Christmas in the tech world!

It’s that time of year again, with Christmas decorations in every shop window and catchy festive tunes that help boost the economy on all shop sound systems. Are you a last minute shopper or are all your presents already bought, wrapped up, in the cupboard and waiting for Christmas morning? Well, if you haven’t got … Continue Reading

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Redrawing the maps

Someone once remarked that a map of the global subsea cable network makes a pretty good history of colonialism. That quote came to mind when I sat down to write this week’s blog. In fact, I spent half an hour on Google trying to turn up the name of the guy who said it. No … Continue Reading

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Things fall apart, things come together

While some aspects of our extraordinary country fall apart – my mind on the recent and shocking Lonmin/Marikana mine massacre – other areas such as the Internet economy are flourishing.   According to studies done by business technology research company World Wide Worx, it would appear that the South African Internet industry is looking at … Continue Reading

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In praise of the common email…

There are many, many communication miracles of our time as you well know – Facebook, Twiitter, Mxit, Sms, BBM and What’sApp to mention but a few.  But in this spirit of looking at what is now quotidian communication, I would like to take a moment to appreciate the miracle of email, used every day and … Continue Reading

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West Africa Cable system – a symbol of hope for SA Internet

An exciting little technological inception captured my attention this month – the exciting launch of the submarine West Africa Cable System (WACS) on May 11. The cable comes just at the right time, seeing as data consumption is said to have quadrupled last year. Yes, this Internet business is getting rather serious indeed.     … Continue Reading

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The fantastical world of eBooks

Why would anyone who enjoys the remarkable experience of reading real books, with their enticing covers and pages that smell of academia, go for a cold, intangible eBook? Being rather traditional in my appreciation of literature, I was actually surprised and delighted to discover the eBook offers some most appealing features that surpass time-honoured print. … Continue Reading

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iPads and iPhones – are we loving or hating them?

It would appear the main attraction of the super-modern iPads and iPhones is exactly that – their space age-ness. Are we just in love with the glamour of these trendy devices, or are they really useful, user-friendly and, well, necessary? Maybe it’s not about being useful at all, maybe it’s about how clever we can … Continue Reading

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Out the cave, onto the internet!

I was sitting at home over the weekend in my favourite easy chair, a delicious cup of coffee in hand, when I began to wonder about humanity and about how far we have actually  come from our caveman days … People still whoop like Neanderthals at sports events – if Zog somehow managed to time … Continue Reading

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Love your neigbour, because you might need her telkom internet one day…

A few years back I lived in an apartment block on the beach with the fastest telkom adsl available at the time.  The apartment offered everything I always imagined I will have one day.  From a breathtaking penthouse style balcony with sweeping seaviews to a rimflow pool complete with a ‘Victoria Falls’ waterfall feature flowing … Continue Reading

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2012, the year of the torrent by Keoma Wright

I always find it entertaining when in conversation with my non-computer savvy friends, they believe “Keoma is a a movie pirate!”  I actually see this as a compliment in all honesty.  Name me one child whom failed to have vivid visions of sailing the Somalian coastline with an AK47 and Bazuka gun aimed at a … Continue Reading

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