Die hele wêreld sit in afwagting vir vandag se groot bekendstelling. Die iPhone word uiteindelik vandag in die VSA beskikbaar gemaak.
Die afgelope paar maande is dit al waaroor die Tech-gemeenskap op die web kon gesels. Daar is groot verwagtinge op Apple om ‘n uitsonderlike produk beskikbaar te stel, maar niemand weet nog regtig wat die iPhone gaan bied nie.
Apple is bekend daarvoor dat hul produkte uiters gebruikersvriendelik is en dat tydens die ontwerp van hul produkte die gebruiker se ervaring prioriteit is. Gaan die iPhone voldoen aan al die verwagtinge wat bestaan?
Van die GPS tot die iPod, videospeler en ander web en rekenaar funksies is baie van die dienste reeds beskikbaar op selfone soos die Nokia N95. (Indien enigiemand weet hoe om die GPS op die Nokia N95 te aktiveer laat weet my asb, want my diensverskaffer weet nie).
Apple het ook aangekondig dat gebruikers YouTube videos direk op die iPhone sal kan kyk. Die vraag is net of jy nog ‘n oproep sal kan maak na ‘n paar videos, want die batterylewe van die iPhone is nog ‘n raaisel.
Daar word verwag dat duisende entosiaste vandag voor die Apple winkels in die VSA sal begin tou-staan om van die eerstes te wees wat die iPhone sal besit.
Ons in Suid Afrika sal maar ‘n paar maande moet wag om presies te kan sien waaroor al die opwinding gaan aangesien die iPhone moontlik oor ‘n hele paar maande in Suid-Afrika beskikbaar sal wees.
Apple verseker gebruikers egter dat die iPhone ‘n deurbraak in die gebruik van ‘n selfoon is, indien ons kyk na Apple se geskiedenis is ek geneig om hulle te glo.
Adobe Photoshop is in my opinion probably one of, if not the best graphic design software available at the moment. With the advances that has been made in the latest release of Photoshop a new standard has been set.
Photoshop is however only one of a variety of creativity software products that is produced by Adobe. The products give you a way to unleash your creativity in the fields of photography, video, web design and graphic design.
A few weeks ago I wrote about the Adobelive event which was held in Johannesburg and I also invited interested readers to join us at the event.
We quickly realised that there was quite a bit of interest in these products in the Free State and that as a designer it is often very difficult to stay up to date with product changes, design trends and tips and tricks when designing. You can always join groups in the larger cities but it will take huge effort to attend these events.
On Tuesday, with the support of Adobe, we launched the Free State Adobe User Group. The idea is to give each and every professional and amateur designer, photographer and video producer who uses Adobe products to have a place to share ideas and also gain new knowledge from other users. Joining the group is free of charge and is aimed at building a community and stimulating exploration and discussion between the members.
I would like to invite everybody who is interested in attending some of these informal discussion sessions to send me their contact details. I will then be able to add you to the emailing list and I will let you know when we will have the next meeting. Adobe will also get top designers from all over the world to join us and share their secrets.
THIS weekend will be the first weekend that I spend cut off from my laptop and the internet in about five years. I have become a digital native even though, due to my age, I should probably be seen as a digital immigrant.
I have this uneasy feeling that while I am away, something may happen and I will miss it. I know that I am a little more connected and computer bound than most people, purely because I am constantly searching for the next great thing online, but have we become too dependent on constant connectedness?
The ability to have knowledge at your fingertips and to instantly connect with almost anybody anywhere? I also heard that the cellphone reception is very poor where I am going which is an added bonus, forcing me to adjust to that sort of situation.
I can almost see all the heads of people who know me nod and I can hear them say “finally!” Each week I advocate the use of the internet and the integration thereof in our daily lives, but this week I want to ask you to at least have balance.
We do need technology to make our lives easier and we do need the internet to communicate and have access to vast amounts of knowledge.
But each now and again, we have to switch off, take a step back and just enjoy all that nature has to give us.
I just hope that I can survive being cut off for an entire weekend.
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FINALLY VOIP (Voice Over Internet Protocol) is getting a voice in South Africa. For a while now we have been able to make calls over the internet using services like Skype and Yahoo messenger. But we have not really been able to replace fixed landlines or cell phones. You were also not able to have your own VOIP Telephone number. Finally there is a service available in the form of FreeTel which was launched last month that offers you this and much more.
