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8 Reasons CellC could go down?

I predicted this in 2005.

You can read in the news how CellC seems to be performing poorly.

I sent them these emails back then, which they said they would forward to management, but probably didn’t. Which leads to the second reason they will go down – their 1) customer service people are useless.
(2) Not to mention they call them “Client Liaison Consultant”s, bleh)

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iTunes U: Free Audio and Video Lectures (Education)

In a previous post I made on audio books etc, I listed some free sources of audio books and MP3’s for you to listen to on your iPod (MP3 Player), or Mobile CellPhone or any portable device. For those times that you spend waiting/travelling.

NEW: Apple, the legends, iTunes brought out iTunes U , U stands for University I guess.

iTunes U has arrived, giving higher education institutions an ingenious way to get audio and video content out to their students. Presentations, performances, lectures, demonstrations, debates, tours, archival footage — school is about to become even more inspiring.

Great, another place where you can get world class information for free.

Isn’t it amazing that the internet can allow me to get content from the top universities in the world, for free, from the comfort of my own country? – University and educational material (MP3’s etc) via iTunes!

Some universities’ iTunes U sites:

Mostly American universities.
Who will be the first South African university to have an iTunes.domain? or will help you.

Google also broadcasts the talks that are given at the Google Offices to the world for free. Again, without technology, those talks would have fallen only on the ears currently in the room. Now anyone can be there, without actually being there.

Check out my previous page: time management i for some more links.

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the suicide of your virtual self – How to Share

An interesting article appeared in the Sunday Times newspaper the other day. A topic that I have been wanting to comment on; so it saves me having to write an article, great.

Here is the article “The blog graveyard”.
Article seems derived from the original article at The Sunday Times, England –

What’s it about?

“Hey guys, I’m soooo sooo sorry I haven’t written in a while!!” she wrote.

It has been a long wait for any Lohan fans who may be hoping for an update. That entry was posted in October 2003. Lohan’s blog has since taken its place in the Internet’s fastest growing graveyard — of an estimated 200-million blogs that have been started, then abandoned.

The extraordinary failure rate of online diaries and claims that interest in blogging will soon begin a precipitous slide are sparking an intriguing debate about the future of self-expression on the Internet and whether blogs, once seen as revolutionary, are destined to become a footnote in the history of computing.

To the embarrassment of millions of Internet users — from Hollywood celebrities such as Lohan, Melanie Griffith and Barbra Streisand to countless ordinary parents, workers and would-be poets — the evidence of failed diary-keeping cannot be easily erased from search engines that continue to provide links to blogs that have lain dormant for years.

Some Internet analysts call them “ghost blogs”, lingering reminders of a cultish enthusiasm for self-expression that is rapidly wearing off. Others liken the abandonment of blogs to “the suicide of your virtual self”.

Why am I saying this?
Show me how many people have had an active personal’ish site for a few years? A few maybe? Good.

I reckon that if you have something to share…

If it is obtainable elsewhere (another site for example):

    If you like it:

  • Link to it or bookmark it online. Use bookmarks, some place that other users will be able to find it.
  • Make suggestions or comments on what is lacking or can be improved. Or some praise even.
  • If you don’t like it:

  • Make a suggestion to the creators of the site. Maybe something is missing, then you can complete it.

Can’t find it anywhere?
If the site/source is really bad and has no hope of being revived by the author or it isn’t possible to take over the management of the site/source/page, then you have some options:

  1. Add it to wikipedia – it’s maintained and will be around for a while. In contrast to your personal domain which ceases to exist when you get bored and stop paying the registration fee.
  2. Wikipedia not appropriate? Consider using a Google powered free hosting service like or to power your new site/information.
  3. Need more tools? Try finding a site that provides or deals with similar information – can you maybe partner with the site or create a new section for it? Please don’t create another forum.. unless you really have to. Learn to search.
  4. Lastly, you could get your own domain name and hosting for your website and do as you please.

There are many options, no excuse to pollute the web.
Collaborate to make it better and cleaner. If we don’t do it, who will?

This isn’t specific to blogs, it’s the same for any site, website, forum, what ever you want to call it. A html site is a html site no matter what name you give it.

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Google Calendar has free SMS notifications (for South Africa too)

Google Calendar – probably the best online calendar you will find.

UPDATE: Get sms notifications of events on ANY calender! In fact, now you can schedule reminders for events on your personal calendar or any other calendar to which you’re subscribed.

NEW: Google calender mobile cellphone version!

Visit on your mobile web browser.

  • Multiple calendars on one account – so you can separate the different parts of your life/schedule (work, home, etc)
  • Share events and calendars – You can let a calendar be show to the public or share a calendar with someone.
  • Planning an event? – You can create invitations, send reminders and keep track of RSVPs right inside Google Calendar.

star new item Now, the main reason for this post is the SMS/text notifications you can setup for any event! And it costs you nothing!

Staying on schedule
You can set up automatic event reminders, including mobile phone notifications, and instantly bring up anything on your calendar with the built-in search tool.

And they support all three networks in SA – MTN, CellC and Vodacom.

How to enable SMS notifications

  • Login to Google Calendar with your Google Account details (same as your GMail)
  • Click Settings at the top right.
  • In the Calendar Settings page click on the Notifications button.
  • Then enter your cell phone details and follow the instructions.
  • You’re done. Now any notifications you put on an event will come in an SMS/text to your cellphone. All for free!

Poor Google has to foot the bill for all the SMSs sent. I wonder how viable it will turn out to be?

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Time Management I

Steve Pavlina’s “10 Tips for College Students” –
Tips for Students and for Learners.

Some good time management tips too. Especially if you freelance or don’t have much of a fixed schedule.

Smiley with Headphones

What I’ve realized recently is that the difference between the average student and the above average student comes mainly down to their time management skills.
This is true for everything in life too I guess.

The guy who wakes as early as they can in order to start their day productively will always have the edge of the person who rushes out at a minute before the hour to get to work.

The person who doesn’t dabble around aimlessly at the end of conversations gets more work done. More work bringing in more results for you.

We have 24 hours in a day. Every day. No one has a minute more, or less, than anyone else. It’s all about how you use it. Those 10 minutes of aimless waiting everyday can add up to hours a month. Hours where you are free to do anything you please.

Growth through audio

Oh my word, driving. If you drive a car to work everyday, you know how much time that can take, especially with all the irritating traffic jams.
So, how can you carry on wasting so much time? “What can I do”, you ask.
Well, what I’ve come to practise is, listening to audio books. Yes, great isn’t it, listening to audio, while you are driving! Kill two birds with one stone.

Whether you use your car radio or a portable device (mp3 playing devices all round, even cellphones can), there’s no excuse to drive aimlessly for hours everyday. Aimlessly includes listening to spam music on commercial radio.
There are many sources of free audio books and the such. I list some cool sites below.

More Info – has a good selection of free audio books! – on the forefront of self development and personal management.
ITconversations – More for the technical crowd.
TED – Technology, Education, Design. High Profile Talkers. With Video options.
twit – This week in Tech.
odeoMillions of MP3s and 1000’s of audio channels—podcasts, music, and more. Listen, download, subscribe… FREE.
Free Academic Podcasts – A list of free lectures from Universities on a variety of topics. This is worth a lot!
PodCast – – free audio about anything. Has a too. – Great resource for videos on all topics. – University and educational material (MP3’s etc) via iTunes!

Google Tech Talks 1
Google Tech Talks 2 – ebooks – ChangeMake Minute – The ChangeMaker Minute is a succinct message designed to challenge your thought regarding timeless principles that guide our lives both in the marketplace and at home.

Now, there’s no reason not to expand your mind.

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