Category: Consulting

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How to crash an airplane

On my recent flight to Atlanta I managed to break the Delta airlines inflight entertainment system and upset a few fellow passengers on the plane (hello row 27 passengers: sorry for crashing your entertainment system and forcing you to fast...

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American obsessions: Signs

The most powerful nation in the world (and also the most obese) is obsessed with signs and it almost seems that the locals can not do without it. I am not sure if it is Bush or the aftermath of...

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Reflecting on the vacation

The vacation was great. In the last two weeks we travelled 3500 miles by sea and almost 20,000 miles by air. Flying with an airline such as Delta simply sucks (SAA is worse) and you naturally lower your expectations to...

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Vacation almost over / Star Wars

With our vacation almost over and having just returned from a stunning 7 day Caribbean cruise from Ft. Lauderdale via St. Maarten, St. Thomas and Princess Cays I am looking forward to get back home. But I do miss this:...

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Beta: Ubuntu Hardy Heron 8.04 launched

The Ubuntu developers have just released Hardy Heron (Ubuntu 8.04) in beta. Since the last release (7.10), Hardy Heron sports now: Xorg 7.3 with an emphasis on better autoconfiguration Kernel 2.6.24 which includes many performance improvements and enhancements GNOME 2.22...

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Telkom – denial of service, part 2

In one of my previous posts I raised the issue about Telkom’s incompetence. Telkom is obviously good in even outdoing themselves and needless to say – 8 weeks and still no phone line installed. Yes, the technician arrived (to my...

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Telkom denial of service

Trying to get decent (and cheap) broadband in South Africa is like finding a virgin in a brothel. Mobile and wirless technologies are good but the latency associated with such service is unbearable when playing games online. If you have...

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I have been robbed…

For South African’s the above tag-line is nothing unusual. The crime-rate is quite high and pretty much everyone had a run-in with criminals over the years or at least knows close relatives or colleagues who have been affected by this....

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Eeek – it’s an Asus Eee PC – nice….

Asus has started to release the ultra-portable Eee-PC into South Africa: Thin as a slice of toast (almost: 225 x 165 x 21mm), I am waiting for the 8GB model to be launched. The Eee PC 8G features a 7″...