Tag Archives: South Africa

The management of projects

There are projects, and then there are projects. There are projects that reveal themselves as mere tasks. Then there are the ongoing projects: responsibilities and maintenance tasks that you take on for reasons important to nobody but your own delusion of “the greater good”. One of these is my “SA labels” project at Discogs. 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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Best-of-the-year radio charts

Like most teenagers of the eighties, I grew up with one ear permanently stuck to the radio. It became customary for Radio 5 and Radio 702 to count down the greatest singles of the year, and I did my darndest to wake up early and write it all down! Continue reading

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Revisiting the SA BBS Scene

Nor has anyone else been willing to commit their full and sordid BBS stories. It’s as if, for some people, the BBS period is a chapter they would rather forget about. Continue reading

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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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Remembering the Inner Sleeve Record Library

The Inner Sleeve Record Library was exactly that: not a library where one would get books, but one where you could borrow records. Vinyl records. This was the mother lode! Continue reading

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The letter from the barrister’s wife

Everybody gets to taste some spam while it slips through our filters to find its way into our mailboxes before we dutifully delete it without as much as sparing another thought about its contents and origins. And if you’ve been online for as long as I then there’s little that surprises you anymore where this scourge is concerned. But a few weeks ago something managed to do exactly that. Continue reading

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