No Love for the Vuvuzela

WHO would have thought that even when listening to technology shows online I would be bombarded with the discussion about the fact that the vuvuzela is dangerous and irritating. During each discussion they then have to play the sound a few times just to show how irritating the noise can be.

I know the vuvuzela is something that is very near and dear to many people in South Africa, but I have to say I strongly agree with the fact that there is a time and a place for everything. Having watched games from previous World Cup tournaments I think that with the vuvuzela completely drowning out any other sounds the whole culture of supporters singing to their teams has been lost at this year’s tournament. Obviously it will not be the case in future World Cup tournaments, but I am quite sad that the one time it is coming to our continent we are missing out on this experience.

There are a number of websites where you can go to sign a petition to have the vuvuzela banned from the games.

On the other hand there are a number of websites that are actually supporting the vuvuzella with applications where you press a button and you have the vuvuzela sound with speaker control. You can even download a vuvuzela application for your iPhone.

We have a few weeks left before the end of the World Cup tournament and I am thinking of opening an online shop where all the soccer fans can go and purchase hearing aids. I think if you are in the hearing aid business you will soon have many new customers. Go listen to the vuvuzela at http://www.vuvuzela.fm and also http://vuvuzelaroulette.com.

Watter foon is die beste?

DIT is amper tyd vir my om weer vir ’n nuwe selfoon navorsing te begin doen. Vanjaar gaan ek natuurlik nie net ’n nuwe foon kry nie, maar ek gaan beslis ná 14 jaar by my diensverskaffer na ’n nuwe diensverskaffer kyk.

Die hartseer deel is dit is alles maar net kosmeties, want ek weet ek sal seker by ’n ander verskaffer ook probleme hê. Die skuif is eers in Augustus wanneer my kontrak eindig, maar ek begin nou al kyk. Ek verseker julle ek sal in daardie stadium die hele proses met julle deel en ook die aanbiedinge wat beskikbaar is, evalueer en daaroor skryf. Ek gaan ook sommer heelwat terugvoer gee oor die redes hoekom ek van my verskaffer weggaan.

Dit daar gelaat. Vir eers wil ek vandag met julle nuwe verwikkelinge in die selfoonmark deel.

Maandagaand het Steve Jobs die nuwe iPhone bekend gestel en ek moet sê, ek hou werklik baie van die nuwe ontwerp. Die foon kom stewiger voor en nou is daar ook ’n kamera sodat jy video-oproepe kan maak. Hierdie is een van die fone wat ek sterk oorweeg.

Daar is natuurlik vandag so ’n groot aantal smart phones in die mark dat dit ’n baie moeilike besluit gaan wees en dus wil ek julle vra om vir my te laat weet watter foon julle dink die beste in die mark is. Ek het twee jaar gelede dieselfde versoek gehad en die raad wat ek gekry het, het my baie gehelp om ’n goeie besluit te neem. Soos Steven Downes sê: “I store my knowledge in my friends.”

Laat weet my dus asseblief wat jy dink.

Indien jy deel van ’n maatskappy is wat ’n goeie aanbod het, laat weet my ook gerus. Ek sal die beste aanbiedings op www.clickkliek.com lys soos ek dit ontvang.

Fees do not reflect change

I JUST can’t believe it. We live in a time where everything is connected.

You can buy a scale that will tweet your weight automatically and will upload the progress you are making on the Internet automatically. You can do amazing things online.

One of the first industries to become connected was banks. Making it possible for you to go overseas and draw money from any ATM around the world. For some strange reason, however, I found out this week that even though we are living in an age where everything is connected some banks will always make sure that they charge the maximum fees. My bank this week informed me that if I deposited a $200 (approximately R1 500) cheque into my account, the service fee to cash it would be just over R600. I know that there are costs involved, but I find it difficult to believe that to transfer money from one account to another could cost more that R600. I am just not sure how you can justify this. I think my question is just why the electronic verification of a cheque should be this expensive.

We are making major advances daily, but for some reason these changes are not reflected in the fees we are being charged.

The problem in today’s integrated business sector is that we think we have many choices, but at the end of the month when my banking fees for the month is about R500, I realise that I would have preferred to just keep the money under my mattress.

Technology is saving the banking industry millions, when will we see a decrease in the fees we pay