Daily Archives: November 17, 2008

I.C.E. – Save a life – yours?

I.C.E. – stands for In Case of Emergency and was first promoted by the East Anglian Ambulance Trust and has achieved more awareness following those tragic events in London a few years back.

Supported by St. Johns, although not new, the concept of ICE is that it will allow ambulance crews and other personnel to quickly contact a nominated person who can be informed in the event of an incident.

The system encourages mobile phone users to save their next of kin’s details into their cellphones under the acronym ‘ICE‘, so in an emergency those first on the scene know who to call. For more than one contact name simply enter ICE1, ICE2 and ICE3 etc.

It won’t work if you;

  1. have a password on your mobile
  2. if you are traveling and the language on the phone is not widely understood in that country
  3. if there is no reception in that area
  4. you let other people borrow your phone
  5. your phone battery expires
  6. emergency crews can’t match the phone to its owner (multiple situations)

Like many things there’s got to be critics. They say that should you find yourself in a situation where you find yourself being attended to by a paramedic, that paramedic won’t have the time to look up a phone number on the mobile phone because they quite obviously have other more important things to attend to first.

Well yes, that’s patently obvious I would think, and I surely would prefer the paramedic to attend to me first. Nevertheless I still don’t think that should stop anyone from following this initiative, even though it’s a few years old now.

I’ve had ICE on my phone for over two years now, have my wife’s mob, our home number, her work number and my mother & mother-in-laws numbers stored. Right or Wrongly I’ve consciously only put people there who live locally to where I spend most of my time, in the Nelson region.

One problem that may crop up – your phone doesn’t show the callers name any more

This will be because your ICE contact number is a duplicate entry of another contact in your phone book. If you have two numbers the same, your phone might not know which one to display so it will show just the number. To get round this, simply type a * after the number under your ICE contact. It will still work and should cure the caller-ID problem.

There were some emails circulated re a virus / hoax with ICE, see status here.

Lastly some good advice from the ABC in Tasmania, take care so you never need it.

And yes it works!

Google Street View in Nelson

Passed one of the Google StreetView cars today, it was a late model black Holden Astra driving through the Main Rd between Richmond to Nelson with Google written on the side and that Camera Pole on the roof.

However the ones I saw on photos from the US showed it with a black camera ball atop the roof mounted mast, but the one I saw had a smaller almost block type object, orange in colour on it.

I was rushing to an appointment so didn’t have a chance to have a “real good look” at it.

Alistair informed us during the recent realestate.co.nz Roadshows that “Street-View” should be released in about a month or so.

I guess I’ll just have to wait another month or so to look at the photos on that part of the road to see if indeed I was snapped.

Google Camera Car in Nelson - Nov08There’s also some sites that state they show the funny side of Street-View.

Australia has already has StreetView.

UPDATE – found a photo of it with that Orange Camera on top, so maybe it was working.

18-11-08 – and still in Nelson on 18th November 2009 as the photo to the right shows.

How much would you pay for a home?

Home to $55,000,000 Hi Oprah


$125,000,000 Hi The Don


$155,000,000 or not

$170,000,000 Hi Larry





$1,000,000,000 or here with pictures

And there is some speculation the final cost could approach $2,000,000,000 but for his money he’s got some nice touches – like 3 helipads, 168 parking spots, it stands 27 stories tall, and will require 600 servants to run perfectly.

Unfortunately Mr Ambani (& his brother) have suffered a bit this year, SENSEX – the Indian Stock exchange, has crashed nearly 60% since January 2008 and Mukesk has seen his personal wealth crash from $57.6 billion to $14.4 billion.

And the most expensive property deal in England?

And just for some perspective here’s the home of the worlds richest man, the sage of Omaha, Warren Buffet and it comes in at $700,000.