9 November 2008

All charged up

Everyone laughed at me in the office when I bought this. But the laugh is on the other foot (hmmm, nothing like mixing a few metaphors) when they all saw how useful it is! I hate the number of chargers I have to lug around with me now with all the various ipods, digital cameras, phones, BlackBerrys etc I have …

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7 November 2008

Elections at the speed of the Internet.

The world let out a collective sigh of relief on Tuesday night after witnessing the monumental accomplishment of Barack Obama. Whether he is able to pull the nation out of its economical situation is yet to be seen. But his accomplishments and views are without a doubt truly inspirational, not only to American Citizens, but to Citizens across the globe. …

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7 November 2008

Book review: Planet Google

Randall Stross, a Silicon Valley professor, has written a book called Planet Google: How one company is transforming our lives. The subtitle is slightly misleading, as this isn’t a look into the social effects of the company (which would be very interesting in fact), but instead takes a look at Google’s “strengths and weaknesses, and contradictions.” Actually, the book came …

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7 November 2008

A bit of fun in gloomy credit crunch times…

I’m so depressed reading the news recently about the likely depth and breadth of the UK recession that it was nice to find something yesterday that made me smile. A fellow gadget-lover showed me some utterly useless but very cool BlackBerry functionality. So, if that white pearly glow of your tracker ball is just a bit too boring for a …

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6 November 2008

The best websites in the world…ever. Vol.24

Thinking about what to write for this post, I’ve realised that I don’t really have any three particular “best” websites. Sure I visit certain sites on a daily basis, but I could easily go without them. So instead I will list the three websites that I regularly visit to keep myself informed and or entertained. First up, is NEWS24.co.za. It’s …

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6 November 2008

Tamar on Twitter

Tamar is on Twitter and we invite you to follow us! If you are not familiar with Twitter, it is a free service which is essentially a Micro-blog. Tamar staff can send status updates (Tweets) via Twitter and all Tamar blogs are announced via Twitter when they are published. I wrote a very detailed blog about Twitter if you want …

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6 November 2008

Google Pulls Out of Yahoo Ad Deal

Due to regulatory and antitrust concerns, Google inc. has finally decided to pull out of their much discussed advertising deal with Yahoo. David Drummond, Chief legal officer at Google said in a blog post yesterday that "After four months of review, including discussions of various possible changes to the agreement, it’s clear that government regulators and some advertisers continue to …

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6 November 2008

BBC squeezes the pulp

Im a massive fan of the BBC. I love the iPlayer, I love their glossy customisable homepage and I’m quite a fan of the antics of the guys on Top Gear. I have all kinds of feeds from the BBC on my iGoogle, amongst my favorites are blogs – Preston’s Picks and the BBC Internet blog. I noticed an particularly …

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6 November 2008

Microsoft offers Free Sotware

A couple of weeks ago Aaron, our Head of Technology, wrote a post about saving costs by using Open Source and mentioned that software could be as much as a third of the price of new PC’s and laptops. Considering all of this, one can quickly understand the large amount of money spent on software and that it could be …

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6 November 2008

The best websites in the world…ever. Vol.23

What a week if was for the Beeb last week? Despite the furore, www.bbc.co.uk remains one of my favourite sites – my one-stop shop, if you will! Beyond the obvious, a delicious new recipe, a quick translation, and of course the fantastic iPlayer! All going a long way to making my life a whole lot easier, and less stressful! Yes, …

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