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Vendor promises!

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on Tuesday, 26 June 2012
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Having worked on a number of projects in my young IT career, I can now undoubtedly say that I can spot a false promise from a vendor from a mile away!

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Ipad 2 games for kids.

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on Wednesday, 30 May 2012
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My kids, aged 8 months and 22 months, love the iPad more than I do. They have a host of applications or games that help with the cognitive development like sounds from animals, shapes and colors and some speech recognition apps like Dork who repeats everything they say in a funny voice. But inbetween the drawing and painting with their sticky and sometimes messy fingers, I somehow feel that they've gotten bored of all these games, and need something more entertaining. Ive yet to load all their favorite movies and cartoons on the device, but is there any other entertaining apps that I can have a look at and download for them? My device has been jailbroken so anything from Cydia is also fine if anyone can reccomend I'd appreciate it.
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FACEBOOK:End of an era?

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on Tuesday, 29 May 2012
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Facebook, quick unsearched stats will prove that no other medium has ever allowed people to be so engaged in each others' lives. I might be wrong, i think "everyone" who has access to the internet has a Facebook account. Facebook is probably almost 10 years old and as we know we as human beings get bored with things when its too good for too long! So it goes without saying that someday(today)Facebook will come under some form of agenda to cause it to lose market share and ultimately lose its position it finds itself in at the moment...which is dominance! It happened to all good things that evryone liked and loved and thought would never come to an end or be topped by something better, MySpace, Microsoft, Toyota to name but a few! And what do you know, Facebook's IPO is being discussed by 8 year old kids all over the world, stay at home Stepford wives are even getting in on the action, because Facebook has become so big, everyone who's everyone knows about its overvaluation and its subsequent (as analysts in the USA call it) "embarrassing" drop in share price...Frankly, I dont know what's so embarrassing about it at all, Im sure if I knew this was going to happen Zuckerburg must have known too? Its the preverbial end-of-the-road if one can call it that, from now on keep a look out for more "stories" to hit the news about Facebook or anything and anyone related to Facebook, this is my take on technological bubbles in the world, they come, get us all involved and somehow, as if to say there is a natural order to technological life aswell...it falls down, spectacularly too! 1,2,3 even 5 years from now Facebook will be a thing of the past or it will be a 2nd or 3rd option from which to see which of your friends checked in at McDonald's!

2011 - Technological Marvel.

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on Friday, 02 December 2011
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2011, a year that marked an end of a decade in which so many technological bariers were reinvented, think buttons, cash, internet availability, clouds,applications and the use of the finger!

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Tablets, OS's and a realistic robot.

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on Thursday, 25 August 2011
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Number 2 is not the same!

Posted by OS GIKEN
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on Monday, 15 August 2011
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I can think back to 2003 when I had no phone! The process of a number 2 was simple, sit down and do the dirty, if its a long dirty I can just take a newspaper or magazine with me, if short, nothing is needed as all the energy and attention will be focused to one area!

Since then its never been the same, and last night I felt the brunt of not having a phone by my side for emotional support through my energy sapping experience! I left my phone in the living room and went in for the download, after literally 10 seconds I felt empty, not because of the number 2 but because my phone was not with me! I could not quickly log into FaceBook or quickly follow my favorite star on Twitter, nor could I jam my favorite music while I tried to suppress the sounds coming from this process!

It dawned upon me how attached I was to my phone! I have all manners of entertainment on there, and believe me when you do the dirty you need to entertain yourself! Some people call it an addiction and some people call it a problem but it’s much better than those descriptions, it’s a part of your being!

It keeps you occupied when you otherwise would be focused on the number 2 process and look at the floor and count the number of tiles in the bathroom etc.

We are attached to our phones and for good reason, its a form of entertainment when one really needs it, its a device that lets you pass the time when you would have otherwise focused on things you should not be focused on, its a device that fills a gap, a gap of boredom...even when doing the dirty!

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Companies still on Internetless trip.

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on Tuesday, 10 May 2011
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Let’s get straight to the point here, reasons for limiting internet usage in a corporate environment:

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MTN and Vodacom won’t play with us.

