Tuesday, 31 December 2013

The "Selfie" - the 2013 Oxford Dictionary Word of the Year

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Britain's Oxford University Press, the publisher of the Oxford English Dictionary, the stalwart of English classrooms, the ubiquitous bookshelf dictionary and the undisputed leading English dictionary of all time has declared the word of the year for 2013 to the "Selfie".

Saturday, 9 November 2013

How to buy an 'All-New Kindle Paperwhite' in South Africa (or other International locations) from Amazon

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Following on from my last article: "How to buy a kindle Paperwhite in South Africa", here is the latest in the series, "How to buy an 'All-New Kindle Paperwhite' in South Africa from Amazon". So this is the latest generation Kindle with a host of new features and benefits.

Note: that whilst this post is designed to help South Africans purchase the All-New Kindle Paperwhite - the links in this post can be used from anywhere in the world, including the USA to purchase your Kindle. - Enjoy

Kindle Paperwhite 3G

I have written a number of articles over the years to help show people how they can buy Kindle's direct from Amazon and thus get the full benefit of Amazon support and warranty.  I would suggest not buying locally from Incredible Connection or other PriceCheck type sites because these are grey imports and may lead to warranty problems.  Rather buy direct from Amazon and here's how.

You can use these links here to get straight to the Amazon.com International fulfillment page for shipping to South Africa.  There is the 3G and the WiFi model to choose from:

All-New Kindle Paperwhite 3G, International Shipment to South Africa - http://amzn.to/HEDJmf 

All-New Kindle Paperwhite WiFi, International Shipment to South Africa - http://amzn.to/1gy6Gzh

Lets look at some new features:

The 'All-New Kindle Paperwhite' is the latest generation of Kindle that was launched on 8th November 2013.  It has a few improvements which I believe are worth the extra spend and with Christmas coming soon now is the time to order to get your Kindle in time.

The improvements include:

Kindle Paperwhite 3GBetter Contrast for Reading - Whiter Screen and Darker Text.  Higher resolution screen and better font creation, leading to an overall clearer and easier to read experience.

New Page Flip - With the new page flip feature, you can skim page-by-page, scan by chapter, or skip to the end for a sneak peek without losing your place. This is a great improvement in my view.

Faster Performance - The new Kindle Paperwhite processor is 25% faster. Books open and pages turn faster for a seamless experience.   

New Dictionary - Kindle Paperwhite's Smart Lookup feature integrates a full dictionary with X-Ray and Wikipedia so you can access definitions, characters, settings, and more without leaving your page or losing your place. I love the dictionary feature and use it all the time.
Kindle Paperwhite 3G

Vocab Builder - Words looked up in the dictionary are automatically added to Vocabulary Builder to expand your knowledge and reinforce retention. Swipe through your vocabulary words, quiz yourself with flashcards, and instantly see those words in context.

All in all this coupled with a number of additional new features planned for the upcoming future I believe that the new Kindle is a great choice.  I have owned almost all the kindles since the first one and this is just a great improvement.

Order direct from Amazon and you get a 30 day money back guarantee - if you are not sure, keep the packaging in tact and and if you want to send it back for a refund just ship it back in the original package.  As an aside, its worth keeping the packaging anyway, in case you need to return the device for warranty repairs.

Here is a summary of the product costs, shipping and tax.  The Kindle will  be delivered within 2-5 days for this cost. All in all a good deal I think.

Amazon Order for Kindle Paperwhite 3G

Using a foreign exchange rate of about R10/USD$1, you are looking at a Rand price of R3,430.64.

Here is a quick link to purchase your "All-New Kindle Paperwhite 3G" from the International Amazon store with shipping to South Africa.

All-New Kindle Paperwhite 3G, International Shipment to South Africa - http://amzn.to/HEDJmf 

NB: you can buy the WiFi option (without 3G) for less - here is the link to this one and the costs for this:
Place your order for Amazon Order for Kindle Paperwhite 3G

Using a foreign exchange rate of about R10/USD$1, you are looking at a Rand price of R1,191.39.

So here is a quick link to purchase your All-New Kindle Paperwhite WiFi version from the International Amazon store with shipping to South Africa.