Now you can get your own online phone number. These 087 numbers enable users of landlines and cellular phones to dial your VOIP number and get in touch with you.
If you have friends who have also registered for the service and installed the software you can chat with them online. The subscription to the service starts at under R30 per month.
If you want to phone a friend on his cell phone all you have to do is “charge” your account with a desired amount. Even friends and relatives overseas can have their own 087 number making it easy to contact them.
All you have to do is go to www.my087.com and register online. After you have received your confirmation email you download the PC softphone to start using your TelFree 087 number. Your subscription includes online call record, account, conference, voicemail and lots more.
But that is not where this service stops.
You can also have an entire business network of phones on this network and you can purchase handsets to enable this and make life a little easier and cheaper.
Visit www.my087.com and get your free number today and join the communication revolution online.
EK het ongeveer ‘n jaar gelede ook ‘n rubriek geskryf oor hoe jy jou lewensmaat op die Internet kan ontmoet. Die onderwerp het vandag weer opgekom met ‘n gesprek wat ek met ‘n vriendin gehad het.
Sy is vas oortuig daarvan dat ‘n mens eerder maar aan ‘n slegte verhouding moet vasklou, want waar op die aarde ontmoet jy op 30 iemand. Dit was vir my duidelik dat ek weer hierdie onderwerp moet aanraak.
Daar is baie plekke op die internet waar jy mense kan ontmoet en daar is honderde mense hier uit ons streek wat reeds geregistreer het vir van hierdie dienste. Jy leer ken die persoon voor die tyd op die internet en daarna kan julle mekaar vir ‘n koppie koffie ontmoet. Tradisionele plekke soos ‘n klub en kroeg is seker vir baie mense die ideale plek om iemand te ontmoet, maar ek wonder of dit werklik so ‘n goeie plek vir ‘n langtermynverhouding is.
Kliek hier om te gaan loer by een van die grootste dienste waar jy dalk net die regte een moontlik kan raakloop! Indien jy iemand sien waarin jy belangstel en met wie jy boodskappe wil verwissel, kan jy aansluit. Jou persoonlike kontakinligting – soos jou e-pos-adres – word nie aan die ander persoon bekend gemaak nie. As jy dan later besluit om jou inligting aan die ander persoon bekend te maak kan jy dit self stuur.
Dis net belangrik dat jy onthou dat daar baie maniere is om mense te ontmoet en dat daar duisende mense daar buite is wat ook op soek is na “die regte een”.
ONE of the biggest software companies around is Adobe. It is possible that you do not know the company’s name, but I am sure you will know product names like Photoshop and Adobe PDF Reader. In the Adobe range there is a huge number of products which cover everything from graphic design, video production, web design and general utilities you just can’t go without.
Adobe has just released their Creative Suite 3 and after using some of the beta products in the past few months I must say that these new versions of these programs are definitely worth a closer look.
On 31 May Adobe will be hosting the AdobeLive event in Johannesburg.
AdobeLive has become a firm favourite on every creative and business communicator’s calendar. The event is in its fourth incarnation and promises to offer even better value to attendees with tracks for design, video, web, document services, e-services, motion graphics, best practice and more.
Aimed at a niche design market, the event is sure to be one of the most sought after events on the design calendar in Southern Africa this year. AdobeLive in Concert will cater to some 1 500 industry and enterprise designers treating you to both an exhibition of fabulous products and services, as well as a full day conference with some of the most informative industry personalities and experts.
Dreamagineers International have provided ClickKliek with two event tickets to the value of R1 260. If you are a user of Adobe products and you are interested in attending the AdobeLive event, email your name and details to email@example.com. (Terms and conditions apply and transport to and accommodation in Johannesburg not included).
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DIT is tyd vir die groot dag. Almal kan kom, behalwe Chris en Penny – en soos almal weet, is hulle op al wat ’n troue is, so hulle kan joune nie mis nie.
In die verlede kon jy vir hulle die video of DVD ná die troue stuur, maar dit is net nie dieselfde nie. Dit is altyd lekker om iets te sien wanneer dit plaasvind.
Dis reeds moontlik om video’s op die web te laai sodat ander daarna kan kyk, maar daar was nog altyd ’n groter behoefte aan regstreekse video’s.
Vroeër kon jy met R100 000 se hardeware só ’n video op die web laai, maar dit was net te duur.
