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Archive for October, 2014

Rand Water-less Board

For a week in September, we had no water at all. We were forced to buy water from Makro, who very kindly discounted the cost of same to help us and people in a similar situation. Despite the discount we spent in 2 days about R900 on bottled water. For the record, this is what our monthly bill usually amounts too…

So come October, I download our water and rates bill [as is the norm for this time of year, the Post Office flunkies are on strike and no mail has been delivered for about 3 months now – but I get all of mine by email so I’m not phased, haven’t posted a letter in almost a decade]. Lo and behold, despite the week of no water, there is no difference in the amount the municipality has charged us.

Yesterday the new Minister of Finance alluded to the fact that due to shortages in revenue, we can expect tax hikes next year. This is quite fucking annoying as the reason for the shortfall is due to the fact that for 6 months there were strikes in the platinum sector, corruption within the ruling party has hit new heights, our president has built himself a house to the tune of R250 million using tax payers money. Service delivery is all but non-existent, Zumas cabinet is so bloated it looks like that character from Star Wars Jabba the Hut.

It worries me that we are at the mercy of a government that is totally out of control headed up by a lying [and if the rumors are true – disease ridden] president. There is a small minority in SA that actually work and pay taxes, and a majority sitting idly by hand outstretched demanding everything for free.

Add to this, the government has already indicated that it wants to institute free healthcare for all of the voters dumb enough to vote for it.

Sitting on the sidelines is the EFF party who since being sworn in, have not done a single days work. Malema sits in his dark corner, wearing his red beret and Zuma continues to make himself the most unpopular president SA has ever had.

So in summary, the ANC are killing SA, and if/when they are voted out, there is a good chance that Malema will be voted in.

Then we are really fucked.

Kindle Paperwhite First Generation Firmware Update [Problems after Rebooting]

Ok, so I haven’t restarted or rebooted my kindle for a couple of months now. On Saturday, I had a problem with a book that wasn’t indexing properly, so I deleted the book and in a moment of absolute, wish I had a time machine, madness, rebooted my Kindle.

First thing I noticed is that no matter what I did, I couldn’t get it to connect to to my WiFi.

After about 8 very frustrating hours I was finally able to get my WiFi and my Kindle to ‘talk’ to each other.

If you are ever in a situation where you have no choice but to reset your kindle, I’d suggest you make a copy of the entire documents folder, this will save you having to download the books from your cloud account again – which if you’re like me and have over a hundred books on your device, is a real life saver. Then after the reset you simply copy it back onto your device.

After all the fun I’ve had, I have become very wary of what I’ve come to call stealth updates, that manifest problems much later on, so that you battle to connect the problem to the actual cause, in my case, the firmware update that was done without me being aware of it, in June.

The Kindle is a really great device and I use mine daily as I am an avid reader. But. I am now a lot more cautious now when it comes to rebooting the device as I know the hell that awaits me. A Kindle that can’t connect to Wifi [and mine only has the WiFi option] is pretty much a dead duck.

There are numerous threads on the Amazon website about this issue, some posted quite recently. Lots of people were not able to overcome the issue. I guess I just got lucky.

I have been a client of Amazon since 1997. And have always enjoyed dealing with them. But over the last 2 years or so, I’ve noticed that their pricing is no longer as competitive as it used to be. They take a margin on the exchange rate and charge a premium to ship goods to where I live – or simply refuse as our beloved postal system, when not on their annual strike, steals half the stuff that comes across their counters. They also charge a fortune for their hardware. I had to wait years before I was finally able to buy my beloved Kindle second hand from a good friend.

I see that on Tuesday 21 October, they are launching their new Kindle called The Voyage, but it comes with price tag of over $200 which I am just not willing to pay, especially after the fun I had with my current one.

In a world that has become profit driven, businesses still haven’t learnt that price is everything to those who don’t have bottomless pockets.

I used to order from Amazon on a monthly basis – but haven’t done so in over 18 months.

Supporting the local guys, just makes more sense – for now at least.

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Currie Cup prediction

The final will be between the lions and western province.

As much as I’d like to believe that the Bulls can make it to the finals and win, I just don’t see it.

Year after year Frans Ludeke serves up a steaming pile of crap and calls it a game plan. Initially he coasted on Heyneke Meyers momentum, which wore out a good few years ago.

Now we have to be content with  finishing ninth on the log. Gone are the heady days of hammering every team in sight into the ground.

Then the Currie Cup rolls around and the fun begins again.

And the Oscar goes too…..

As the arguments rage about what sentence Oscar should get, it is clear to me that it won’t fit the crime.

With all due respect to the useless Judge who allowed Oscar to sit there and be his pathetic self, instead of sending him to a room where he could watch the proceedings via a camera.

This case is a travesty in so many ways. South Africa is supposed to be championing the rights of women everywhere.

Proof yet again, that he who has the money, can present the best case.

The NPA has done an okay job of attempting to nail Oscar, but the best the NPA has to offer, has seen people like Zuma walk away from being accused of corruption and rape to become president. Now there is war raging within the NPA – they should consider a name change to: Not Prosecuting Anybody.