Miscellaneous opinions and insights

Mostly about technology and its application with occasional opinions on humanity and some of the people we have to live with. Not scared to comment but generally I am gentle with it.

DBS

DBS

Born in England when black and white TV was a novelty in most homes, I have grown up and dedicated my life to technology.
Came to South Africa in 1970 and completed formal education here.
I have used computer technology all my working life and still am learning more about using it everyday. The speed with which we can now share ideas and information is proof that the dreams and visions I heard in the late 1960's can come true

iPad Cleaning solution?

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on Saturday, 31 March 2012
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To Stylus or not to Stylus?

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The last year just a little observation on how I have got through it.

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on Saturday, 11 February 2012
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10th February at 22:48 pm my mother breathed her last.

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14th February necessary event for digitalisation but would we cope today?

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I heard someone on the radio on Saturday sying that on the 14th February 1961 was when South Africa moved off the UK's Lsd (Pounds, shillings and pence) system to the decimal currency that we know today. The person worked in a bank at the time and all banks were closed over the weekend to effect the changes to the bank records.

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Why are people wishing their life away?

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on Tuesday, 31 January 2012
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I just don't get it. Every Monday on Facebook I see my friends bemoaning the start of a new week, saying the weekend is too short and wishing it was Friday.

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I published a novel now thats one item off my bucket list

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on Monday, 30 January 2012
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Some of you may remember November 2008 when I put some posts up about doing the crazy phrenetic lunacy that is NanoWriMo. You had to write a 50 000 word novel in the month of November which sounded easy at the time but the pressure towards the end is tremendous as you try to complete the effort. Once I had finished it I wanted nothing to do with it. Sort of like a sickly chocolate bar that once you have finished it you don't want any more or even want to buy another one. The novel lay dormant for many months while I summoned the interest to edit it, spell check and correct as well as re-write large chunks that I was not so happy with. That took until October 2011 to do. Then it was a case of deciding the best way to get it published. Stories abound of aspirant novelists submitting their manuscripts to publishing house after publishing house in a non-stop nauseating receipt of rejection slips. I didn't fancy this and many of them want you to submit a printed as well as electrronic copy. I then decided to look at self publishing which you can do but you are putting up the money up front for the production run, distribution etc and then you need to convince the national bookshops to purchase, stock, display and promote your work. Not possible at the moment with children's education consuming most of ones income. I then decided to look at self publishing just as an e-Book available in places like the Amazon Kindle library. A quick Google search yielded a number of interesting links including Amazon with options for you to make your work available as an on demand physical item rather than just digital. You can find details here . The search also came up with some really helpful sites including this one which had a link to a stored webcast on exactly how to do it. 1 hour of my Christmas break was consumed in watching it and it really could not be simpler. I followed the steps to the letter and in less than 4 hours my book had a cover, copyright information and was being processed through the Amazon Kindle mill. The next day I had an email from Amazon stating that my work was now available in US, UK, France and Germany. For anyone wanting to get their work published, be it thick or thin, this is an easy way to do it. Of course once published you still need to do some marketing to get your work purchased so it is not a silver bullet to fame and fortune. Of course if you want to read my novel you will find it here.

Kingston entry gives my PC a zing!

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on Friday, 13 January 2012
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OK so it was not actually a Kingston memory stick that I got given for Christmas. But this 8GB beauty has changed my work laptop from OK to great. I stuck it in and the option window came up asking me if I would like to use it as readyboost. What the hell I thought lets go for it.

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IEB Matric results and Government results will they reflect the same disappointments?

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on Wednesday, 04 January 2012
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Today the IEB results are released and tomorrow the Government schools will be out.

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Was it a digital holiday in the last 10 days?

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on Tuesday, 03 January 2012
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I generally go onto facebook and linkedin once a day just to catch up and generally I do not go on to it at work.

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My Technology highlight and lowlight of 2011

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on Tuesday, 29 November 2011
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Hardware technology by itself is just a useless piece of plastic/metal/grains of sand.

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