Crazy days…

Sweetbabyjesus. Things are crazy out there at the moment. The USA is chasing Zimbabwe’s credit rating. London Bridge is burning down. Ireland, Greece, Portugal, Spain and Italy are bust. Nutty Norwegians are shooting kids. That paragon of sanity, Gaddafi, is surviving the full onslaught of NATO’s army whilst calmly trying out frocks for his victory…

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The future of data and social networks

Will voice traffic one day peak? Just as gas-guzzlers regularly panic over “peak-oil” theory, there are those that panic that the market for voice traffic will one day be saturated. There are only so many people in the world, and there are only so many hours in a day.“Peak-voice” theory is not only plausible, it…

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The most important thing in life

Loyalty. A simple word. And yet one of the most complicated concepts in our world… What is loyalty? It is having your partner’s back. Always. It is going into battle knowing that the man on your right and the man on your left are with you. You can move forward without fear of being stabbed…

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The tyranny of mediocrity

Mediocrity is the cousin of relativism. “We’re not the fastest, but we’re not the slowest.” “We don’t have the best service, but we’re better than most.” “We’re not the market leaders, but at least we’re not last.” “I’m not the best dad in the world, but I’m not the worst.” Relativism is the crutch that…

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Twitter frees broadcasters

I’m not from the media industry. But I’ve come to learn that, in the jargon of the experts, a broadcaster is in fact not the network distributing the news. It is the person with the news.For example, NBC is not a broadcaster, it is simply a channel. Conan O-Brien is a broadcaster.The difference has only…

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Keep your eye on the ball

Did you watch the Proteas snatch defeat from the jaws of victory yesterday? For the umpteenth time, our national cricket side has caved in when victory seemed assured. Why? Most of the commentators seem to be blaming mental weakness and a tendency to “choke” in high-pressure situations. As tempting as it is to blame weak…

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The next bubble?

1 February 2011 The next bubble Winston Churchill once said: “If there is one thing we can learn from history, it is that we do not learn from history.” Truer words are rare. Lets cast our minds back to 1996. The Internet was in its infancy, shrugged off as a passing fad. Then came the…

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If, by Rudyard Kipling

If you can keep your head when all about you Are losing theirs and blaming it on you; If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you, But make allowance for their doubting too; If you can wait and not be tired by waiting, Or being lied about, don’t deal in lies, Or being…

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A dummy’s guide to interconnect rates

25 April 2010The regulation of mobile phone operators can be used as a case study of how strong network bonds can be broken. First, some definitions: On-net: Calls within the same network (Vodacom customer to Vodacom customer) On-net rate: The rate charged to customers for On-net calls Off-net: Calls between networks (Vodacom customer to MTN…

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The Web today

15 December 2010 Nowadays tech is not hardware. Tech is software, and the cutting edge is the Web. PC-based software is a bit like mustard jeans in the early 90’s. Out-of-date and likely to get you killed. Web-based software is the new mustard jean pant. In the past 10 years the Web has spawned global…

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The new world is the place to be

26 November 2010 Hi guys, What a year! Feels like I’ve been in an old SpeedQueen tumble-dryer. I’m dry, but at some point it seemed the machine was going to blow up… Started the year with some lows, (the Sunday Times stuff was so much fun!), had a life-changing experience in the States in March,…

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Change management

10 August 2010I grew up in Pretoria east, went to a government school, had my fair share of fights, and managed to finish matric without children, a criminal record, or being expelled.I learnt a few things along the way. How to drink Hunters Gold and look cool. How to wrestle. How to spot a blackhead…

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