The perfect Mac mini home theatre setup

I decided to take the plunge and finally upgrade my home theatre. I had three main objectives: It needed to be completely digital (no analogue connections), ie HDMI/DVI for video and optical connections for audio. It need to be a…

'Beware the power of social media'

This popped into my inbox this afternoon. I know Jovan Regasek well and have big respect for the man, ITWeb and the other publications his company puts out. For those of you wondering, ITWeb survived full on through the dot.bomb…

SA blog awards: Please stop masturbating

Can someone tell me why all this ranting about the blog awards is not just masturbation? I try to make sense of it but the overwhelming sense I get is blah, blah, blah, blah… clashing of cymbals, bashing of drums.…

Bob Woolmer: It really cut me up

I got the breaking news SMS from M&G Online as I got off the plane late Sunday Night. I have to admit, I got strangely cut up about the news. I usually don’t get hung up about these things —…

Battle of the business sites

Websites that report on financial news and information were always going to crack it online. The web is the perfect medium for delivering up-to-the-minute financial news and data. Moreover, the LSM of the average business news reader matches that of the online reader: Both are high. The five biggest consumer-focused business sites, reporting on general financial news in South Africa, are engaged in a tussle to capture a bigger share of this lucrative reader and advertising market….

Brilliant Web 2.0 presentation at Bloggers Indaba

I’ve been a lazy blogger. Bad blogger! bad, bad blogger! Yesterday, Vincent Maher raised the bar with an unbelievable presentation (Needs Flash) at the Bloggers indaba in Grahamstown on Web 2.0 on Thursday. We all remember Lawrence Lessig’s brilliant presentation…

Major bloggers conference in South Africa

Probably Africa’s first ever major blogging conference, The Digital Citizen Indaba (DCI), will take place in South Africa on 14-15 September. The Indaba aims to bring bloggers, citizen journalists, media practitioners, industry experts, and representatives from civil society all under…

Nitin Desai from UN wants a combined, killer new media and old media combination

Nitin Desai, Special Advisor to the Secretary General of the United Nations, had a few original words to say on the new wave of “We Media” sweeping the globe. He says that the key challenge – and this is the original part of what he said – is that we face a challenge in finding a business model that can combine the professionalism of the traditional, established media (fact checking; sources; trained journalists; ethics codes and training etc etc) with what we have on the web – the power of collaborative communities, citizen journalism, blogs, collective intelligence, number power etc etc…

Netocracy

Netocracy BOOK REVIEW: NETOCRACY If Karl Marx were alive today this is the book he would have written. This is the bold, if not slightly ambitious, claim of Swedish authors Alexander Bard and Jan Söderqvist. For Marx, society’s power politics,…

Web 2.0 a Poo Sandwich?

net savvy Web 2.0 a Poo Sandwich? Some say “Web 2.0” is just the latest meaningless buzzword in a long list of internet hyperbole. But Matthew Buckland argues that such labels can be useful. A well-known blogger wrote that whenever…

What’s a Wiki?

net savvy What’s a Wiki? It means “quick” or “informal” in Hawaiian. Matthew Buckland explains the latest form of web-based “open content”, which has net wizards in a spin. If this column was a wiki on The Media’s website, everyone…

Mine’s bigger than yours, I think

COLUMN: Net savvy By Matthew Buckland It’s billed as the most measurable medium in the world, yet ironically, for a long time internet measurement in South Africa has been in somewhat of a flux. While there is no doubting the…