All-New Kindle Paperwhite WiFi, International Shipment to South Africa - http://amzn.to/1gy6Gzh

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Wednesday, 25 September 2013

Day 29 (of 30) Photography Challenge - Black & White

A busy day on the beach.

Tuesday, 24 September 2013

Day 28 (of 30) Photography Challenge - Flowers

Yes there has been a gap of a few days - tiling and decorating got in the way of life...two more days to go folks

Thursday, 19 September 2013

A view of Gartner's Magic Quadrant for Enterprise Social Networking Software in the Workplace in 2013

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GartnerThe race is on as enterprise social networking software vendors clamber for a piece of the highly lucrative market that is cited to be worth US$840 million in 2013. With estimates from Gartner suggesting that the growth between 2013 and 2016 could be as much as 13.4% annually this market will reach the heights of US$1.4 billion.  

With only 4 vendors in the Leaders Quadrant this year the market is quite diverse.  The Leaders Quadrant includes:  Microsoft, IBM, Jive and Salesforce.com.

Wednesday, 18 September 2013

Day 27 (of 30) Photography Challenge - Celebration

I am soo happy the Tiling is almost done - I could dance....

Sunday, 15 September 2013

Day 26 (of 30) Photography Challenge - Close-Up

Day 26 (of 30) Photography Challenge - Close-Up

Kiss-Kiss :)

Saturday, 14 September 2013

Day 25 (of 30) Photography Challenge - Strangers

I admire these guys who are street entrepreneurs. They are actually trying to make business and not just beg for money.

Thursday, 12 September 2013

Day 24 (of 30) Photography Challenge - Animal

This little chap just would not sit still for the shoot...

Wednesday, 11 September 2013

Day 23 (of 30) Photography Challenge - Patterns

My SA friends will recognise the names on this shot.

Tuesday, 10 September 2013

Day 22 (of 30) Photography Challenge - Inspirational

This Orchid has been slowly unfurling its pods for about a month, nature is truly inspiring.

Monday, 9 September 2013

Day 21 (of 30) Photography Challenge - Faceless Self Portrait

Day 21 (of 30) Photography Challenge - Faceless Self Portrait

Sunday, 8 September 2013

Day 20 (of 30) Photography Challenge - In My Bag

(had a crazy week so now back on track). "In My Bag" today is brought to you courtesy of Merlin, who is in my bag !

Wednesday, 4 September 2013

Day 19 (of 30) Photography Challenge - Something You Want

More time..

Tuesday, 3 September 2013

Day 18 (of 30) Photography Challenge - Your Shoes

My trusty road running and trail running shoes, oh you have been soo neglected over winter !! Time to get them working again, The Gun Run 21km is in 6 weeks !

Monday, 2 September 2013

Day 17 (of 30) Photography Challenge - Technology

Cameras everywhere - life is a visual bouquet that we should share more...how about if you read this, you respond with an image of where you are and what you are doing...who will be first...?

Sunday, 1 September 2013

Day 16 (of 30) Photography Challenge - A Good Habit

Reading - A man goes to knowledge as he goes to war: wide-awake, with fear, with respect, and with absolute assurance. Going to knowledge or going to war in any other manner is a mistake, and whoever makes it might never live to regret it”
― Carlos Castaneda, The Teachings of Don Juan: A Yaqui Way of Knowledge

Saturday, 31 August 2013

Day 15 (of 30) Photography Challenge - Silhouette

The simplicity created by the absence of detail, actually causes the mind to process the entire image without distraction.

Friday, 30 August 2013

Day 14 (of 30) Photography Challenge - Eyes

Zocken scrutinised the menu with an indulgent stare, but she already knew she was going to order the tuna steak....

Thursday, 29 August 2013

Day 13 (of 30) Photography Challenge - Cannot Live Without

The third level of human needs according to Maslow is Love and belonging. I bought these Roses for Julie Moosa today.