Nou kan almal dit doen en al wat jy nodig het, is die bandwydte om die video op die web te laai. Ustream.tv het ’n wonderlike nuwe diens wat die wêreld gaan verander. En dit is ongelooflik maklik.
Jy registreer jou gratis vir die diens by www.ustream.tv. Dan prop jy jou webcam of ander videokamera by jou rekenaar in en deur ’n paar stappe te volg begin jy regstreeks uitsaai.
Ek dink die potensiaal van hierdie diens is groot: Troues, prysuitdelings by skole, gradeplegtighede, kongresse of sommer net om vir almal te wys wat jy heeldag aanvang.
Daar is ook baie uitsendings waarna jy kan gaan kyk soos die uitsending van die Gustavus Corpse-blom (Titan Arum) wat nou blom. Dit is een van die grootste blomme en die plant neem 12 tot 14 jaar voordat dit die eerste keer blom.
Jy moet ongelukkig hoëspoed-internet hê om hierdie diens te geniet.
YOU have heard all about blogging and maybe you have even registered your own blog. You made one or two posts but you lost interest very quickly. When you create a blog it does take a bit of a commitment to keep it up and running.
The guys at Tumblr.com realised this and developed a web log that would probably be exactly what you want. To make a simple analogy: If blogs are journals, tumblelogs are scrapbooks and we all know how popular and fun scrapbooking is.
Tumblelogs are also slightly more structured than blogs and this makes it easier, faster, and more fun to post and share stuff you find or create. Setting up your own Tumblelog will take about 30 seconds. You will receive a verification email and after you click on the link and you have verified your email address you can start immediately. You can then add customise your page and add feeds from various sources.
The idea here is to make short posts, little bits of information, maybe a quote, a photo, a video or just a few sentences. If you have a flickr or youtube account you can set Tumblr to automatically import your photos and videos. I see it as a place to post thoughts and things I like.
There are a number of great tumblelogs available click here for a page with the most popular ones. Remember it is a free service and it won’t cost you a cent to have your own tumblelog so sign-up today and send me the link to yours.
ALTHOUGH I do not consume much alcohol (in fact, if a company had to survive on the alcohol I consume in a year they would be bankrupt in no time!), I do love a good bottle of red wine.
I know there are many wine connoisseurs around and they will definitely know much more about wine than I do, but as I always say: “You don’t need to know everything, but if you know where to find the information, you are well on your way!”
That brings me to www.winelog.net. This website is another of those free information user-controlled applications.
On this site you can register to receive updates on other people’s opinions of specific wines and what they recommend (or don’t recommend). Of course you can then add information on the wines you enjoy and leave comments that users can read to learn more about those particular wines. This helps to build a huge database of wine information for everyone who would like to know more about the subject. There are quite a few South African wines listed, but I believe we can do better!
So, when you really enjoyed a particular bottle of wine, why not enter your thoughts into the database for others to read? This is sure to also boost our wine industry internationally. So go ahead – open a bottle tonight, but before you finish it, go to www.winelog.net and enter your comments. (Please do this before you are unable to remember a thing about the wine except the follow morning’s headache!) This is also a perfect opportunity for you to impress your friends with your vast knowledge of wines!
For most of my life I have been overweight and even during the times that I was close to my “normal” weight I was sure that I was overweight. I would loose 10kg only to gain back about 15kg.
I have tried every diet and suggestion but still for some strange reason I can never just keep the kilo’s off. I have also heard from numerous people that as soon as they reach a desired weight they again go back to their original weight.
The secret is that we are all different and for each one of us there is a specific diet that would for you as individual. But trying to find it can be a challenge. We also need support and motivation to keep at it. The important thing is to realise that you are definitely not alone. This is also why FatSecret has had enormous success. FatSecret is a free social networking website where you can register and share information about diets you have tried and how much success you have had. You can also share in the collective experience of all the members of this online community. In the community discussion forum you can chat with other members and also monitor your weight loss online. This may just give you the much needed motivation to keep going.
The website will also help you to create a personalized diet and find recipes that are right for your diet. There are hundreds of recipes which will definately suit your specific taste and needs.
FatSecret itself is not affiliated to any specific program or diet remedy. The information contained in the site is completely community generated and the site will not try to sell you anything. All you will get is suggestions from others who have the same problems as you do.