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Did this basic presentation at the “Advancing Web 2.0 for traditional media” conference at the Wanderers in Johannesburg (Seff Efrika), organised by Classic Events. They pulled in quite a crowd — in fact by far one of the largest I’ve…

The mobile web: Why the future really is on the small screen

According to a report on Reuters last year, world wide mobile phone subscriptions reached 3.3-billion users or half the world’s population. Compare this to television usage (about 1,5-billion users) or desktop internet usage (about 1,1-billion users), and it is not…

Snow in Joburg, as told by M&G Online readers

With very little soliciting (well, at the beginning) M&G Online readers began submitting their photos in droves to our news photo site, www.newsinphotos.co.za. This morning we received more than 50 snow and sleet pictures documenting the extreme cold weather conditions…

The buzz on the SA blogosphere

We’ve added more graphing on amatomu.com’s search results. It tracks activity of search keywords over a 30-day period and then graphs the buzz. These are new graphs we added together with the others launched on overall blogosphere trends and individual…

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…

Coolest gig of the month

Went to the first ever Creative Commons Salon in Johannesburg, Melville, organised by Heather Ford and co. For the Creative Commons movement, the ‘remix’ has become one of the most powerful tools of the digital age. But they say the legal barriers…

Weimaraners

I digress. Now everyone who’s been to our house know that we have the faultiest, craziest dog known to man. Edie is adoreable but has way too much excess energy. This apparently is common to the Weimaraner breed. So I guess…

Nifty geek culture|media|tech conference in Joburg

Says, Mikestopforth.com: BarCamp is an ad-hoc gathering (or “unconference“) born from the desire for people to share and learn in an open environment. It is an intense event with discussions, demos, and interaction from attendees. Registration, admission and participation will…

Craig of Craigslist

Met Craig of Craigslist, that awesome, minimalist classifieds site started in the US. We were at a cocktail party lastnight in a rather nice Manhattan penthouse suite, near Union Square. Also finally met Mary McBride, the Goldman Sachs Global Leaders…

Vodacom HSDPA 3G problems

Update: 13/06/2006 Problem solved Ok I got an SMS telling me the service has been fixed. It has now been working for the last two weeks efficiently. Credit goes to Vodacom for fixing it, however it has taken some time and perhaps their communication could have been a bit better. Now that it works, I am loving the speed. Apparently we were one of the first country’s in teh world to get the HSDPA upgrade. Go South Africa.

Update: 09/06/2006 Still no contact so I wrote an email asking them to come back to me about beginning of this week. Yep, its Friday and have not heard from them. Not terribly efficient service. Vodacom are lucky that they have a such a good product from Vodafone… its a pity they cannot back up the good product by service. I’ll post here if they ever get back to me.

Update: 30/05/2006 It appears that Vodacom fixed whatever problem seemed to be occuring because i now get regular access again. Haven’t received a mail from them confirming this, nor the promised contact from the local network operator guy… maybe I am wrong to expect world class efficiency from company that makes millions in profits.

Written earlier 20/05/2006
Apparently South Africa’s Vodacom is the second biggest network in the worldwide Vodafone group, beating even its own network in the UK.

But I’d like to ask: Is Vodacom the network of choice any longer in South Africa? I have a new HSDPA 3G card (generously traded in by Vodacom for free) and I never seem to be able to connect at certain periods of the evening. I constantly get error 619 or error 31. I used to have the Novatell card and never had a problem from my house in Linden. But ever since changing to the HSDPA card, I have had error after error. Admittedly a friend of mine who also uses an HSDPA card says he does not have any problems.

On the road again

Oh boy. I arrived back at home on Saturday from London, yet I find myself waiting 6am in the morning at Johannesburg International Airport, boarding another flight to Cape Town for an M&G Online board meeting with shareholders M-WEB today.

Impressions: African media leaders conference in Kenya

Am back in Johannesburg now after being at the African Media Leadership Confrence in Kenya. It was a fantastic trip. Highlights include visiting The Nation Group Headquarters, a big Kenyan Media group in the capital Nairobi; networking with African media practicioners from Uganda, Ethopia, Botswana, Mozambique, Malawi and other places; and going to my first Kenyan Nightclub — which was very impressive and a huge amount of fun.

The right media brand for the Youth in South Africa

Khalik Sherrif, Director YFM, South Africa was at the African leadership strategies conference in Kenya. One of the best, most passionate presentations I have ever seen. He talks about YFM’s success in getting the youth market by opening its studio, shop and offices in a glitzy mall (Rosebank) rather than a dull office.

Surviving the great dot.con

As Google embraces the stock exchange, many dot.com kids are rubbing their hands with glee at what could signal a return of the good times. Matthew Buckland has been through dot.boom and dot.bomb and spent lots on expensive therapy to forget it all, but here he reminisces.