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Aug 09
2011

Give the phone a break: mobile addiction

Posted by Mobile Kugel in sms , psycology today , ping , nora volkow , mobile , message , lisa merlo , gregory berns , Facebook , email , dopamine , Cell phone , blackberry , bbm , addiction

Mobile Kugel

Apr 26
2011

Disrupting the Academic year

Posted by GeraldineKent in world cup , wix , Twitter , teacher strike , sustainability , south africa , Soccer World Cup , private corporations , parastatal , ngo , Microsoft Office , johannesburg , internet , ICT , government school , fifa world cup 2010 , FIFA , Facebook , email , Education , Easter , development

GeraldineKent

I was lucky enough to come home to Johannesburg for the Easter weekend. It has been a very busy, very short break. But a much deserved one nevertheless! Whilst spending some time with my extended family, my youngest cousin, Sabrina, was talking about all the plans she has for her school holidays. And my younger brother, Bradley, became very upset when he realised that Sabrina was going to be on holiday until next week Tuesday, 3 May 2011. The reason this upset my brother, is because Sabrina goes to a government school (unlike my brother who is a private, Catholic school), which means she has already had her first term break. Being allowed to miss seven days of school, in the middle of term time, is usually a very difficult thing to get away with.

Apr 05
2011

Facebook Makes Hacking Easy

Posted by Faheemazizm in LifeHacker , internet , Hacking , Facebook , email

Faheemazizm

So yesterday I was talking to my cousin and he was telling me his latest million dollar scheme, involved hacking some stuff, basically he thought I could do it... To clarify I'm nothing close to a hacker, I'm more of a observative person, a little curious I decided to take over someones Facebook Account (permission asked by the owner) to check if I could, within (and yes I timed this) 13 minutes I was in, not only with his Facebook, but Email, Twitter and basically life online.

Jun 24
2010

Who gave you my details?

Posted by OS GIKEN in spam , Reeds Opel , Outlook , holiday , email , Cell C

OS GIKEN

Where did they get it, and why are they sending me this information?
New deals at Reeds!
Cell C gives you R40 airtime...to opt out sms STOP.

Mdunguni safety gates, now 20% off to you, thank you for your support.

Game special vouchers up for grabs, sms SAVE to...

Holiday club specials, go when no one else goes!

spam inbox

And the list of simple emails and sms's are endless. Where did they get my details...whenever I sign or agree to anything online I make doubly sure that there are no boxes ticked or no questions answered that gives them the remote possibility that they can "alert me of updates" or "send me promotional packages on free gifts and savings" or "subscribe and receive more for less". I made sure.
The only people that have my details such as cell number and email address are the service provider and the bank, my work and FaceBook - I know FB cannot sell off my information, why would they, if they are spying on me, they'd know that I'm not interested in safety gates or updates on new Opels!

junkmail

Where do the people who send us promotional updates or any kind of marketing material, get our details? I've been away from work for 5 days, when I got back, my Outlook was filled with 600 unread emails...and the worst of it all...60% of that was over the weekend, yes, a Saturday and Sunday spam affair! From new camera's and PlayStations to TV's and DVDs and groceries and new houses on the market to new cars to new offers from insurance companies...when did I show interest, when did I agree to accept marketing material from all these companies? When did I knowingly hand over my details?

The worst is, that to try and stop all this spam is virtually impossible...I can't stop it, to stop it costs money! You didn't pay me to accept your material, why are you asking for money now to get your to stop bombarding me with your material?

spam

How did they decide that spamming people's phones and mailboxes was an acceptable form of advertising? Is there an advertising body in SA? When did they decide that sending me an sms at 3 in the morning telling me that if I reply now, I can get 15% of the next golf clubs I buy? I never bought any golf clubs, as a matter of fact, I never set foot into any golf shop!

OS over and out - how do I stop this nonsense...it seems to happen every month end, once a month, then there's no spam, and then all of a sudden, a horde of emails and sms's are sent my way in hope that I respond and react to it? Is this something I'll have to live with? Something I'll have to accept? Is this something that has become a norm, are they hoping that if I don't respond, I'll meet a total stranger who wants to buy golf clubs, and then tell him about that sms number and maybe he'll get 15% off the next golf club? Is this their strategy, to get me to talk about how bad a service this is, when its actually a good idea?

























Jun 17
2010

Save bandwidth by setting up email correctly

Posted by sgb in Thunderbird , Outlook , mozilla , microsoft , email client , email , Bandwidth

sgb

A little used and little known feature of MS-Outlook is the ability to see message headers without downloading anything from your email server, thereby saving you precious and expensive bandwidth.

May 22
2010

Hotmail: The 4th wave is upon us....

Posted by ShackledMuse in YouTube , wave 4 , Twitter , MSN , mobile web , hotmail , Gmail , Facebook , email

ShackledMuse

Hotmail VS Gmail

Hotmail is adding a lot of sparkly bits to their mail experience.  In the upcoming weeks beta testing will commence and we'll see a lot of changes, according to Microsoft. Operation: Wave 4. Its going to be tight squeeze to fit the launch in before Yahoo gets started with all the upgrades they promised too.

May 17
2010

BlackBerry Curve 8520 Review

Posted by ShackledMuse in wi-fi , Twitter , review , qwerty , optical trackpad , mxit , Facebook , email , edge , Blackberry Curve , blackberry , applications

ShackledMuse

Being the winner of the BlackBerry Curve 8520, I couldn't wait to get my hands on the device. I'm a teensy bit of a phone fanatic even though I never had a smartphone before and I thought I might need to have a degree to set the phone up, but that was not the case at all. I usually try to do something without reading the manual first... Silly I know, but hey, there's a reason for my madness.

Apr 06
2010

Uncle Eugene in Cyberspace

Posted by EgbertFly in terreblanche , Space , south africa , phishing , eugene terreblanche , Eugene , email , Cyber , crook , Criminal

EgbertFly

 

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