Wednesday, 28 August 2013

Day 12 (of 30) Photography Challenge - Sunset

im·pro·vise - verb \ˈim-prə-ˌvīz also ˌim-prə-ˈ\
- to make, invent, or arrange offhand
- to make or fabricate out of what is conveniently on hand

Today was raining, no sun, no respite from the storm...and yet my challenge today was a "Sunset". So I present you a Sunset, albeit one that I shot originally some years ago and this is a photograph of the canvas of a sunset. So its an original photograph of an original photograph...work with me people

Tuesday, 27 August 2013

Day 11 (of 30) Photography Challenge - Something Blue

Meet Kitchen Window Blue Buddha. Now he is called that as he is one of two Buddha's in our kitchen and one of many many many Buddha's in our house. Not to be mistaken for Buddhist's, but a certain person has a penchant for Buddha statues. You will be lucky in our house to sit on the pot without being watched by Buddha....

Monday, 26 August 2013

Day 10 (of 30) Photography Challenge - Childhood Memory

It's 1984, Sony have just released their Sony Walkman WM-F35, a floating waterproof portable tape deck ! And who can forget the ubiquitous TDK-90 cassette tape, ideal for one album per side. And lastly, slide film, extra points if you can tell me what's on the slide...

Sunday, 25 August 2013

Day 9 (of 30) Photography Challenge - Someone you Love

Juleiga - She is my partner, my confidante, my best friend, my soul mate, my lover, my rock, my biggest fan, my believer in me, my driving force. What can I say....words don't do her justice and she will no doubt say that this picture also does not do the same, but with a sunday morning and a sleepy subject this is what we produced

Saturday, 24 August 2013

Day 8 (of 30) Photography Challenge - Routine

My routine has remained the same for years and starts in the morning with strong black italian blend coffee and my dose of the worlds' news, my email and social media. Taken, ideally on the deck, watching the sun rise and to the sounds of the dawn chorus.

Day 7 (of 30) Photography Challenge - Changes to Come

This is me now (40) and me at 67...hmmmm

Thursday, 22 August 2013

Day 6 (of 30) Photography Challenge - Obsession31

I try and avoid them, but they always put them in the store by the checkout, so you are waiting, trying not to look at them, and then you wait some more and you resolve crumbles and you end up buying a pack...or two...

Wednesday, 21 August 2013

Day 5 (of 30) Photography Challenge - After Dark

Considered the full moon tonight, but that was just too obvious, may post later though - for now this is my "after dark light trails", courtesy of my fairy lights in my garden and a very slow shutter. One could call it 'abstract'.

Tuesday, 20 August 2013

Day 4 (of 30) Photography Challenge - Something Green.

I looked everywhere for something green and then found it...

Monday, 19 August 2013

Day 3 (of 30) Photography Challenge - Clouds.

I think today was the clearest day in weeks without a puff of a cloud in sight...but I found one to photograph....and I could just reach out and touch it...

Sunday, 18 August 2013

Day 2 (of 30) Photography Challenge - What You Wore

My Camper's are about 15 years old have some serious mileage - yet they are still going strong. I think they are still as iconic today as they were when I first bought them in Covent Garden. Slightly worn but nothing a lick of polish cant help What I wore today !

Day 1 of 30 - The Photography Challenge - The Selfie - The Photographer Exposed

Commencing a 30 day photography challenge - lets start with the selfie. This is me. Hello :)

Sunday, 11 August 2013

Four Practical Habits to Improve Your Work Life

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These are four habits that can help an individual make a difference in their organisaton. These four habits are simple in form and definition and yet we find so often that those that are joining the workforce for the first time or even those that have been working for a while do not understand these foundational principles. 

These four habits can be considered the foundation of your engagement in the world of work and business and once learnt will remain with you throughout your career and will help you excel in business.

These four habits include:        
  • Commitment 
  • Effort 
  • Attitude 
  • Results 

Thursday, 25 July 2013

The Top 10 Things Intervate is Excited About, About SharePoint 2013 – Part 1

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Microsoft SharePoint 2013 has been released to volume licence customers since November 2012 and the general release was announced in March 2013. The excitement over SharePoint 2013 has been notable.

