Matrox has announced its latest remote graphics device – the Extio F1220 Remote Graphics Unit. Using fiber optic cabling (sold seperately) the Extio F1220 can drive up to four monitors simultaneously (two analog and two DVI) at maximum resolutions of 1920x1200 per display. The physical computer system can sit up to 820-feet away, allowing users to have a near silent computing environment – ideal for studio uses. The Extio F1220 also features six USB 2.0 ports, two IEEE 1394a ports and three audio ports, one of which can serve as a single analog stereo output or an optical-S/PDIF output. Expect the Matrox Extio F1220 Remote Graphics Unit to arrive next quarter as a standalone unit.
I`ve been an iBurst subscriber for just long enough to have formed some initial impressions on the service, from my perspective as a medium Internet user. I have found that it requires a certain degree of courage and diplomacy to step out and state opinions of any kind regarding Internet offerings on the wild web.
I haven`t blogged in a while, so let`s start about discussing issues from my previous blogs:
Sello Lehong sent me a longish comment about this issue, going into TCO, support, and code portability. Sello, I hear you, brother. I`m not trying to sell OpenSource, I was pointing out some of the selling strategies. Of course, true code portability is to use a methodology that is a layer above the OS, such as Java. Any compiler-based code is CPU/architecture bound. TCO is perhaps the only true measure, and in this case, while LINUX/OpenSource looks good on paper, I`d like to see how government and large corporates latch onto something WITHOUT a nice, safe maintenance and support contract.....Eish, sorry we can`t print the Eskom bills, we`re waiting from a response from anybody in the Linux community to fix our show-stopper bug in our laser printer driver....
I`m not going to get into code portability with regards to databases, that would take too much time and space <grin>.
Telkom and outsourcing:
By now, everybody will have seen that Telkom almost has the BCX deal in the bag. Samantha Perry had a comment about holistic telecommunications. I assumed you mean the whole convergence conundrum? Telkom can`t even roll out ADSL properly, my dear, let alone VoIP, TV over cable, and so on. NeoTel and the cellular service providers are going to munch away at Telkom`s profits, and unless somebody at Telkom starts talking a real strategy, expect their share price to drop off to R80 within a year. Enough about SpermCount (gettit?)...
As for OWGs (Old White Guys, or GOFs as they call some us: Grumpy Old Farts), the government, the opposition, and even the Institute for Race Relations, to mention a few, are starting to realise that without us, there will be no growth over the next 5 years. So Bolenang, go blow it out your ears....
My blog subject this month (quarter?) is about What does an employer want?.
Now, I`ve heard some sources mention they would rather have a mediocre worker that has a nice attitude, than a genius with a difficult social style. The reasoning here is that an organisation will achieve more with people that are nice, but potentially not top notch, than with a bunch of nerds who should stay in the back office.
I`ve seen them all.
Here are some questions:
- if everybody is being social and chatting around the water-cooler, who`s doing the work?
- is everybody just focused on providing customer-facing staff these days? Is there no place for the nerdy guy without social graces, but who develops and sustains your technical edge?
- are we already too far down the path of mediocrity and pursuit of the average to be able to recognize genius?
Bill Gates, in his youth, and almost no social skills. Hmmm....imagine if you had a choice now, IBM, would you employ another Bill Gates this time?
When we get x-rated SMS spam on our phone its generally our own fault for carelessly SMSing numbers for questionable content.
When we get SMS spam from well known institutions that we are totally disconnected with, it becomes highly irritating. I am Standard Bank customer and have never dealt with Nedbank in my life, so why am I getting SMS spam from Nedbank? I don`t even get spam from Standard Bank.
Some SMS messages allow you to unsubscribe by sending a message back with the word UNSUBSCRIBE or REMOVE in the body. This at least gives me the option to never receive messages (hopefully) from the sender again.
With the Nedbank spam you have to CALL them to unsubsribe and be put on hold while you wait in the queue. So now I have to spend time and money to UNSUBSCRIBE from something I never subscribed in the first place. I do not recall ever registering for a service from Nedbank that notifies me when they have special offers on loans!
For reference, here is the message:
Need Cash? You are invited to come into any Nedbank branch and apply for a personal loan of up to R100,000! For queries or to unsubscribe, call 0860 103 582.
Nedbank, you suck.
After months of searching, reviewing CV’s and interviewing number of prospective candidates Dr Brain is still in the limbo and a company as a consequence is seriously lacking some additional support on the programming side.
I have just had a 3 week holiday in Brisbane Australia. Flew from my home in South Africa. I am finding it sooo difficult to settle down again. Does this happen to others?