Archive for August, 2006

Gamers shoot for national colours

August 24th, 2006 | 1 Comment »

The Amateur Gamers Association of South Africa (AGASA) has created the first official online national gamers’ league in the country and gamers will now be eligible for provincial and national colours. The news was announced yesterday in Johannesburg by AGASA’s president, Johan von Backström. The league has the full backing of Mind Sports South Africa […]

VoIP critical for developing world – Nigeria

August 23rd, 2006 | No Comments »

Ernest Ndukwe, executive vice chairman of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), has described Voice Over Internet Protocol (VoIP) as the engine that will drive telephony in developing countries like Nigeria. Speaking at the first day of the three-day VoIP forum in Lagos this week, Ndukwe said the commission had recently conducted a study into the […]

Extending Thunderbird's wings

August 23rd, 2006 | 2 Comments »

All the focus these days seems to be on Firefox extensions. Web Developer this, FlashGot that. But what about Mozilla Thunderbird? Here are five super extensions for the open source email client. (All were used on Thunderbird 1.5.0.4) Thunderbird Header Tools enables you to change the header information on emails you’ve received. You can change […]

InDesign in Easy Steps

August 22nd, 2006 | No Comments »

InDesign CS2 in Easy Steps Author: Robert Shufflebotham Published: Computer Step Available from Intersoft Approximate price: R169 InDesign is a great package for laying out anything from newsletters to newspapers, but I suspect in many cases, it’s a bit like giving your grandmother a Ferrari to drive herself to bowls: it is capable of doing […]

'MySQL, Linux powers Web 2.0' – O'Reilly

August 22nd, 2006 | No Comments »

Without Linux, Apache, MySQL and PHP many Web 2.0 companies would not exist today. This is according to Tim O’Reilly, CEO of O’Reilly Media and the person most often credited for coining the term Web 2.0. O’Reilly was quoted saying this in a recent media release by MySQL AB, developers of the popular open source […]

Super-fast remote desktops with FreeNX

August 22nd, 2006 | 1 Comment »

IT admins have long turned to VNC to work on remote desktops. VNC simply sends a live picture of the screen over the network, and returns mouse and keyboard changes to the remote desktop. Despite it’s long run as an essential IT tool, VNC has its drawbacks, and is getting a little long in the […]

Company grows out of schools Linux project

August 22nd, 2006 | No Comments »

Based on the successes of the tuXlabs schools Linux project in South Africa, the team members have started a company to continue the work. The new company, Inkululeku, will provide services to existing tuXlabs schools as well as look to perform new installations. The tuXlabs programme, started by the Shuttleworth Foundation, has installed Linux-based computer […]

Go camping, with open source software

August 21st, 2006 | No Comments »

Take a hundred or so non-profit workers and hi-quality techies, add a dash of a holiday and tons of hard work and keep them on an island or isolated from the city for a week and you have a “Source camp”. Source camps are an intiative spearheaded by NGO Tactical Technology Collective who use the […]

Barebones phone hits market

August 18th, 2006 | No Comments »

A new mobile phone targeting the low-end of the market hit the South African market on Friday with the launch of Vodafone Simply. Vodafone Simply from Vodacom reverses the trend towards feature-packed phones with a simple solution that will appeal to users who just want to use voice and text services. The cellphone is a […]

Can Novell's horse win the derby?

August 18th, 2006 | 2 Comments »

Start out in the dirty, quiet city of Salt Lake and take a long, slow drive through pine-coated mountains into the middle of nowhere. You’ll finally reach Provo, Utah. It’s a hop, skip and bunny jump from Robert Redford’s famous Sundance ski resort, site of the alternative film festival, where quaint brooks run down the […]

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