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Crackers NOT Hackers

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Hacker is a term used to describe different types of computer experts, who employ a tactical, rather than strategic, approach to computer programming, administration, or security.
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No strings attached – *Between the lines*

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I refer to Lun’s previous blog of a similar title, in which he covers a couple of the wireless options available to the average user.  In a very deft move, my company brought me up to date with the rest of the world by dropping a new cellular data card on my desk.  Whoopee thought I, somebody loves me, somebody values me! Look at this rare and valuable perk…  Hmmm not so fast junior – there’s a catch here somewhere…  Let me explain.  What happened when you and your friends all purchased your first cellular telephone?  Your phone stayed on your person 24/7, and you suddenly became accessible at all times yes?  This was desirable from a social point of view naturally.  Then it progressed to the work phone, and you suddenly became accessible at all times, yes?  This was great if you were using the phone to crack major deals whilst sitting at your favourite watering hole, or wandering up and down the airport terminal waiting for your plane.  It wasn’t so great when you were responsible for a crucial piece of equipment back in the server room, and the phone rang at 2am for you to get your butt over to the office and rescue some ailing hard drive.  Well, the data card has followed exactly the same path, in that early adopters can show off their mobile browsing skills and send off that “really important” email while relaxing on the sofa….. but it goes beyond that as I have discovered.  I am responsible for collating a certain end of month report.  This report is required no matter what is going on at work, or away from it, as the case may be.  Needless to say, at the end of December I spent precious festive holiday time chasing up co-workers for their input, and slaving away at the report.  I managed to complete 90% of the report and passed it up the line feeling quite proud of my loyalty to responsibilities. However, a crucial portion of the report was missing, because one of my co-worker’s data cards went on the blink and that information was not forthcoming. This little episode raised issues back in the office. Questions were asked as to why the card had malfunctioned, what had the co-worker done to address the problem, why they had not gone into the office to produce the work rather than blaming the faulty card for non-performance.   I realized that the corporate noose tightened significantly the day I logged on to the network and mail system.  Whilst this is not quite “Instant Messaging”, the data card is every bit as invasive and pervasive as SMS!  i.e.: “I sent you that email, why haven’t you responded? What? Look, I know that you’re at home, but you have a notebook and data card and you are expected to check your email….! Please get back to me with that report ASAP!”  Get the picture?  As good as the technology is, it becomes a double edged sword inasmuch as one now has the means to get the work done at all times in any location, and that is exactly what one is expected to do.  I pity the workaholics – poor blighters haven’t got a chance… 
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No Strings Attached

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What is the next big thing in the technology arena that will be remembered as a real quantum leap ?”, asked Dr. Brain his fellow computer geeks during informal brainstorming session on Friday afternoon? Your desktop dream machine with 2 Terabytes of hard drive space, 2 Gb of Ram, built in digital surround sound and 2400 x 1800 flat plasma display is definitely something that you should be looking forward to but it will still have your word processor ( file save, check-spell, print ), email or some sort of advanced messaging software and perhaps developers environment but you will still have office techies acting as mini ( - ature ) gods, taking all the credits for assigning you network point accompanied with address form companies IP range. Once we’ll have all computer devices, gadgets and appliance communicating with each other without wires, that is when real fun will begin, says Dr. Brain adding that going wireless is a trend which is here to stay and certainly impossible to ignore.

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SELinux

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I must be bored it`s almost 12pm. Anyway got an older server to play with today and installed FC4 just to check it out.
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TownBoy on World Cup - Are we ready for 2010? (Part 2)

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In my first part of this discussion on the 2010 readiness of South Africa, I looked at that momentus moment and what some of the macro economic impact would be for us. In this extract I delve a little deeper into this discussion.

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More grist for the rumour mill

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BlackBerry saves lives

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... The hi-tech gadgets are an essential tool for staying in touch with the office and the world while negotiating the waves of interviews and meetings held during the five-day jamboree.