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on Wednesday, 02 March 2011
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The Twittification of Blogging.

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on Sunday, 09 January 2011
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Twitter - possibly the best description for anyone trying to front out a WEB 3.0 analogy.

Blogging - the epitome of WEB 2.0 (interaction, integration of web content, video, links, photo's etc.)

The Twittification of Blogging has begun, my false exit from blogging is testament alone, even people like The Source is a great example. FB and Twitter see's more action from this man's fingers than a blog does, and I have the same excuse too...no time. But time has never been the problem. Twitter and FaceBook are taking over true forms of blogging, where writing and skill is actually required. A Tweet or a Status update can say in 10 seconds what a blog must try to say in 5-10 minutes at least.

Usually we used to see blogs about some interesting happening in the news, be it IT related or not, now, we get a link on our Twitter and FB feeds and we read the real article, eliminating the 2cnd and even 3rd hand information distortion! If blogging can be successfully migrated to mobile, and I mean successfully, it can still rival the feeds you recieve every 5 minutes or so.
But that's the problem, the delivery, the medium by which this is brought forth...the mobile, the BlackBerry's and the iPhone's...Blogging, 80% of the time requires you to be in front of a stationary PC. Whereas Twitter and FB is on the go, real-time as they like to call it.

Its sad really, but die hard bloggers will always return to their, now defunct PC's and go balls to the wall and churn out some really good content, we've all read good blogs and just sat bag in amazement after we've read it, and really hoped for more of these, these soon to be fossilized means of conversation entertainment.

With the advent of tablets and iPads etc making a welcome introduction or as some would argue, "return" to the industry, the on the go'ness factor the mobile had over the PC resulting in less blogs is now a thing of the past, blogging can still take place, albeit for a much smaller audience.

I rely on Twitter to give me up to date, real time information on my interests, I rely on FB to share my quick-views with my friends and family, however, I rely on blogs, from diverse sources to keep me informed, keep me thinking, and keep me wondering about topics I've yet to discover...

Keep blogging alive, and it will be here when it snows in the summer!

OS over and out!

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Is Google Becoming Useless?

Posted by OS GIKEN
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on Sunday, 09 January 2011
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I've been on Twitter for a minute now, and I'm following a diverse group of people, from sports stars to Hip Hop heads to IT crowd guys...and @StaffordMassie posted something very intriguing. He posted an article that peered into the uselessness of Google...It read's something like this:

Google is also a synonym for 666.
Google is taking over everyone's lives.
Google only gives SEO'd searches, which can sometimes be useless.

in Google's defense, it's a business, the US of A has a bad habbit of expecting companies that rake in billions to all of a sudden ad a sympathy clause to its mandate! They say Google has become useless because of the search results that it feeds...these results are 90% of the time results that have nothing to do with the topic or it has added advertisments that really just take up your time and your money...in data...

Google has helped me through varsity and for that alone I will happily be a Google fiend till the end of time, which is next year if we go by the Mayan calander and folklore-galore! SEOing has nothing to do with Google...you put a couple good words in your opperation (search "Top 10 SEO words") and you'll be on the top 5 search results in no time...ok its not that easy but you get the jist (another word I've learnt while being on my sebatical,  also another new word I've learnt).

In short, no, or a resounding, hell no Stafford, Google will and cannot be useless, never, everyone who's everyone in this world uses Google on the daily subconciously, everyone, when wanting information, uses Google, the people wanting and the people feeding information, all of them use Google to interact and exchange this information!

FaceBook and Twitter are social mediums for people to keep tabs on one another's doings, Twitter has evolved to a on the go news channel...but it will never really out-do Google...Its just one of those, say something bad about Google topics that just got alot of people thinking, thinking and thinking and then all of them or us or we made our minds up and said, heck no, we need Google, even with its adverts, we still need it!

On the otherhand, what the hell is going on with YouTube and its involuntary adverts playing in your screen?

OS over and out...Google, love it or hate it, you all know you need it!

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