Make Podcamp happen in Bfn

Training Course

I am working on the idea of a national Podcamp, which will bring North and South together, in Bloemfontein.
All the people in New Media – online video, blogging, podcasting and online companies – will come together in Bloemfontein and have an UnConference.

This is a place to meet one another (and maybe collaborate in the future) and share ideas.
Podcamps are always free and the costs are covered by sponsors.

The Podcamp will go hand in hand with many technology exhibitions which will also be free to attend. As with all ideas there are people who think that Bloemforntein is not the right place to have a national Podcamp. They say that nobody from Johannesburg or Cape Town will actually come all the way to here.

I wish to prove them wrong. If you are a company involved in New Media, an individual who is working online, a software developer or just interested in the things taking place online, please let me know.

With the necessary support from you, I can make sure that PodcampSA is held here in Bloemfontein. Otherwise I will probably have to give someone else the opportunity to arrange it in Johannesburg or Cape Town.

Let’s show the guys from the main centra around South Africa that Bloemfontein is up there with the best of them.

Training Course


World Wide Web in years to come

Liberty Life

THE World Wide Web was made available to the public for the first time on 7 August 1991. Could it really only be 16 years ago?

Even though the web was first started in 1980 it was only meant to be a method for scientists around the world to stay connected and to collaborate on projects.

It is almost impossible to compare the web of 1991 with the powerful World Wide Web that we know today, let alone compare it to the web of 1980. Today’s internet is a network of powerful systems working together as a unit.

Through this elaborate system of connected machines our lives have changed to the extent that we would almost be helpless without it. Waiting for about a month to receive a letter from the UK, in 1991, to receiving an email in a few minutes or seconds from the same person today.

The question is of course what things would look like in another 16 years. Or even in 5 years time. I will take the risk in predicting that in five to seven years’ time the majority of the population will have access to the Internet and our dependence on it will have increased to a point where we only rarely need to leave our homes. We will do everything online. Obviously this could not be true of all occupa­tions but administrative tasks and managerial tasks will probably be done online.

If you want to take a look back at the way things on the Internet were a few years ago visit the Internet Archive.

Click here to visit the Internet Archive to see how websites have changed over the past few years.  Just enter the domain name of the website!


Open source software free for all


THE whole world is moving to open source software. Every week I read online about another government moving over from proprietary soft­ware to some type of open format. Even the South African government has announced that they will start to implement open source software in the future.

Programmes like OpenOffice which has a spreadsheet (like Excell), a presentation component (like PowerPoint), Writer (like Microsoft Word) and other components are available online and is free to download, use and distribute.


These programmes are used more and more in business and yet for some strange reason I have not seen any institution which offers training programmes for these applications. In a year or two most government departments will be using these free programmes and the users would have been trained on commercial programmes.

Is it not time that schools, universities and other training institutions install these free programmes and start to train students to use them? The advantage is that students/users are able to download and install these programmes on their own computers legally. Students usually do not have thousands of rands to spend on software packages and using free software will empower these students to reach new heights.

As an example I can can give you Mark Shuttleworth. When at university he used free open source software to build the company which he sold for millions.

I know that many people feel that if they do not pay for a product it is of poor quality, and this may be true in many cases, but with the Open Source Community growing each and every day this is no longer the case.

Gebruik bandwydte suinig

Liberty Life

DAAR is ’n geweldige toename in internetgebruikers in Suid-Afrika. Indien jy ’n onderneming besit en jy het nie ’n webblad nie, moet jy dalk jou strategie heroorweeg.

Met die toename vra mense my bykans elke dag dieselfde vraag: Wanneer gebruik ek van my internet-bandwydte? Of my gunsteling: “Ek het net op die internet “gesurf” vir twee dae en video’s en foto’s gekyk, ek het niks op die rekenaar “gesave” of uitgedruk nie, maar my bandwydte is amper klaar.”
My antwoord is die volgende: Indien jy iets op jou rekenaarskerm kan sien, is dit reeds afgelaai op jou rekenaar, jy het dus reeds van jou bandwydte gebruik. Of jy dit dan druk of nie, maak nie saak nie, jy het steeds die bandwydte gebruik. Ek kan dit soos volg verduidelik. Jy laat bou ’n swembad by jou huis. Dit is nog leeg en jy besef dat jy water moet laat inloop indien jy wil swem. Die oomblik dat jy begin om water te laat inloop, is dit soos om te “surf” op die internet. Jy het dalk nog nie geswem nie, maar jy kan al die water sien.

Jy laat loop jou swembad vol en dit lyk pragtig, maar dis te koud om te swem. Jy kan al die water sien en jy kan voel dit is koud.

Met ander woorde, die oomblik wat die data, webblad, video, liedjie of e-pos op jou rekenaar gelees kan word, beteken dit dat die data afgelaai is van die internet en dit nou op jou skerm vertoon word.
Om dit daar te kry moet dit afgelaai word.

Die meeste webbladsye is gelukkig ongelooflik klein en sal nie baie van jou bandwydte gebruik nie, maar hoe meer bladsye jy besoek, hoe meer bandwydte gebruik jy. Dit geld ook die aflaai van videos en e-pos-aanhangsels.

Ek weet dit is ’n groot verrassing vir baie mense en ek is jammer om die slegte nuus oor te dra, maar gebruik jou bandwydte oordeelkundig.