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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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iBurst Part 3

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Time appears to have passed without me concluding my iBurst saga. 
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The state of the nation indeed

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TownBoy - NewsFlash # 1 So much for the South African Police Services…Porsche stolen!

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So you go off to Primi Piatti for a quiet lunch, you make a decision not to park on the street but to trust the fact that the Rivonia Square Mall and the City of Johannesburg has provided you with a state of the art security system, a safe and secure PAID parking, with the best trained security guards, all with an absolute passion for serving the public….NOT. 
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