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The Red Plug-In City

Plug-in City seems the right way to imagine how a large number of optional connections can be organised, randomised, mixed or matched. So says the Communist University (CU) in its launch of its Plug-In City. The CU is a blog, training workshop and more broadly an attempt by the “left” to use the internet to…

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The future of media

If we want to understand how communications could change in the next 15 years, we must look back over the same period — to a time before the cellphone and the internet. Only then can we appreciate and prepare for the potential revolution that still faces us in the future. Here is a tale from…

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What is the meaning of Facebook?

There comes a time in a man’s life when biting another Zombie chump, waiting four days for your growing gift to turn into a money tree or refreshing the page so that you get status updates in your news feed doesn’t get you excited any more. It’s depressing to be so bored with Facebook that…

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The service domain?

Last year sometime, I registered a handful of domain names with a South African company. Having finally got some of the basics done, I thought I would have some use for one of the domains. So I contacted my company, and lo and behold, someone else owned the domain name. I phoned the company and…

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It’s all in the attitude

Yesterday was a fun day. I was offered an LG Viewty phone to play with and to comment on, and it’s a fine-looking phone. And I get to keep it. I am beyond tickled pink. I am tickled all the shades of the rainbow. Why the excessive celebrations, one might wonder? It’s because I am…

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Google’s Android: About time mobile service providers woke up

My recent mobile internet access experiences with MTN remind me of the internet in South Africa circa 1996: download speeds can barely handle text pages, access can bankrupt you, browsers can’t display pages correctly and my phone is desperately seeking a “blue screen of death” alternative to just plain freeze-reboot. I recently read that both…

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Free advice to anybody wishing to start another Facebook

This is the kind of business about which people dream and fantasise. Facebook was launched in February 2004. In November 2007 it was reported that Microsoft bought a 1,6% share of the company for $240-million. You can do the sums to check out how much the market seems to think Facebook is worth now, in…

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A rough history of the web industry in South Africa

A personal account of how the web industry got started, and some of the colourful characters who populated it I guess it’s starting to feel like I’m running out of time to write this piece. I’m getting, well, old, frankly. The next web generation has arrived and is hard at work creating all kinds of…

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Make space for the PC in the museum

Three days of wonderful inspirational stuff at the Flash on the Beach conference has regrettably come to an end. As an aside, I got a beach towel and beach thongs, or flip-flops for the South African readers, in my free handout kit. It’s all of something like 14 degrees during the day and four degrees…

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Origin of the blog revealed

Scientists have found a 60 000-year-old neck bone that suggests Neanderthals were anatomically able to produce the speech sounds modern humans make … That implies that voice-production machinery has changed little over the past 60 000 years. – News report “You have reached the cave of Ak Ar. I’m away right now, but if you leave…

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