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Monthly Archives: July 2008

Jozi 27Dinner (July 2008) Feedback

So Monday night was another 27Dinner.
I was a minute or so late, so I just ran in and grabbed the first available seat. It was only then that I noticed I had not only gatecrashed the Cerebra table (again), but also stole the seat intended for Craig Nicholson. He got revenge by immortalizing my nose [...]

Learn A Foreign Language

If you have a desire to learn an exotic language like Twi, or even a less than exotic language like French, then look no further! The FSI Language Courses website is dedicated to making the American taxpayer’s dollar work for YOU, a citizen of the world. Apparently, since these courses were developed by the US [...]

Setcom Beats South African Paypal Restrictions

Many of you already know that Paypal does not allow South African users to receive payments. Not even from other South Africans!
What many of you may not know is that Setcom does allow you to receive international payments, although they don’t allow you to make international payments. You should expect to lose between 3% and [...]

Brazil’s Technobrega Scene Driven By Music “Piracy”

I’ve just spotted another case where free information = profit. The Brazillian technobrega scene is driven mostly by artists encouraging their music to be copied freely. Put that in your pipe and smoke it, RIAA!

Colossus Mark II

 
The Colossus Mark II was one of the first modern computers ever built, way back in 1944, and used to break cryptographic codes intercepted by the allies. When the war was over, Winston Churchill ordered the machines to be destroyed.
Now, through the efforts of a man named Tony Sale, a working copy of the [...]

Cymon Wants You To Program!

Remember the good old days when you’d spend an hour after school typing in a game on your Sharp MZ-80A or Commodore 64, because you didn’t have any blank tapes left? I do.
If you long for those days, or if you never experienced them, then Cymon’s Games is for you. Filled with tiny games for [...]

Is The XO-2 The Ideal Electronic Book?

Ever since reading Ben Bova’s Cyberbooks, I’ve been waiting for electronic books to take over the world. The Amazon Kindle didn’t much impress impress me, but I just love the design for the new OLPC XO-2. If the design stays the same, then I’m definitely getting one for reading ebooks.
On a related note, what are [...]