Eve Dmochowska

Even Mugabe is entitled to freedom of expression

“If we don’t believe in free expression for people we despise, we don’t believe in it at all.” Paarl Web, a subsidiary of Naspers, printed R3 million worth of party propaganda for Mugabe after Caxton declined the deal. Business Day reported the story, and now there is some uproar about this. We are, admittedly, dealing…

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‘Bush speaks the truth. Hell freezes’

Ha! My favourite six words of fiction. “For sale: Baby shoes, never worn” come a close second. I am a sucker for brevity, and appreciate writers who can cut a long story short without losing the essence of the plot. (Unlike Woody Allen who said he “speed-read War and Peace. It was about Russia.”) So,…

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Can one man make a difference for the mood of a country?

I am reading a new book, Superclass, that talks about the nature of the most powerful people on earth (there are about 6,000 of these individual super-powers), and how they affect history. Although I have just started the book, it is already obvious that power is most often aided by money or political position. Unless…

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If you had to pay, what would you pay for?

A big chunk of the Internet is free. A very big chunk. But what if it wasn’t? What if you had to pay for the services you consume (over and above what you pay for bandwidth)? Let’s ignore, for now, the slightly obtrusive fact that the Internet wouldn’t be nearly as big or influential as…

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How do you deal with too much email?

I was discussing this issue with some friends over dinner last night, and somebody mentioned that a very prominent player in SA’s social media space has this policy: any email that would take more than 30 seconds to deal with gets deleted. I was horrified. I had written to this person on various occasions, got…

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How expensive is it to stay connected?

I certainly enjoy being connected to the Internet and digital world, but as my bills poured in at the end of the month, I started wondering just how much this is costing me. Here is a (very approximate) breakdown: 3G modem, 1 Gig , R350 3G modem, 2 Gig, R550 Cellphone contract, R500 Blackberry subscription,…

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My love-hate relationship with technology

I have noticed a life cycle with my enthusiasm for any new piece of technology: At first I love it Then I love it some more, and start hooking up other people with it Then I begin to notice the bugs, which I try to ignore because the technology is so cool Then the bugs…

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Online Millions: Finding your niche

In your pursuit of making millions online, the most important decision you will have to make is choosing the correct niche as your target audience. Do not fall into the trap of playing the “it’s for everyone” game, because it never is, and even if it was, you would never be able to afford it….

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Online Millions: Finding your niche

In your pursuit of making millions online, the most important decision you will have to make is choosing the correct niche as your target audience. Do not fall into the trap of playing the “it’s for everyone” game, because it never is, and even if it was, you would never be able to afford it….

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Online millions: The advertising model

Part one is here. You will probably never make millions from online advertising, no matter what type of website you run. However, if you are able to create a site and attract a reasonably sized and loyal audience, you can sell the site to a bigger player who can exercise the advertising potential. That’s how…

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