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None of us could've made this up if we had tried: Telkom’s Acceptable Use Policy for ADSL service

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Okay, so I know that I had promised to continue my driving story (which had been inspired by Shiny's Driving in SA post last week) yesterday... NOT that any of you were holding your breaths to read the rest of it, I'm sure!

Then I was distracted by my favourite nemesis. That's right. Once again, this is a tirade against Telkom. I am not going to rest until I have convinced as many people as possible to boycott their sorry excuse of a service. (It's possible. Many home and business users can invest in WISPS instead.)

Telkom is becoming increasingly absurd. At the rate they are coming up with ridiculous prices, policies, rules and regulations, they'll soon surpass Bob Mugabe.

If you don't believe me, consider this: According to this article over at Myadsl, Telkom warns against the downloading of large files or large quantities of files and online gaming as it “may result in excessive data transfer”.

Funnily enough, the first web definition of broadband states it as being "a way of transmitting large amounts of data, voice, and video that is greater than telephony networks..."

This means that the downloading of files like movies, MP3s, games and software using P2P applications such as Napster, Kazaa, E-donkey is not allowed.

And why not, we ask? It's not as if Telkom provides an uncapped service, so one would think they would encourage their clients, since people are paying for every single measly meg they download. Also, need we remind Telkom of their Do Broadband non-service (Which is clearly Don't Broadband in their hands) in which they punt exactly all those things that they are now warning against?

"Mail, News Groups and CHAT programs are also not deemed safe, and Telkom warns that files with the suffix "avi", "jpeg", "mpeg", "gif", and others which are sent to customers can contain very large amounts of data."

So in other words, don't you DARE send your sister in London an e-mail with an attached picture of the family, you greedy network hogger!

Telkom threatens to "identify offenders and terminate their access to and use of the ADSL access service, and levying cancellation charges to cover Telkom’s costs in the event of termination of access to the ADSL access service."

If this wasn't so downright sad and pathetic, I would have laughed...

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Driving me crazy (in which I slightly overuse ALL CAPS)

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After reading Shiny’s Driving in SA post, I feel compelled to make a confession, even though I realise that by sharing my hitherto closely guarded secret, I run the risk of exposing myself as the absolutely uncool, neurotic bundle of nerves that I am. Because you know, that’s one of the many joys of blogging and writing in general: With little effort and a few carefully chosen words, one can seem über-cool and sexy and brave, when that is actually the furthest thing from reality! Which is just another reason why I love writing so much. Yes, I know that you’ve seen right through me from the get-go, but please just humour me, okay?

Here goes. Ready? Brace youselves, because it is bad and you’ll never view me in the same light again!

So read on, if you dare. Just promise to at least try to still respect me tomorrow morning, okay?


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A second attempt at disjointedly introducing myself

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Technically, it's a THIRD attempt, because just as I had finished up the entire post (and it was a long one!) and pressed 'Save blog entry', my browser timed out...

Yes, indeed. Firefox ate my blog post. Don't you hate it when that happens? After Firefox devoured it, no amount of back arrowing OR cursing was able to 'save blog entry'. Grrr.

Anyway, so here goes again:

Yesterday, I received the MDL newsletter via e-mail. As I was reading Townboy's praise of the ideas generated by the MDL community, something else on the page caught my eye. A name in the 'Writers that Rock' box looked vaguely familiar...

Yes, okay. So I'm a bit slow on the uptake. More so when I am in a state of happy shock!

Seriously, I was speechless! And rendering me speechless? That takes some doing, I assure you.

I've no idea who to thank for the honour. Actually, I am convinced that it was all just a big mistake. That my name slipped in their accidentally, due to a technical oversight or an administrative glitch or something. So I'll just keep quiet about it right now before they realise their mistake and promptly remove me, forever banishing me back to the dark shadows of blogging obscurity.

And I know all about blogging obscurity! You see, despite being a newbie here at MDL, I am not new to the world of blogging. As I'm writing this, I am actually cheating on my other long-time blog. So I know how difficult it is to not only get yourself noticed out there in the vast (and rapidly expanding) blogosphere, but to build up and retain a loyal readership. After about three years of blogging, I still only have a handful of readers, and most of them are (sadly) figments of my imagination. The other two are members of my immediate family who only read my drivel under duress.

So the fact that real people are actually reading what I have written here at MDL?!? Wow, how awesomely addictive! Be warned though, because this bit of (undeserved) attention is making me so giddy, I might just be encouraged to write even more! So you might very well be creating a monster...

Speaking of monsters, that reminds me: I set out writing this so that I could reintroduce myself.

So hi. Again. I'm Redsaid. The red refers to the colour of my hair and not, I assure you, to a fiery temper. Because apart from getting riled up by the likes of Telkom, capped Internet in general, browsers timing out when one tries to post a long blog post, and general injustice in the world, I am really rather docile.

Oh, and that little generic avatar above my name? The pink round head with the question mark across the face on top of the round blue circle? It looks EXACTLY like me. Seriously, it's an uncanny resemblance. Especially the bulbous body shape. The only thing that is inaccurate is that my own head is actually filled with unruly, long red hair. But other than that, spot on. So I'm not even going to bother putting up a different photograph!

What else? I am too young to be a wunderkind or a protégé, and yet too old to be wise. And that is just one of many, many conundrums in my life!

