30 October 2008

The day the music died

Trying to convince a whole generation of music fans that have been brought up on the premise that new music is a free commodity; to actually pay to hear their favourite tracks is no easy task.  Yet this is the challenge that music companies have faced for the best part of the last decade.  Apples domination of the online music …

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30 October 2008

New Advanced Web Analytics Tool Released

American start-up, Nuconomy, launched a new web analytics tool on Tuesday. With their new product they aim to provide a very different approach to how web traffic is currently being analyzed. Their aim is to go beyond page views to look at things like comments, ratings, uploads, purchases, multimedia (like video views) and links people share with their friends. Like …

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30 October 2008

The best websites in the world…ever. Vol.19

Choosing the best sites ever is a rather hard decision. In day-to-day work there are many web sites (and online tools) I use for functional reasons as well as visiting more educational web sites to expand my knowledge. Lets try looking at my list of bookmarks…. hmm the list is as long as my arm. It mostly contains quirky web …

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29 October 2008

Update from Vuyani

Paving stones, gardens, donations and swings I popped along to the school in Gugulethu today in order to have a wee peaek at a number of developments since my last visit in February to Vuyani. I am pleased to say that real porgress has been maintained with the excellent addition of some paving stones outside the new schoolroom. It might …

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29 October 2008

Google makes iTunes-like deal with US book industry

As a student and a voracious book reader, it may be surprising that I haven’t really used Google’s book search option more often. I guess it’s because it’s slow, limited, annoying to use and only gives you bits of the book. This might all change soon though, as Google announced a new breakthrough deal between Google and the US book …

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29 October 2008

5 top Google search functions

You may never have heard of… As you all know, Google is our friend. We like Google, we use it often, so I thought it would be a good idea to share some of its search functions with you. These generally make searching a little easier, well, not just searching, they will help you utilise a little more of Google’s …

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29 October 2008

The best websites in the world…ever. Vol.18

When it came to pinning down a definitive list of my favourite three websites, I found it quite hard to actually wittle the list down to just three. Plus, I didn’t want to put anything too incriminating or obvious in, ha ha. So these are my top 3 sites today, but that may well change by tomorrow, or even this …

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28 October 2008

Blogging is dead….long live the blog?

There’s been a deluge of posts this week about ‘the death of the blog’. ‘All very 2004’ seems to be the conclusion with seasoned observers commenting that amateur blogs have been drowned in the blogosphere by a tsunami of paid bloggers, subversive marketing campaigns and cut-price journalists. It’s true that we’ve recently had to exhort even formerly enthusiastic bloggers in …

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28 October 2008

The best websites in the world…ever. Vol.17

As a self-confessed music geek, I am a huge fan of online Social Music sites. If you enjoy escaping into iPod land during the ritual of public transport or if you possess the habit of analysing a track down to its core by defining time signatures and guitar rhythms, then these three sites may interest you as much as me. …

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28 October 2008

Azure by Microsoft

Windows Azure, the new cloud computing platform from Microsoft provides users with storage, networking and computational power. Ray Ozzie, chief software architect at Microsoft, said that Microsoft would help developers build the next generation of applications that are able to span from the cloud to the enterprise datacenter. He also added that "The Azure Services Platform gives our customers the …

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