she went.
I had the privilege of meeting Capt Hopper (she was not Adm. yet) many years ago. She was a real dynamo, enjoying her life and very turned on about what she was doing. Everyone would be well to have someone encourage them into a lifetime activity that would give them such enjoyment as she had!
I cannot actually say whether she was a really good developer or not. Much of the accolades she got were because she was the first to do a number of things, not necessarily because she was the "best" in some sense.