I have recently repatriated to South Africa after spending almost a decade in the States. Over there I occupied myself by going out with American boys and by surfing the uncapped, unlimited Internet (that same Internet I have previously waxed lyrical about) with wild abandon.

Despite dating one of the above-mentioned American boys for a very, very long time, I came back to South Africa alone. So yep, now I'm still a single girl. Tell all your single male friends! No, just sort of joking. I am all 'boyfriended out' for the time being.

I LOVE books and reading. Yes, I know that the two seem redundant, but I've recently met a few people who use books just as ornaments to lend atmosphere to a room. Oh, the blasphemy!

I am a coffee addict and an insomniac, two conditions that have NOTHING to do with one another, honestly! (And that doctor who claimed that they were was just a quack anyway!)

One affliction I happily suffer from is a complete and utter love for writing. (It's such a pity that having a passion for something doesn't necessarily make you good at it, though!) I am truly at my happiest when I have a pen in my hand (or a computer keyboard under my fingers), a dog curled up by my feet (LOVE dogs... the bigger the better), a large mug of strong, hot filter coffee within reach and some jazz hopping bee-bobbing from the speakers.

Of course, having an adoring slave-boy guy nearby won't hurt either! Oh, right, yes. I'm all 'boyfriended out'.

Still, a girl can dream, no?

I'm looking forward to getting to know all of you as well!




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Why I despise Telkom even more than I despise my ex-boyfriend (a somewhat melodramatic tirade)

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on Thursday, 25 October 2007
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And, to put it mildly, I dislike my ex-boyfriend a LOT.

But for all his numerous, numerous faults (being stingier than Telkom's 'narrowband' cap allocations, to name but one), my ex-boyfriend never EVER prevented me from accessing the Internet freely and without restraint.

Of course, it DID help that my ex-boyfriend is a Yank and that we lived in the United States.

Ah, the United States. (*Cue The Star Spangled Banner as my eyes glaze over with naked longing*)

America. Eutopia. Land of McDonald's and honey. Veritable Internet paradise where gigabytes of audio and video stream by swiftly, loudly and without buffering...

Where the word cap only refers to baseball hats and the little plastic devices used to seal bottles. (I truly did not understand the concept of capped Internet before I returned to South Africa. It still makes no sense to me. The measly monthly one gig I have now (which I feel I am being grossly overcharged for) is what I used up in like half an hour in the States.

The United States, where one can, if it strikes one's fancy, download the entire music catalogue of The Beatles...

Before I returned to South Africa, one of the most major issues I considered was high Internet pricing. Really. Sad, but true. It weighed on my mind almost more than crime did.

Besides, what Telkom does to South Africans every day (and has been doing for years) IS a major crime. They honestly need to be stopped (preferably by being throttled, slowly , like they have been doing to our Internet usage) otherwise our country will always lag way behind the rest of the world. Because for those of you who have never had the pleasure of experiencing what it's like to surf the web with speed and without restraint, I promise you, the feeling is unbelievable... Fast, uncapped and cheap (even free, actually, for all those years that we have grossly overpaid) Internet should be a human right.

This article just makes my blood boil even more.

They honestly need to be stopped.
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BlackBerry Curve Contest Attempt 3. And then the defense will rest.

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I’ve realised that I should just forget any more feeble, last ditch attempts at creative writing and just TELL you why I would honestly be the best candidate to win the BlackBerry Curve:

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BlackBerry Contest Entry Attempt 2

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Initially, I was deceived.

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Introducing myself (amidst the din going on outside)

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I reckon it was a bit rude of me to enter the BlackBerry contest without even introducing myself first, no?

NOT that anyone will be reading today, I'm sure! I'm lucky enough to be in Cape Town at the moment (usually my stomping grounds are a bit further inland, in Stellenbosch), where the excitement in the lead-up to the Rugby World Cup has officially reached fever pitch.

The sun has just set on a lovely summer's day, and not even the dark, chilly fog rolling in across the sea is doing much to dampen spirits around here.

From the celebratory noises - shrill car hooters piercing the air, people blowing on vuvuzelas (for any non-South Africans reading, a vuvuzela is a metre-long, brightly coloured plastic air horn that produces a noise not unlike an elephant's trumpeting when blown on it, and very popular with South Africans showing support at sporting events), people cheering and singing - one would swear that the match has already been won. Not even New Year's Eve inspires THIS much excitement in South Africa! It is almost palpable enough for a person like me who is (and admitting this on tonight of all nights will be akin to blasphemy, I'm sure) rather indifferent to the game to also be swept up in the enthusiasm.

This neighbourhood is packed with foreign tourists, and they have been leaning over their balconies and watching the madness going on in the street and on the stretch of beach visible from here with good-natured smiles. The match kicks off in a few hours' time in Paris, and if there is a favourable outcome, I predict that we won't have any sleep tonight. I wonder if the tourists will still be so understanding then? (I'll feel especially sorry for the British tourists... NOT!)

Other than living in Stellenbosch, and not understanding rugby (or many other sporting events, for that matter... so please don't hold it against me), I can tell you that I am lucky enough to do what I love, even if it IS for barely a living, which is writing. Of course, this means that I am often times more broke than the students living around me, but hey, money isn't everything, right? RIGHT?!?

(Don't answer me if you were going to say no.)

Oh, and I also have another blog located over here.





















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Letter from BlackBerry Curve

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Dear Redsaid,

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