I left Cape Town on June 9 2013, after spending a total of 861 days. It feels good to be back home, however, I anticipate the road ahead will be long and hard… re-integration is already proving hard –day 7 in the small mining town of Mufulira, Zambia and bandwidth is already top on the list of things I’ve had to grapple with. It’s expensive and DAMN slow. I saw this coming though… (more…)
Life is really funny… I mean it’s nothing more than memories and thoughts –the only things that are real; whatever that means. I’ve been putting this off for days now, but I just had to write this down somewhere; my memories are fast fading away –of course there are some events I’ve chosen to remember and some that I will probably remember unconsciously.
So I finally decided to take my long awaited vacation. I had been putting it off since November 2011 and finally decided to get out of Cape Town… and believe me I really needed to get out of Cape Town. I was in the Kingdom of Lesotho over Easter (more…)
In August 2011, I wrote an article on time management; I basically “ranted” about how I started quantifying how much time I spend on virtually everything I do on a daily basis. Well, four months down the line and I am happy to say that I have made tremendous progress; the pilot study seems to have yielded quite a lot of fruit. I am increasingly running out of time; I had initially planned to do away with my MSc in August 2012, but I am so behind that I might find myself creeping into part of 2013 And so in a desperate attempt to do the needful (finish, submit and go back home) (more…)
I was so exited when India announce their long awaited $35 android tablet; akaash they call it –a hindi phrase meaning sky. I have since been keenly following the Aakash story [1, 2] and also started digging for information to try and find out how datawind managed to lower their unit cost of production to a shocking $45 (the indian Indian government has formulated a grand plan to then subsidize it to $35 to indian university students). (more…)
A couple of weeks ago, I sent out a tweet about how cost effect and convenient I was finding Gmail SMS –I mean I am behind a machine 95% of the time so clearly, its something quite useful for me… Plus, its 100% free –compare that with the R1.74 (ZMK1218) I have to pay for each SMS I send to Zambia if I use Vodacom. I think that very few people who read my tweet actually understood the idea behind it, and so I decided to write a short article about it, with the hope that someone else out there will find this service useful –as I do . (more…)