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Blogging Player of the Week: One more, with feeling

You may not have heard of this week’s choice for blogging Player of the Week, but you have probably come across her writing, reporting and commentary — probably in isolation of the bigger picture of the amazing work she does in her blogs. Damaria Senne makes her living from covering technology issues for ITWeb, but…

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Radiohead’s brave new world

On Monday Radiohead sent shockwaves through the music industry and paroxysms of fear through the major record labels when they announced that their new album In Rainbows would go on sale on the 10th October as a direct digital rights management (DRM) free download from their website. The price: whatever you feel like paying for…

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SA’s top 51 blogs

These are the blogs that make it into the top 100 000 ranking on Technorati. They are competing with about 70-million other blogs, so being popular or widely read only in South Africa is not likely to get them this ranking. In other words, these are more than likely blogs that have a worldwide readership. If…

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SA’s poor-quality and pixellated picture sites

We can all agree that due to increased bandwidth availability over the past years, online media quality and quantity have grown substantially. So why the hell are local online publishers dragging their feet and being so schnoep with their bits and bytes?! Gone are the days of 800×600 resolution! And gone are the days where…

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I hate it when it all comes together

When it comes to technology, I’m an early adopter. Heck, I’m more than that. While others are filling in the adoption papers, I’m nursing the gadget into adolescence. In 2001, for my 30th birthday, a group of generous friends chipped in to buy me an MP3 player. None of them knew what the hell this…

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How much is a blog worth?

There is a blog up for sale, at auction, and I wonder if you can predict how much it will sell for. (I am not going to give out the URL, because I don’t want you to see what the current bid is, but if you think you might want to buy it, give me…

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Charity 2.0

It is becoming harder and harder for charities to raise funds. There is an increasing public indifference to the endless lotteries, fetes and nude calendars trotted out by charities each year and general suspicion that the bulk of funds collected finance the administration of the charity rather than the intended recipients. Whether these perceptions are…

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Online hiding holes vs the law

VideoProfessor sells computer training videos, mostly through late-night infomercials. Like most companies, it offers a money-back guarantee, but there seem to be endless problems with overcharges, upsells and unclear terms. Some customers got a little fed up and posted anonymous, negative comments on websites such as Infomercialscams.com. VideoProfessor did not take kindly to this, and…

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Mac vs …

I’ve hated PCs all my life, but I’ve had to use ’em. Up until two years ago that was the case. But now I’m an Apple guy, a sworn Mac supporter, user and follower. This isn’t just to piss off the rest of the PC users, or to be different, or to bask in the…

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Blogging Player of the Week: John Cherry

Hands up (okay, blogs up) anyone who can tell me in one sentence what Cherryflava is all about. I thought so. “Trends and innovation”. You mean like Sasol’s human resources strategy or the new Merc? “Seriously passionate about fresh thinking.” You mean, like new ways of using sex to sell groceries? Or how about, “a…

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