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The Computer Faire & BEXA

While not nearly in the same league as its overseas counterparts, COMDEX, CeBIT, CES or IFA, the annual “Computer Faire” was a key South African exhibition for those interested in IT/computer technology and office automation. It was the largest event of its kind in the southern hemisphere. This page showcases their most interesting and historically relevant content. Continue reading

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One decade at Discogs

I’ve been a member of discogs.com for a full decade. It has become as much a part of my daily online regimen as checking my email or Twitter feed. No other site has grabbed my attention in the way that Discogs has, nor has any other online resource infuriated me in the same manner. Discogs is as fascinating as it is frustrating. Continue reading

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Ghosts in the cassette shell

The Tape2MP3 project is making slow but certain progress. Of course, it can’t all be fun and games: we’ve had about three tapes so far that got munched by the tape deck, and another snapped… but nothing that a screwdriver, a pen and some sticky-tape can’t fix! 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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Happy 18th, Batman!

Today is the 18th birthday of Batman, the son of Suparman. Continue reading

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Ghosts from the address book

As another phase of the downscaling process and reshuffling of online interests, today some 570 email messages — containing all the jokes and virals that were carefully collected, assembled and sent out to a hand-clicked audience between December 2000 and December 2006 — got archived and trashed. Continue reading

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What’s in a name?

Each August for the past decade, as faculty prepare for the academic year, Beloit College in Wisconsin has released the Beloit College Mindset List. Its 70 items provide a look at the cultural touchstones that have shaped the lives of today’s first-year students, most of them born in 1989. Latchkey kids for most of their lives, students entering college this fall think nothing of arriving home with parents still at work, then e-mailing or texting their friends, instantly updating their autobiographies on “Facebook” or “MySpace,” and listening to their iPods while doing their research on Wikipedia. Continue reading

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