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18 months without a cigarette

It is now 18 months since I stopped smoking “cold turkey“. Interestingly enough, this seems to be the most successful method amongst 80-90% of all long-term quitters. Unlike many ex-smokers, I still believe that everyone should have a right to...

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Belkin N1 wireless router

In anticipation of finally getting broadband I bought myself the Belkin N1 wireless router: I managed to get a R 500,00 discount from Incredible Corruption since the box was opened and the manual was missing. Nonetheless everything else was still...

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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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Yamaha YSP-4000 – surround sound bar

I hate cables and clutter – and this was reason enough in the past not to get a 5.x/7.x surround system – too many cables, speakers and clutter. Until I came across the Yamaha YSP-4000: Yamaha rammed 40 1.5 inch...

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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″...

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ADT in the wild – reckless driving

On a sunny Saturday, the 22nd February at 12:53pm an ADT-driver decided to be cute and funny and cut me off in traffic: ADT-headoffice – I reported your driver with registration WRL 372GP. Your driver was full of testosterone and...

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Home Affairs – How not to get an ID-book (14 years later)

I have been a permanent resident since 1998 and ever since I received my permanent resident certificate, I have tried to get my first ID-book. It took me a lot of patience to ignore the stuff-up from Home Affairs Randburg...

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Postnet Northgate – How not to provide service

I am normally very patient and have accepted that experiencing customer service in South Africa is as scarse as finding a virgin at a brothel. Postnet Northgate falls in the no-service category. Their core-business should be just delivering mail –...