Category Archives: History

Rewind: 2009

Through their annual Zeitgeist report, those evil people from Google have revealed that “Facebook” was 2009′s top “search query”. Other top searches included “hotmail”, “youtube”, “gmail”, “yahoo” (a touch of irony there), “ebay”, “myspace”, “bebo” and “google”. Continue reading

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(A)bort, (R)etry, (F)ail?

So far we’re up to ten drives across eight PCs unable to read the discs, and I’m getting a little peeved. Both look perfectly OK… no scratches, degradation, fading, rot or anything visible to the human eye — and these are two discs stored in two different rooms, far away from sunlight or other radiation. Feared lost is a time capsule. Continue reading

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Rewind: 2008

With 2009 just a few days away, now would be a good time to reflect on the year that was. Continue reading

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New Dickhead of State

Well, well! So Obama’s the new head of state. The election circus is finally over; MILF Palin will be packing her bags and knocked-up teenage daughter and heading back home, close to the frigid border of Siberia. It’ll also be business as usual for McCain, except he’s returning to a far drier state. Continue reading

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Xenophobia, part 2

The bloodbath is over, apparently all quiet on the southern front. The death toll has reached 62. The “Burning Man” has been identified and buried. Meanwhile, Zimbabwean billionaires who remain less than optimistic about their own free country’s blossoming future and negligible inflation rate continue to find holes in the border fence and flock to South Africa in droves. Continue reading

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Flames of hatred and xenophobia

It contained snippets of news articles as well as several rather disturbing and terribly saddening images of the madness and mayhem that ensued after a series of violent attacks on foreigners (mostly African nationals) across South Africa. Continue reading

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The story of Dean Hamer and George Michael

As a fellow “uitlander” it was therefore inevitable that we struck up a bit of a friendship, and that’s how I came to have copies of recordings from Power 96 and the now-defunct Rhythm 98, his favourite radio stations from “back home”. Continue reading

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An uncomfortable past, or the inconvenient truth?

One of most frustrating tasks of being a discogs moderator is having to put up with the nonsense of the wanna-be rich and famous in their own bedroom in the music arena. You see, fame does not necessarily equate to a reasonable degree of intelligence or skill, nor does having a record out exclude the quasi-famous from having to abide by regular rules. Even in the realms of humour, folks sometimes don’t take too kindly to their names appearing alongside some rather vulgar and questionable sexual “practices”. Continue reading

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