"Be the change you want to see in the world." - Mohandas Gandhi.
July 17, 11:11 GMT. An hour of universal meditation began. Its purpose: To heal the world.
How telling is your name. Sometimes everything. It gives clues to your language, culture or religion; and whether you'll be invited for a job interview.
I often find myself annoyed at the what I perceive to be poor journalism, which usually involves incorrect use of language, incomplete facts, and unqualified opinion.
A three-way Skype conference with my sisters in America and Australia, and they're both 'praating' the 'taal'! In their emails too I notice a liberal sprinkling of Afrikaans beauties, like "bliksem!" My mind goes back to my grandmother, often cursing in French or Arabic, but mostly reminiscing fondly about "The Old Country"; and I recognise the same tone in my sisters' voices.
I've been keenly following the press and frequently visiting the Apple website for news about their new iPhone. It hit the streets yesterday in the USA, and it was quickly apparent that demand would outstrip supply.
Selling at $449, less than it costs to manufacture, Apple has made it clear that the iPhone will be a loss-leader until it could establish itself in the mobile phone market, and the cost reduction benefits of volume production pull the bottom-line into the black.
Very cool for me is the built-in iPod; Bluetooth, WiFi (access a hotspot rather than use the cell net) & Edge; it runs Mac Os X, and therefore is theoretically capable of any application that will run on its larger desktop and laptop siblings. And keyboard-less human interface will no doubt be effortless and intuitive in the Apple tradition.
Very uncool is the basic 2MP camera cannot come close to the Sony Ericsson K810i with its 3.2MP Cybershot, and no GPS, either built-in or as an accessory. Frankly, a HUGE disappointment!
Will I buy it? The second generation iPhone, due out in about a year, will have a better camera and GPS on-board. But I'm proud to be an eager early adopter, and my contract's due for renewal. I think you might just find me in line when they land in SA