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TownBoy on World Cup - Are we ready for 2010? (Part 1)

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With the world cup of football taking place, it`s given me time to reflect on what a mammoth task lies ahead of us over the next four years...Seeing the German precision  I really wonder whether we have the ability to deliver? But let`s reflect back...



One of those days you`ll never forget took place at 12:21 on Saturday morning; the 15th May 2004. A nation congregated in open centres, in front of televisions at homes, open-air venues with big screens and huddled around their radios. All combined in anticipation, the media build-up was extraordinary. The little countdown clock that was displayed everywhere – had now stopped. The dignitaries filed into the little room in Zurich. All competing nations had visible nervous twitches and tiny beads of anticipatory sweat bubbled on their foreheads and upper lips.



Sepp Blatter, President of FIFA, as imperious as ever, sat on his podium as leader of the most powerful sporting code in the world - poised to deliver the decision on the second largest sporting event in the world. South Africa`s destiny was covertly wrapped in an envelope that looked larger than life. Funny I thought, inside that envelope was a name and that name held the hopes and dreams of millions of people, inside that envelope was a name, that was to be irrefutably carved in the annals of history, inside that envelope was the culmination of seven years of lobbying, preparing and anguishing. So much power  - in one space.



Then he arrived, last and dignified, the call had been made for Nelson Mandela to enter, one of my friends remarked: Now we can`t lose! The tension was unbearable, as the envelope was slowly opened and the immortal words were spoken by Sepp Blatter:



The 2010 Soccer World Cup will be hosted by…



A nation prayed 48 million silent requests. As we saw the unmistakable top of the S appear, a national cacophony of celebration commenced in unison. Nelson Mandela shed a tear of joy, printing presses started rolling, taxis hooted, music played at open-air big-screen events, entrepreneurs licked their lips, the sponsors who took the early risk breathed sighs of relief, the vuvuzela plastic horns started blowing, officials sighed and cried and Thabo Mbeki`s faith in the bid committee was rewarded. It was truly a great moment for South African sport, business and tourism; the country as a whole will benefit.
 

It was the same feeling of unity that we got as a nation when in 1995, Joel Stransky drop-kicked the ball through the poles and engraved the South African name onto the Webb Ellis Trophy, in like with the same pride we had when we won the African Cup of Nations in 1996. Both South African hosted sporting events and at both, Nelson Mandela was present…



With true Mandela genius he remarked as he lifted the World Cup in celebration I feel like a young man of 15, to the laughter and tears of a nation. But, beautifully, his first thought was for others - the people of Morocco, Egypt, Libya and Tunisia. You must not be discouraged, Mandela said. It is no reflection of your efforts. Next time when you compete, you may be luckier. Then his words to us, South Africans should treat this decision with humility and without arrogance because we are, after all, equal, Mandela said with a booming voice that sent a shiver down the spines of spectators all round the world.



Sobering thoughts, so once the initial cacophony eased into a mellow celebration of our achievement, a lot of us pondered on the world`s decision and show of faith. Of course, the armchair cynics started their engines of caution, criticism and delivered slices of their truth, It will be a miracle if we are to be ready, we`ll never pull it off. Do we even have the infrastructure? Where are we going to accommodate all the visitors? Our transport systems won`t be able to handle it – the teams and spectators won`t be able to get to the ground on time. What about the crime? We`ll be an international joke! and so on and so forth. Albeit that the questions and concerns raised are relevant and have all to be answered by the Local Organising Committee (LOC) and by us a citizens of South Africa.



As I ambled off to work on that Monday morning I thought to myself, the benefits must be huge, many have already tried to quantify its impact, the speculations are ranging from a R20-30 billion cash injection into the economy. According to consulting firm, Grant Thornton, which drew up the financial impact report for South Africa`s World Cup bid committee, the 2010 World Cup will pump R21.3-billion into South Africa`s economy, generating an estimated R12.7-billion in direct spending and creating an estimated 159 000 new jobs.


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Clive`s Blog

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Hello - a new blogging service.  Boring.  But wait...  Its South African and IT orientated! 
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