Monday, October 25, 2010

No Eskom 12 hours and counting.

So here we are 12 hours into a Eskom power failure. No word of course when it will come on again.

I want to know if the speed with which Eskom has rolled out thier network has affected the quality of the work or if this is just how things are going to be.

Eskom will of course say the quality of the work is the same as always, and is world class.

Maybe it is because I now live in a rural area and not JHB, I would like to believe this. In fact I would like to belive anything as long as there is something that can and will be done about it.

But here we sit, with the food slowly going off. And stewing in our sweat. Lest I forget to mention we cannot shower or bath unless we have electricity to power the pump.

Ahh here comes the rain again. That will cool things down a bit.

The power came on between 21:30 and 22:30.

I was asleep so no exact time.

I hear through the grapevine that Eskom did not even go out till 16:00 on Sunday afternoon, although this is pure hearsay at the moment.

Cell C.

Cell C I live in Hluhluwe. Can you help me?

Let me start at the beginning.

I had a particularly frustrating Friday.

I kept trying trying to return a missed call. Tried and tried in fact. For 45 minutes.

Then phoned the Cell C call centre. After getting through various voice menus, I explained my problem to the agent. Who did not listen or for some other reason then repeated the problem back to me incorrectly.



Agent repeats problem back to me again, correctly this time. Then asks me to confirm my cell number (caller id anyone). And then my ID.

Agent then wants to know if I have a pen and paper handy. I go to get and of course my call gets dropped because of the wonderful reception out here.

At this point, to save myself all the stress, I think "If is important they will call back."

Trevor is going to here all about this. As soon as I get electrity again.

For that saga see the next post.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Software Freedom Day

To all software users:

It is that time of year, when we celebrate Software Freedom Day.

Use the link in the title to head on over to the organizations website.

This year the special day is the 18th of September 2010.

For local South African action check out the team page.

Facebook Event.

Go be Software Free on the 18th of September.

Friday, May 7, 2010

Malema, The Constitution and the 'Shoot the Boer Song'.

The Constitutional Court has banned the singing of the struggle song, commonly known as 'Shoot the Boer'.

This means that NOBODY may sing this song. Not for any reason. This is despite what political parties may want. Until that court order has been changed. By appeal or what ever means.

If you respect the rule of law, as any functioning society must, then you would not sing this despite what may have happened in your history. Until and only if the court order is changed.

The laws that are enforced inside our society are the only instrument that prevents our society and our country from sliding into anarchy.

The song is banned because it promotes hate speech and violence towards another 'ethnic' group.

Now I believe that the AWB and the supporters of ANCYL president are a minority. What should the rest of South Africa do about people like this? They are the ones who are threatening to destabilse the whole country. When will the ordinary people of this country DO something?

I have read a lot about this and the death of Eugene TerreBlanche, both online and in the print media. There seems to be a lot of opinions going around. This is one situation that will divide South Africa in the media if nowhere else. How many of these people would have chosen a side if they had not been asked by the media? I like to think that most people would prefer to get on with their lives. Most people adopt a live and let live attitude.

In the end no matter what you or I believe everybody has the right to their own ideas.

Every one who lives in South Africa has to respect The Constitution. Not only when you want but all the time, even when it is not working in your favour.

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