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Breaking News: Steve Jobs Granted Medical Leave From Apple Again

Posted by on Jan 17, 2011 in Technology | 0 comments

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Breaking News: Steve Jobs has been granted medical leave from Apple once again.

The news comes today from an email sent around to all Apple staff from the CEO himself.

Team,
At my request, the board of directors has granted me a medical leave of absence so I can focus on my health. I will continue as CEO and be involved in major strategic decisions for the company.

I have asked Tim Cook to be responsible for all of Apple’s day to day operations. I have great confidence that Tim and the rest of the executive management team will do a terrific job executing the exciting plans we have in place for 2011.

I love Apple so much and hope to be back as soon as I can. In the meantime, my family and I would deeply appreciate respect for our privacy.

Details are still unclear with very little known at this stage, but this is very interesting none the less. Last time Steve Jobs was granted medical leave was to undergo a liver transplant. Too much time at the bottle perhaps? This time what could it be? Breat enhancement? Nose job? Maybe Jacques Kallis gave him the guy who “grew” his hair back.

I think Apple’s stock will take a nice whack to the testies after this news, but that shouldn’t cause too much fear for any share holders with the iPad 2 recently announced and the iPhone 5 on the way. Oh, not to forget that Apple has the second largest market cap.

Is uncle Jobs going under the knife or is this simply some time off to secretly plan the downfall of Facebook or Google? Maybe he just partied too hard into the New Year of 2011?

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OpenWeb Launches ADSL at R19 per GB

Posted by on Sep 14, 2010 in Technology | 3 comments

So OpenWeb have just thrown a sucker punch out there to a lot of ISP’s in South Africa. They have just launched ADSL packages at R19 per GB. It is absolutely amazing to see how broadband has developed in recent years from prices going from R70/GB to R19/GB! That is a remarkable change that South Africa has seen in the capped broadband market. I always thought that the uncapped market was not a sustainable one, but the real race was to see who could gain the market share in the capped internet arena! OpenWeb looks like it has more than one foot in the door!

Here is the email that I received minutes ago:

Hey Friends,

With great excitement, and years of planning, we have finally launched our brand new R19 per GB ADSL accounts.

These accounts run on a SAT3 / Seacom blended bandwidth solution, allowing reliability if the Seacom cable decides to go down again.

You may use a Credit Card to purchase accounts bigger than 3GB, and EFT for accounts smaller. All credit card purchases will automatically subscribe you to a credit order, which will make monthly payments a breeze, as money will automatically be deducted from your card until you cancell.

The service is slightly shaped on P2P and torrents, but will mostly not be noticed.

Uncapped is great, but the limitations placed on users are becoming increasingly harsh. Affordable Per GB ADSL packages will see an up surge again in the near future as big companies start to oversubscribe their IPC links,’says Keoma Wright, Founder of OpenWeb.co.za

For more information on these packages, kindly visit: http://www.openweb.co.za/per_gb

Kind regards
Keoma Wright
Founder
OpenWeb.co.za

I still maintain that MWeb suck! What are your thoughts on all of the happenings in the broadband/bandwidth arena in South Africa?

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10Mb ADSL: Finally arrived

Posted by on Aug 8, 2010 in Technology | 2 comments

Africa, and South Africa in particular, has been crying out for decent internet access for years. It has been too long that, as a country, we have been developing at such a rapid rate, but without the same rate of growth in terms of connectivity and technology.

Steps are finally being taken to remedy this problem though. With the launch of the SEACOM cable last year, bandwidth issues have been a thing of the past. We have seen bandwidth prices plummet from R70/GB to as little as R14/GB lately. Times are certainly changing and we are moving in the right direction. With the launch of the EASSY cabling system last month, another route has been established to Europe providing Africa with an abundunce of bandwidth. Some might say that we are now saturated with the amount of bandwith in the country with the number fast approaching 5TB per second, but many disagree with the view point saying that they are needing to make up for lost time.

This weekend saw the next step in the process to put Africa on par with the rest of the globe in terms of internet technology – the arrival of 10Mbps ADSL speeds. Telkom were set to roll the speed upgrade out to no more than 20 000 subscribers across the country, and it looks as if I was part of the lucky few – for a while at least.

I have been keeping a very close eye on when the line speeds would be upgraded and have regularly done speed tests to determine if my line speed has changed. Alas, I was finally met you great happiness on Saturday morning when I ran the following speed test:

10Mb adsl technology finally released in south africa

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An (G)oogle at a cynical conspiracy

Posted by on Apr 29, 2010 in Google Android, Web | 2 comments

An (G)oogle at a cynical conspiracy

Google has always seemed to be a friendly company, and have always taken the face of a company with a smile. Are they starting to change that and take a more underhanded approach, or have we just never known what goes on behind the scenes?

I work for a company that deals with Google and several financial services companies, and therefore keep a very close eye on the rankings for various forms of insurance and so on. With us keeping such a close eye, we notice trends as they develop, and watch how the rankings fluctuate on a long term, as well as a short terms basis.

As we monitor this space, we realize how highly saturated as well as how competitive it is. And this is how the perfect opportunity for the development of a cynical view point arises.

Google is the leader in the search market all over the world, and therefore has many companies in the palm of its hand. Google is in an extremely strong position in terms of manipulating the market.

