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Oct 07
2011

Quitting on this site for now

Posted by barrmar in Untagged 

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I haven't posted for quite a while on this site. Changing circumstances together with the changed requirements here are behind this. 

Jul 02
2011

Windows 7 sp1

Posted by barrmar in Windows 7 SP1 , Microsoft high risk software , Low quality system upgrade

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The Windows 7 daily updates continue almost unabated making a quick getaway an almost impossible task. 

Jun 18
2011

How multi is Multichoice

Posted by barrmar in Untagged 

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DSTV is not shy to constantly broadcast the message that it gives us so much more. 

Jun 03
2011

Staying sane in a hospital environment

Posted by barrmar in Untagged 

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For the second time in my life I found myself in an ambulance with an oxygen mask covering my nose and mouth. 

May 28
2011

Banks ruled by greed

Posted by barrmar in Charges , Banks , Bank Fees

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Imagine my shock when I discovered that a R50 ATM withdrawal from a non-FNB ATM incurs a transaction fee of R32. I can only imagine what that fee escalates to when the withdrawal is in the region of R1000 or R2000. 

May 27
2011

e-Reader choice increasing

Posted by barrmar in Untagged 

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Quite a few new e-readers are becoming available. The Kindle is probably the best known and retails at US $139 directly from Amazon. The Kindle is rated amongst the experts as one of the best available on the market - it is lightweight, ultra thin and very compact. It holds about 3,500 books and the battery lasts for about a month without recharging. Downloading books for the Kindle is quick and easy and shouldn't take longer than 60 seconds. 

May 17
2011

Making the most of your words in a word cloud

Posted by barrmar in Words , Word design , Word clouds , Digital toys

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A great digital toy that allows you to create word clouds from your words is just a click away on a site called Wordle. The look and feel of the words that you use can be changed - Wordle provides a huge choice of fonts, layouts and colour schemes to make your word cloud look great. 

May 16
2011

The Tata car security system and why Tata has lost another customer

Posted by barrmar in Tata , overpriced spares , customer exploitation

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I have just been reminded of the problems I experienced a couple of years ago when a panel beater lost the only remote control for the Tata Indica. 

May 05
2011

Daily updates on Windows 7

Posted by barrmar in Untagged 

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So far, Windows 7 has proven to be the most reliable and best operating system by Microsoft to date. It is a system that works and there do not seem to be too many built in bugs. 

Apr 27
2011

The DSTV viewers' panel

Posted by barrmar in Viewer Panel , Multichoice , Incentives , DSTV

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Multichoice maintains a viewers' panel to review certain aspects of its TV offering to the public. I have been participating in this panel for a number of years and am still waiting to be asked what I, as a client, would like to see offered. 

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