21 May 2009

We’re heading back to Vuyani Primary for Round 3!

With only a couple of weeks left before our project kicks off I thought it an opportune time to update everyone about is happening on the CSR front here in Cape Town. As some of you may (or may not) know we will be returning to Vuyani Primary School in Gugulethu as we have done over the last two years. …

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21 May 2009

Social Media – Pressing delete on personal privacy

Social media concerns me. Despite being a regular user of Facebook and Twitter I am very conscious of the long term implications these tools have for individuals personal privacy. As an example, if an individual chooses to post information about what they did on the weekend that is fine, however what if the same post includes photos or references to …

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21 May 2009

Google Suggest Adds More Functions

Latest news from Google is that the Google Suggest tool is being updated with some new functionality. Included in among these are: Incorporating information from the results of the page you are already on If you are signed in to your Google account then using your web history to personalise your results Navigational results, so if it looks like you …

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20 May 2009

The £100 Super Computer

From the moment I assembled my first computer I have been fascinated by the idea of building my own computational cluster, however the sheer cost involved has always stopped me, until now.

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20 May 2009

Wolfram Alpha – first light

I waited till Wolfram Alpha (I will call it W(α) from now, because “Wolfram Alpha” is fairly cumbersome) was live before I started slating it. I had a stockpile of ammunition ready for its deconstruction, thankfully I waited until I tried it before bashing it. W(α) is not really a search engine – I don’t even think it is dressing …

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20 May 2009

TLC goes back to school

Its less than 3 weeks to the big project at Oak Lodge school, so here at Tamar Lifeline Charity, we thought it a good time to update on how preparations are going in the UK. TLC are building a relationship with Oak Lodge school, Balham. This years project is all about mini projects. There are 7 of them in total …

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19 May 2009

Want more referrals in a gloomy year?

That’s the message coming out of Hitwise as a follow up to their report last week that paid search traffic is down by 26%. Specifically the share of paid clicks to insurance web sites is down 22% and to retail sites down by 20%. However, search-reffered traffic to finance sites is up 16% year on year and up 9% to …

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18 May 2009

CMS – The Secret of My Success

I quite often get asked by clients where they should be spending their limited design/build budget and my answer is nearly always the same. Get a good CMS.  A well implemented CMS will pay for itself many times over and will give your organisation a competivie edge.  Below are three of the top reasons for investing in a new CMS. …

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18 May 2009

Wolfram Alpha – C3PO… but with less personality

Will the new scientific search engine change the way we search for things? Unless you’ve been living under a large rock for the past few weeks (online), you’ll have noticed the increasing hype around the new “Wolfram Alpha” search engine, which is launching officially today. For those of you that aren’t yet familar, here’s a nutshell-sized explanation of what WA …

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15 May 2009

Seven simple questions to make the tech guys sweat…

Evaluating and comparing new technology solutions can often be a daunting task, with everyone from suppliers to Internal IT having their own vested interest in a particular outcome, it is often hard for individuals from a Non-IT background to find the right solution. Early in my career I undertook a Microsoft course on application architecture, and came across six simple …

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