Step back and get your critical thinking hats on: when Google makes changes to the rankings, it often results in many companies frantically running around trying to get back to where they were – or better.

It is suddenly a mad frenzy, which leads to actions without thought, and they simply end up throwing money at the problem. Where does that money normally go? PPC advertising. You might think this is normal and there is nothing cynical with that, but what many don’t realize that the money going to PPC is in fact going into Google’s AdWords campaign and therefore going into Google’s pocket.

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Captain Awesome’s Opinion: MWEB Sucks

Posted by on Apr 12, 2010 in Technology, Web | 27 comments

With the good news for the South African Internet market over the last few weeks, we highlighted the many uncapped ADSL options that providers are bringing to the table.

This is my story of using uncapped ADSL so far.

I initially was very skeptical as there were previously uncapped options already available, and they were all much more expensive than the latest offerings. I wanted to know why there was such a difference and how come, all of a sudden, uncapped Internet was affordable.

Chris over at iMod had been set up with an account from Mweb, and he seemed very happy. They were an option I thought. I was currently with Afrihost and was extremely happy with their service, and therefore was seriously considering them. I had used OpenWeb in the past and therefore I decided not to rule them out.

I did the normal thing when one is about to spend a fair amount of money or change a service provider: research. This lead me to discover that Afrihost had thresholds and essentially meant that their service would not be truly uncapped. This service with its great pricing would be sufficient for someone using around 60-100GB a month. I was looking for more.

My next step was to try Mweb as Chris seemed very happy with them. I automatically assumed that a “top” company like Mweb would have a simple sign up process, and I would be online in minutes. Boy oh boy was I wrong. The sign up process after about 10 minutes lead me to a hanging server error. It appears that my request was just simply not being picked up. There was no notification to say there was an error, or if it was successful. I was left with the worst situation possible: was my money being deducted with no product, but I had no idea as there simply was no information provided.

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Things To Do With Local Cap

Posted by on Apr 5, 2010 in Cape Town, Web | 6 comments

Here is a fantastic list of things to do when your international cap has run out and all you have left is local cap. The list is courtesy of The Local List. I have just got my uncapped account from Open Web and I am absolutely loving it! I pity those that don’t have this luxury!

So list is quite out of date, but most of it seems to be still up and running. I haven’t actually linked to the sites as that would just be crazy from an SEO point of view, but all you need to do is simply copy the link into your address bar and away you go!

Search:

http://www.live.com

http://www.ananzi.co.za/

http://www.aardvark.co.za/search/

http://www.search24.com/

http://www.funnel.co.za/

http://www.mylocal.co.za/google

http://www.mylocal.co.za/answers

News:

http://www.thetimes.co.za/home.aspx

http://www.news24.co.za/

http://www.iol.co.za/

http://www.mg.co.za/

http://www.dieburger.com/

http://www.sabcnews.com/

http://www.ananzi.co.za/news/

http://www.702.co.za/news/news.asp

http://www.sbsun.com/home

http://www.chron.com/

http://www.myfoxny.com/

http://www.foxnews.com/

Computers / IT / Tech:

http://www.shockwave.com/home.jsp

http://www.itweb.co.za/

http://mybroadband.co.za/news/

http://cooltech.iafrica.com/

http://www.pcformat.co.za/

http://www.philips.com/

http://www.logitech.com/

http://www.nvidia.com

http://www.benq.com/

http://www.corel.com/

http://www.amd.com/us-en/

http://www.intel.com/

http://www.ati.com

http://www.wug.za.net/

http://www.fujitsu.com/global/

http://www.appriver.com/

http://www.altova.com/

http://www.spamfighter.com/

http://www.tech2.com/

http://www.wired.com/

Cellular:

http://www.vodacom.co.za/

http://www.vodacom4me.co.za/

http://www.mtn.co.za/

http://www.cellc.co.za/

http://www.virginmobile.co.za/

http://www.ericsson.com/

http://www.nokia.co.uk/

Internet / ADSL / ISP

https://secure.telkomsa.net/titracker/

http://userstats.adsl.saix.net/

http://www.saix.net/

http://www.telkom.co.za/

http://www.telkomsa.net/

http://www.neotel.co.za/

http://www.webmail.co.za/

http://www.mweb.co.za/

http://www.do.co.za/

Sports:

http://www.uefa.com/

http://www.wwe.com/

http://www.nba.com/

http://msn.foxsports.com/

http://www.rugby365.com/

http://www.supersport.co.za/

Bulletin Boards / Forums:

http://aas.uct.ac.za

http://forums.xploit.co.za

http://mybroadband.co.za/vb/

http://forums.prophecy.co.za/

http://www.pcformat.co.za/modules.php?name=Forums

http://forum.mxit.co.za/

Maps / Travel / Motoring:

http://www.gotravel24.com/

http://www.brabysmaps.co.za/

http://www.shellgeostar.co.za/

http://www.bmw.com/

http://www.audi.com/audi/com/en2.html

http://www.cardomain.com/

http://www.cathaypacific.com/cpa/en_INTL/homepage

http://www.airtran.com/Home.aspx

http://www.jetstar.com/au/index.html

http://www.garmap.co.za/

http://www.garmin.co.za/

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