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The death of recordable compact discs, part 4

Once upon a time there was a co-worker. He complained bitterly about how much he hated adhesive labels applied onto CD-Rs. This was over a decade ago. The vast majority of my self-burnt music CD-Rs have become near unplayable. And here follows my most recent adventure: ripping those bastards. Continue reading

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A concert in the park

It was 32 years ago today that I was here: The Concert In The Park. No, not the Simon & Garfunkel one — this one was held at the Ellis Park Rugby Stadium in Johannesburg on the 12th of January 1985. It was an event of a previously unheard-of scale. Continue reading

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Remembering the Mini Cine One

If you wanted to see a movie you would go to a cinema. Early-eighties Johannesburg offered several, and many were well within walking distance or along the bus route back after school. One of these was the Mini Cine One in Hillbrow. Continue reading

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Rewind: 2016

2016 is one of those years that shouldn’t have been. It’s a leap year we could rather have skipped over entirely. The world changed for the worse. Quite frankly, 2016 can fuck right off and die. A few glimmers of hope aside, it was wrought with death, shocks, disappointments and technical failures. Even circumstances at work are getting progressively intolerable. Continue reading

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Everything is broken

It’s that time of the year again. Everything is broken. Nothing gets completed but everything got complicated. Continue reading

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Mobile visitors

My little page about South African Bulletin Board Systems doesn’t pull in a lot of visitors. What surprised me most about the influx of readers was the devices they used. Almost half are mobile devices. Continue reading

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On Facebook, BBSes and Big Data

Facebook is the unchallenged 800-pound gorilla in the social media arena. It is a people-data aggregator like no other. After discovering a cache of old BBS registration form printouts I decided to hunt down those ex-members, armed with names and answers they gave some 20 years ago. Continue reading

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