Arthur Goldstuck

Is it only me, or are lunatic lawyers running the IT asylum?

I would like to share an email with you that, according to its content, may contain information which is confidential, private or privileged in nature. Indeed, I have been advised that I must notify the sender that I am not the stated addressee or such person’s authorised representative. Moreover, I must refrain from printing, copying,…

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Towards the digital donga

It’s comforting to know that South Africa now has a formal, cabinet-approved digital migration policy, and even more so that our digital TV future will be curated by a Digital Dzonga (“digital south”) Advisory Council, drawn from the industry, labour and public, and reporting to the Minister of Communications. The announcement will come as a…

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Is it just me, or did Tito find the right calculator?

Isn’t it amusing to see the mainstream media and analysts froth about Tito Mboweni’s announcement of a 50 basis point interest rate hike smack, instead of the 200 point hammering he had threatened? Isn’t it obvious that our image-mad money boss had been sabre-rattling to scare the consumer audience that bears the main brunt of…

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MWeb sale a signal of change

The announcement last week that Naspers has put MWeb up for auction created a stir of surprise, but not shock. Is the decision by Naspers to sell MWeb a vote of no confidence in the internet? Hardly. If anything, it declares the opposite: a recognition that the internet has become so pervasive that its best…

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Is it only me, or does Alec Erwin really think I’m thick?

During my boarding school days, when life in a church-run hostel serving a militarist government school was one of endless authoritarianism, we used to have a stock response to the ludicrous reasonings given for the ludicrous restrictions and punishments foisted upon us: “Do they think we’re thick?” Of course, we had no choice but to…

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VoIP finally meeting early expectations

Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP), which allows Internet users to make phone calls to each other at no cost, is finally taking off among South African businesses, four years after it became legal to use it outside company networks. This is the key finding of the VoIP in South Africa 2008 study, released today by…

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Is it only me, or has economic news stagnated?

Is it only me, or has the media’s leverage of technology allowed its coverage of economic news to stagnate? The technology is now available to plug so many automated feeds into tracking of daily market indicators that the people responsible for economic coverage no longer think about what they are reporting. Usually, a sure sign…

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Is it only me, or has economic news stagnated?

Is it only me, or has the media’s leverage of technology allowed its coverage of economic news to stagnate? The technology is now available to plug so many automated feeds into tracking of daily market indicators that the people responsible for economic coverage no longer think about what they are reporting. Usually, a sure sign…

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Is it only me, or does Tito need a new calculator?

Is it only me, or does everyone else get the idea that Reserve Bank governor Tito Mboweni is adding up the right numbers but getting the wrong answer? Every time the inflation rate rises, he sticks it to the consumer, blaming our spending habits for putting a strain on the economy. His reasoning, that there…

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Is it only me, or does Tito need a new calculator?

Is it only me, or does everyone else get the idea that Reserve Bank governor Tito Mboweni is adding up the right numbers but getting the wrong answer? Every time the inflation rate rises, he sticks it to the consumer, blaming our spending habits for putting a strain on the economy. His reasoning, that there…

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