The SharePoint 2013 release builds on the already robust and versatile SharePoint 2010 engine and the changes in this release, which I believe will have the biggest impact are ‘user experience’ features. By ‘user experience’ I refer to improvements and features that make using SharePoint easier and more intuitive and are going to be practical to the information worker and administrator alike, in terms of delivering business value by improving collaboration, improving productivity, and reducing costs. SharePoint 2013 is not only a comprehensive Enterprise Content Management (ECM) platform, but also a user friendly and easy to use solution that should greatly improve user adoption within companies.
Gartner 2012 Magic Quadrant for ECM - SharePoint 2010

The Top 10 Things Intervate is Excited About, About SharePoint 2013 - Part 2

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If you you have stumbled across this Part 2 of “The Top 10 Things Intervate is Excited About, About SharePoint 2013” then Part 1 can be found here: Part 1

If however you have just arrived from Part 1, please do enjoy Part 2.

Number 6 – Mobile, mobile, mobile. Ubiquitous mobile

Mobile has been cited as one of the big bets for the last two plus years and the statistics in South Africa show that mobile smart device ownership is rapidly growing, spurring the Bring-Your-Own-Device phenomenon, as well as sharply increasing the numbers of people using their mobile to access the Internet. Mobile usage has become ubiquitous ranging from the board executives to the shop floor. SharePoint 2013 delivers significantly enhanced mobile functionality. 

SharePoint 2013 Mobile

Thursday, 21 March 2013

The Internet Startup - The Branding Exercise Step-By-Step

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In Brand Management Musings I touched on the subject of 'brand' and I shared some ideas on how to encourage brand awareness within a business through Brand Ambassadors and also connecting your brand to your vision, mission and values.

This post will consider the scenario of a new internet start up company that is primarily going to do business on-line, servicing both the B-2-B and B-2-C markets.  Many start ups get caught up in the excitement and energy that is the new business and tend not to take the time to consider a more planned approach for their new business branding.

This post therefore will guide you through what I believe are the key steps that a new business, and particularly one that is planning to do business on-line should consider on its branding journey.

The 'Brand' is constituted from two elements: one is the 'brand identity' and the other the 'brand image'. Brand identity is how the brand owner, founder or custodian sees the brand in their own eyes.  The brand image is how others perceive the brand. I will refer back to these two elements throughout this post.

Saturday, 9 March 2013

Updated: How to buy a Kindle Paperwhite in South Africa from Amazon International Directly

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Kindle Paperwhite 3G
Kindle Paperwhite 3G
Following on from my article "How to buy a Kindle Paperwhite in South Africa" where I stated that at the time of writing you could not buy a Paperwhite in South Africa via Amazon international directly - well now you can :)

Wednesday, 20 February 2013

A Social Media Experiment in South Africa

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It was whilst in Johannesburg at a conference that I made the discovery that many company’s create a social presence through various social media channels and then don’t monitor it nor as a result engage and respond.

This is what then spurred my idea to conduct a social experiment.  I am an avid social media fan and I engage on twitter, facebook, LinkedIn and FourSquare both in my personal capacity and also for the business that I work for.  As a result I regularly “check-in” to interesting places, tweet my experiences and generally share on the appropriate channels my actions or experiences, that are appropriate.

Friday, 8 February 2013

Congratulations! You have one of the top 5% most viewed LinkedIn profiles for 2012

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Friday, 1 February 2013

SharePoint Saturday Cape Town 2012 - Video

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As a part of my year 2012 in review, once again a highlight was the hugely successful SharePoint Saturday Cape Town 2012 event that ran on the 8th September 2012.

As a sponsor of the event Intervate once again decided to capture the essence of the day in video by capturing some of the highlights of the days' activities.

Thanks again to Jo,our very capable video director and producer, thanks to the speakers and the attendees, and thanks to Sanlam for sponsoring the venue and thanks to all the other sponsors who collectively put the funds together to provide this free event for the whole community to enjoy.

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Monday, 7 January 2013

How to Buy a Kindle Paperwhite in South Africa

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Following on from my article "How to buy a Kindle in South Africa" I recieved a number of comments from my readers that they could not purchase the new generation Kindle eReader - the Kindle Paperwhite, from Amazon.

Kindle Paperwhite 3G

Update: 9th November 2013 - the all new Kindle Paperwhite has been released for international shipment - check out this post for more: 

or carry on reading: 

So I tried it myself and behold I got a nice message telling me that they would not ship to my address in South Africa.  So I emailed Amazon Customer Service and this is the reply that I received: