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

Standing by the side of the road

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DBS
Born in England when black and white TV was a novelty in most homes, I have grow
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on Friday, 31 August 2007
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Yesterday as evening threw its cloak around us we gathered at the side of the road to remember. The simple wooden cross that my brother in law had put up a year ago lay broken on the ground as a result of some roadworks but we all knew where the spot was. 366 days before my nephew had been involved in a motorbike accident and lost his life the next day.
The air was warmer than it had been on the day he died but we all felt cold and empty inside as with tears flowing his cousins placed flowers on the ground. The busy evening rush hour traffic passed us by. Some slowed down, some looked nobody stopped and we were left in our silent reflection.
Then the giant that is my wife's little brother wiped his eyes and said "lets go".
In silence we walked back to our cars leaving behind our thoughts and some physical evidence that we remembered the person more than the day. It is true that the frequency that the pain of loss occurs diminishes with time, but it is also true that when it comes it still hurts as much.
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A positive action can help

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DBS
Born in England when black and white TV was a novelty in most homes, I have grow
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on Thursday, 30 August 2007
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Yesterday I had to drive from Parktown to Pretoria to meet with a client after a mix up as to which of their offices we were to meet at. Getting on to the M1 at St. Andrews road I saw a man at the side of the road, well dressed wearing a tie holding his thumb out and then pressing his palms together in prayer. Normally I don't just pick up hitchhikers but this is an on-ramp where I could not be attacked and with the prospect of midday travel on the M/N1 in front of me some company would be a pleasant change so I pulled over and he came running up.
He got in and immediately thanked me again putting his hands together in thankful prayer. I joined the freeway and we got talking. He said that his name was Jacob and that he was going to Polokwane. I said that I could take him as far as the Rigel off ramp.
He then started to tell me the reason for his journey. He had been informed that morning that his wife had died after a long illness and that he was going home to take care of the arrangements. He was clearly upset and fighting the tears. We talked more but about what is between the two of us. Coming out of the conversation were the following relevant facts. He was not employed as the company he worked for had closed down. He is a qualified code 10 driver. He has 2 children a boy and a girl aged 3 and 5. He also had no money so could not take a taxi home and he expected it would take him 2 days to get to Messina.
We drove on through the crowded rush that is Buccleuch to Allandale. He asked to be dropped at the Shell service station at the Samrand offramp as he said that was a good place to try for the next lift on his journey. In a very humble way he then asked me is I could assist him with some money so that he could take a taxi.
We pulled over and I gave him the money in my wallet. He also asked for my business card so that he could contact me when he had got the money to pay me back.
Jacob showed me that there are people out there who are less fortunate than me, who have bigger crosses to bear and face uncertain times ahead. I am thinking positively for Jacob. I know that he will get a job I want my positive thoughts to secure his and his family's future.
As I sit here tonight with a full stomach I offer a prayer to God that he has food in his and with every passing second is closer to his loved ones.
Think positive thoughts and together we can help Jacob and a whole lot more people.
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Chalet Mates from Hell Part 5

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DBS
Born in England when black and white TV was a novelty in most homes, I have grow
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on Tuesday, 28 August 2007
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Sunday the next day was cloudy and promising snow. Not great for those wanting to have a great time on the slopes and bask in the sun on the way down. The crew from Norwich were in sombre mood whilst Tersia said “Oh well what’s one day of cloud in 13 days of skiing” You have got to love my wife for the ability to take a wound and tear it open. “Pass the butter and if you can could I please have another cup of tea darling? I am rather thirsty after the fun and games of last night.”

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Do you Dvorak?

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DBS
Born in England when black and white TV was a novelty in most homes, I have grow
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on Tuesday, 28 August 2007
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Hi people,
A colleague in the office had a problem that her pc suddenly changed the letters that it was typing. I isolated to it being set on Dvorak and that led me to do some research on it. No its nothing from the great composer Antonin but a way to improve typing speed by changing the keyboard layout.
Noe I type reasonably well for self trained using all the fingers correctly but I thought that changing to the Dvorak might make me even faster.
Has anyone used it? Was it easy to change? Were you faster and more accurate?
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Will it be 3 in a row for Manto ?

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DBS
Born in England when black and white TV was a novelty in most homes, I have grow
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on Friday, 24 August 2007
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Sunday is less than 48 hours away and I was pondering if Manto is going to make it to the front page of the Sunday Times? There certainly seems to be a lot of smoke around and we all know that smoke means fire.
Will we hear more about her drinking or he pilfering.
One headline I would love to see is MANTO QUITS!
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Crime is an addiction in this country

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DBS
Born in England when black and white TV was a novelty in most homes, I have grow
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on Wednesday, 22 August 2007
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Its all around us crime that is and none of us can escape it. The effects of crime have very profound effects on us all and I don't believe that anyone in this country can say they are crime free (i'm certainly not read we bought a new house in Ferndale). However a friend in Switzerland forwarded me the article below which really hit home with me. Let me have your comments and maybe we can get rid of this addiction. Les thank you for sending it to me.

WHY I'M FLEEING SOUTH AFRICA

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Idols predictability

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DBS
Born in England when black and white TV was a novelty in most homes, I have grow
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on Monday, 20 August 2007
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So last night saw Idols 2008 start with the JHB auditions. The highlights or should that be th lowlights were as predictable as previous versions of the program.
So many people who definately can't sing and of course the usual dirty looks and mediocre encouragement from the judges. Now I don't know how many people went through the process but to choose only 12 from the obvious thoussands can mean only 1 of 2 things
1) The judges are VERY picky
2) The talent is not

Still there were some humerous moments especially with the eyebrows, but come on Mnet you have got to get it to be more exciting. Paint dries faster than last night's episode did
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Chalet Mates From Hell Part 4

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DBS
Born in England when black and white TV was a novelty in most homes, I have grow
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on Saturday, 18 August 2007
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“Good explanation!” said Joe, “I’ll get the blankets” and left the room in such a hurry that he almost forgot to open the door.

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Chalet Mates From Hell Part 3

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DBS
Born in England when black and white TV was a novelty in most homes, I have grow
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on Saturday, 18 August 2007
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We all took the luggage up to the rooms and then returned to have the coffee that Charlotte had prepared.

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Chalet Mates From Hell Part 2

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DBS
Born in England when black and white TV was a novelty in most homes, I have grow
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on Saturday, 18 August 2007
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We trudged up the road with baggage in hand behind Charlotte who had very kindly offered to take two of our bags. The pavement was clear of snow but remnants remained on roofs and gardens so at least there was some of the white stuff around.

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