Archive for January, 2006


Cape Town Fire

A terrible fire has started on Table Mountain today. From our offices we have a great view of all of the action.
Here are the pics, if you look closely you can see the 3 helicopters dropping water on the blazing furnace.

Who is your Big Daddy?

Google is readying itself for possible the largest system change in history. The code named “Big Daddy” change is likely to send seo experts more work than ever before. The change is rumoured to be just a major Data Center upgrade, however I think an algorithm change is definately on the horizon.
Matt Cutts says [...]

Garbage scouting, new past time…

This is one of the most interesting map mashups that I have seen. Garbage Scout maps pictures posted by users of garbage they have seen. So you may be looking for a broken toilet or old clothes, then this is the site for you. Forget the legwork, just check out the trash in your neighbourhood [...]

Gadget Man, look out…

Kevin Rose started one of my favourite blogs, called digg. Gadgetell has an interview with him that shows his vision for digg.com . Slashdot beware Digg is gaining users and its method of prioritizing content based on actual user interest rather than editorial assumptions, makes a lot of sense for your averageĀ  techie on the [...]

Choosing a CMS should be this easy

Choosing an Open Source CMS application is a difficult decision for two reasons. Firstly there are so many worthy condidates each with their own merits, and secondly because they all cater for different segments of the market. You get complex ones, easy ones and bad ones… With so many to choose from, I really enjoyed [...]

Mad Texas writes name using trees

This is pretty cool, but why someone would ant to do this is beyond me…
‘A landowner outside of Austin named Luecke spelled his name using trees, and NASA is learning from it. The entire name extends almost 3 miles. NASA has used this location to help estimate spatial resolution of astronaut-acquired orbital photographs. ‘

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XDA Atom

Teh Xda Atom has been around for a while and 02 in the Uk are marketing it currently, so I thought it would be only a matter of time till it hit SA shores. The unit uses Windows Mobile 5 and has all of the niceties that we have come to expect from a XDA/iMate. [...]

Samba 4 released

Samb 4 was released earlier today. Here is part of a speech by Australia-based Samba creator Andrew Tridgell at the Linux.conf.au conference in New Zealand.
“Samba 4 supports the server-side of the Active Directory logon environment used by Windows 2000 and later, so we can do full domain join and domain logon operations [...]

Paypal integration from PHP

Credit cards and othe payment methods are often a mission to integrate web applications with. PayPal can be a usefull alternative to std credit card based payments. Intergation from PHP is quite easy, and this article is pretty conclusive.
Intended Audience
This tutorial is intended for PHP programmers of all levels, who wish to add Paypal [...]

Web 2.0 Roundup

Check out this list of Web 2.0 websites. Its interesting to see who is leading the bunch with Ajax intergation and forward thinking.